Reagan Casey WadeMiss Hattiesburg
Scholastic Ambition: To complete high school with honors and attend Ole Miss majoring in Elementary Education
Scholastic Honors: All A’s for the whole year in Math, English, Science and MS Studies. Awards for Honor Roll and Principles List.
Platform: The Mind Matters
What makes you special and unique? I am a very passionate person. I whole heartedly throw myself into anything I am involved in.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? Most people do not realize that I have extreme social anxiety.
Best advice you have ever received? To always be yourself, no matter what anyone else thinks.
What can’t you live without? My mom and my phone.
What is your biggest guilty pleasure? Without a doubt….ice cream.
What is your favorite movie genre and why? Action movies are my favorite movie genre because I love the adrenaline rush.
Where do you see yourself in ten years? In ten years I hope to be out of college, living on my own and working in my field of study.
Most valuable lesson learned? The most valuable lesson I have learned is that failure is necessary for improvement.
Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? One of my role models is Lydia Myers. She is a past Miss Mississippi contestant and active in my community theater. She has always given me great advice and has always worked hard and pushed to chase her dreams even when giving up would have been easier.
What motivates you? I have big dreams and I will do the work to make them come true. God has given me exceptional gifts and I don’t want to waste them and I want to use them to do good work.
Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? My greatest accomplishment is winning the first state championship my high school marching bank has ever received.
Best compliment you have ever received? My favorite complements are the ones about my personality.
Secret wish or dream? My dream is to be Miss America one day.
What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? My most embarrassing moment was falling down the bleachers at a Petal playoff football game in front of everyone.
What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? Something I would like to try is a sport. I am very into the arts and I think it would be fun to get out of my comfort zone.
What is your super power? My super power is being fearless.
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Program? One thing I’ve learned from the Miss Mississippi Outstanding Teen organization is that you always have someone looking out for you. Your outstanding teen sisters always have your back.
Describe yourself in one word. Compassionate
A Fun Family Fact? One fun family fact about me is almost everyone’s name in my family starts with a J.
I am a very creative person. I really love the arts whether it be singing and dancing, art, theater makeup or special effects makeup. I am always drawing or painting or finding some way to create something new. I have been singing since I was young and won the school talent show when I was eight years old and then again when I was 11. I have been cast in several rolls in my community theater such as Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Ariel in the Little Mermaid, and Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty. I am a member of my school’s show choir and in the varsity marching band. The Ban of Braves.
When I am not busy with afterschool activities you can find me spending time with my friends or sleeping as much as I can.
I am an only child but I have a big extended family. We love to get together often and always make a big deal out of holidays. They are my biggest supporters.
When I was creating my platform, The Mind Matters, I debated over and over if I wanted to cover such a sensitive topic. There is such a stigma surrounding mental illness that most people don’t like to talk about it or just don’t know how. That is when I realized that is exactly why I needed to support this as my platform. Mental illness is known as the silent killer due to the fact that many people don’t know how a recognize signs and people dealing with it are afraid to speak up about how they are feeling. Mental illness can affect anyone regardless of gender, race, age or social status. I wanted to bring awareness and resources to teens and adolescents, as well as their families. My goal as a an Outstanding Teen is to made sure kids all across Mississippi know that it is okay to talk about their feelings and that they are not alone with dealing with their struggles.