Rylie OzbirnMiss All America City
Hometown: New Albany, MS
Hobbies: Dancing, Gymnastics, Reading, and Playing Volleyball
School: Ingomar Attendance Center
Scholastic Ambition: To finish high school, attend college, and pursue a career in Orthopedics.
Scholastic Honors: Honor Roll, National Junior Honor Society, Student Body Reporter, Student Body Treasurer
Platform: Raising Awareness on Adolescent Food Allergies
What makes you special and unique?
I am able to pick up on many things and absorb information.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?
People assume I am shy until they get to know me.
Best advice you have ever received?
My family members have always told me to stay true to myself and my beliefs.
What can’t you live without?
I could not ever live without my 8 year old sister, Sara-Barton.
What is your biggest guilty pleasure?
Whenever my great grandmother makes her chocolate pie it is a must that I help myself to a slice.
What is your favorite movie genre and why?
Drama, it is dramatic with real life situations.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I will hopefully be in college pursing my dream of becoming an Orthopedist.
Most valuable lesson learned?
Always respect people who care for you.
Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why?
Caroline Found, a high school volleyball player from Iowa. Before she was killed in a mo-ped crash she was known to find the best in everyone, and support everyone including her teammates.
What motivates you?
I am motivated by many competition because it shows what standards I must surpass.
Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title?
I recovered from my knee surgery in a short amount of time to resume gymnastics and volleyball.
Best compliment you have ever received?
Many people have told me i have a very uplifting and fun personality.
Secret wish or dream?
I have always dreamed of being a Dallas Coyboy Cheerleader
What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?
I was in the cafeteria at school one day and I slipped in something, and didn’t realize I had taco soup all over the back of my khaki pants.
What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you?
I have always wanted to go skydiving despite my fear of airplanes.
What is your super power?
I can usually tell what a persons’ mood is or what they are thinking.
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program?
There is always something to improve on, never settle for less.
Describe yourself in one word.
A Fun Family Fact?
Since my grandmother competed in the Miss Mississippi pageant in 1970 I am the first contestant from my hometown, New Albany, MS, to compete in any form of the Miss Mississippi pageant.
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 Rylie Ozbirn. I am fourteen years old and I am in the eighth grade. I attend Ingomar Attendance center which is a county school right outside of New Albany. I have one sister who is in second grade at the same school. I also have two dogs. Sadie who is fifteen years old is a Shar-Pei. Ozzie who just turned two is a Goldendoodle. Despite my dog allergy I love to play and hug on my dogs. I have had a peanut and tree nut allergy since I was three years old.
I currently play on a travel volleyball team based out of Tupelo. Playing volleyball has really helped me with working with other people. I enjoy making new friends and spending time with the ones I already have. Most of my friends are very supportive of me doing pageants. This is my first year competing in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen pageant and I am beyond thrilled!
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, Raising Awareness for Adolescent Food Allergies, can from personal experiences. I myself am allergic to a few foods including peanuts and tree nuts. It is a daily challenge to avoid foods that contain or may contain these ingredients. Most teens in Mississippi do not fully understand the true dangers of this life threatening affair. Learning to read and locate the ingredients on packaged food at a young age was a huge step in my life. My family did as much as they could to prepare me for a life filled with dancers. I am extremely thankful for everyone who cares about me. My goal is to reach out to as many children, teens, and adults as possible to let them know how they can help save someone else’s life.