Rylee McCollum

Miss Delta Blues

Hometown:  Amory

Hobbies:  Soccer, Cheerleading, Swimming, horseback riding, Singing

School:  Amory Middle School

Scholastic Ambition: 

Scholastic Honors:

Talent:  Vocal

Platform:  X-OUT HUNGER

What makes you special and unique?

My personality makes me special and unique.

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

Kindness is a trait that I possess that may not be visible to the eye until you actually meet me.

Best advice you have ever received?

The best advice given to me is to “look for the positive influences in any given situation to make conquering the rough situations a bit easier”.

What can’t you live without?

I absolutely cannot live without music.  I love music.  I play it everywhere I go.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure?

Netflix

What is your favorite movie genre and why?

Suspense.  I like to sit down with a bag of chips and a drink and watch a movie that keeps me holding on and wanting more out of it.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

I plan to be in medical school pursuing my career as a pediatrician.

Most valuable lesson learned?

Think before you speak.  Words can be harmful, so think about what you are about to say before you say it.

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

I have some very important role models in my life.  I watched my sister Madison blossom into a beautiful, caring young lady who gives with her whole heart.  Her senior year in high school she reached out to a child with autism and asked him to escort her to her homecoming ceremony.  As they entered the gym, their faces lit up with so much excitement.  She is such an inspiration to so many.  She put aside everything to make sure that he could experience what any normal kid could.  She saw past his disability to give him a moment of happiness  In my home we fight for things we are most proud of.  My entire family takes on the fight for hunger, but it all started when my sister Kylee Brooke made it her obsession to find a way to feed the food deprived individuals in our county.  She planned and organized food drives that involved all the residents in Monroe County.  She set a goal and went above and beyond that goal.  Kaylee Brooke made such a great impact on me.  I have now stepped into her shoes and will fight just as hard as she has to fight hunger in our county.

What motivates you?

The love that my family has for me motivates me to be the person I am.

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

I joined the AHS swim team this past August.  I do love to swim, but swimming on a high school team is not like swimming in your pool at home.   I struggled for weeks.  By the end of the season I had cut my time and actually won the “most improved swimmer” out of all the varsity and junior varsity students.

Best compliment you have ever received?

“You are the most humble and kindest person I know” is possibly the best compliment that anyone can receive.  I try to treat people the way I would like to be treated.

Secret wish or dream?

To win a championship with my swimming.

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

When my mother posted on facebook a picture of me after I had dressed myself to go outside to play.  I was 4 and had no sense of style at all!

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

Parachuting.  I am afraid of heights and this would be a huge hurdle that I could jump.

What is your superpower?

I can bring sunshine to a cloudy day with my infectious personality.

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

My sister has been a part of the Miss Mississippi program for the last two years.  She and I have worked together on many fundraisers.  It is through these fundraisers that I realize what giving with you heart means.  Our community came together to help us give back to the less fortunate families in our community.

Describe yourself in one word.

Determined.  I am determined to make the best out of a bad situation.

A Fun Family Fact?

My family tree has a former Miss America winner in it.

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.

            My name is Rylee Kathryn McCollum.  I have this great opportunity to participate in the Miss Mississippi Outstanding Teen program as Miss Delta Blues Outstanding Teen 2018.  As a sibling of a former contestant in the Outstanding Teen program it is my passion to serve my community and fight for the food deprived individuals.

Currently I am an eighth grade student at Amory Middle School where I am a member of the Amory High School Swim team, a cheerleader and a Diamond Girl for the Amory High School baseball team.   My love for music began at the age of 5 where I was a member of the St Andrews Children’s Choir.

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.

            My platform is X-OUT HUNGER.  This platform is something that not only I, but my entire family feels passionate about.  I began volunteering at our local food pantry at the age of 12 when my mother signed my sisters and myself up to get some community service hours.  Little did she know that she ws igniting a fire within me.  Can you imagine going without food?  Can you imagine a small child without food?  This is what stuck in my mind after I volunteered.  I am a giving person and wanted to rush home and clear out or cabinets to feed the hungry.  We are a giving family and love to give back to our community so we sat down to try to figure out how we could reach lots of people and gather up as many donations as possible .  My sister Kaylee Brooke and I tag team on this platform.  She’s just as passionate as I am when it comes to children being hungry.