Nataleigh NixMiss Pearl of the South
Scholastic Ambition: Cardiologist or Commercial Recording Artist
Scholastic Honors: Duke Tip Scholar (National Recognition), All A student
Talent: Vocal Performance
Platform: A Caring Heart-making a difference to families/caregivers by providing supplies to ICU waiting rooms throughout the Metro
What makes you special and unique? When I was born, I weighed 3 lbs 12 oz and was on oxygen for 30 minutes. I feel like I’m a miracle from God and have a purpose to be living my life to the fullest every day.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? Most people see the artistic side of me because I’m always involved in something to do with the arts and performing, but academics are just as important if not more important to me.
Best advice you have ever received? My mother once told me that you can’t control the situation, but you can control how you react to it.
What can’t you live without? Besides the obvious things such as food, water, and air, I would have to say fuzzy socks, books, and music.
What is your biggest guilty pleasure? My biggest guilty pleasure would have to be dancing around the house and singing loudly as well as crunching on ice.
What is your favorite movie genre and why? My favorite movie genre is dystopian-type science fiction because it makes me view the world from a different perspective.
Where do you see yourself in ten years? In ten years, I will have graduated college with honors and will be pursuing my career in the medical field or as a commercial recording artist.
Most valuable lesson learned? Your choices, words, and actions not only impact you, but impact others every day.
Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My most valued role model is my cousin, Braeden. Even though he can be a spoiled brat at times, he works hard at everything he does and is always looking out for me. Even though he is my cousin, he is more like a brother to me and I know that he will always be cheering me on and supporting me in whatever I do.
What motivates you? My motivation is the feeling of accomplishment and the sense of pride I feel when I’ve done something to the best of my ability.
Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? Singing the National Anthem at Ole Miss, winning the MS State Fair Talent Competition, being selected to receive the Citizenship Award at MMS, and winning the DAR essay contest are some of my non-academic accomplishments.
Best compliment you have ever received? Several adults as well as friends have told me I always have a kind and encouraging word for everyone and that I am very well-mannered. My secret wish or dream would be to hear myself on the radio and be successful in the singing world.
Secret wish or dream? My secret wish or dream would be to hear myself on the radio and be successful in the singing world.
What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? I was standing in the car rider line at elementary school and my pants fell down in front of everyone. I was mortified.
What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? I have always been afraid of heights, but I would like to try skydiving.
What is your super power? I have a very strong intuition and can figure out things about someone from their body language and how they talk.
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Program? I have learned that having good communication skills is one of the most valuable assets a person can possess.
Describe yourself in one word. Determined
A Fun Family Fact? My maternal grandmother and my paternal grandfather have the same exact birthday. Same day, same month, and same year.
Describing myself has never been an easy task, but to let you know a little bit about me I’ll start with a few details about myself. For starters, I am a very passionate, determined, and focused teenager. I give 100% to everything I do, whether it be singing on the praise team at church or taking an exam at school. I always try my best.
My mother once told me that the most valuable things in life you cannot buy such as family, God, and happiness. I am a firm believer in this because my family is one of the most important things in my life. Also, I would not be walking on this earth without my Lord and Savior. You cannot buy a new family, your salvation, or your own happiness.
The last thing I would like to share about myself is that being kind and encouraging others is one of my core values. I always strive to put others’ needs before my own and to hopefully help brighten their day. You never know what others could be going through.
My platform is A Caring Heart-making a difference to families/caregivers by providing supplies to ICU waiting rooms
More than 5 million people are admitted into Intensive Care Units all over the United States annually for serious life-threatening issues such as cardiac, neurologic, and respiratory conditions. The estimated length of stay in the ICU has been estimated at 3.8 days, but can reach much longer stays depending on the patient and ICU attributes. Family members of a critically ill patient face overwhelming stress many times due to the suddenness of the admittance of their loved one into the ICU. While their loved one is receiving excellent medical care, families are often left to wait unexpectedly for long periods of time in the ICU waiting room.
A few times over the course of my life, my grandfather has been admitted into the ICU unexpectedly for reasons concerning his heart, as well as a recent struggle with pneumonia. My grandmother would have to drop everything that she was doing to rush to the hospital to sit and wait on news from the doctors. She couldn’t leave the hospital because she could potentially miss vital updates on the status of his well-being. The lack of time to prepare left my grandmother without the necessities required to carry her through the duration of my grandfather’s stay in the ICU. The struggles my grandmother had to endure and the struggles other people have faced as well made me realize that I could take steps to assist with these problems. I developed a service project named, “A Caring Heart,” which donates items such as certain foods, candies, tooth brushes/toothpaste, and water bottles to those who are left to wait in the ICU waiting room.
When I developed this program, I decided that I needed to make an outline of the actions I would take to make my idea a reality. The first step in my program was to implement a drive through my family and friends for these items. The second step was to start drives at my school and church. After that, I was to collect the items and donate them to a local hospital. And finally, I was to implement more drives and slowly expand my program to other hospitals around Mississippi. We are still in the process of taking these steps into action, but so far, we have already delivered items to a hospital located near us.