Get to know Abbie Hebron - Distinguished Young Woman of Missouri 2014

Name: Abbie Hebron 
Age: 18
Hometown:O’Fallon, Missouri
College: Missouri State University
Major: Dietetics

What is your favorite TV show? I would watch Big Bang Theory all day long if I could. I love when I actually understand the nerdy jokes or puns!

What is your favorite Olympic sport? Olympic hockey is definitely my favorite. I, along with the rest of my family, am the biggest St. Louis Blues fan out there (#LGB), so this answer will not surprise anyone who knows me. Seeing the best of the best from around the world out on the rink, roughing it on the ice, and competing for their country is something I will never get tired of watching.

What is your favorite Christmas/holiday tradition? This may sound a bit odd, but on Christmas Eve my grandma always makes a hamburger-based casserole called Chow Mein hot dish for my whole family. No, we are not of Chinese descent; it is named that just because there are Chow Mein noodles on top. It is my absolute favorite time because all the people I love are gathered around sharing a delicious meal and just enjoying time together.

What is the current #1 most played song on your iPod? I play both of these constantly, so I cannot choose just one – “Love Runs Out” by OneRepublic and “A Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay.

What is your favorite quote? “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~Jeremiah 29:11
Plan ahead OR procrastinate? I definitely need to plan ahead! Every week I make a to do list (besides my day-to-day list in my calendar) that tells me everything that needs to be done, when I need to do them, and any details associated with the task. I would be lost without my calendar and notebook.

Paper OR plastic? I am a plastic girl.

Glass half-full OR glass half-empty? I try to always be optimistic and look at the glass as half-full, but I believe that not all days are going to be perfect, so you just have to keep your head up when the glass is looking empty (which happens).

Introvert OR extrovert? I was an introvert up until about three years ago. I still like to keep to myself sometimes, but I am definitely more outgoing now!

Cats OR Dogs? Dogs all the way! I think bigger dogs are my favorite, though. I have always been a little skittish around cats; they kind of freak me-owt (bu-dum-dum). I have two Old English sheepdogs, and they are my absolute joy!

Morning person OR night person? Morning; I love my sleep! I was always the first to go to bed and the first to wake up at sleepovers.

What is your most embarrassing moment? There have been a lot, but probably the most embarrassing would be my first interview I ever had. I was 15 years old and was competing at my first pageant ever, along with my friend, Waverly. I remember her walking out of the door looking as confident as can be, so I quickly stood up, gave her a hug for good luck and walked into the room. I do not really remember what I was asked in that interview, nor how I responded (or if I even did respond). All I know is that once it was over, I had this giant hole in my gut, an awful feeling that I had never really felt before. I could feel my face burning with heat of nervousness. As I walked out the door, my mom ran up to me and grabbed me, laughing. I had no clue why she was laughing, but I was doing that weird thing when girls laugh and cry at the same time out of confusion and apprehension. My mom brought me in front of a mirror, and I stood looking at my blotchy self; I was covered in hives! Like I said before, I do not know what happened in that interview room, but I feel the need to make a public apology to the judges that had to sit through those ten minutes of me breaking out in scary-looking hives and occasionally answering a question in a nervous voice. I do want to make it clear that I have been through several interviews now without looking like a diseased tomato afterwards.

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be? I have always looked up to Mother Teresa as one of my biggest role models. If I could have traded places with her for even an hour when she was alive so I could feel her strength, love, and compassion, I would be considerably blessed!

What is the one thing you wish someone had told you about college life that you had to find out on your own? I really wish someone would have warned me about the rain here in Springfield, Missouri. I had heard it was bad, but I never actually understood the intensity until my first experience here. About two weeks into school, there was a torrential downpour here; it was a step away from being a tsunami I think. Before I moved in, I invested in my adorable rain boots (which I bought in Mobile), my $5 Walmart flowered umbrella, and my monogrammed rain jacket, but I am not concerned about style anymore. I think you know what is on my Christmas List this year- a water-proof backpack, some rain boot socks, and a huge umbrella! Beware of the Ozark weather!

Sum yourself up in three words. Determined, Passionate, and Gracious

What do you want to be when you grow up and why? My biggest dream is to be a mother. I want to be able to have a reasonably large family, and raise my own kids someday. As for an occupation, I want to become a dietitian, so I can help the people of my community live healthier and happier lives. I am very intrigued by nutrition, and I am so excited to start my education on this subject!
Describe your single-most favorite moment from your Distinguished Young Women experience. I have no experience at the local or state level since my state was unable to have a competition last year, but my week in Mobile, Alabama was incredible and two weeks that I will never forget! All of the talented and intelligent contestants that I met from across the country welcomed me with open arms. I am so glad I met each and every one of them last June, and developed friendships with them that will last much longer than the medals we wore around our necks.

If I had to pick one moment from that time, I would probably narrow it down to the Sock Hop dance that the contestants shared with the local Girl Scout troops. I had the privilege of meeting the beautiful girls of the troop and dancing with them that night. This was just the start of our bond, though. They came to several other events throughout the week and greeted me with big hugs each time. Being able to spend time with these young girls was a really fantastic part of my spectacular time in Mobile.

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