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Danielle Velez'19 Named Royal International Ms. Junior Teen

Danielle has been participating in pageants for the past seven years. She said she was shocked when she won Ms. Junior Teen, and thrilled that she is now able to represent the system and promote this year’s platform, Operation Gratitude. “As part of Operation Gratitude, everyone gets involved by making paracord bracelets for our troops and first responders,” she explained.
Danielle received more than $1,500 in cash and scholarship awards, as well as a trip to New York City, the Miss America pageant, and a cruise to Cozumel, Mexico. With this newly earned title, Danielle will travel across the country to various state pageants for the next year, and will be given special modeling opportunities. Danielle said what she loves most about pageantry is improving her public speaking skills, getting involved in community service, and meeting many new friends.
Being a student at IHA has assisted Danielle with her pageantry skills. “I wrote multiple essays to help me earn scholarship money, and all of the volunteering opportunities IHA provides are helpful too,” she said. “Volunteerism is a huge part of pageantry, especially if you are a titleholder.”