4/23/2014 8:55:00 AM Meet Your Neighbor:
Autism doesn't stop 'Miss Amazing'
Wearing her sash and crown, Miss Amazing Elizabeth Vicory from Chino Valley poses with Chino Valley Chris Marley, whom she met at Town Hall where she made an anti-bullying campaign at a town council meeting.
Eleven-year-old Elizabeth Vicory talks with U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar after he conducted a Town Hall meeting April 11 in Paulden.
Elizabeth Vicory was born on Nov. 25, 2002. Very soon her mother, Suzanne, knew something was wrong but didn't know exactly what.
After seeing many doctors and much testing, Elizabeth was diagnosed with autism.
Autism is a developmental disorder and affects the brains normal development of social and communication skills.
But this devastating disorder was not going to stop little Elizabeth of being all she could be.
"One of the symptoms of autism is being anti-social, and that is not Elizabeth. She has always wanted to be around others," said her mother Suzanne.
Elizabeth started speech therapy at age four but didn't really start speaking until she was six.
From there Elizabeth has done nothing but go forward, and that has a lot to do with her mother Suzanne and her Nana Carol constantly working and teaching Elizabeth daily.
"Elizabeth attends Mingus Springs Charter School and is also involved in many activities such as Frontier Girls, Girl Scouts, a Signing Choir, and Horses with HEART Special Olympics Equestrian Team, Anti Bullying Institute, and is also a die hard fan of the Diamond Backs Baseball Team and Sundogs Hockey.
Elizabeth is such a baseball fan that when asked when she was born she answered "I was born in the off season."
Last month Elizabeth entered the Arizona Special Needs Pageant "Miss Amazing".
"All the girls had to interview before the judges, perform a talent, and lastly be escorted out on stage in party dresses.
"I did Tall Flag Twirling for my talent to the music of 'Watch Me'", said Elizabeth.
"She also choreographed her whole performance," Suzanne added.
All of Elizabeth's hard work and practicing paid off and she won the "Miss Amazing" contest.
"I was not thinking about winning, just about how much fun I had that day. Then I saw the crown and sash and I was very surprised and happy," Elizabeth said.
One thing Elizabeth feeling very strongly about is her Anti-bullying campaign. She recently did a proclamation on Bullying at the Chino Valley Town Hall where she met Mayor Chris Marley.
"What a neat young lady Elizabeth is, I look forward to each chance I get to work with her. She is a joy to my soul," said Mayor Marley.
On April 26 there will be a free fashion show and fundraiser at the Hassayampa Inn from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to help Elizabeth get to the National pageant in Omaha this summer.
Although Elizabeth has won many honors and awards in her various activities, the one she is very serious about excelling in is the Special Olympics Equestrian team.
"I want to be on the team U.S.A. and go to the World Games in 2015," said Elizabeth.
After seeing what she has already accomplished, she most assuredly will be there.