Vanessa Faye Mitchell was born and raised in a traditional household in Purvis, Mississippi.   Her mother is a registered nurse and her father is a federal technician at Camp Shelby.  She has a younger sister and she always tries to keep busy whether by bettering her local community, spending time with family, or trying new things.  Vanessa has always been very family oriented because she knows her family members are the people who will always be there to support her as she reaches for the stars.

Vanessa attended Purvis High School, where she tried to make the most of her time and participate in as many extracurricular activities as possible.  Vanessa was a member of the Spanish Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Science Club, Purvis Pizzaz, and Beta Club.  She also served the community as a member of the Purvis Juniorettes, where she was treasurer her senior year.  Vanessa was captain of the Color Guard and Winter Guard both her junior and senior years, and she was electing Most Outstanding Winter Guard Member in 2008.  Vanessa has received numerous academic awards, and she was elected as Most Positive Attitude by my peers in 2010.  Vanessa is a Mississippi Scholar, and she was inducted into the Purvis High School Hall of Fame for the Class of 2010.  Last year she became a member of Phi Theta Kappa, and she was named on the Dean’s List for PRCC.  Vanessa is currently a tutor and peer mentor for PRCC.  Vanessa enjoys soaking up as much culture as she can through different community service groups and clubs.  She hopes to attend the University of Southern Mississippi next year where she will major in accounting.

Vanessa has always been very dedicated and hardworking when trying to achieve her goals.  She does not let any obstacles get in her way; she perseveres and keeps working towards her dreams.  Vanessa hopes to one day become a Certified Public Accountant and then get married and have a family of her own.  Vanessa’s future is bright as long as she keeps her strong faith and remembers what is truly important in life.  She does not give up easily; Vanessa finds the positives and works around the obstacles to achieve her dreams.