Join Us For The Next
International Pageant

July 29th and 31st
2021

KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE

Showcasing
The Accomplishments
Of Today's
Teens ®

Miss Teen Maryland International®

Joianna Wallace - People's Choice Winner

What Superhero would you like to be and why?
A quote I have always kept in mind since elementary school is Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. By Harriet Tubman. It always reminds me that no matter what the circumstance, I will make a difference in this world and positively impact someones life.

What according to you is a true friend?
Ever since I was young, Ive always had a knack for bringing joy to peoples life. (Why Im nicknamed Joi) When a close friend in middle school went through depression and self-harming, I knew I had to take action. Seeing the pain she and many others went through motivated me to fight against depression. I am currently the teen advocate for the National Depression Bipolar Support Alliance that is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

How do you handle criticism?
I always played Life with my Bratz Dolls. I developed characters and made my own little world. I even experimented with stop-motion-animation when I was nine years old! That ended up coming in handy because I was n the mass communication magnet for middle school. I continued to improve my communication skills throughout those years through mock trail, film editing, and directing; which are all jobs I plan to pursue in the future.

When was the last time you tried something new?
In elementary school I participated in many clubs. In fourth grade I participated in Math Engineering Science and Achievement (MESA) and represented my elementary school. I also participated in the Science Engineering Technology and Mathematics (STEM) Fair. In both the fourth and fifth grades, I represented my school and in fifth grade I placed third out of all of the Baltimore County Public School System.

Do you think crying is a sign of weakness or strength?
I was inducted in the National Art Honor Society in the third grade and transitioned from visual arts to creative writing in fourth grade. My writings were published in A Celebration of Poets Northeast in 2009 and in 2010. In middle school I was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society and my writings were published in the schools literary magazine all three years. Today I continue to write poems, screenplays, and short stories.