Sydney DuggarMiss Saltillo
Hometown: Gun-town, MS
Scholastic Ambition: I hope to attend the University of Mississippi to major in Communications/Sports Broadcasting.
Scholastic Honors: Honor Roll
Platform: Every Child Matters: Raising Awareness and Support for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital
What makes you special and unique? I am lead to those who tend to be overlooked.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I love to give compliments.
Best advice you have ever received? Never give up when you know you can succeed.
What can’t you live without? My family and friends
What is your biggest guilty pleasure? Sweet tea and ice.
What is your favorite movie genre and why? Comedy, I love laughing with my friends.
Where do you see yourself in ten years? Working as a Sports Broadcaster for ESPN.
Most valuable lesson learned? If you ever give up, you will regret it.
Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? My grandmother, Di. She always encourages me to do my best.
What motivates you? Knowing that some people do not have the opportunities that I do, so I always take advantage of my blessings.
Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? An accomplishment that will forever be some of my best memories, is winning state titles in middle school cheer two years in a row.
Best compliment you have ever received? Someone once told me, “You always make my day!”
Secret wish or dream?I really want to go to Switzerland.
What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? Once, there was a lady who just wouldn’t stop talking to me. She said “I haven’t seen you since you were so little.” I didn’t know who she was, so I told her it was nice to see her.
What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you?I am always the “safe” friend who never takes a risk on things that might be dangerous, even though, I would love to skydive!
What is your super power? Making people happy.
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi Program?There are girls like you all over the state, with the same goals, that can be competitors and friends at the same time.
Describe yourself in one word. Iridescent
A Fun Family Fact? My parents are both remarried, but we remain a solid family. My biological and step parents get along so well that we have taken many trips together.
The word empathetic is an adjective that is defined as “showing an ability to understand and share the feelings of another”. I believe that this is also a definition of myself. I truly and genuinely care about others and their feelings. People often tell me that my smile can bring light into their dark days.
Another adjective that describes me is “benevolent”. Benevolent means being charitable and kind. It is my desire to help others whenever possible. Giving a helping hand to others means much more to me than doing for myself.
The words “Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital” have been spoken around me since I was born. My mother was actively involved in a ladies group called TWIGS for years. TWIGS is a fundraising group for Le Bonheur. My mom took me with her to many events. I learned from her that having a servant’s heart will bless you more than having a selfish heart. Growing up around this group, I realized that their mission was something that changes lives daily, and therefore my heart grew towards fundraising and to raising awareness of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.
My platform is “Every Child Matters: Raising Awareness and Support for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital”. There are quite a few people who are unaware that Le Bonheur serves over 27,000 children from Mississippi each year. I have personally known or heard stories from numerous children in my community who have benefitted from the care at Le Bonheur. This hospital not only provides exceptional care for the child, but also to their entire family.
Le Bonheur is a French word meaning “Happiness”. While working towards fundraising and raising awareness for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, it is my desire to spread “happiness” to all who I encounter.