Wilson presented 'Key to the City'

West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson presented Mia Bella Wilson, National American Miss Princess 2018 - 19, with a Key to the City recently.
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Being presented with the "Key to the City" is a symbolic honor bestowed by a municipality upon a valued member of the community.

Recently, West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson granted such an honor to Mia Bella Wilson, National American Miss Princess 2018 - 19, who was crowned Nov. 23, in Anaheim, California, Friday, Dec. 21. She and her family live in West Point after moving to the Golden Triangle from Ohio.

"I was impressed with her maturity," Robinson said. "Not many girls her age are so thoughtful of others. She is so aware of the needs of those around her, especially people with autism."

During her reign, Mia Wilson wants to raise awareness about autism. Her younger brother Noah is autistic and she has a special understanding of the effect is has on children and their families.

Wilson is available for community projects and would love to talk to children about autism. These types of events are a part of her reign as National American Miss Princess.

"We took Christmas cookies by the police station, fire department and city hall." Michelle Wilson, mother of the beauty queen, said. "We took them to the emergency room on Christmas Eve. They were so appreciative. We felt badly for them missing time with their families so we wanted to do something to say thank you."

Wilson had heard good things about Robinson and wanted to meet him personally while taking cookies to City Hall. She was impressed with the friendliness of West Point's mayor.

Wilson said it was a huge surprise when Robinson showed up at their house to present Mia Wilson with a Key to the City.

"He made her day," Wilson said. "We got the key framed. It was just so nice of him to think of her. I had heard great things about our mayor. He is such an approachable, nice guy."

Mia and her mother are getting ready for the national photo shoot in Houston, Texas. There, Mia will meet all the sister princesses and queens on Jan. 19.

"As part of her reign, we will be taking letters around to see if she can come into elementary schools to read a child's perspective on autism," Wilson said. "She wants children to understand autistic kids are good at some things and not too good at others, just like anyone else. She will read ‘My Friend with Autism.’”

Mia recently turned seven and her mother thinks it will be nice for her to talk to elementary-age children about autism from her perspective.

"She watches out for Noah and protects him," Wilson said. “She feels a sense of responsibility for him and to keep him safe."

Wilson was touched by the community outpouring for Lila Usry and her family this year.

"This is such an amazing community," Wilson said. "We had moved here when Lila Usry was undergoing treatment. Everyone wanted to help this family. I was so happy to have moved to such a wonderful, giving community. That made an impact on us. We were glad to have moved here. Its nice to be part of a small town."

Mia also plans to work with the Golden Triangle Autism Center during Autism Awareness month in April.

"She asked for donations for the Autisim Center for her birthday in lieu of presents for herself," Wilson said. "People were so very generous to donate the things we put on the list."

There is only so much you can do for autism, either awareness or fundraising, Wilson said.

She hopes with Mia being aware of the needs of others at such a young age, she will continue to be a part of community projects even after her reign as National American Miss Princess, comes to an end.