USA National Miss Virginia, Lexi, is a 20-year-old, 2nd yr student at the University of Lynchburg majoring in Exercise Physiology with a minor in Communication/Social Engagement.
She is the recipient of multiple Academic Scholarships and has been awarded the Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Highest Fundraiser Award and is a 2019 & 2020 Unity Award Nominee by Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center.
Lexi’s course load keeps her busy most days, however, when not in class or studying Lexi is passionately sharing her platform, LOVEMADDly, with others. In 2016 her best friend’s father was killed by a drunk driver – this impacted Lexi in many ways, but when she arrived at college, it was evident that alcohol abuse and the bully culture surrounding alcohol were widely accepted as status quo.
LOVEMADDly was born through her advocacy work with Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD). She works to educate and eradicate collegiate level bullying, abuse, and trauma associated with alcohol consumption. The bullying and peer pressure associated with alcohol on the collegiate level can adversely affect students, their classes and ultimately their ability to have positive education experience.
Lexi utilizes her real-life campus experiences to connect with high school and middle school students when discussing the peer pressure and bullying related to alcohol that is rampant throughout most college campuses and even some high schools. Having shared Crown Cares since the 8th grade, Lexi marries the two topics together in a seamless way that allows students to understand that they do have options and they can make smart choices, even when others do not.
When not in school, Lexi can be found cuddling up with her cat, KoKo, or bunny, Viola, most likely, working out at the gym. She also has an extensive Nike Collection and is never too old to be Sulley, from Monsters Inc.’s, biggest fan. Disneyworld will always be her vacation of choice.
Favorite Color: Yellow
Favorite Flower: Sunflower
Ardelle Dickerson currently serves as the 2020 USA National Miss East Coast 2020. Throughout her matriculation with the USA National Miss Organization, Ardelle previously held the title as Miss Virginia and placed first runner-up to the National title in 2019. While promoting the organization’s national platform of Crown C.A.R.E.S (Creating A Respectable Environment in Schools), she focuses her advocacy on the aftermath of bullying and teaches students healthy coping mechanisms for mental adversities. As a certified Suicide Hotline Responder, Ardelle uses empathy tactics to help others who are affected by bullying on an almost daily basis. When she’s not saving lives and promoting kindness, Miss Dickerson is a Public Relations student at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. With aspirations to become a publicist, Ardelle started her own PR Practice (Pageant Relations) that professionally books appearances and events for women in the pageantry circuit. She hopes to inspire others to turn their setbacks into comebacks through empowerment and education.