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Miss Ohio Valley's Outstanding Teen Helping Kids

By: Jillian Risberg Email
By: Jillian Risberg Email

Miss Ohio Valley's Outstanding Teen is only 15-years-old and already making a difference.

Emily Wigal of Ripley started in pageants to get over a fear of public speaking.

On Thursday, January 15 she spoke to a whole assembly full of kids at Greenmont Elementary about raising money for charity.

"I'm going to motivate these kids to start a penny drive and we already have some stuffed animals going, so I'm super, super excited for this opportunity," Wigal said.

Her platform is the Children's Miracle Network Hospital in Morgantown to help kids who need it most.

"A lot of people think I'm in pageantry and it's all about the bling, the dresses... but really, the bulk of what we do is behind the scenes like this," Wigal said. "I'm really trying to encourage people to get out there and promote things that they believe in and to help people. I'm very grateful that I have this platform and this title; it gives me sort of a bigger voice."

Wigal said she would love to win the state title and promote her platform throughout West Virginia with the voice of Miss West Virginia's Outstanding Teen.

She loves motivating others and is living her dream. When she is old enough, Wigal hopes to one day be Miss America.


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