Join Us For The Next
International Pageant

July 29th and 31st
2021

KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE

Showcasing
The Accomplishments
Of Today's
Teens ®

Miss Teen District of Columbia International®

Maddie Pelgrim - 3rd Runner-Up

What Superhero would you like to be and why?
1. My interest in medicine led me to become a nationally licensed EMT, and I now spend my time at the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department. Ive volunteered over 400 hours of my time there, and that time spent has cemented my decision about my chosen career field. Being able to help a person in their darkest hour is an honor, and concretely defines community service to me.

What according to you is a true friend?
2. Seeing my family affected by cancer during my uncles 10 year battle changed me, and his passing came far too soon. I knew from that moment that no one should ever have to see a family member, let alone a child, robbed of their life by this terrible disease. Ive always wanted to work with kids, and after my families experience I knew that I was going to be a pediatric oncologist.

How do you handle criticism?
3. Since becoming a certified open water scuba diver in 2009, I have dived with my family on vacations to Hawaii, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands and Mexico. My most memorable experience was in the Bahamas, where I dove with sharks. Everyone on the dive kneeled against a wrecked ship while the dive master, in a chain mail suit of course, fed the sharks and let us pet them as they swam by.

When was the last time you tried something new?
4. After being a competitive gymnast and a power tumbler starting at the age of 6, I joined the varsity gymnastics and cheerleading teams my freshman year of high school. I have continued to be a double varsity athlete, being recognized by the state as a scholar athlete each year.

Do you think crying is a sign of weakness or strength?
5. I have fostered over 115 cats and kittens through a local rescue organization called Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation. My mom and I get a mom with many babies, and we get to feed them with the adorable little bottles. Holding the little balls of fluff before their eyes have even opened is by far the cutest thing in the world.