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Community Service & Involvement

If you have ever heard of or visited Jackson, MS, you would know that there is always a need for volunteer work. 28.9% of people in Jackson are poverty stricken, which is more than the average state of less than 15% (according to recent studies). This is why volunteering has always had a special place in my heart; bringing joy to others is one of my favorite things, especially right here in my home town. Some of my favorite ways to volunteer are visiting my favorite animal shelter, (MARL) , nursing home, (The Orchard), writing letters to elders, soldiers, and cancer patients, as well as hosting donation drive. I have been visiting MARL for almost a year now, and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences. It is special to me because MARL is where my first dog was adopted from, and it makes it even more gratifying getting to help provide other people with the same experience. Along with MARL, St. Jude is also another place that has been on my heart recently. I write letters/send cards to patients. St. Jude is where one of my best friends has been going for treatment for his stage 3 brain tumor, so it is really special to get to do something for him/his fellow patients. Lastly, there is Sunnybrook Children’s Home. I had applied to be a volunteer, and I was accepted, which I was very excited about. However, the national pandemic disrupted those plans. However, I plan to be a weekly volunteer there once the virus clears up, (whenever that may be).

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Talents & Skills

Athlete, singer, pianist, archery whiz, and poet: all of these are hats that I wear. As an athlete, I run on the track team for my university. I also am a singer, and have participated in choir for seven years. The clip attached is the ending of my song which I sang in my senior concert. I learned to play the piano two years ago and have been enjoying it ever since. The clip is from one of my many piano sessions before music class. I am also an archery whiz. Archery has taught me patience and control; being a part of my school’s team was such a rewarding experience. Lastly, I am a poet; several of my pieces have been selected to be published in fine art magazines (one of which is pictured). I like to utilize my talents to make connections with other people. I enjoy singing in choir because I get to know so many unique people in all walks of life. Another thing I do regularly is run in benefit 5ks. The most recent 5k I participated in was supporting Veteran Suicide Awareness. I also really enjoy writing poetry. Poetry is way of expressing my emotion and drawing attention to subjects that I feel need to be addressed. The poem that I have pictured is one of my favorites that is published.

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In high school, I was the captain of my cross country and track team (this was 2019). It was not always easy, but it did teach me a lot about people and skills for life. Leading a group of people makes you more sympathetic and understanding, as well as courageous. This also helped me become a leader in my every day life. I strive to be the best leader I can be in every situation. I have also been a leader on my schools archery team. My senior year there were only three seniors on the team, and this was compared to about 25-30 high school and middle school kids. Being one of the few seniors automatically put me in a position of a leader. This was one of the best leadership opportunities I had because I grew closer to many younger students. Recently, I have led the Corona Fitness Campaign and Let Us Love Earth campaign. Overall, I think I am a strong leader because many situations in my life had allowed me to become one.

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Academics has alway been a pivotal thing in my life. Currently, I attend Belhaven University as member of the cross country team, as well as the track team. I also participate in musical events on campus (I’m pictured in my choir regalia). Next semester, I will be in the choir, and I am trying out for the cheer team as well. I am pursuing a double major of English and Public Relations. My grades are the most important thing to me because I am trying to prepare for my future, which hopefully involve attending law school. In high school, I maintained a 4.0 all four years and was a part of the Honors Society and Thespian and English Honors Society. At my university, I made the Deans List, which requires a 3.4 GPA or higher. I am only finishing my freshman year, so I hope to obtain more academic accolades in the future. Unlike many people, I truly enjoy academics. I like feeling challenged and having to practice critical thinking.

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Essay #1

Eleanor Roosevelt, Michelle Obama, Greta Thunberg: what do all these names have in common? They all have platforms in which they promoted positive change. If I was to be crowned the next National Queen, I would use my title to be able to promote positive change and be a role model for girls of all ages. I would also love to have the opportunity to show that pageant girls are not just about glitz and glamour; I would want to show that a beautiful heart and driven spirit is the most amazing thing a girl can have. I would love to lead more service projects and help out not only in my community, but other communities as well. If I was a national queen, I would be able to do this easily. There is nothing I would love more than to be able to proudly represent this title. Being a national queen would open so many opportunities to be able to promote causes that I support such as: veteran and active armed forces appreciation, mental health awareness, animal abuse awareness, the importance of health and fitness, and anti-bullying. Overall, I would want to be a national queen to take my service projects a step forward and be able to promote positive change even more.

Essay #2

There are a plethora of incredible women in history, but if I could spend the day with one, it would have to be Malala Yousafazai. Malala was the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize because she peacefully advocating for women to have the right to be educated in her nation. If it was my choice, she and I would spend the day discussing our favorite books and writing poetry together, as well as sampling some each other’s nation’s traditional home-cooked dishes. Also, I would want to hear her story of triumph from a primary source. I feel that it would be a very enriching experience to get to spend time with her, and I would love to hear what she has to say about her life and experiences.

Easy #3

From agriculture to southern cuisine, Mississippi has many great things in it. But, the best thing about my home state is the people and community. Everyone in this state and community is so kind and supportive. Whenever there is someone who is need, there is always a neighbor willing to help. I really admire my state’s hospitality. The way that everyone is so welcoming is such a sweet thing. It is nice to know that my state has a lot of people that are willing to help during hard times. When one county in MS is struggling, the other counties will try to help raise awareness and give support. For example, when Jackson flooded, there were other counties that set up places for people escaping Jackson to stay. The Southern community is such a strong one. It is also true that the south has some of the kindest individuals. Although I might seem bias, I know that my community in the south is one of the best things about my state.