Dream come true is how Whitney Farley describes the moment her name was called as the newest member of the Huckleberry Pageant family.

For seven years, Farley, a graduate of Jay High School, has competed in the various Miss Huckleberry Pageants, specifically hoping for the day her name would be forever linked with the Miss Huckleberry title.

As the crown was placed on her head, a new reality set in for Farley.

She will become the first young woman from Jay to compete on the Miss Oklahoma stage - something which makes her both overwhelmed and excited.

"Since I was a little girl, I always wanted to be a princess," Farley said. "I've tried for seven years because I wanted to represent my community and show people what Jay is made of. 

"To be the first hometown Jay woman to compete at the Miss Oklahoma pageant is special. I'm busting at the seams, excited to see what this year holds."

Farley will spend the next year preparing for the 2019 Miss Oklahoma pageant. She plans to fill her days - outside of her studies at the University of Central Oklahoma - with visits to schools and other area functions.

This is her first Miss Oklahoma Pageant System title.

She joined the pageant world at first, because she "wanted to be the pretty girl who rode in the car" during parades. Later the pageant system became a way for her to raise scholarship funds to further her education. 

Farley is studying to be a vocal music educator, with plans to become either an elementary or high school "crazy music lady."

"I want to teach kids about the importance music plays in our lives," Farley said. "I want to be just like Tonya Rudick."

Farley said Rudick, who served as her music instructor at Jay High School, is just one of the teachers who have helped shape her life.

Competing also helped Farley gain self confidence, and become the "woman she was meant to be."

"[Competing] taught me to never give up, even when I didn't win a pageant," Farley said. "It taught me to keep going. 

"I learned more from my mistakes than my successes. Each pageant was a learning experience. I definitely get better each time I do it."

Farley said she is looking forward to spending her year, meeting new people in the community and representing her hometown at the various Miss Oklahoma events.

She will also spend time speaking about her platform, "Speaking Out Against Bullying."

"I was bullied and picked on as I was growing up," Farley said. "Grownups tell you it's just part of life. But I want [students] to enjoy life.

"I want them to know they don't have to take bullying."

Farley said she was picked on, at times, because she was "the weird kid" in her class.

"I was an oddball when I was younger," Farley said. "I felt out of place and I wasn't in the popular crowd. It was hard to go to school because I kept being picked on.

"As I got older, I stopped listening [to others]. I went about my own business, and let it go and learned not to care what others were saying."

As Miss Huckleberry, Farley hopes to not only spread her message of hope, but also continue to grow as a public speaker. 

"When I was younger, I was afraid to be myself," Farley said. "It was scary letting people know me.

"Now I'm going to go out, introduce myself and continue to come out of my shell a little bit more."

Miss Huckleberry's Teen

Farley will be joined by a familiar face this year, as she represents the Jay community.

Mackenzy Horst, who served as the 2017 Miss Huckleberry's Outstanding Teen, is returning to the pageant family as this year's teen winner.

This is Horst's fourth - and last - teen title. Besides the Miss Huckleberry teen titles, Horst previously served as Miss Del City's teen in 2016, and Miss Broken Arrow's teen in 2018.

"I'm really excited," Horst said, of her return to the Jay pageant family. "I want to leave a legacy and do as much as I can in the community."

At 17, Horst's platform "Choosing Self" focuses on self esteem. She hopes to use her voice to empower the next generation of young women to develop a set of core beliefs as tools for the future.

Horst said developing a set of core beliefs - which included learning to know who to listen to for direction and affirmation - was key to her working through her own low self esteem issues.

"I've learned to know who should be in my 'bubble' and know who to listen to and take advice from," Horst said, adding her bubble of influence includes her parents, Janet and Lynn Horst, as well as past pageant directors and her interview and dance coaches.

Horst said volunteering also gave her a boost, because it taught her to not only give back to her community, but helped her stop focusing on herself and instead help others.

Horst said she continues to volunteer for a variety of organizations including the Salvation Army, Loves and Fishes and the Animal Rescue Fund.

"[Volunteering has] taught me to be grateful for everything I have," Horst said. "It's hard to remember, when you are surrounded by so much all tie time - you forget to be grateful."

Horst joined the pageant system at the urging of friends and family. After losing her first year of competing, it was those same family and friends who encouraged her to continue.

"I didn't know I could win, but they did," Horst said. "It's taught me so much. I've gained confidence I can interview like a boss. It's definitely helped me prepare for my future career.

Eventually, Horst hopes to become an elementary teacher.

"I had a lot of teachers pour into me in the past, especially a kindergarten teacher who would stay after school and tutored me," Horst said. "A lot of teachers have influenced me and I want to do that for the next generation."

2019 Miss Huckleberry Pageant Awards

Miss Huckleberry's Outstanding Teen 2019

Mackenzy Horst

First Runner Up

Sara Borza

Teen Crowd Favorite

Sara Borza 

Miss Congeniality 

Lyric Wallin

Talent

Mackenzy Horst

Fitness

Mackenzy Horst

Miss Huckleberry 2019

Whitney Farley

First Runner Up

Seyton Thomas

Miss Crowd Choice

Whitney Farley

Miss Congeniality 

Kaylee Johnson

Swimsuit

Seyton Thomas

Talent

Whitney Farley

One Thing With Farley

One person who inspires you:

My mom, Becki. She inspires me everyday by how she always willing to put anything on hold for anyone. She is one of the strongest women I know and I wouldn’t have been able to do anything without her help, love, and support.

One book that has stuck with you

"I Am Malala” She is an inspiration to women and educators everywhere. She is constantly fighting for women to receive an education in her home country and it is so inspiring to me that she is willing to risk her life for what she believes in.

One thing you can’t live without

All the memories I have shared with those around me. At the end of the day, the most cherished things are the ones closest to the heart.

One thing that might surprise people

I always get super nervous when singing in front of people.

One piece of advice that's stuck with you

Don’t quit. Hard work pays off in the end.

One important thing in your "Miss O" tool kit

The support of my friends, family, and my community.

One thing you want people to know

I'm someone who is genuine and always willing to help.

One Thing With Horst

One person who inspires you:

My dance instructor Rachel Roberts who is one of my biggest supporters and has always pushed me and believed in me and my mother Janet who is always the loudest in the crowd and the one who’s up late at night jeweling my costumes.

One book that has stuck with you

The wave is a book that has definitely impacted my life! It talks about how easy it can be to be swept up in our culture and has really opened my eyes.

One thing you can’t live without

I can’t live without sugar!! I’m really addicted to chocolate.

One thing that might surprise people

I'm actually double jointed in six body parts. Whenever I show my fiends and family they always get really freaked out.

One piece of advice that's stuck with you

A day without smiling is a day wasted. Never let a day go by without enjoying every moment of it.

One important thing in your "Miss O" tool kit

The most important thing is definitely hair spray! I have to have about two cans with me at every pageant. I go through them SO fast.

One thing you want people to know

I'm hard working and to remember everything I’ve done and will do.