Miss Oklahoma, Emoly West, spoke at Piedmont Middle School on Tuesday, delivering a message about the importance of character and setting goals.
Mothers and daughters in Piedmont got a special treat on Tuesday, when Miss Oklahoma Emoly West came and spoke to them at the middle school. West spoke to the girls about the importance of character and what it takes to be a real princess.
“When I was young, my mother and I would read Proverbs and Psalms every night,” West said. “Proverbs 31 truly spoke to me because it talked about how to be a woman of character.”
West spoke to the girls about setting goals and how important character is to someone’s life. She explained how it’s not what you get or receive, it’s who you are when no one is watching that truly defines who you are.
West also told the story about her journey to becoming Miss Oklahoma, and how she fell short four times before reaching her goal. Each year, West learned a new lesson and grew.
“The first year I went to the Miss Oklahoma Pageant, I didn’t even make the top 10,” West explained. “I watched and learned from that Miss Oklahoma and learned how important being compassionate to others is.”
As she competed in more pageants she learned the importance of humility, determination, enthusiasm, and leadership. In West’s last year she could compete, she finally came to her most important realization.
“When I realized that no matter what happened, life was going to be good, that’s when it all came together,” she explained. “That’s when I finally became who I was supposed to be.”
Talking to girls and boys of all ages is important to West for many reasons. One of those reasons is trying to affect someone in a positive way and make them better.
“My life is not my own, right now,” West said. “I’m so grateful for every opportunity I get to talk to anyone. I was contacted by Piedmont and asked to come speak at this event.
“It’s important for me to explain how character affects all of us, and how it transcends everything. In this age of technology, and in an environment where bad behavior is often rewarded, we can easily get caught up in this bad environment. It’s important that we treat others well and become productive citizens. We all need to go back to the golden rule.”
West will continue traveling around the state until her reign as Miss Oklahoma ends. She will also be competing in the Miss USA pageant in about six weeks.