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National recognition
Mansfield claims first runner-up while representing Tennessee
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Lauren Mansfield, center, turns to congratulate her new friend Miss Alaska Ellie Tauntan as she is named second runner-up. Miss North Texas Rylea Fields, left, claimed the ANTSO National Preteen title.

A local sixth-grader, Lauren Mansfield, was recognized on a national stage Sunday by receiving first runner-up status at the 46th America’s National Teenager Scholarship Organization Pageant (ANTSO) in Atlanta as Miss Tennessee Preteen.
Mansfield represented the state as Miss Tennessee Preteen in the competition eligible to contestants across the United States. The title was won by Miss North Texas Rylea Fields, with second-place honors going to Miss Alaska Ellie Tauntan.
While in Atlanta, Mansfield competed in private interview sessions with the panel of three judges, modeled jeans designed by the contestant, answered on-stage questions and participated in the evening gown competition. She also competed in the speech category, delivering a 200-word presentation.
“I had an awesome adventure in Atlanta,” said Mansfield. “The interview portion was a first for me, so I tried to prepare for it, and it was a good experience for me.”
ANTSO promotes strong scholastic ideals, solid leadership principles and high character growth to young women. Areas of competition and percentages include: academic achievement, 15 percent; school/community involvement, 15 percent; interview, 30 percent; poise and personality evening gown, 15 percent; personal expression, 15 percent and public speaking/onstage question, 10 percent. 
Mansfield is an all A-honor roll student at Centertown Elementary and is active in numerous 4-H and school activities. Since reading is important to her, she chose literacy as her pageant platform and conducted a book drive in the community, as well as serving as a reading mentor to students.
It was not all work at the week-long event, as the contestants were able to visit the Atlanta Aquarium, attend an Atlanta Braves baseball game and enjoy dinner at the famous Varsity Drive-in. A Queen’s Ball was held in their honor on Saturday following the preliminary competition.
“I made friends from all over the U.S., but became close to my friend from Alaska,” said Mansfield. “We talked about how our states were different, and she told me where she lived it was hardly ever cold, which was a surprise to me.”  
Mansfield is anxious to begin a new school year, and will continue through her reign working on her literacy platform and volunteering in the community. Her proud parents are Mike and Brandie Mansfield. 
“Representing my home state was important to me,” said Mansfield. “I had so much support from my community and my family, and am very grateful and appreciative.”