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

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

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.

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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.