Hughes wins New Jersey preteen pageant

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Hughes wins New Jersey preteen pageant Hughes wins New Jersey preteen pageant Alexandra Hughes, 11, of Galloway won the preteen division of the New Jersey National Teenager competition at a state pageant held April 25-27 in Ocean City.

Hughes, a fifth-grade honor student at the Smithville School, was crowned after being judged on academic achievement, leadership, school and community involvement, communication skills and individuality. 

Hughes has been chosen by her teachers for the past six years as a Star Student, according to a news release, and has been selected by the school administration as a Good Will Ambassador. She is a member of the Student Council, school band and school chorus, was the winner of the Martin Luther King Jr. poster contest two years in a row, had perfect attendance three years in a row, and is a four year member of the South Jersey Consortium for students who excel academically. She was nominated by her teachers to attend the National Young Leaders Conference.

Hughes is a member of Our Children Making Change, an organization in which children contribute to charities by raising money and awareness by performing age-appropriate activities. She also volunteered with charitable organizations including Warm Up America, Make a Difference Day, Hooked on Fishing Not Drugs, the MAPS Foundation of South Jersey and Stop the Violence.

In addition, she is a dance school assistant helping young children learn the basics of tap and ballet.

Hughes was the recipient of the 2014 NJ National Teenager Community Service Award for her service as a youth volunteer in her community. This summer she will represent the state at the national competition held in Nashville, Tenn. 

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