PLAINFIELD – A’Maiya Allen achieved high honor roll in eighth grade, but she is also entering freshman year at Plainfield East High School with a tiara after being crowned the USA National Jr. Teen 2014 pageant winner.
Allen, a 14-year-old freshman from Bolingbrook, won the 2015 USA National Miss Pageant in her age group.
According to her royalty page on the pageant’s website, Allen participated in cheer, track, cross country, marching and jazz band and public speaking. She collects donations for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Drive and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital.
She also launched a program, High Heels High Hopes, that encourages children to build self-esteem.
She will now be performing the duties of a pageant winner, including traveling the country for appearances, photo shoots, charity events and media interviews.
“A’Maiya’s first venture as national royalty will be a trip to Atlantic City to attend the Miss America Pageant,” according to a news release.
She’s also traveling to Cozumel in the spring and will participate in professional photoshoots and be featured in advertisement campaigns for fashion brands and a national ad in Pageantry Magazine.
“The USA National Miss Scholarship Organization is honored to have A’Maiya as one of our national queens and we know that she will inspire other girls to achieve their goals,” said Jackie Watson, the national executive director of USA National Miss.