Victoria RossMiss Delta State University
Hometown: Vicksburg, MS
Social Impact Initiative Description: To obtain knowledge from the Cardiologists of Mississippi, and to share that knowledge with the youth of my state in order to raise awareness and promote happy and healthy hearts.
What college do you attend, or have attended, or will attend if High School graduating senior? I attended Hinds Community College and I am enrolled at Delta State University
What is your major? Social Work
List scholastic honors: Top 10 Award at Graduation, Dean & President’s Scholar, Who’s Who in Community and Junior Colleges, The 3E Award, Clarence and Laura Scales Scholarship, Kaye Cliffe Memorial Scholarship, Phi Theta Kappa, Phi Alpha Honor Society
What is your scholastic ambition? To obtain my Masters in Social Work and dedicate my life to serving vulnerable populations in a variety of fields.
Greatest non-academic accomplishment: Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Miss Congeniality Award
What has been your greatest adventure? Please provide an answer outside of the Miss America program. My greatest adventure was my trip to Costa Rica as I submerged myself in not only the culture, but also in the true meaning of the country’s motto “Pura Vida”, which is translated to be “Pure Life”.
What trip shaped your life? Please provide an answer distinct from your social impact initiative. My month-long trip to China shaped my life by providing me with experiences and memories aside from my normal, American culture. In China, I gained a greater appreciation for my country, my religion, my academics, and the life that I have lived so far.
Use three (3) words to describe your greatest assets. Vivacious, Hard-working, and Kind.
Are you a person of intelligence or of common sense? Both, dependent on the subject
Who is the most influential person in your life other than your mother? My little sister, Karleigh
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. My favorite hobby is singing and I began this hobby when I was very young as I sang in church. My second favorite hobby is taking pictures and I was led to it by realizing the beauty that lies in every person and thing.
Who is your most interesting relative and why? My grandmother is my most interesting relative solely because of the life she has lived. She was born, and grew up in Germany and came to USA as a child. She lived in MS and IL and raised four children by herself.
What is the best advice you have received and from whom? Please answer this question with information from outside of the Miss America program. My Mom always tells me, “Always stay true to yourself”, and no matter where I am in life, this advice always realigns my thoughts and decisions in accordance with my morals, and puts everything into perspective.
What is your favorite quote? My favorite quote is, “How we walk with the broken speaks louder than how we sit with the great”.
Who is your most influential mentor and why? Please answer this question with an individual from outside of the Miss America program. My most influential mentor is the Director of Enrollment Services at Hinds CC, Kathryn Cole. Kathryn Cole has the most beautiful, caring heart, and always handles herself with so much grace.
Other than being Miss Mississippi, what is your dream job? My dream job would be to be a leader in the United Nations.
What is the one thing about you that people you meet may not immediately realize? People may not immediately realize how much my influential past has molded me into the person I am.
What success have you learned most from? Please answer this question with an experience outside of the Miss America program. By being the President of Hinds Connection, I learned so much about people, their interactions, personality types, and the success that can be reached when multiple people join together for a common cause.
What failure have you learned most from? Please answer this question with an experience outside of the Miss America program. The most important failure, that I continue to learn from, is my human tendency to push God out of my life, and to not listen fully to His voice when He’s trying to guide me. My struggle to be obedient is a continuous rise and fall, which only makes me stronger.
What is one important thing you have learned from being in the Miss America Program? The most important thing I have learned from the Miss America Program is to believe in myself, and to never compare myself to others.
If you are crowned Miss Mississippi, what do you want to accomplish during your Year of Service? I hope to not only promote my platform as Miss MS, but to also raise awareness to MS residents and MS legislators about the common social issues of my state, and the things that can be done to improve our statistics.
Is there a personal connection that made you pick your personal social impact project? Yes, my grandmother had a heart attack in 2015, and I realized that if I did not know what Cardiovascular Disease was, then there were probably thousands of youth who did not know what it was either.
When is your sense of humor most evident? My sense of humor is the most evident when I am around my family because I am always trying to make them laugh, smile, or feel less stressed.
What historical figure best represents who you are striving to be? As a future social worker, I strive to be like Harriet Tubman in the sense that she did all she could, even if it was to help just one person.
What gadget can you not live without? My GPS
What is your favorite sport and sport team? My favorite sport is football, and I love to watch LSU play.