Morgan Harris

Miss Clinton

Hometown: Jackson, MS

Platform:  Life is Why- American Heart Association

Talent:   Tap Dance

What college did you attend, or are currently attending?  I will be a freshman attending Southern University Agricultural and Mechanical College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the fall!

What is your major?  Political Science

What is your scholastic ambition?  I hope to one day obtain a Juris Doctorate from an Ivy League law school.

List scholastic honors: Clinton High School’s Congressional Debate Team, A/B Honor Roll

Greatest non-academic accomplishment: Placing second alternate to Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen 2017

What is your favorite style of music?  I love listening to pop music! Singing and dancing along while watching pop videos is something I do far too often.

What is your favorite movie genre and why? I love romantic comedies. It is so nice to watch a movie that you know will have a happy ending.

What is your favorite gadget?  I love my apple watch. It helps me track my workouts and lets me keep up with text messages and emails throughout the day with ease.

What is your favorite blog?        I love to read http://www.southerngirlcitylights.com/! Sydney Rae Bass is so down to Earth, and I love to read her articles about her and her sister, Jessie James Decker.

What is your favorite place to visit? I love NYC! My godmother lives there, and I feel more and more like a true New Yorker each time that I go. It’s a truly magical place that holds so many unique dance studios, restaurants, and people.

What is your favorite food?          I love boneless chicken wings, but thankfully because of this pageant I have learned to enjoy them in moderation.

If you were on a deserted island, what book would you want with you?  I would definitely want to take Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. I have always been intrigued by his life, and I know this book would keep me intrigued when I am alone!

Do you twitter?  Yes, of course! Follow me @morganashleiggh!

What is your favorite?

Sport: Football

Sports Team: Dallas Cowboys

Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio

Actress: Yara Shahidi

Television Program:  Scandal

Wardrobe Accessory:  I love necklaces! A necklace can give even a plain white tee an added flair.

Thing to do on a weekend:  I love traveling and learning about new cultures. I think that learning about and celebrating diversity/cultural differences helps lead others to being more culturally competent.

Way to spend a day off:  I love to relax and watch documentaries about our nation’s First Ladies and Presidents. I love hearing about their lives while living in the White House.

What is your hometown like? The Fondren District of Jackson, MS, is such a tight-knit community that is unlike anywhere else in the state. The colorful, unique businesses and Fondren’s First Thursday are reminders of what truly makes me feel at home.

What were you like when you were a child?  I loved to read books and ask questions. I was very curious. My love for my country definitely started when I was a child as well.

Who is the most influential person in your life?  My mom has been the most influential person in my life. She has continued to love and care for our family and was the glue that kept us together when my father passed away.

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

I love to lift weights. I definitely don’t look like a body builder, but whenever I’m at the gym I’m always picking up weights.

Describe one defining moment in your own life, other than winning your local title:

My United States History class junior year definitely solidified what I wanted to do in my professional life. The class definitely was a defining moment in my life as well because I’m always thinking of ways to better the lives of Americans.

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

The Miss America Organization has taught me that truly anything can be achieved through hard work. I have learned that one’s situation and background can only prohibit  growth if an individual allows it to do so.

If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service?

I would want to continue to make the Miss Mississippi Corporation a household name by continuing to promote Miss Mississippi’s growing social media presence and recruit more girls to come compete in this life-changing organization. I would also want to raise as much money as possible for the Children’s Miracle Network during my reign.

What is your secret wish or dream?  I’ve always wanted to be a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. I hope that one day I will get the chance to audition to be one of America’s Sweethearts.

I’m motivated by:  Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014, motivates me. She faced so many trials and tribulations during her reign, but she never let that stop her from representing what the Miss America Organization is all about.

Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal platform?

Yes, my father passed away from a sudden heart attack in 2009, which prompted me to choose Life is Why- American Heart Association as my personal platform. I want to teach Mississippians ways to prevent heart attacks and other heart related diseases so that no other family will have to endure a tragedy as I did.

What do you think has been the most significant event in your lifetime?

9/11 has definitely been the most significant event since I was born in 2000. September 11th definitely jumpstarted conversations about air travel, immigration, national security, surveillance, and using methods of torture not only in our government but also in households across the United States.

The one thing I can’t live without:         YouTube!

My best friend would describe me as:  Energetic! Mallory would definitely tell you that I’m always on the move. I always have something planned!

Something interesting about my family:  My mother and father were both assistant principals at public high schools. It truly has given me a sense of loyalty to public education.

Funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me:  I fell between the risers during a show choir competition. I can still remember everyone’s faces around me! It was awful.

One thing I’d like to try that is out of character for me:  I would love to try becoming a long distance runner. Everyone who knows me knows that I am not a good runner at all, so I would love to be able to build my stamina enough to run in a long distance race.

Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and tell us their names:  No, I do not.