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Mill Creek Freshman Wins National Pageant and Participates in Community

Victoria Kokinos earned the title of Miss Junior Teen America Title and volunteers with at-risk students in Gwinnett County.

Victoria Kokinos

Freshman, Mill Creek High School

Accomplishment: Victoria Kokinos, a freshman, was crowned Miss Junior Teen America in January in a competition held in Nashville, Tenn. Kokinos is an active community volunteer and works primarily with the MAX Ministry in Lawrenceville, helping underprivileged children. She is also a member of Mill Creek’s student government and volunteers with Relay For Life.

Key to Success: For Kokinos, community volunteerism has always been a part of her life and her new title of Miss Junior Teen America has helped her to become more involved.

In January, Kokinos traveled to Nashville, Tenn., to compete for the national title after being named Miss Southern States. After all of the rounds of competition, Kokinos reigned supreme and was given the national honor.

“Out of all the girls, I was chosen and I was very excited for it because I had worked so hard for it,” she said. “My title has given me an opportunity to get more involved in my community and let my organization be known nation wide.”

That organization is the MAX Community Ministry, an organization based in Lawrenceville that provides services for at-risk and underprivileged students. Kokinos volunteers regularly at the MAX and on April 23 hosted an Easter egg hunt, in which she and her friends put together over 2,000 eggs.

Aside from helping with events at the MAX on holidays including Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving, Kokinos also helps out there during the regular school weeks.

“I volunteer with them throughout the year and do special things with them on holidays,” she said. “I go to the MAX during the week to help them with schoolwork or anything they need.”

At Mill Creek, Kokinos is also very much involved in the community. She does work for Relay For Life, cheers on the junior varsity cheerleading squad, and is a member of the student government. As a student government member, she helps in planning events at the school and helps in the operation of the events.

“We mostly plan out the big events that go on there – recycling, dances like homecoming and prom, canned food drives, giving blood – just big events around school,” she said.

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