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Atholton Fifth-Grader Wins State Pageant
Story by Beth Michaels
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.