Rylie OzbirnMiss Northeast Mississippi’s OT
Hometown: New Albany
Scholastic Ambition: Graduate high school, attend college in pursuit of a dental degree
Scholastic Honors: Beta Club, Hospitality Club, Honor Roll, National Junior Honor Society
Platform: Drowning Awareness
What makes you special and unique? I tend to see the best in every situation. I try to always look on the positive side of things.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? People often mistake me as a shy person before they get to know me.
Best advice you have ever received? To always stay true to myself and my beliefs. Do not change yourself into someone you are not to please others.
What can’t you live without? My family and friends who support me in everything I do.
What is your biggest guilty pleasure? Communicating with people on my cell phone
What is your favorite movie genre and why? Drama because it is deals with real life situations.
Where do you see yourself in ten years? Graduated from college and working as a dentist.
Most valuable lesson learned? Always respect the people who care about you.
Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My most valued role model is my late great grandfather “Skinny” .He was the most giving, hardworking, and funniest man I’ve ever known.
What motivates you? Myself. I love to challenge myself because I always want to be better than I was the day before and I love new challenges.
Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? My original talent for this competition was dancing. Since breaking my foot recently, I am exploring my other talents and will sing in this competition!
Best compliment you have ever received? I’ve been told that I am fun and uplifting to be around.
Secret wish or dream? I secretly want to be a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader.
What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? The most embarrassing thing I did this year was to airdrop a picture of a scary dog to the entire school.
What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? Skydiving even though I don’t like airplanes!
What is your super power? l think I am able to read people very well, I can usually tell when a person is genuine.
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Program? I’ve learned that there is always something I can improve on. It’s also really fun to meet and befriend other girls with the same goals as mine.
Describe yourself in one word. Energetic
A Fun Family Fact? Since my grandmother competed in the Miss MS Pageant in 1970 as Miss New Albany, I am the first contestant to compete from the same town since.
My name ls Rylie Ozbirn. I am a fifteen year old freshman at Ingomar Attendance Center. This is my second year competing in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen program. Over the last two years my love for the organization has grown tremendously! I have a nine year old sister, and a three year old Goldendoodle. I enjoy spending time with my family and best friends because they are always there for me to count on. I am a cheerleader at my school, and I also enjoy playing volleyball. I am also a member of the Art in Motion competitive dance team. I have danced my entire life. Because I broke my foot in January dancing. I am stepping out of my comfort zone and exploring my other talents. I am a member of my school’s Beta Club, and this semester I have contributed 36 Beta service hours. Giving back to them and my community has always played a major role in who I am as a person today.
My platform is Drowning Awareness. Most people do not realize that the leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of four is drowning! I have seen the passion my mother and grandmother have for this by them teaching infants as young as six months old to self-rescue. I was also a part of this training, and at the age of two I could swim and self- rescue if I ever were to encounter a body of water alone. My stance on this is that every parent should know that there are resources available further than pool fences, higher door locks and constant supervision to keep their children safe around the water. Babies as young as 6 months can be taught to self-rescue.