PEOPLE’S CHOICE - Emily Cockrell
Emily Cockrell is 23 years old and the new Miss Magnolia State for the state of Mississippi. After three years of competing in this system, she has finally taken home the crown and has the opportunity to represent the great state of Mississippi. Emily is from North Mississippi where she has been competing in pageants for the past six years. Miss Magnolia State was where the dream of competing started so this title is incredibly precious to her. Emily strives to promote community involvement and service to others through many outlets including the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar in Mississippi and South Arkansas. She is a five year volunteer with this organization that actively works to promote leadership skills in juniors in high school. This organization also struck the fire in Emily to continue to earn 1,000+ hours of community service each year. This organization built the foundation for Miss Emily to continue her studies in Secondary Education/ General Education in hopes to one day pursue teaching. She is a graduate of Northwest Community College and The University of Mississippi. Currently, Emily is the director of the Mississippi Miss Amazing Organization which works to promote self-advocacy for girls and women with disabilities. The foundation built in this organization strives to push these incredible women to stay active in their community, break barriers for others with disabilities, and self-advocate in their everyday lives. These skills are necessary in achieving every day goals, and Emily is proud to be an asset to these amazing women through this organization. This is Emily’s 5th year as a member of the Mississippi Miss Amazing staff and plans to continue to make it her life’s mission to promote and advocate for all of these amazing women not just in the state of Mississippi but across the country. Emily is also involved and has volunteered for organizations such as: Chris Hope Foundation, Make-A-Wish Mississippi, Mid-South Transplant Foundation, National Childhood Cancer Association, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and her local high school as the choreographer for their theater department. Serving others plays such a massive role in Emily’s everyday life that building these characters in her pageant experience will forever be her priority as a titleholder.