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Atholton Member, Pageant Winner Gets Maryland Senate Nod

Story by Beth Michaels
Published 4/18/12

Due to nearly 60 hours of community service she performed during her year as Miss Pre-Teen Maryland International, Chesapeake Conference middle schooler Lexi Wakefield recently got special recognition by the Maryland Senate. During a regular session at the state capitol in Annapolis, senators acknowledged Wakefield for her efforts, which included reading with children at the local library, volunteering at a booth with the American Heart Association and helping make lunch for families being served at the John Hopkins Children’s House in Baltimore, among many other activities. Wakefield is a member of the Altholton church in Columbia, Md.

After meeting state Rep. James N. Robey of District 13 in his office, he welcomed Wakefield onto the senate floor where he read a declaration of her accomplishments. She also got to take home a copy of the declaration, and a tour of the facilities. “It was definitely a great experience to be introduced by the senate because I put in a lot of community service into my schedule, and worked hard. To be recognized for all the work is amazing,” she said of the special day.

Wakefield recently gave up her title at the annual Miss Pre-Teen Maryland International pageant, where she also received a bronze-level President’s Volunteer Service Award for her community service hours. Of her year of reign, Wakefield says, “I used to be really shy, but the reign of Miss Pre-teen Maryland International was a title where I had to go out and do public speaking and mingle. The most important lesson I learned was to be more friendly, and learning how to do public speaking helped me come out of my shell.”

Wakefield also never forgot her role as a Christian and her goal of “shining like a light for God.”

Atholton student Lexi Wakefield meets with state Rep. James N. Robey during a special day of recognition at the Maryland Senate.