Research conducted by the office of the Mississippi State Treasurer reveals that 60% of Mississippians break even or spend more than they bring in, 47% lack a traditional bank account, and 68% lack the fundamental principles of financial literacy. In a country that is facing more than twenty-one trillion dollars in debt, it is evident that something needs to be done to address this issue.

Through my experiences as a managerial finance major, MoneyThink exec member and mentor, investment advising intern and financial literacy advocate, I have incredible opportunities to promote my platform, SAVE: Investing in Financial Literacy, as I strive to help end the financial illiteracy epidemic facing our nation. When we implement SAVE: Strategy, Accountability, Value and Entrepreneurship, young people will feel equipped, confident and ready to take hold of their financial futures.

I was so honored to have been named the Miss America Community Service award recipient at the 2018 Miss Mississippi Pageant and an Honorable Mention for the Quality of Life award at the 2019 Miss Mississippi Competition for my work with my platform, and I look forward to many more years of empowering our youth with strong money management skills!

For information on how to become more financially savvy or an inquiry on a presentation about financial management, email