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Miss Oklahoma offers tips for healthy living

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Miss Oklahoma Triana Browne offers inspiration to students in Bokchito. (KTEN) Miss Oklahoma Triana Browne offers inspiration to students in Bokchito. (KTEN)
Miss Oklahoma Triana Browne speaks to students at Rock Creek Schools. (KTEN) Miss Oklahoma Triana Browne speaks to students at Rock Creek Schools. (KTEN)
Miss Oklahoma Triana Browne speaks to students at Rock Creek Schools. (KTEN) Miss Oklahoma Triana Browne speaks to students at Rock Creek Schools. (KTEN)

BOKCHITO, Okla. -- As schools focus on the benefits of a drug-free lifestyle during Red Ribbon Week, one Bryan County district decided to bring in a special guest speaker who is teaching the power of healthy living.

Rock Creek High School and Elementary School students heard from the reigning Miss Oklahoma, Triana Browne.

"They are going through changes at this time, and they are starting to learn more and express themselves even more," she said. 

Her journey from tennis shoes to a tiara began as a track star at Oklahoma State University. She then won the Miss Oklahoma pageant this past June. Now her mission is to help students understand their value.

"You never know what someone's going through, and you can change someone's life by having a simple conversation or even just a smile," she said. 

Browne has spoken to schools across Oklahoma about her platform, "bridging the cultural divide." She revealed her troubled past of being bullied, which led to depression.

"I don't want anyone going through what I went through," she said. "Those were very troubled times, but those tough times made me who I am today."

Brown added that sports helped her recover -- a message that inspired other student athletes like Lainey Jestis.

"It's very important to make good choices and be positive and do that right thing," she said. "With being an athlete, you have to make those good choices in order to be successful."

Browne said if she inspires one kid, then she did her job.

"It's a surreal moment to be able to finally talk to others who are going through what I went through, and you can see it in their faces when they say, 'Wow, that connects with something I am going through,'" she said.

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