Sydney Gonzalez of Boyertown has been crowned Miss Pennsylvania Elementary. She will compete for the national title of Miss Elementary United States 2021 at the National United States Scholarship Pageant July 19 to 23 in Hershey.
"I was so happy and excited. I love wearing the crown!!" said Gonzalez about winning the Miss Pennsylvania Elementary title.
A fourth-grader at Boyertown Elementary School, Gonzalez loves dance, swimming and, of course, pageants.
"I like that you can meet new people and you get to do things you have never gotten to do before," Gonzalez said, explaining what she likes about participating in pageants. "I especially like that you get to wear makeup and get your hair done. I love the dresses and being on stage!!!"
"I would like to say thank to all who have helped me on my journey, especially my sponsors Halter Landscaping, Fresh Metered Concrete and Marcy at Joseph's Salon," she added.
Gonzalez started her pageant journey three years ago in Hope Mills, North Carolina, due to her father’s military service. Her father is currently serving in the United States Army. She loves to travel, with Paris and London first on her list of places to see.
When she grows up, Gonzalez would love to be an artist. She loves to draw, paint, sketch and color.
The four 2021 national winners of the National United States Scholarship Pageant will have a year of service promoting community service and their personal platform or cause they support.
Gonzalez chose the Gary Sinise Foundation as her platform. Her goal is to bring awareness to the Foundation and all the good work that they do.
"They help veterans and I like that because I am a military kid. I want to help families like mine and any others that are in need. They also help first responders and they are so important," she said.
"We are an active duty military family," said her mother, Amy Dombrowski-Gonzalez, who was born and raised in Boyertown. "Sydney's platform is the Gary Sinise Foundation that helps veterans, first responders, their families and anyone in need. Sydney has done several community service projects and would love to do more."
The Foundation creates unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities.
Her other community service includes baking cupcakes for local police and helping to organize two canned food drives benefiting the Salvation Army and Helping Harvest. Also, she has joined her fellow queens by giving valentines to the Hickory House and gathering and packing backpacks for Backpacks for Homeless Veterans. Currently she is collecting pop-tops for the Ronald McDonald House.
The National United States Scholarship Pageant is a scholarship, community service, and platform-based pageant showcasing the achievements of today's students and graduates, with an emphasis on developing communication skills, building self-confidence, leadership skills, community involvement, and making a difference.
The National United States Pageant is comprised of four divisions: elementary, junior high, high school and collegiate. Contestants compete in three areas of competition: interview (50%), fashion (20%), and evening gown (30%). There are also several additional and optional awards that will be presented.
National winners receive a cash scholarship, generous prize package, and opportunities of a lifetime.
Along with the awards and national titles, national contestants will participate in the pageant's National Service Project of collecting aluminum pop tabs to be turned in at Nationals for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central PA in Hershey.
For more information about the National United States Scholarship Pageant, visit www.NationalUnitedStatesPageant.com or contact the National Executive Director, Amber Smith at NationalUnitedStatesPageant@gmail.com.