Last month Alexis Schroeder of East Bethel, won the National Junior Miss title at the Young American Miss International pageant in St. Louis, Mo.
This particular competition is a natural pageant, meaning no make-up on girls under 12 years old, no spray tan, no fake hair, teeth or nails and all clothing must be age appropriate.
It is a sister pageant to Dream Girls USA and is judged based on a preliminary application, photo, community service, patriotic wear and formal wear.
“When I’m competing my favorite part is showing the judges my personality,” Alexis said.
Her community service has included volunteering for Feed May Starving Children, Kids Against Hunger, Alzheimer’s Association, National Eating Disorder Association, Family Pathways, Presbyterian Homes of Arden Hills and toys for the Lions club Christmas project.
Alexis, who is eight years old, will attend third grade at Isanti Intermediate School this fall. She is the daughter of Dustin and Nicole Schroeder.
While representing Young American Miss International this year, she will focus on Feed My Starving Children and Family Pathways. Alexis would like to help children in her community and also abroad, making sure they have food to keep them healthy, she said.
“I like volunteering because I can help people and it makes us both feel great,” Alexis said.
She will bring awareness to these organizations and her title by being in parades, making appearances, volunteering and fundraising, according to Alexis.
While competing in St. Louis, Alexis’s scores from the patriotic wear were combined with the prejudged scores for application, photo and community service. The top five then went on to the formal wear competition.
Alexis achieved top overall score and was crowned Junior Miss, with comes with a bouquet of roses, crown ring, sash, crown and $350 cash. She was also awarded with a plaque for having the top application score.
Alexis’s mother Nicole says this has been a great experience for her daughter, who has gained confidence and poise while being involved with the pageant.
“She is able to grab a microphone and speak on stage in front of hundreds of people, which is something most adults struggle with,” Nicole said. “We have been able to learn about compassion and how important and rewarding it is to help others in our community. This has also been a great lesson in how to both win and lose humbly.”
Alexis competed in her first fundraising pageant in November 2011. She then competed in the Dream Girls USA state pageant in 2012 and was crowned Supreme Print Model. At the 2013 Dream Girls USA state pageant she was crowned Queen of Queens, a title that goes to the girl that has the most well-rounded reign from the previous year.