Sarah Beth Stambaugh

Miss Clinton

Scholastic Ambition: Receive a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Mississippi State
Scholastic Honors: All A Honor Roll, National Honors Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honors
Talent: tap dance
Platform: Normalizing special education in the school environment

What makes you special and unique? My ability and desire to root for the underdog and take people under my wing who might need a little extra attention

 What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? That I am very competitive

 Best advice you have ever received? “Control what you can and learn to deal with what you can’t.”

What can’t you live without? My family

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? Reality TV shows

What is your favorite movie genre and why? Romantic comedies because I’m a romantic at heart and I love a happy ending!

Where do you see yourself in ten years? I plan to be teaching special education in my home school district. I also hope to married with at least one child.

Most valuable lesson learned? To always treat people the way you want to be treated

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My aunt Layne because she is strong in spirit, steadfast in her beliefs, and has a kind heart

What motivates you? When someone says I can’t do something, I become even more motivated to do just that thing.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? Being selected as a singer/dancer for Attache, my high school’s nationally known show choir

Best compliment you have ever received? Being told that I was influential in someone’s decision to follow Jesus

Secret wish or dream? To be a Broadway performer

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? One day, while practicing with show choir, I talked about how cute boy in our group is, without realizing I was standing in front of a “hot” microphone!

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? I would love to go skydiving!

What is your super power? Being able to always see the good in people

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Program? Everyone believes pageants are only about how a girl looks on the outside. In reality, pageants help to bring out each girl’s inner beauty.

Describe yourself in one word. Determined

A Fun Family Fact? My great grandfather was president of Pearl River Community College for nearly 20 years.

My name is Sarah Beth Stambaugh, and I am 16 years old. I have lived in Clinton, MS, my whole life. I love to sing, dance, and shop! I attend Pinelake Church where I am active in the youth program. As a sophomore at Clinton High School, I am a member of the nationally known Attache show choir, serve as sophomore class treasurer on Student Council, and participate in Anchor Club, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honors Society, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with family, including my older sister, Hannah, and our 5 first cousins! At home, I love to play with our dogs, Pepper, a teacup Chihuahua, and Toby, a large mixed breed.

My family likes to say that I’m a little “extra”, and last summer I proved them right when I had my wisdom teeth removed only to find out there were 5 tiny extra teeth hiding beneath my gums! Also, I once broke my arm roller skating in my grandmother’s back yard and as a toddler broke my toe by simply sliding off the end of a bed!

It brings me joy to show others that they are loved and appreciated for who they are. Last summer, I started a pen-pal project with some friends. Through the exchanging of heartfelt handwritten letters, I gained a deeper relationship with many existing friends, and even made a few new friends as well! I love to encourage others whenever I can. Recently, I began sending a “Daily Dose of Jesus” to my friends each day, passing along words of wisdom and Bible verses from my daily devotion.

After high school, I hope to attend Mississippi State University and major in Special Education.

My platform is Normalizing Special Education in the School Environment. After spending my 8th grade year as a classroom helper in the special needs class at Clinton Junior High School, I came to realize the importance of including all students in certain aspects of school life. While mainstream classrooms are not conducive to the learning styles or capabilities of most special needs students, many other parts of the school experience are perfect opportunities for these students to spend time with their peers.

Oftentimes, special needs students arrive and leave school earlier or at different drop-off and pick-up points, leaving some students with little to no contact with these classmates. Enrichment classes such as music, art, and physical education are widely used as times to blend the student population. I enjoy encouraging and working with teachers and school administrators to find new and fun ways to increase interaction. Playground time, reading circles, and classroom helpers in the lower grades, are just a few of the ideas I would like to explore.

Spending time in the special needs classroom in junior high fueled my desire to be a special education teacher. I hope to not only influence and encourage today’s special education teachers, but to be one of them in the future, putting to practice the ideas and plans set forth in my platform.