A local girl- Madelyn Grace Herring of Benson- recently took home a big title in the pageant world: Tiny Miss NC. In order to win the honorable title, little Madelyn, or “Maddie,” as she is often called, had to compete in interview and two modeling competitions- one designed to assess her poise and grace in a formal beauty dress and one designed to let her show her personality in a more casual outfit of her choice.
As the lucky (and hardworking!) winner of the title, Herring will be able to ride in parades, entertain at other pageants and festivals around the state, help with crowning new winners at future pageants, and most importantly of all, compete in community service projects. In fact, as a service driven organization, Little Miss NC encourages all of its winners to get involved and help build up their communities. A shining example of what the organization stands for is Madelyn herself. At the tender age of 5, Herring has already developed her own community service platform, one she calls “Madelyn’s Hope.” Her platform is centered around helping and giving back to deserving children. The community service project she says she’s most looking forward to is collecting stuffed animals for children in local hospitals. Not only will she round up cuddly animals, but she’ll also hand deliver them to the recipients herself.
Herring, who is the daughter of Ericka Keen and Corby Herring, is not daunted at the prospect of a year of hard (but fun!) work. When asked what she most looked forward to during her reign as queen, she said, “Helping kids and meeting lots of people.” And, when questioned about what it felt like to win such a major title, she could barely contain her smile when she said, with a charming southern twang, “I almost fainted. I knew I was the luckiest girl in the whole world!”
Other little girls with pageant dreams can make them come true just like Madelyn did. All they have to do is sign up to compete at a preliminary competition sponsored by Little Miss and Teen Miss North Carolina. Preliminary pageants are held all across the state and are open to girls from birth to 18 years of age. In fact, Herring will be hosting a pageant- one where she just can’t wait to crown a new bunch of beauties- at the Benson Auditorium on Feb 21, 2015. Winners will be eligible to go to the 2015 state pageant and compete for their chance at representing their home state. For more information on any preliminary pageants or the organization as a whole, check out http://www.littlemissnc.com.
We at Triangle Arts & Entertainment wish Madelyn Grace Herring and all the other girls who compete this pageant season the best of luck!