One Monticello Life – 2011 Miss Drew County – Jessica SavageOctober 17th, 2011 by Mandy Moss
Jessica Savage is the youngest Miss Drew County that has ever won the pageant, due to the fact that she was only 16 when she won the title, she is too young to go on to compete in Miss Arkansas, which requires contestants to be at least 17. This has never happened in the history of Miss Drew County.
Jessica is a Junior at Drew Central High School and is the daughter of Bobby and Carol Judkins. She also has a brother, Zach. She was born here in Monticello in 1994, and has lived here almost all of her life.
Jessica’s favorite subject in school is History, and when asked what she’s enjoying most this year she said, “I enjoy spending time with my friends, learning and making good grades. Especially in Algebra II. It’s a feeling of accomplishment.” She has quite a list of extracurricular activities and hobbies, such as FBLA, FCCLA, Choir, participating in beauty pageants, Library Club, working out at the Athletic Club, and volunteering for community projects. She then added, “This is not an extracurricular activity, but I was also a Lifeguard at the City Pool in Monticello this past Summer, I did enjoy my job. I am in Med Pro classes at Vo-Tech in Monticello and will be a CNA at the end of the semester and plan to work in the health field in my Sr. year of High School. I will then start college at UAM in Monticello.”
Community projects and volunteer work are quite a part of Jessica’s life. I asked her to elaborate on what types of projects she has been involved in and she said, “We planted trees to beautify the school campus in the Let‘s Get Growing Club last year. We made it to State and I received Gold, FCCLA State Competition Award for my project on Obesity in Adolescence, Health Fair Community Service Hours Award, participation in fundraiser for character education, volunteering for the Salvation Army, local nursing homes, and participating in beauty pageants for charitable causes.”
Though very focused on working hard and preparing for her future, Jessica enjoys any down time she has by exercising, swimming, 4-wheeler riding, and spending times with friends and family.
As for what’s next in her life, she plans to attend college at UAM with a future career goal clearly marked in her mind.
“I plan to attend college with a very focused approach on my future. I am planning to become a nurse anesthetist.”
In closing, I asked Jessica to complete these five sentences:
1) If you really knew me, you would know that.. “I am very mature for my age, responsible, and goal oriented.”
2) Nothing brings me joy like… “Going out to see my Papaw and spending time with him.”
3) I get so stressed out when… “I have a ton of homework to do with a limited amount of time to get it completed or I have several tests on the same day. I have a daily routine and sometimes it’s just hard to find the time to get everything done.”
4) If I could change anything about the world, I would change… “The economy, because I would like to see a day where no one suffered from poverty. One other thing, the greatest challenge facing teens today – peer pressure. Pressure to be thin, look a certain way, dress a certain way, feel and do certain things, underage drinking and, drugs.”
5) Ten years from now, I would really like to be… “Working and making my own money in the medical field as an anesthesiologist and hosting many events for charity.”
Thanks Jessica for sharing your One Monticello Life, and congratulation in being Miss Drew County.
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