Sarah Gladney

Miss Modern South

Hometown:   Birmingham, Alabama            

Social Impact Initiative Description:         To raise awareness and promote funding for kids and adults living with arthritis, by supporting grants and lobbying for better funding and education across the state.

Talent:     Pop Vocal performance of “River Deep, Mountain High”

What college do you attend, or have attended, or will attend if High School graduating senior?      The University of Mississippi

What is your major?     Marketing and Communication Strategy

List scholastic honors:     Provost Scholar, Chancellor’s List 2018 & 2019, Phi Eta Sigma, Golden Key National Honor Society, National Honor Society, National Business Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta

What is your scholastic ambition?   To graduate with honors with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Communication Strategy.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment:      Winning my local title of Miss Modern South and having the opportunity to compete at State level in the Miss America Organization

What has been your greatest adventure?  Please provide an answer outside of the Miss America program.      Training and conditioning to climb Mount Shasta in Northern California. This was a yearlong emotional and physical training process.

What trip shaped your life? Please provide an answer distinct from your social impact initiative.    

I had the privilege of rebuilding homes in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina with the Saint Bernard Project. We were able to meet and have fellowship with the homeowners who were devastated by this storm.

Use three (3) words to describe your greatest assets.      Positivity, Determination, Authenticity

Are you a person of intelligence or of common sense?     Intelligence

Who is the most influential person in your life other than your mother?      Donna Greene, my high school bible study leader who taught me life without limits.

What are your 2 favorite hobbies and what led you to them? Participation in the Miss Mississippi program is not considered a hobby for this question.      I love snow skiing and running. Aside from pageants, I enjoy being outside and always seeking a new adventure.

Who is your most interesting relative and why?     My cousin David and his wife Kristen demonstrated complete selflessness and servant leadership by leaving high profile jobs in Dallas and moving to South America and to serve as missionaries.

What is the best advice you have received and from whom? Please answer this question with information from outside of the Miss America program.     You only live once, but if lived right, once is enough. I learned this during several summers spent at JH Ranch in California chasing every possible challenge and adventure.

What is your favorite quote?      “Elegance is the only beauty that never fades” Audrey Hepburn

Who is your most influential mentor and why? Please answer this question with an individual from outside of the Miss America program.      My mom has set an amazing example of what a balanced life looks like through hard work and compassion for others.

Other than being Miss Mississippi, what is your dream job?      To serve as head of marketing for Coca-Cola. The company is the leader in brand recognition. Over 94% of the world is aware of the iconic red and white logo.

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize?      I am extremely bold and always eager to take on a new challenge.

What success have you learned most from?  Please answer this question with an experience outside of the Miss America program.     Being named President of Key Club my senior year of high school taught me the importance of servant leadership and inspiring followers through passion.

What failure have you learned most from? Please answer this question with an experience outside of the Miss America program.     I applied to, but was not chosen, for all four service clubs in high school. I reapplied, and became the Key Club President and received the senior class service award.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program?       Perseverance. I competed in 15 local prelims before winning my first local title. Each prelim allowed me to grow as a person both on and off the stage.

If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service?      I want to inspire my fellow Mississippians to take on new challenges and step outside of their comfort zone to highlight their gifts across this great state.

Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal social impact project?      My grandmother Shelby and Aunt Mary have both suffered from osteoarthritis. This is a life altering disease with no current cure that millions battle daily.

When is your sense of humor most evident?      When I am being recklessly authentic and not letting myself worry about the judgement of others.

What historical figure best represents who you are striving to be?      Aretha Franklin. She was a community activist with pure talent and passion to share it with others.

What gadget can you not live without?      MapQuest. I would truly be “lost” without it

What is your favorite sport and sport team?     Football at Ole Miss