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Gracie Ann Roland’s smile nearly outshone her new crown when she was voted 2018 Miss Gilbert Middle during the school’s pageant, held January 26 at the Lexington One Performing Arts Center.

Diagnosed a year ago with alopecia, Roland believes and lives out the motto “bald is beautiful,” never letting her condition diminish her confidence. She shares her journey online through #teamgraciealopecia.

Roland desires to use her passion for children with special needs to pursue a degree in special education.

Other Miss GMS pageant winners include Miss Seventh Grade Savannah K. Shirley, first runner-up Khara D. Cox and second runner-up Abigail G. Burnett.

Eighth-grade winners include Miss Eighth Grade Mary Elizabeth Branham, first runner-up Tiara D. Taylor and second runner-up McKenna C. Buff. Taylor also won Miss Smiles.

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