A Glimpse of Me
Music and the arts make my world go around.
Music was never at the forefront of my life leading up to the year that I turned nine. I tried, keyword TRIED, to play soccer, dance, paint, etc. with very average to below-average success. I approached my mom one day about auditioning for a local production of "Annie The Musical" because I was jealous that my next-door neighbors got to try out! My mom, supportive of all my dreams, took me to the audition. When I opened my mouth and sang, everyone asked my mother if I was adopted. She was in shock! From this day on, my life was consumed with music.
Music, the arts, and creative thinking have been a part of my life since discovering my love for these elements. In the years following my discovery, I have achieved and experienced many different feats!
As a student at Mississippi State University, I was blessed to carry the title of "Miss Mississippi State University" representing over 20,000 students. Through this experience, I have been able to work with state legislators, expand my initiative Music Is Medicine (bringing arts and music to heal those across the state of Mississippi), and regularly appear at events as a titleholder.
In June, I competed for the title of Miss Mississippi 2022. God blessed me with a platform and a voice and I became Miss Mississippi. During the preliminary competition I took home the Red Carpet Evening Gown Award. This was an award that was an example for girls across the state and the country. Standing at only 5'1, I was a representation that true beauty comes from the confidence and kindness we possess. Miss Mississippi is more than a crown and a name to me, but an ability to make a difference in the state and the country.
I had an incredible time competing at the Miss America competition at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut in December 2022. I am so happy for Grace Stanke of Wisconsin for being named Miss America! I gained priceless friendships and was awarded the 10,000 dollar Jean Bartel Social Impact Award!
In my free time, I love cooking Lebanese food with my family, collecting vinyl records, performing, and watching "Family Feud" which I will appear on in the fall! I am an older sister to the best 16 year old in the world. Family and friends are everything to me!
I deferred a year of school to focus on my job as Miss Mississippi. In the fall I will be going into my senior year at MSU studying public relations with a minor in music. I cannot wait to apply the creativity I have learned through my college courses at Mississippi State, my extracurricular activities, and my job as Miss Mississippi as I begin the search for completing my higher education and heading toward my future career. I am blessed to benefit from the scholarship dollars from the Miss America Organization, earning over 30,000 through my participation. I will complete my undergrad debt free with scholarship money to spare for graduate school.