|Q: When did you start to school at DHS?
A: I went to T.S. Boyd Elementary and started freshman year at DHS
in 1992 graduating in 1996.
Q: What was some of your most outstanding memories at Dora? Good?
Bad? Embarrassing? Funny?
A: Good: Hanging out in Vonda Beaty’s office, LUNCH, having
the honor to be class favorite 3 years in a row, being crowned Miss
Bad: deaths, riot, mandatory Saturday school, no gym-with pep rallies
Funny: having to sit in the corner in physical science with Coach
Griffin b/c I talked too much and when he put me in the corner I still
got in trouble for turning around to talk to my friends, singing “Hey
Mickey” to Mickey Beaty for extra points in Chemistry.
What or who at DHS most influenced your life?
A: Mrs. Beaty – she was always there to offer advice and encouragement
or just to listen, no matter what I was going through.
Q: Who if anyone gave you a leg up?
A: I have several people in my life that have always been there
for me, the first of which being my family. I have 5 brothers and
sisters and wonderful parents who have always supported and encouraged
me in all of my endeavors. Money was tight in our family but my
parents always made sure that I had everything I needed and I wouldn’t
trade it for anything. I also owe a lot to Minee McCrary and Shondra
Chance. I started working for Shondra at ShowStoppers Dance Co when
I was 15 years old. Dancing was something that I loved and having
the opportunity to teach was amazing. I also worked for Minee at
what started out as the Dawghouse Deli and became Minee’s
Place. They not only gave me jobs and the chance to earn extra money
but I believe having something to do with my time, especially something
that I enjoyed, kept me motivated and “out of trouble.”
They were like my second family and I owe them more than I could
Q: Give history of how you became Miss Dora and Miss Walker County.
What influence did this have on your life?
A: I was never interested in pageants because I didn’t see
myself as the “beauty queen” type. What intrigued me
about Miss Dora High was that it wasn’t just a beauty pageant
but it offered an opportunity for me to perform. Dancing was something
I had done since I was 2 years old and was such a big part of my
life but because it wasn’t a school activity, a lot of my
school friends had never seen me perform. Miss DHS (11th grade)
was the first pageant I had ever been in and I placed 1st alternate.
I had such a good time that doing it again in the 12th grade was
even more exciting. I wanted to do well but there were so many talented
girls I never really expected to win – it was a total shock.
I truly believe that my interview is what won it for me. I answered
all the questions with total honesty and was “just myself”
and the judges told me that they appreciated that. I think often
times girls go into it thinking that they have to be something they
aren’t or say the things they think they are supposed to say
and it comes across as being fake. Being crowned Miss Dora High
was a great honor and something that I will cherish throughout my
entire life. It gave me confidence in myself and what I could achieve.
I also went on to be crowned Miss Walker County and had the opportunity
to be a part of the Miss Alabama Pageant. Being crowned Miss Walker
County was much like being crowned Miss DHS but I must say that
taking part in the Miss Alabama Pageant was quite a different story.
I met several amazing girls who were utilizing their talents to
do wonderful things and make a difference. However, I have several
regrets about my involvement in this pageant. Having not had much
experience in pageants and realizing the caliber of this one in
particular, I let myself get caught up in being what everyone else
wanted me to be. I listened to what others said that I should wear,
the kind of dance I should do, and even the way that I should wear
my hair. By the end of the pageant, I didn’t feel like myself
at all and I realized that I am much better at being myself than
trying to be what everybody else thinks that I should be. I was
not upset in the least about not winning but what did upset me was
that I could not look back and say that I did the best that I could
do or that I was proud of my performance. My advice to anyone going
through it is not to be concerned about anything except being true
to yourself! This is a lesson that I have carried with me from that
point on and now, regardless of the situation, I will only take
part in things that I can be proud of.
A: What is your avocation? How have you prepared for your future?
A: I am currently enrolled in Auburn University School of Pharmacy
and will graduate with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in May of 2003.
I am residing in Tuscaloosa where I am completing my last year of
pharmacy rotations most of which have been at DCH Regional Medical
Center. I have been accepted into the primary care residency program
at the VA in Tuscaloosa. After completing this one-year residency,
I plan to pursue a career in the Birmingham area.
I am completely in awe of all the blessings God has given me and
I strive to use these blessings and talents to glorify Him. The
joy of receiving a pageant crown or a prestigious degree does not
even come close to the joy that God can bring into your life and
without Him, none of it means anything.