Tiara Smith – Fort Washington, MD

Afro Puffs and Ponytails proudly present Tiara Smith, our most recent High Achiever!

Tiara Smith, Miss Jr. Teen Maryland United States 2009 is a fifteen year old honor student at Bishop McNamara High School.  She is a member of the BMHS Mission Team and mentors with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.  She also became a varsity cheerleader in her freshman year. Tiara loves to dance and over the years she has studied ballet, Pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern, and African dance from the age of five.  She currently studies Lyrical with her school’s Fine Arts Program.

Tiara’s love of working with children and her desire to help them led her to make the National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) her charity platform.  NCCF is and organization that serves homeless families, victims of domestic violence, and vulnerable adolescents.  They also provide treatment foster care, social services for family reunification, parenting education, and transitional housing to promote independent living and family stabilization.  She has organized a Toy Drive and a Back-To-School Supply Drive, where she helped over 500 children at NCCF start school last year with much needed supplies.

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Tiara and her sister Amber, Miss Preteen Maryland American Coed 2009

Through competing in pageants, Tiara has learned the importance of volunteering.  She is currently partnering with a non-profit organization called Comfort Socks, which provides new socks to homeless people and families across the country.  With her sister Amber, who is Miss Preteen Maryland American Coed, she has created “Queens for Comfort Socks”.  Together with other Maryland queens from various pageant systems, they will hold sock drives and then meet at a central drop-off location to combine their efforts.

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Tiara and Dr. Sheryl Brissett-Chapman, Exec. Director of the National Center for Children & Families

She has volunteered with other organizations such as Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, USO, National Eating Disorders Association, Sertoma Club of Greater Baltimore, The Hearing and Speech Agency, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation; and she has spent a summer volunteering at a local day care center.  An advocate of girl empowerment, she recently spoke to teen and tween girls at the 2nd Annual Young Women of Color Conference.  This conference brought together over 300 girls from the Washington metropolitan area to explore and celebrate leadership, self-esteem and confidence.  She also has been requested to speak at Elementary and Middle schools in the Maryland area.  Since receiving her title she has represented Maryland at the National Miss Jr. Teen United States Pageant in Las Vegas, she participated as a special guest model in Maryland Fashion Week, and she was invited to throw out the first pitch at the Cal Ripken Little League World Series at Ripken Stadium.


Congratulations Tiara! Afro Puffs and Ponytails is very pleased to have you as one our special High Achievers!

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  1. Destiny Welch, 12 years ago

    Hi Tiara,

    I am so glad we are friends. Congratulations and I hope to see you soon. Tell Amber and your Mom that I said hi. Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!

    Love your Pageant Sister,
    Destiny Welch

  2. Talisha, 13 years ago

    T~ words cannot express how proud I am of you. Your talent and beauty (inside and out) go a long way, but the intelligence and hard word needed for this kind of success is never ending. Love you little cous. Even if we don’t talk much, please know that I see you and think of you often.

  3. Alex, 13 years ago

    AHHHHHH!!!!! Look at my beautiful bestfriend I Love You!!!!
    keep up the work hunnie.

  4. Aunt Sissie, 13 years ago

    GO GIRL!!!! Aunt Sissie is more than proud of YOU!!! You are a beautiful, wonderful kind and loving person who is destined to go very far!!! Do not let anything or anyone get in your way!!! Love you much, Auntie

  5. The Garrison Family, 13 years ago

    Words can not express how proud we are of you and your accomplishments thus far and the many more to come! May God, bless you and all your endevors as you continue on this journey! God is using you as an instrument to represent, inspire and touch others. We are truly proud of you and love you.

  6. Angie, 13 years ago

    Go TIARA!! We are so proud of you! Keep up the good things you are doing. Love ya.
    Mom & Dad

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