Sarah Beth StambaughMiss Capital City
Scholastic Ambition: receive a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Mississippi College
Scholastic Honors: All-A Honor Roll, National Honors Society, Mu Alpha Theta math honors society
Talent: jazz dance
Platform: “We’re All Friends Here: Normalizing Special Education in the School Environment”
What makes you special and unique? Something that makes me special and unique is my ability and desire to serve others.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? One thing people might not realize about me is that I am very competitive.
Best advice you have ever received? The best advice I ever received was, “Control what you can and learn to deal with what you can’t.”
What can’t you live without? The one thing I could not live without is my family.
What is your biggest guilty pleasure? My favorite guilty pleasure is watching reality television shows, especially The Bachelor!
What is your favorite movie genre and why? My favorite types of movies are romantic comedies because I’m a romantic at heart and I love a happy ending!
Where do you see yourself in ten years? In ten years, I plan to be teaching special education in my home school district. I also plan to be married with at least one child.
Most valuable lesson learned? The most valuable lesson I’ve learned is to always treat other people the way you want to be treated.
Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My aunt Layne is my most valued role model. She is strong in spirit, steadfast in her beliefs, and has a kind heart.
What motivates you? I am most motivated when someone says I cannot do something. When that happens, I become even more determined to do just that!
Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? Being selected as a singer/dancer for Attaché, my school’s nationally recognized show choir is definitely my greatest non-academic accomplishment!
Best compliment you have ever received? The best compliment I’ve ever gotten is one I believe is the greatest compliment anyone could ever get – that I was influential in someone’s decision to follow Jesus.
Secret wish or dream? My secret dream has always been to be a Broadway performer!
What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? One day while practicing in show choir I talked about how cute a boy in our group is, without realizing I was standing in front of a “hot” microphone! That was certainly both the funniest and most embarrassing thing!
What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? Something I would love to try that is out of character is skydiving!
What is your super power? I think my superpower is being able to always see the good in people, even when it’s hard.
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Program? Participating in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Program has shown me that even though the outside world believes pageants are only about how a girl looks on the outside that is definitely not true. In reality, pageants help to bring out each girl’s inner beauty and show her that she is capable of things she never realized she could accomplish.
Describe yourself in one word. Determined.
A Fun Family Fact? A fun fact about my family is that my great-grandfather was president of Pearl River Community College for nearly 20 years!
My name is Sarah Beth Stambaugh, and I am 17 years old. I have lived in Clinton, Mississippi,
my whole life. I love to sing, dance, and shop! I am a member of Pinelake Church where I am
active in the youth program. As a junior at Clinton High School, I am a member of the nationally
known Attaché Show Choir, serve as Junior Class Treasurer on Student Council, and
participate in Anchor Club, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honors Society, Fellowship of Christian
Athletes, and Cultural Awareness Society. In the summer of 2019, following my sophomore
year, I was selected to represent my school at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference
at Millsaps College. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family, including my older
sister, Hannah, and our five first cousins! At home, I love to play with our dogs Toby and
My family likes to say that I’m a little “extra”, and in the summer of 2018 I proved them right
when I had my wisdom teeth removed only to find out there were five extra tiny teeth hiding
beneath my gum line! Also, I once broke my arm while roller skating in my grandmother’s
backyard and as a toddler broke my toe simply 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. One way I
do this is by leading the 7th grade girls’ small group at my church. Spending time with them,
working with them as they navigate middle school, as I did just a few short years ago, holds a
special place in my life. I love to encourage others when I can, so I began sending a “Daily Dose
of Jesus” to my friends each day, passing along words of wisdom and Bible verses from my
After high school, I hope to attend Mississippi College to major in Elementary Education and to
one day become a Special Education teacher.
My platform, “We’re All Friends Here: Normalizing Special Education in the School
Environment” is my plan to normalize and erase the stigma surrounding special education. 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 time to blend the student population, but 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 lower grades are just a few of the ideas I have explored within my own school and district.
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 educators, but to be oneof them in the future, putting to practice the ideas and plans set in motion by my platform.