October 26, 2010

NAM State Finalist - Addison Graham


LAKEVILLE — She's only 10 years old but Addison Graham — a student at the Burt Wood School of Performing Arts, Rachel Park Dance Center and a fifth-grader at the Austin Intermediate School — has collected more entries for her resume.
At the 2010 National American Miss (NAMiss) Massachusetts Pageant, she scored in the “Exemplary” range for formal wear, introduction, interview, actress, casual wear and talent. She received the highest score of any girl for both formal wear and talent.
She walked away with eight awards in all —Top-5 in the Queen's Court, third runner-up overall and was the sole recipient to be awarded the Volunteer Service Award. The latter reflects the more than 800 hours of volunteering and community service she has done.
Addison also received a number of other awards and her proud parents Justin and Patricia note that she has qualified to compete nationally for the third straight year.
Last month, she was profiled in Scholastics News (she even made the cover) and the article made special note of her extensive efforts to have legislation passed, designating the Northern Red Bellied Cooter as the official Massachusetts State Turtle.
Asked if she had any advice for youths who would like to get more involved with community service or volunteering, she said “don't be afraid to get your hands dirty, you can start in your own community and whatever your age, you can make a difference.”

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