Rachel Canup

Miss Monroe County

Hometown: Fulton, Mississippi

Hobbies: Photography, Traveling, Wakeboarding, Cheerleading, Tennis, and Track

School: Itawamba Agricultural High School

Scholastic Ambition:  Bachelor- Communication Sciences and Disorders- the University of    Mississippi Doctorate- Speech-Language Pathology To pursue a career in Speech Pathology with a specialty in Pediatrics

 Scholastic Honors: Itawamba Gifted Program; Indian Pride Award; Special Honors for high G.P.A; Accelerated English and Science; Mirror Yearbook Staff; HOBY Alternate; DECA

Talent: Chalk Art

Platform: Overcoming Childhood Obesity

What makes you special and unique?

I never meet a stranger! I love learning about other people.

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

I love anything that involves being outdoors.

Best advice you have ever received?

“You can’t control the cards you’re dealt, but you can control the cards in your hand”

What can’t you live without?

vanilla chapstick

What is your biggest guilty pleasure?

Muddy Buddies

What is your favorite movie genre and why?

Romance comedy, I love a happy ending (“27 Dresses” is my favorite!)

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Pursuing my career in speech pathology at Batson Children’s Hospital, traveling abroad for mission work, and building my dream house with my husband.

Most valuable lesson learned?

Work hard now so it pays off in the future.

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

Michelle Obama is a strong independent woman who is incorporated with my platform of living a healthy lifestyle.

What motivates you?

Someone not having faith in me motivates me to work harder and push towards my goal of achievement.

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

Raising $2,000 for Le Bonheur by selling “Cooking for a Cause” cookbooks I created from healthy recipes.

Best compliment you have ever received?

My presence lights up a room.

Secret wish or dream?

Becoming Miss America so I can travel all 50 states.

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

I am cheerleading captain at my high school. During halftime at a football game, I sat on the grass to take a break. Little did I realize I sat in a fire ant bed! I ran to the bathroom yelling, “ants in my pants! Ants in my pants!” By the time I came back out, everyone knew what had happened.

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

Storm chase; the calm before the storm scares me more than the actual storm.

What is your superpower?

I’m a kid magnet. If there’s a child in the room, we usually end up together one way or another.

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

The Miss Mississippi Program has taught me that the girl makes the crown, but the crown molds her into who she is becoming.

Describe yourself in one word.


A Fun Family Fact?

Every night, my family plays “high low”. We go around the dinner table and say what the highest part of our day was, and also the lowest.

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.

Hi my name is Rachel Canup, a 17 year old from Fulton, Mississippi! As a Junior at Itawamba Agricultural High School, I am involved in DECA, Cheerleading Captain, tennis, track, Junior Class President, Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Art Program, Yearbook Staff, Anchor Club, and Student Relations Committee. Spending time with friends and family on our boat is my favorite past time.

My favorite bible verse is Matthew 17:20. This verse reminds me on a daily basis that my God is bigger than any mountain I may ever face in life. This verse became vital into my everyday life in March 2017. I suffered a concussion at a cheer practice 4 weeks before Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Pageant 2017. My talent was originally dance, but because of health restrictions, I could not practice. Instead of looking at this as a mountain in my life I could not overcome before the pageant, I decided to work towards my goal of winning, and change my talent 2 weeks before the pageant. God showed me a talent of drawing I never knew I had until my concussion. Although I did not win, I received top 10, discovered a talent I had, and learned the true definition of hard work and overcoming a mountain. If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can move mountains.

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.

I have chosen a platform that is very appropriate for our modern day society.
We can combat Childhood Obesity by providing curriculum and training to teachers and youth. My goal is to train children early in life; teaching them that healthy habits is essential since usually childhood obesity carries over into adulthood.

Obesity has a two-edged harmful effect on kids impacting them both physically and emotionally.  How young people perceive themselves determines there outlook on life along with their extent of self-confidence. If they recognize that they are obese, it could naturally decrease their self-esteem and potentially may cause depression. This will affect their school performance, demeanor, socialization, and a variety of physical abilities. Obesity can expedite bone/joint problems, sleep apnea, fatigue, and social/psychological problems. Obesity puts children at risk for hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis and several types of cancer. According to the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the biggest and most dangerous health threat for Mississippians is obesity.  Mississippi has the highest rates of Childhood Obesity in the United States. Almost half of our children’s population in the state of Mississippi is battling Childhood Obesity. Since obesity is the root cause of many health conditions that are preventable, teaching our children to become physically active is a significant step toward stopping the adverse consequences of sedentary lifestyles such as idle excessive use of television or mobile devices.