Yolanda Nicole Cooper is a 15 year old high school sophomore from Greenwood, Mississippi. She is the daughter of Marcus T. and Shirley H. Cooper of Greenwood, MS. She is an active member of the New Zion M.B. Church where she volunteers with the children ministry and youth choir.
Nicole is a member of the Greenwood High School Band where she plays clarinet. She is a also a member of the Beta Club. She holds a 3.54 GPA. Her hobbies include painting, sewing, and designing clothes. She also performs in plays at the Greenwood Little Theater. She is an active member of P.E.A.R.L.S. Mentoring for Girls, Inc. where she serves at President of the the Leflore County Chapter.
When asked why does she love P.E.A.R.L.S. her response was, "P.E.A.R.L.S. has given me an outlet to express myself and be myself without fear of being teased or criticize. I can simply be me; which I have discovered I am a pretty good person to be.
Outside of P.E.A.R.L.S. here chief influences are her parents, her big sister (who also serves as a P.E.A.R.L.S. Mentor and Parent Liaison), and her church family.
Nicole says, "The title of Miss P.E.A.R.L.S. Extraordinaire has given me a chance to help others by giving back to my community and by inspiring other teens to follow their dreams."
"I would like to see the organization expand and have chapters in every state in the USA. So that every teen girl will find their voice and follow their dream."