Promoting Healthy Relationships

This Valentine's Day Miss Tri Counties, Laura Hampikian spent her day doing something a littler different. "While my Facebook news feed blew up with Valentine’s posts, single ladies posts, and a lot of pink and red yesterday, I was driving 300 miles round trip to Wallace, Idaho."

Laura was invited to Wallace Sr/Jr High by their art teacher to speak about her platform, Love What's Real.  he was asked to share her story and to talk about the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships. Oddly enough, while she was preparing her thoughts for the assembly she saw a "Love What's Real" campaign poster hanging in the hall that she was featured in with a friend her senior year.

Once inside the gym students started filing in for their Valentine's Day Assembly. And after playing a few “relationship” games, Laura was asked to step up the microphone and share her story.

Laura said, "What was incredible was how these teenagers really listened. You could have heard a pin drop. They treated me with such respect. I love teens, I love high school, I love what I do, and I love that the Miss America Organization has allowed me to speak out about my experience and help others."

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