Skylar Sondra Taylor

Miss Pontotoc Ridge

Hometown:  Grenada

Hobbies:  Tennis, travel, Show Choir, Drama Club

School:  Kirk Academy

Scholastic Ambition:  To obtain a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design

Scholastic Honors:  Duke TIP Program; Honor roll; HOBY Leadership award

Talent:  Vocal – California Dreamin

Platform:  Women’s heart health

What makes you special and unique?

My independence, spirit, fun quirky personality makes me unique and special

What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? 

When people met me they see my bubbly personality.  Some may be surprised to see that I am a highly intelligent deep thinker.

Best advice you have ever received? 

The best advice I have ever received came from my mom who said love others and be selfless.

What can’t you live without? 

Online shopping and gas station cappuccino

What is your biggest guilty pleasure? 

McDonalds’s fries on my cheat day

What is your favorite movie genre and why?  

Historical fiction movies such as ‘Gone with the Wind’ and ‘Pride and Prejudice’.  I enjoy the history and the lifestyle of the different time periods.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? 

I see myself living in the big apple as a successful interior designer.

Most valuable lesson learned? 

Never give up, never give in, and never compromise.

Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? 

Ivanka Trump, she is smart successful, committed to family and country, and puts others before herself.

What motivates you? 

I am motivated by my deep spiritual convictions to make a difference in this world.

Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? 

My greatest non-academic accomplishment was becoming MAIS student counsel treasurer.

Best compliment you have ever received? 

You are always true to yourself.

Secret wish or dream? 

My secret wish is to be Scarlet O’Hara in Gone With the Wind and be married to Rhett Butler.

What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? 

When I was running for state student council treasurer, almost everything went wrong.  I botched my entire speech in from of 500 high school students.

What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? 

Travel across country on a motorcycle.

What is your super power?  

I am the deepest of deep sleepers.  I have slept through a fire alarm and once slept 21 hours.

What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program? 

I have learned that it is hard work, but totally worthwhile for all the life lessons learned.

Describe yourself in one word. 

Authentic

A Fun Family Fact?

In 1919 my family started one of the oldest grocery store chains in Mississippi and called it Jitney Jungle.

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.

Disco, drama club, and design. What do these have in common? They are a few of my favorite passions and words that describe me. I am Skylar Taylor, a sixteen year old from Grenada, Mississippi, with larger than life dreams fueled by my many interests and experiences.

I have a creative and unique sense of style. I designed my own bedroom using modern lines, crisp colors, and chrome accents. I find inspiration in the architecture all around me and found my greatest inspiration while traveling in Italy, where the carbs weren’t bad either! I plan to one day attend school in New York and pursue a career in interior design.

I love to entertain and use my creativity! I started a drama club at my high school and recently performed the role of Peter Pan. I planned and helped host my sweet sixteen party where we danced the night away to Donna Summer and sounds of the disco. From performing to hosting, I love being able to improve the moods of people around me.

More than anything, I’m not afraid to be different. You can find me in my favorite pair of glittery gold boots, performing for a crowd, or listening to the Rolling Stones with my dad. I take pride in boldly following my heart and pursuing my passions even if they’re unique from other teens. I’m full of energy and a day with me will never include a dull moment. Every day is an adventure and I love seeing where life takes me next!

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.

Heart disease is the leading killer of Americans. While it may be common, it’s not something you often think about as a teenager until it affects you. My mom passed away due to dilated cardiomyopathy earlier this year. She complained to me about chest pains the day before she passed. Her life was cut short simply because she was unaware of her heart issues. Losing her has opened my eyes to the countless others who will face this same problem.

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.  I have chosen to partner with the AHA so that we may improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans, reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke, and provide public health education. Through my platform, Heart Health, it is my goal to educate and help others prevent heart disease so that they do not experience this same tragedy my family has.

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