Get to Know Mackenzie Ross - Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi 2013


Name: Mackenzie Ross
Age: 17
Hometown:Meridian, MS
College: The University of Alabama
Major: Public Relations (Minor: Political Science)
My favorite food: Steak and loaded baked potato
My favorite TV show: Downton Abbey
My favorite movie: Titanic. Who doesn’t love a good romance set in historical context??
Current #1 most played song on my iPod: “In a World Like This” by the Backstreet Boys.  I saw them in concert a few weeks ago, and they are still just as good now as they were when they started 20 years ago!
My favorite quote: “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” – Les Brown
Plan ahead OR procrastinate: I definitely plan ahead! If something does not go on my calendar, then it doesn’t get done.
Paper OR plastic: Paper. I don’t really know why, but paper seems more “real.”
Glass half-full OR glass half-empty: Half Full
Introvert OR extrovert: Extrovert! I never meet a stranger.
Cats OR Dogs: Dogs
Morning person OR night person: Both! I love mornings because I can get so much accomplished, but I am most alert/energized in the evenings.
What is your most embarrassing moment?A couple of years ago, I participated in a Defensive Driving course to get a discount on insurance, but on the first day of class, I did not have time to eat breakfast.  Within the first five minutes, my stomach started growling, and it proceeded to get louder and louder until eventually the whole class knew I was hungry. The fact that my dad had known the instructor for decades didn’t help because then the instructor began spouting off jokes about my stomach growling.  To make the whole situation worse, I was sitting next to this super cute guy who I had the biggest crush on!! Needless to say, I learned that breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day.
What would people find in your refrigerator right now? I spend way too much money on food, so right now my refrigerator is stocked with apples, blueberries, liquid egg whites, Silk Vanilla Almond Milk, Healthy One microwave steamers, and lemon-poppyseed bread.
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 would want to trade places with Taylor Swift. Although I have sung in choirs before, I am most definitely not a soloist, but I think performing like Taylor would be so much fun!  Her songs are incredibly relevant to teenage girls, and I think she has been a positive role model for numerous people.
What is your biggest fear? Heights terrify me! Ironically, I am a pilot, but flying doesn’t bother me. However, if you put me on monkey bars or a two-story balcony, I will freak out!
What do you want to be when you grow up and why? From an early age, I have had a fascination with television, specifically broadcasting. I am majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Political Science, but I hope to get my masters degree in Broadcasting.  My ultimate goal would be to serve as a Legal Analyst for a major news station like Fox News or ABC News.  When I was in New York City in April, I had the opportunity to be in the Good Morning America studio during the live show, and it made me even more determined to achieve my goal!
Describe your single-most favorite moment from your Distinguished Young Women experience. While there were many incredible moments during my experiences at the local, state, and national programs, the night at Camp Grace in Mobile, Alabama has been the best! The 50 state representatives had only been in Mobile for two days, but we were already quickly bonding and enjoying our time together. However, that night we all sat in a circle and had the opportunity to share about someone who has been a light in our lives.  Every girl had something very inspiring to say, but the whole time I was overcome with emotion just realizing how blessed I was to even be there. From the time I was seven, I aspired to be a “Junior Miss,” but I never thought my journey would take me all the way to the national competition. Sitting there at Camp Grace, I was overwhelmingly grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of such an incredible program and to meet 49 other girls from around the country. I had never been in a place where every state was represented, and to share those two weeks in Mobile with them was absolutely incredible. I think about my “distinguished sisters” everyday, and I still cannot quite believe I had the opportunity to represent my state at nationals!

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