Brandy­wine 7th grader cho­sen as state fi­nal­ist in Na­tional Miss pageant

Brit­ney Jeschonek will rep­re­sent Penn­syl­va­nia

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Brandy­wine Heights sev­enth grader Brit­ney Jeschonek, 12, has been cho­sen as a state fi­nal­ist in the USA Na­tional Miss pageant that will be held in Grantville, Pa., come Aug. 3-5, 2018.

She has been se­lected to rep­re­sent Penn­syl­va­nia as USA Na­tional Miss Berks County Jr. Teen based on age divi­sion and lo­ca­tion. She will rep­re­sent not only the state of Penn­syl­va­nia, but also the county of Berks, as well as her home­town of Top­ton. She will be car­ry­ing out ap­pear­ances, com­mu­nity ser­vice ac­tiv­i­ties, vol­un­teer­ing, and more through­out the year.

Miss Brit­ney has been do­ing pageants for go­ing on five years now, but this is her first year with this pageant sys­tem. She was first in­tro­duced to pageants when a let­ter came in the mail invit­ing her to an open call that she was nom­i­nated for. We still, to this day, have no clue who nom­i­nated her but are very grate­ful to them as it has re­ally got­ten her in­volved in this amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity. Her big­gest thing is, “I don’t come to win. I come to wear the pretty gowns/dresses, make new friends, and help oth­ers. Win­ning would just be a bonus!”

The USA Na­tional Miss pageant sys­tem stands be­hind their plat­form of the Crown C.A.R.E.S., which is an anti-bul­ly­ing plat­form that the girls share. They are all against bul­ly­ing, and want to help spread aware­ness about what bul­ly­ing can do to a per­son, and how we can do our best to cut down on it. At the same time, Brit­ney has cho­sen her own per­sonal plat­form to rep­re­sent as well. It is “In a world where you can be any­thing… .be your­self”. She chose this be­cause it speaks to her. She’s a spe­cial needs child who is on the autis­tic spec­trum along with other health and men­tal is­sues, but that doesn’t stop her from try­ing to make a dif­fer­ence and show other girls that de­spite your dif­fer­ences you can fol­low your heart and chase your dreams.

This Top­ton tween is al­ready off to a great start as she has al­ready be­gun vol­un­teer­ing at Grey Muz­zle Manor (an an­i­mal res­cue in Fleet­wood), send­ing out happy mail to young girls around the na­tion, be­ing a PenPal to a lo­cal 2nd grader, made an ap­pear­ance at an event this past week­end to raise funds for the res­cue, work­ing with an an­i­mal sanc­tu­ary to help grow it and vol­un­teer at it, is col­lect­ing be­reave­ment blan­kets to do­nate to lo­cal hos­pi­tals, and is get­ting ready to kick off two more projects in Novem­ber. She will be do­ing a food and toy drive in which all food will be do­nated to a lo­cal food bank, and the toys will be do­nated to Toys for Tots, plus she’s do­ing an on­line fundraiser for St. Jude’s in mem­ory of her great-grand­mother.

It is go­ing to be a pro­duc­tive year, and we are sure that there will plenty more op­por­tu­ni­ties of ap­pear­ances, projects, and more along the way. She’s ex­cited and fired up to see what the year brings, and will do her best to be a great role model for young girls through­out Penn­syl­va­nia.

To do­nate to­ward her pageant send via PayPal to PageantsRUs@hot­mail. com and to get in­volved in any of her projects through­out the year to help do­nate to them such as the Toys for Tots, food drive, con­tact at PageantsRUs@ hot­mail.com. We ap­pre­ci­ate all who come out and sup­port her and want to be a part of her jour­ney.

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Brandy­wine Heights sev­enth grader Brit­ney Jeschonek, 12, has been cho­sen as a state fi­nal­ist in the USA Na­tional Miss pageant.

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