Mia Parker

Miss Greenville

Hometown:  Grenada

Hobbies:  Dancing, Singing,

School:  Grenada High School

Scholastic Ambition:  Degree in Child Psychology, Minor in Music

Scholastic Honors:  Principal’s List, Class of 2020 Secretary/Treasurer

Talent:  Contemporary Dance

Platform:  Beautiful You

What makes you special and unique? 

Physically, my dimples and fair skin.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?

I used to struggle with low self-esteem.

Best advice you have ever received?

To always have faith in God.

What can’t you live without?

Jesus and music!

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? 

My cat.  No matter what I am doing, if he’s in my lap, I’m not getting up!

What is your favorite movie genre and why? 

Musicals.  I love the expression of emotions through music.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? 

Recently graduated with my doctorate in Child Psychology, counseling children and hopefully, teaching music and dance at night to underprivileged children.

Most valuable lesson learned? 

To not compare myself to anyone else.

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? 

Julie Andrews.  She stays faithful to God, her fans and herself.  She has never let her popularity change her.

What motivates you? 

Knowing that my sisters look up to me.  I feel a strong sense of responsibility for them.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? 

Being selected Sophomore Class Favorite by my peers.  It meant so much to me!

Best compliment you have ever received? 

“You look like your mother”

Secret wish or dream? 

To play Christine in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? 

I showed up to a fundraiser race to volunteer not knowing they had planned for me to participate in the race.  I ran 3 miles in my winter boots!

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? 

Bungee Jumping

What is your superpower? 

I can sense how other people are feeling.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? 

A true beauty queen is not only beautiful but is also kind, intelligent and talented.

Describe yourself in one word. 

Unique

A Fun Family Fact? 

Every night is game night!

Please write a short essay (2 or 3 paragraphs) describing yourself to the people viewing the website. Let people know who you really are. Keep in mind the questions you’ve already been asked and include other things that you would like people to know about you.

My name is Mia Dannon Parker and I am 16 years old.  I am a sophomore at Grenada High School and serve as class secretary/treasurer for the class of 2020.  I have a younger brother and 2 younger sisters that keep me on my toes.  I love spending time with my friends and family and especially my pets!

Music is a big part of my life.  I can play the drums, dance and recently discovered that I can sing opera-which is my favorite genre!   I am on the Senior Company dance team at Prestige Dance Company.  I believe singing and dancing is the best way to express yourself emotionally.

Please write a short essay (2 or 3 paragraphs) explaining your passion for your platform and your stance on the subject. Be sure to name your platform and give a brief explanation of its purpose as well.

When I was younger, I struggled with low self-esteem.  I stayed quiet about my feelings and finally I became depressed.  With some help, I am no longer the girl who doesn’t like her reflection in the mirror.  My platform “Beautiful You” faces self-esteem issues head on.  Our generation is constantly plagued with a false sense of perfection.  We see edited and filtered pictures on the internet and think that is reality.

I feel a strong responsibility to educate young girls about what affects self-esteem and what it truly means to be beautiful. Beauty is being kind, intelligent, talented and unique.  Through my platform “Beautiful You”, I can share my story and the steps I took to overcome low self-esteem.

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