With over $40,000 in cash and in-kind scholarships that she was awarded upon crowning, she hopes to pursue a Master of Science in Food and Nutrition and open her own fitness coaching business, Strong Not Skinny.
She is a certified personal trainer, trained model, and content creator for Anytime Fitness locations across the Southeast.
Hannah’s platform, Defined by Me, inspired by her own experiences of overcoming the odds and statistics stacked against her life, focuses on empowering at-risk individuals with the tools to overcome adversity and define their own destiny. She has volunteered with United Way, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Prom Series, and other non-profits to achieve her mission.
For her talent selection, Hannah performed an upbeat jazz dance piece to the hit “It’s Raining Men” by the Weather Girls. She was also awarded $600 in additional scholarships for the Overall Evening Gown and Overall Fitness and Wellness awards.
Hannah will travel the state as Miss Mississippi Volunteer teaching safe driving practices to young drivers working to combat the state’s historically-high teen driving fatality rates as the official spokesperson of the Mississippi Highway Patrol’s D.R.I.V.E. campaign (Driving Requires Initiative Values and Education).
She looks forward to serving her home state this year and utilizing her title to further the S.E.R.V.E. mission of the Miss Mississippi Volunteer and Miss Volunteer America organizations.
The opportunity to pay off my student loans and be debt free is just one of the many reasons why I competed at Miss Mississippi Volunteer! Also, the opportunity to represent my state on the national level. This is something I have been working towards for the past almost three years! – Hannah Perrigin