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Fourth-grader Natasha Wakefield wears a crown [North Laurel/Savage]

A new crown and title of Miss Maryland Elementary 2015 goes to North Laurel's own Natasha Wakefield. Natasha will be making her first appearance on Nov. 30 at the Kennedy Kruger Festival of Trees. She will be a Santa's Helper.

You may remember that this is not Natasha's first crown. She was Miss Elementary Mid-Atlantic 2013. Natasha defined the role by trying to make at least one appearance a month. She plans to do the same now that she has moved up.

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This fourth grader at Atholton Adventist Academy had to make a speech and model two outfits, a fun one and an evening gown. One of the reasons she loves doing this is for all the work she can do to support nonprofits. She loves helping with the Warrior Princess Initiative. This is a program for children with cancer who for the day are spoiled by a limo ride to a kid's spa for nails, face painting, dress up and being a princess.

Even with her crown, Natasha is just a happy, confident student who loves hanging out with her friends, riding horses, swimming and doing gymnastics. I cannot wait to hear what else she accomplishes.

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North Laurel's Rhani Pflaum is a senior at Towson University. Unlike many college students, her plans are not a summer at the beach. Instead, she will be biking across America for 4K for Cancer. She will travel 4,000 miles from Baltimore to Portland to raise awareness and support for the cancer community.

Her goal is to raise at least $4,500. Cancer has hit too close to home for Rhani. Her aunt and best friend's mother both have battled breast cancer and a dear friend of hers has battled cancer since she was 2.

She is having a fundraiser at Gino's in Towson on Dec. 4 from 4 to 9 p.m. She has a fundraising page as well, 4kforcancer.org/profiles/rhani-pflaum. 4K for Cancer is associated with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. To find out more about that organization, check out their webpage at 4kforcancer.org/. Let's help Rhani surpass her goal and help fund the research to find a cure.

The Bollman Bridge and Savage Tree Lighting will take place on Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Carroll Baldwin Hall. Afterwards, there will be a reception in the hall. This year, they will have wooden replicas of the hall figurines to sell at $20 each. These are limited edition. All proceeds will go to the restoration of the hall. For more information call Louise Thornton at 301-498-0934.

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