St. Charles Borromeo student brings home national title

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Brooklyn Mitchell, the 12-year-old daughter of Kimbely Blake Mitchell and the late Dr. David B Mitchell of Tacoma, brought home the national title of Preteen Miss Princess of America. The Princess of America Pageant was held July 29-Aug. 2 in Branson, MO. Girls from all over the country competed for the national crown. Required categories of competition included Interview, Personal On Stage Introduction, Formal Wear and On Stage Question. Participants also had the opportunity to enter the optional categories of Talent, Spokesmodel, State Costume, Casual Wear, Photogenic, Cover Model and “Pink Carpet Couture” modeling.

As a national titleholder, Mitchell receives the official custom crown, banner, trophy, cash scholarship, travel opportunities, including a Caribbean cruise, and many other gifts and prizes during her reign. Winners were treated to a professional photo shoot and escorted to their first appearance in a limousine the night after crowning. Mitchell will spend an exciting year traveling to other states, making appearances to represent the Princess of America Organization and promoting her platform, “Brooklyn Blessing Bags,” providing homeless people in her community with essential items. 

The Princess of America Organization is a national pageant system based on the development of confidence and leadership skills for girls ages 4-24. The growth of each participant is enhanced by friendships fostered all across the United States. An emphasis is placed upon community service and giving back to their community to make a positive difference. Communication skills are furthered through the interview process and on stage speaking opportunities. Delegates learn how to articulate their thoughts which helps prepare them to succeed in future endeavors. 

Princess of America awards 10 national titles. In addition to one title being awarded in each of the six age divisions, there are four other national titles. The “Superstar” title is awarded to the overall talent winner. The “Sweetheart” title is awarded to highest scoring runner up. The two “Ambassador” titles, one for the junior divisions and one for the senior divisions, are awarded based on the community service work and volunteerism during their reign as a state titleholder.

The crown represents far more than winning a pageant. It is a symbol of the dedication it takes to accomplish a goal and most important it represents the opportunities the title provides to be of service to other people. Each national titleholder will select a platform during their reign for which they will raise funds, awareness and serve as an advocate. The confidence the girls have obtained during their journey to the crown will enable them to be an effective representative for the national organization as well as their chosen cause.

During the pageant, each participant had the opportunity to participate in the national service project, which involved collecting non-perishable food items for Christian Action Ministries, a local food pantry serving the Branson area. The 2018 Princess of America reigning titleholders also spent time at CAM to stock the shelves with the donated goods and learn more about the organization. 

Mitchell is in the 7th grade at St. Charles Borromeo. She enjoys dancing, playing tennis, and golf. You can follow her journey this year on social media on Facebook at Preteen Miss Princess of America and on Instagram @poa_preteenmiss, and learn more about the Princess of America organization at www.princessofamerica.com

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