Miss NC wishes kids 'hakuna matata'
Green eggs and ham for Sam I am too
By Miles Layton
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
TYNER — Victoria Huggins, Miss North Carolina for 2017, broke into song during her recent visit to White Oak Elementary.
True, Huggins was there last week to read the Dr. Seuss' classic “Green Eggs and Ham” so as to promote reading to kindergarten kids, however the one-time “American Idol” contestant couldn't help herself but to offer a Disney treat to the kids.
Kids sang the words with Huggins during her spirited rendition of “Hakuna matata!” from the movie, “The Lion King.” And Huggins sang it to perfection — far better than that meerkat and warthog duo.
Try getting that song out of your head on a sunny day. Could be worse. Could be “Let it go” from “Frozen.” Maybe go pick up those movies today from Shepard-Pruden Memorial Library.
Anyway, Dr. Seuss was what brought Huggins to this neck of the woods – Cubbie Country!
“I'm so excited because it is my goal as Miss North Carolina to be in all 100 counties during my year of service,” she said. “There has yet to be a Miss North Carolina that has accomplished that feat. So this is an opportunity to meet these wonderful children as well as cross Chowan County off my list. As the 80th Miss North Carolina, it's really special because this is the first time I've partnered with CITGO to be able to give all these children a brand new book. The excitement in their eyes is one of the most special parts of my job as Miss North Carolina.”
As part of Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss’s birthday, Huggins read them the book about some guy who just didn't want to try anything new – green eggs and ham. In the end, the...whatever that creature was...had some of the breakfast fare and liked it. After Huggins read the book, she announced that the kids were going to get a big prize. They didn't know they were getting a book.
“How many of you like surprises?” she asked as the kids got all excited. “Oh my goodness. Well, I like surprises too. Thanks to a grant from the CITGO corporation, each kindergartner will be getting a book!”
Huggins’ tour took her to schools in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties in recent days. She challenged the White Oak Elementary kids to keep working hard and to become whatever they want to be. Huggins told kids that it took her five tries to achieve being crowned as Miss NC.
“I believed in myself,” she said. “Every year, I went back better and better and I learned. Finally, this past year I presented to the judges the best Victoria Alexis Huggins I could possibly be. And they determined that I was the best person for the job of Miss North Carolina. If I can become Miss North Carolina from a 2-stoplight town of St. Pauls that hardly anybody knows about at the very bottom part of our state, then you can become whatever you want to be.”
The kids started clapping before they echoed Huggins remarks as she said, “If at first you don't succeed, you try try again.”
Doesn't take a Disney princess to know that dreams can come true. Huggins asked for a show of hands as to how many students wanted to become teachers, police officers or doctors.
“Those are some wonderful dreams,” she said. “I want to encourage you. There is no dream too small and there's no dream too big that you cannot accomplish as long as you work hard, you belief in yourself and you get an education.”