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Miss Teen Baltimore Pageant encourages self-esteem, friendship

Ashelle Henry, 2014 Miss Teen Baltimore/Washington Contestant

Cassandra N. Vincent | 11/22/2013, 6 a.m.
Dozens of local young women participated in the 2014 Miss Teen Baltimore/Washington Pageant on November 10 in Timonium, Maryland.
Contestants in the 2014 Miss Teen Baltimore/Washington Pageant Ashelle Henry (middle) with Sarah Smith and Angelalucy Devanadera. Courtesy Photo

Dozens of local young women participated in the 2014 Miss Teen Baltimore/Washington Pageant on November 10 in Timonium, Maryland. One of the shining stars and contestants was Baltimore City’s very own Ashelle Henry. Sixteen-year-old Ashelle is the daughter of Melvin Henry and Loraine Mitchell. She’s an honor student at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and enjoys serving at her church, and in her school’s ROTC, where she is a squadron commander.

Ashelle was invited to participate in the pageant after applying and going through a rigorous interview and training process. She learned valuable lessons from participating in the pageant and had a great experience meeting other young ladies from the Baltimore-Washington area. “I learned to make friends with other girls and welcome a new experience that I have never had before,” Henry said of her experience.

Miss Teen Baltimore/Washington is designed to help enhance teenage girls’ self esteem and self-confidence by creating opportunities for them to cultivate new friendships and gain new experiences.

Ashelle encourages other young people to challenge themselves to do their very best in school and in activities such as the pageant. She will consider future pageant competitions, but for now Ashelle is more interested in picking the college she will attend after graduation. She has aspirations of becoming a forensic psychologist.

Visit, 2014missteenbaltimore.com, for more information on the Miss Teen Baltimore/Washington Pageant.