Tiffany BusbyMiss All America City
Hometown: Leakesville, MS
Scholastic Ambition: I plan to pursue a career in the health care field.
Scholastic Honors: Honors Program Classes and Honor Roll
Talent: Trumpet Presentation
Platform: “Invisible No More”
- What makes you special and unique? Each of us are special and unique. Embracing the things that make each of us unique is one thing that makes me proud. I love that everyone brings something unique into the world. Maybe, what makes me special and unique is that I appreciate the diversity in everyone.
- What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? I’m very calm in stressful situations.
- Best advice you have ever received? Never fear the unknown. Let the unknown fear you.
- What can’t you live without? Creating music
- What is your biggest guilty pleasure? Binge watching Harry Potter movies
- What is your favorite movie genre and why? Adventure! There is so much to see, and I like to live vicariously through some of the characters.
- Where do you see yourself in ten years? I see myself working in or still in college preparing to work in the medical field.
- Most valuable lesson learned? You can’t always lose your insecurities, so try your best to embrace them instead.
- Most valued role model (other than your mother) and why? When my mother passed away in October 2019, a family friend, Jennifer McNeal, stepped up to help me. She has taught me what it means to care both FOR and ABOUT others. She has shown what it means to love others unconditionally. She is the one who encouraged me to be a part of this amazing program.
- What motivates you? I want to do things that I believe would make my mother proud of me if she was still here. I also want to make both the rest of my family and myself proud of the things I accomplish.
- Greatest non-academic accomplishment other than winning your local title? As a sophomore in high school, I have already received band scholarship offers from colleges.
- Best compliment you have ever received? I believe in you.
- Secret wish or dream? I would love to play for a renowned orchestra such as the New York Philharmonic!
- What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? I had to perform in a school play with SHAVED EYEBROWS!
- What is one thing you’d like to try that is out of character for you? I would like to play volleyball.
- What is your super power? I can play multiple musical instruments.
- What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Program? Stepping outside of my comfort zone has been quite a journey. As someone who is accustomed to working within a group, I have learned much about focusing on preparing for some things that I must do alone.
- Describe yourself in one word. Determined
- A Fun Family Fact? I am a “Brady Bunch” tie breaker.
If you see me, I probably have an instrument or a book in my hand……..sometimes both!! I love music, and I love words. Sometimes when I’m playing music, I picture a story that goes with the song. Sometimes when I’m reading a book, I can imagine music that fits the story. Words and music are often intertwined to me. This beauty of both words and music each plays a role in things like my favorite color. Different songs evoke the emergence of different colors in my mind. My favorite songs are usually “navy blue”. Classical music often shows deep emotion, and this reminds me of the dark blue. It’s not necessarily sad, but filled with intensity. That is navy blue to me, intense.
Obviously, feelings and emotion are important to me. My favorite television show, “Gilmore Girls,” is filled with that! I love the mother/daughter relationship between Lorelei and Rory. I also appreciate the community family and how they are always there for each other, and the bickering between Luke and Taylor is really funny…..and, yes, sometimes I “add” music in my head to scenes in television shows and music!
Knowing, loving, and losing someone who lived with an invisible disability makes my social impact initiative, “Invisible No More”, very real to me. Like 1 in 10 people in this country who live with an invisible disability, my mom faced many problems before she passed in October of 2019. For those who struggle while well-meaning people that say, “but you look fine”, it is so important that others learn to listen, believe, validate, and encourage.
Because this issue has touched my life so profoundly, I am working with the Invisible Disabilities Association to help people realize that those living with conditions such as ADHD, Anxiety, Celiac Disease, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Lupus, Migraines, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and many other diseases/disabilities need to be “seen” I, too, am one of those people. Together, we must work toward making invisible disabilities, invisible no more.