As I approach the one-month mark in my year of service, I wanted to share with you some of the thoughts I have written down in my journal and a glance into who I am and who I hope to be as Miss North Carolina.
My life has been all about doors: opportunities for which I have worked very hard to attain. Some have opened easier than others, but the one thing that has forever rang true is that I would never be knocking on these doors alone. I am so grateful to have grown up in Robeson County. The small-town values have been ingrained within me have ultimately prepared me for every doorway that I have passed through. My parents and family raised me that if I wanted something, I needed to earn it through dedication and passion. They have been by my side cheering with cowbells, fans, buttons, and signs from the start of my journey; regardless of the outcome. Thank you for never wavering in your faith in my abilities to serve our state and nation with the gifts God has given me.
June 24th, 2017 will forever mark the opening of the door that I had worked the hardest for in my entire life. For five years I prayed, dreamed, went to the gym, and practiced giving 110% of my focus and energy on competition preparation on a daily basis. All of this in addition to working a third shift job as the Morning News Producer at WECT/WSFX in Wilmington, graduating from UNCP Cum Laude, starting my Master’s Degree online with Johns Hopkins, serving as an advocate for Alzheimer’s families, and being active in my community as a local titleholder. The fire that burned within me for this goal was not something that could be extinguished; and every year I grew and learned from the “No’s” to prepare me for the ultimate “Yes”.
Perseverance is my story…gratitude is my song. What made my crowning moment so special was the eruption of cheers, applause, and smiles I saw and heard all around Memorial Auditorium that extended beyond my actual family. It was five committees who invested their time and energy in my potential. It was the volunteers who give their all, mostly behind the scenes who seek no recognition for the countless hours they give to our organization, crying happy tears. It was my beautiful Class of 2017 sisters who surrounded me with their love and support like nothing I’ve ever felt before. And finally, it was everyone who has seen me try, try, and try again…regardless of personal relationship or bystander… who celebrated and respected the fact that I did not give up. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making this the best month of my life thus far by embracing, encouraging and supporting me as YOUR 80th Miss North Carolina.
I hope I can be an inspiration to the youth in our state and beyond, that no dream is unattainable when paired with hard work, a strong support system, and faith.
I am living proof that dreams really do come true.
Victoria Alexis Huggins
Miss North Carolina 2017