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Episode 34 · 8 months ago

The Wildcat Way Show Featuring Hannah Smith Miss PRCC 2022

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The Wildcat Way Show host, McKinsy Harris, sits down with Hannah Smith, our Miss PRCC 2022. Hannah grew up in Picayune, MS and chose to continue her education at PRCC. She is on the String of Pearls Dance team, and she has been representing PRCC well! We are so excited to cheer Hannah on in the Miss Mississippi pageant this year. Check out the interview to learn more about Hannah!

Hey everybody, my name is Mackenzie Harris and I am the host of the wildcat way show that we used to reflect our pride, respect, class and character here at Pearl River Community College, and today I'm getting to sit down with Miss Hannah Smith from picky. You Mississippi. She is recently crowned our Miss PRCC and Hannah, I am so excited to have you here on showing day. I am so happy to be here. Also, I'm awesome. Well, kind of get started and tell us a little bit about yourself. You grew up in Picky, you went to high school, they are graduated from there, and then you decided to come to Pearl River. So tell us a little bit about why you decided to come to Pearl River. My my grandmother, we call her Lulu. She literally lives about two minutes away. So ever since I was a baby I've just driven past this college and if it feels like home. It's felt like home since I was a little kid. Just and felt right to just come here. Absolutely. So, what are your goals as far as your education? What are you planning on...

...studying? Pre Law? Pre Law. So you want to be a lawyer one day? Yes, that's the goal. And then this is your freshman year, so this is your first year in college, right. Yes, this is my first year with the college expiy. There you guys. That has everything going, is it? Is it everything that you thought it would be, or is it a little bit hard or anything? It's it's just about everything I thought it would be. Every every high school teacher kind of differed. They were like, oh my gosh, they're going to be they're going to be hailing you, they're not going to remind you of anything, and I get reminders all the time. Right exactly. They kind of take care of you. Yeah, especially at a community college. I don't know about like a big o university, but especially here. PREORB's in a hometown, so I feel like the faculty has the hometown love for their students too. So I'm not gonna let you hanging. Absolutely, they're the best here. I can really say that too. But so let's talk about the competition. You were in the paget from Miss PRCC. What made you decide to trap it the MISS PRCC title? Well, my junior year high school I...

...did distinguish young woman, HMM, and I absolutely loved it. I love the sisterhood I got from that. The girls that I did with still talk to them. One of the dresses I'll be wearing for Miss Mississippi is actually one of the girls I did that did distinguished from woman. It's one I was her dresses, but just I just wanted to get another taste of that. Really, I honestly did not go in here saying I want to win this, I want this title and this is mine. I've don't. I just I wanted to be able to get that sister and listen more girls. Yeah, gets to meet people and kind of get in that room. All right, so tell us what was the paget like? What kind of different things that you have to do? And it maybe you have to do like an interview and like stage walk and stuff. So what kind of things did you have to do? So the Friday before the pageant we all met around thirty and we learned our opening number, dance, and then we just kind of ran through that really address rehearsal, just like a mini rehearsal about the on stage question. We did our talent. That's we had a mock interview...

...the next morning. We woke up. The interview started around maybe three fifteen and we did our interviews and then we went to the Brown stuff. It's started with the dancers. Yes, yes, the opening number started with that, and then we did the onstage question, which was extension of the interview paid. Yes, the interview process. We were told, and it really was, that right after your interview, right when you walked out, they were going to say, okay, they, like the judges, went together and like, what is our question to ask her? What did she answer best? That's what we're going to answer. Ask Her onstage. Okay, because that was probably the most nerve braaking part this one stage question. That was something that you didn't know what they were going to ask you. Now it because we're going back to the dyw experience. They gave us a paper of possible questions and we could like read those over, have a good answer...

...for each every one of them and walking on there you have no idea whenever and ask them. Oh, well out. So do you remember what that question was that they asked here, what the topic was about it, or anything, something along the lines of what do you mean when you say it's okay to not be okay, or like the importance of letting people know it's okay to not be okay, okays, and so that's what it kind of leads into your platform, that's you're having now as Miss PRCC and going into miss to city. Right, yeah, it's all right. So tell us a little bit about that mental health platform that you're willing to promote. Um. Well, on a personal note, at age thirteen I was diagnosed with depression, and so for the past five years I've personally struggled with mental health and along those five years I realized some people really do get it. There, like hey, she's she's okay, but she's not okay, and then some people are like why are you so d Ay on, like just not. Yeah, I just want to change this. Want to try to change...

...as many people's point of views. Like mental health is not something you can control, it's not a it's not something you can turn on and all for. Yes, it's it's not a fault in you, it's a fault in your genetics. That's literally nothing you can control. And Right, it's not that people would know that and they just ignore it. They just they just don't know it and there's not they're wrong. You just want that to be I want to inform. Right exactly. So how are you using that to inform you? We were talking a little bit about like your social media and how you're promoting that on Mondays and stuff like that. So what kind of things are you doing to inform people and to educate people and mental health? Well, like you said, every Monday on my instagram and my facebook page, which is Miss PRCC, I do a mindful Monday which I just post some encouraging words or an uncommon fact about mental health or I shine light on an uncommon mental illness. Right, I haven't posted it to day, but...

...today I want to like kind of guide into the scientific part of it. Show the different brain scans compared to like a normal brain scan compared to the brain scan of someone with depression or OCD or schizophrenia. Show the differences. Yes, that showly is there? Yes, then it's a medical diagnosis. Yes, right, exactly. So, talking about the things that you're doing right now, is Miss PRCC. That's one thing. You have to social media accounts. You're kind of promoting yourself in your platform. What other things do you do as Miss Prccdu attend any kind of events or anything, or volunteer curatively there are very few things that we have set in schedule. Like you have to be there most of it, every most of everything that I do is volunteer. I plan to read the read to the children at Papa Elementary School, is the lower elementary school. I have a book coming about emotions, recognizing emotions, which I'm excited to go read to them. For valentines I was supposed to set up a booth about just like passing out cards I love you. That didn't happen. I was a little day Becau.

It's kind of some things that you'll be able to do as Miss PRCC. Yes, we have a spot. We have sponsors here and Papa Bill, Delta, dawn and apples. I go there and I model for them on frying. I think was their fifty apples. Fifty three anniversary was around November. The somber been here that wall. That's awesome. That is crazy. It's crazy, but I spent my day there just talking everyone there and it's great you kind of being there to kind of welcome people and show your face and let people know who you are and represent folk. Yeah, awesome. So let's talk about a little bit of what this means as Miss B RCC, you get to compete at the MISSPI, Miss Mississippi pageant this coming summer. So we're talking a little bit about next week. To tell us about next week and what's going to happen. Due to covid the in person orientation was canceled. So next Monday we're going to have a zoom call to basically go over the lottery, which the lottery is the way in which we pick...

...our numbers that will have for Miss Mississippi and just everything else that we need for to prepare for Miss Mississippi. Okay, and so will you represent Pearl River community college or Per Pearl River County at the Missississippi pageant? I've the Miss Mississippi pageant. I will represent Pro Community College College. Okay, perfect. So you will be there to represent us. And then when is the actual date of the competition? That We June eighteen through twenty four. I'm going to Vicksburg. So it's going to be this summer. Are you excited? I'm excited, but I am very nervous. Nervous. So what kind of things are you having to prepare for anything like that? Like, what are the things that you're doing now to prepare threw J so and all. Honestly, the most important part to me is my talent, because I dance and my talent is a spoken word about mental illnesses. So I'm steadily trying to find the perfect spoken word, trying to make the perfect dance so I can at everyone in the audience feeling what I would. I want them to...

...feel right without saying anything. That's really cool. So you've time and all into your platform, your talent, everything like that too. And speaking of your talent, that you are a dancer here at Pearl River Community College. They tell us a little bit about that. You're a string of Pearl Right, I am a pearl. It's the best. I'm not going to lie. If you like to dance, try out for the pearls. It's such a positive environment. It's I look forward to going to dance every single day. So did you dance any time throughout your childhood growing up? Did you put in the dance school? Yes, I have been dancing since I was eight. I attended the Saras School of dance and then in junior high I was on the junior pride of the tide and I was on my high school dancing the pride of the tide all four years and was cocatting my seen a like awesome. And so then he tried out for the pearls here. Or did you? How did that work? So in the summer for fall tryouts,...

I was again sick, so I was not able to try out for the fall team to perform at football games, but I was able to try out for the spring team, which is competition at Basketball Nice. Okay, so you were on the spring team. So tell us a little bit about the string of pearls. Maybe like the girls and the great bear girl really close, you'll have a good sisterhood kind of bond. They're absolutely they it's it's just a bunch of hard work and girls who all know how to crack jokes. Is that's probably the best one I know how to say. We know when the work hard, we know when to get things done, but at the end of the day we all know how to crack a joke right exactly make it fun. Well, I know that coming up you're going to have a lot and you're going to be, you know, really busy over the next few months. So tell us that. What maybe somebody can do to kind of help you along your journey. Is there any way that certain maybe businesses in town or any kind of friends or family can sponsor you or...

...help you along your journey as you go to compete for Miss Mississippi? Yes, Um, with Miss Mississippi there's something called there's the program book and those pages in the program book are called Soul of pages and I've actually been going around trying to sell some. The pages are three hundred and twenty dollars a piece, but they are separated in the fourth pages, quarter quarter pages, third of pages and half pages. So if any businesses and Poplar Ville or maybe picking in the Pearl River County area wanted to sponsor me, that would be a really big help. Awesome. And then, as far as any kind of outfits or anything like that that you'll be wearing at Miss Mississippi, do you have anybody that is sponsoring you that way? Apples and dupth the dawn at they have the cutest outfits for me picked out and I am so excited for you got to see them come to that is great. Okay, I can't wait to see them too. Well, Hannah, thank you so much for sitting down with me today and I'm so excited for you and I want to give you the best of luck that I can possibly give you on the next few months that you'll be preparing for Miss Mississippi. Thank you so much driving me and thank you again. You're very welcome all right, and...

I want to thank everybody for tuning in to this episode of the wildcat way show. We are a youtube channel and a podcast that strives to reflect the Pearl River Community College's pride, respect, class and character motto, and we hope that you continue to live your life the wildcat way.

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