“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” This year as Miss Orem I’ve had special glimpses of my potential for greatness as well as those around me. At each event I was surrounded by greatness, and I picked up little pieces of their light and knowledge along the way: At the Special Olympics, Parades, Ribbon cuttings, Veterans breakfast, and Fitness for Youth, I’ve been honored to be in the midst of greatness. The most treasured principle I’ve learned as Miss Orem is that all women are beautiful in their own unique way. If you were to look at me when I was 12 years old, the thought would have never crossed your mind that I would be the future Miss Orem. I was insecure and struggling to find my own personal beauty. I had braces, glasses, and poofy hair.... I felt like I belonged on the island of misfit toys! I’m sure there are many girls who felt or still feel the way I did. How did I discover my beauty? It wasn’t a specific moment, but it was a slow realization of my worth and value. Once I realized the love that surrounded me, and the love that a God had for me, I discovered my beauty. At an event, I met a young woman who thought of herself as plain and awkward. When I told her she was beautiful, her eyes lit up and in that moment she was more stunning than any beauty queen I’ve ever seen. I will never forget that moment, and I hope that every girl in this world will be told that she is beautiful. Because it is the truth.
I want to THANK EVERYONE for helping me along this wonderful journey. Thank you Mom and dad, family, friends, Kim, Elisa, Miss Orem Committee, the Royalty, the Orem City Council, Mark, Pat, Heather, and last but not least I want to thank God for making my dreams become a reality. “I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble.” This quote epitomizes my hope for the future. What happens when all of the stage lights are dimmed and the curtain closes? Does my calling to serve my community end? I’m happy to inform you that my journey of service is not coming to a close, but rather it is only the beginning of a journey. Again, THANK YOU, I’m grateful for you, and I pray that you’ll never give up on yourself or on God.
Miss Orem 2010