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Mansfield prepares for national pageant
Miss Tennessee Preteen Lauren Mansfield shares her pageant platform and love of reading with students across the county by reading with them. Here she visits Hickory Creek Elementary student Aryanna Nunley following a reading session.
Centertown fifth-grader Lauren Elizabeth Mansfield, 11, will be competing in her first national pageant in July when she travels to Atlanta for America’s National Teenager Scholarship Organization Pageant.Before she heads to Atlanta, Lauren will be holding a fundraiser this Friday at Topz beginning at 6 p.m. There will be entertainment from several local performers and a portion of all sales will benefit Lauren, an avid reader, who has chosen literacy as her pageant platform.“I love reading and that’s why I picked it as my platform,” said Lauren, who said her favorite genre is mystery books. “I read just about every day and I want everybody to be able to read and enjoy it.”Lauren gets to compete in the national pageant by virtue of being Miss Tennessee Preteen. A pageant circuit veteran, Lauren has won the Snow Princess Pageant twice and was crowned Little Fairest of the Fair in 2014.“This will be my first national pageant and my first with a sit-down interview,” said Lauren.Lauren has already been active in promoting her literacy platform.