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Atholton Fifth-Grader Wins State Pageant

Story by Beth Michaels

Photo by Ikona Photography

Lexi Wakefield, a middle grade student at Chesapeake Conference’s Atholton Adventist Academy in Columbia, Md., earned the title of Miss Pre-Teen Maryland International earlier this month. In addition to winning the crown against seven other young ladies, she was also handed the pageant’s photogenic and congeniality awards, the latter of which was voted by the competing contestants.

Lexi isn’t taking the crown lightly, and shares that only a small portion of the judges’ ratings was about beauty. “She got involved with this pageant because its focus is on community service,” explains her mother, Jennifer Wakefield, a member of the Atholton church and a former pageant contestant. As a result, Lexi volunteered at The Children’s House at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, for a local walk-a-thon to benefit ovarian and breast cancer and at other events. “Winning the title allows her other honors, like throwing out the first pitch at the Hagerstown Suns minor league baseball game and riding in prominent state parades,” Jennifer adds.

Winning the crown, says Lexi, “feels amazing and exciting.” She adds, “It was just one of the best experiences I could ever have had.”

Although her goals this year include making appearances two-to-three times a month, Lexi clarifies one other, more important goal. “The best way to show I’m a Christian is just being good and nice at the appearances so I’m still shining like a light for God,” she states.


Lexi Wakefield, a fifth-grader at Atholton Adventist Academy in Columbia, Md., models her “fun fashion” outfit for the Miss Pre-Teen Maryland International, where she won the crown..