Miss Alexandra Moran, age 7, has been chosen as a State Finalist in the National American Miss Maryland Pageant to be held August 11- August 13, 2011 at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Reston in Virginia.  

The National American Miss pageants are held for girls ages 4-18, and have five different age divisions.  

Alexandra will be participating the Jr. Pre-Teen(7-9) age division, along with other outstanding young ladies from across the great state of Maryland.     
The winner of the pageant will receive a $1,000 cash award, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses along with air transportation to compete in the national pageant in California where she will receive an exciting complementary Tour of Hollywood and two V.I.P tickets to Disneyland.
The National American Miss Pageants are dedicated to celebrating America’s future leaders and equipping them with life-long skills. Each year, the pageant nationally awards 1.5 million dollars in cash, scholarships and other prizes which includes a New Ford Mustang Convertible! 
The National American Miss Pageants are unlike any other.  All activities and competitions are kept age appropriate. Girls under the age of 12 are not allowed to wear make-up, and there is not swimsuit competition.  

The Pageant program is based on inner-beauty, as well as poise and presentation, and offers an "All- American spirit of fun for family and friends.  

Emphasis is put on the importance of developing self-confidence, learning good sportsmanship, as well as setting and achieving personal goals. 

The pageant recognizes the accomplishments of each girl while encouraging her to set goals for the future.
Families interested in learning more about this unique and outstanding youth program may visit
Miss Moran’s activities include:  Horseback Riding, Karate, Art and History. 

She also enjoys, swimming, camping and spending quality time with friends and family.
National American Miss Maryland Pageant:
  • When: The pageant finale will be Saturday August 13, 2011.
  • Where: Hyatt Regency Reston, 1800 Presidents Street Reston, VA 20190
  • Admission: $15

A Child's Greeting To The President

By Meg Tully
News-Post Staff

Photo by Graham Cullen

Alexandra Moran wrote a letter to President Barack Obama, which will be printed in a book of letters to the president, titled “Kids’ Letters to President Obama.” The book will be released later this month.

When a child writes a letter, it can touch your heart.
Five-year-old Alexandra Moran hopes hers will reach the president of the United States.

The Adamstown girl's letter was selected to appear in a book, "Kids' Letters to President Obama," that will be released this month.

Alexandra loves learning about history. Her parents, Patrick and Leticia Moran, saw an ad on a home-schooling website that said a national author was looking for letter submissions for the collection. They thought their daughter would enjoy writing a letter to a president.

They found out last month that hers was one of about 200 letters selected from more than 2,000 submissions.

"She's very smart and creative, so I knew she was going to come up with something different," her mother said.

Alexandra wrote to the president that she is glad his daughters aren't allergic to dogs. She wrote that she loves that he is the president. She said she would vote for him when she turns 18.

And she wrote a song in his honor, telling him she sings it while marching and holding the country's flag.

During the election, her parents took her with them into the voting booth. She now says she cannot wait until she's 18, when she can vote.

"Because I love to," she said.

Her parents think that the president's daughters actually have some allergies to dogs, but they know Alexandra can relate to a new pet because their family also has a dog.

Alexandra loves learning about history, especially the presidents and the Civil War.

She rattles off the names of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln with excitement.

Her parents are planning a trip to the White House for the first time this year with a group of family and friends.

Her father is the recycling manager for the U.S. House of Representatives, and her mother home-schools Alexandra.

Patrick Moran hopes that his daughter will learn from her selection in the book.

"I think maybe it will teach her that you can actually write to politicians and somebody will hear you," he said.