Mikayla Poindexter

Miss Golden Triangle

Hometown:  West Point, MS

Platform:  Integrating Dance and Athletics into the Lives of Special Needs Kids

Talent:   Dance- Lovely by Sara Haze

What college did you attend, or are currently attending?    Mississippi State University

What is your major?    Special Education

What is your scholastic ambition?    To be a Special Education while continuing my career in teaching dance

List scholastic honors:    Rotary Student of the Month, Hall of Fame, Academic Honors, and Highest Academic Honors

Greatest non-academic accomplishment:    My greatest non-academic accomplishment is competing and winning nationally with my dance team.

What is your favorite style of music?    Country

What is your favorite movie genre and why?     Musicals, because they can be any subgenre and they use music to help tell their story.

What is your favorite gadget?     My phone. I cannot live without it. It is the one thing that can connect me with the outside world, no matter how far around the world it is.

What is your favorite blog?        The Odyssey Online

What is your favorite place to visit?    Umi Steakhouse in Starkville, MS

What is your favorite food?        Edamame

If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you?    Mosquitoland by David Arnold

Do you twitter?       No

What is your favorite?

Sport: Basketball

Sports Team: 

Actor: Channing Tatum

Actress:  Blake Lively

Television Program:  Boy Meets World

Wardrobe Accessory:  Earrings

Thing to do on a weekend:  Watch Netflix

Way to spend a day off:  Napping

What is your hometown like?    Small and friendly

What were you like when you were a child?     Very active, creative, and imaginative. I loved spending time outside.

Who is the most influential person in your life?                                                                              

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?    I may come off as shy, but I am actually extremely outgoing.

Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title:     One defining moment in my life was when I got my pacemaker.  Because I got it at such a young age, it helped me mature faster and realize the value of life.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program?    One important thing I’ve learned is the importance of volunteer work and the difference it makes in the community.

If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service?    I would love to be able spread awareness not only for my platform, but for other major issues that are prominent in everyday life.

What is your secret wish or dream?    My secret wish is that i want to be a model.

I’m motivated by:  I’m motivated by my own personal competitiveness. I only expect the best from myself.

Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform?    My niece was born with trisomy 18.  I also teach a special needs dance class.

What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime?    The most significant event that has happened in my lifetime that was not related to me is 9/11.  It was a traumatic event that broke the entire world but taught us how to work together in the middle of controversy.

The one thing I can’t live without:         My Phone

My best friend would describe me as:    Loyal and Trustworthy

Something interesting about my family:  There are 6 of us.  We are step-siblings, but have been together since we were very young.

Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me:     One time I pepper sprayed myself on accident because I was playing with it and sprayed it away from me but into the wind and it came back on me. Not my shining moment.

One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me:     I would love to go skydiving.

Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names:                       

1 Dog-Boston Terrier named Charli

1 Cat- named Midnight

1 Bunny- named Bunny Boo Boo

1 Hermit crab- Named Spidey

4 Goats- No Names