BOUNTIFUL -- For most people, speaking before a group of people, be it a church congregation, school class or business gathering, is daunting work. Not for Miss Utah 2004, Amy Davis. She has spoken before Congress, trial lawyers and most recently at the Davis County Lincoln Day Dinner. "I love meeting the people I've met and talking about the topics I've been able to," said Davis. "Most often it's just for 20 minutes so it's not so bad."
Davis enjoyed the Lincoln Day Dinner for reasons be-yond her own performance there. She was able to meet one of her idols--Senator Orrin Hatch.
"It was awesome, such a great event," said Davis. "And best of all, to be in the presence of Senator Hatch."
Davis said she has long admired Hatch, along with other national leaders, for the difficult choices they must make in behalf of the nation. In fact, as the keynote speaker for the event, she based her remarks on making choices.
"We have good leaders in our nation," said Davis. "I would never have believed we would go to war in my lifetime, but I can see a need for protecting freedom around the world. I think President Bush's decision to go to war in Iraq speaks from his heart.
"It's important for each of us to actively practice making good choices. It's hard work, but we just have to do it."
According to Davis, there are four reasons why teens, adults--anyone--makes poor choices: 1) we let someone else make our decisions for us, 2) we are not properly educated, 3) we attempt to find shortcuts and don't stick to our original plan because it seems too hard, and 4) we let the opportunity to make the choice slip by and then are faced with choices less attractive.
Each of the reasons was illustrated with an experience from Davis' own life as a recovering traumatic brain injury victim.
Opening remarks for the conference came from Sen. Hatch with closing remarks by Congressman Rob Bishop, Utah Lt. Governor Gary Herbert and Todd Weiler, Davis County Republican Party Chair.