HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Miss Leaf River Valley's Outstanding Teen spoke to a group of middle school girls in the P.I.N.K. program at N.R. Burger Middle School on Tuesday.
Zhariah Hubbard, a senior at Hattiesburg High School, spoke about the importance of having self-esteem, good role models and preventing bullying.
"I focus of being who you are and loving who you are, and I focus on the three U's: you matter, you contribute, and you fit in," Hubbard said.
Hubbard's platform, "All About You: A Mission of Acceptance" is intended to teach students to accept themselves and others.
She will be competing at the Miss Mississippi's Outstanding Teen pageant in Vicksburg in June.