Gracie Hendrickson, the 13-year-old daughter of Todd and Lynette Hendrickson of Newton, brought home the national title of Princess of America Junior Ambassador. 

The Princess of America Pageant was held July 30 through Aug. 4 in Branson, Missouri.  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, Spokes model, State Costume, Casual Wear, Photogenic, Cover Model and “Pink Carpet Couture” modeling.  

As a national titleholder, Hendrickson receives the official custom crown, banner, trophy, cash scholarship, travel opportunities, including a trip to Atlantic City for the Miss America Pageant, a Caribbean cruise, and other gifts and prizes.

Winners were treated to a professional photo shoot and escorted to their first appearance in a limousine the night after crowning. Hendrickson will spend a year traveling to other states, making appearances to represent the Princess of America Organization and promoting her platform, “Sharing is Caring,” where she focuses on sharing her time, gifts, and talents with others in community service.

The Princess of America Organization is a national pageant system based on the development of confidence and leadership skills for girls, ages 4 through 24.

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 appearances, community service work and volunteerism during their reign as a state titleholder. 

Hendrickson is currently in the eighth grade at Berean Academy.