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Ashley Vicks, a sophomore theater major at Arizona Western College, also just so happens to be Miss Yuma County.
Now Ashley wants to use her position to help spread awareness on a topic that hits close to home for her, and that is bullying in our local schools.
“I want to spread awareness to the community that bullying is a big, big issue,” she says. I’ve spoken at schools in Somerton, San Luis, and in Yuma, and it’s just something that needs to be brought to light.”
Vicks wants people to know that the issue is important to her because she herself was bullied while growing up.
“Coming from a biracial family, I was called Michael Jackson in junior high and high school, and one girl wants to be told they look like a guy and no guy wants to be told they look like a girl..”
It is estimated that close to half of all children will experience bullying during their time in grade schools.
Vicks is holding an event this Saturday which she hopes will help get the community involved.
“We’re holding a rally at Smuckers Park, Saturday April 6th from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The mayor is going to be there, members of the Salvation Army, Carlos Flores, the MMA fighter will be there,” she says. We’re just hoping to raise awareness, and we’ve got T-shirts, and there’s going to be coffee and donuts. It’s a free event, so please come out to support this very serious issue.”