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Liverpool third-grader takes on bullying in Syracuse-Binghamton Miss Jr. Pre-Teen pageant

Brianna Stone Waryan will compete Saturday, Oct. 12, in the Syracuse/Binghamton Miss Jr. Pre-Teen pageant. Brianna hopes to spread an anti-bullying message through her participation in the pageant.

Brianna Stone Waryan will compete Saturday, Oct. 12, in the Syracuse/Binghamton Miss Jr. Pre-Teen pageant. Brianna hopes to spread an anti-bullying message through her participation in the pageant.

— And Waryan is a born performer. She participates in dance lessons at DDE, as well as voice and piano lessons outside of schools. She dreams of being a dancer, singer and actor one day, along with a loftier aspiration.

“I would like to be Miss America,” Waryan said.

For now, she’s got to tackle Miss Jr. Pre-Teen. In order to compete, Waryan needs the assistance of sponsors, which include community businesses, organizations and private individuals. To help sponsor her, call 1-877-403-6678. So far, she’s received help from the following, to whom she and Stone extend their gratitude:

DG Lawns and Flower Shop

Rick and Mick Lis

AJM Painting Co

Lyle and Jean Stone

Amber Harrer

Lia Sophia (Lynn Stone)

ABC Estates

The Retreat

Joan Condlins, Liverpool School of Dance

In addition, Brianna had an extra thank-you she wanted to add: “My little snugglebunny Mom.”

Indeed, Stone as well as her extended family have put their all into helping Waryan succeed.

“She has me behind her 100 percent, her grandparents, her aunts and uncles and cousins — we’re all doing all the best we can,” Stone said. “It’s not easy in this world these days. We don’t know much about this whole process, but we’re getting our feet wet.”

And Waryan was eager to express her appreciation.

“My family has trained me really well and helped me a lot. I hope I can help them as much one day, especially my mom,” Waryan said. “I want to thank my mom for getting sponsorships and helping me do all of this so I can participate and make a good goal for myself. I’ve loved all the times we had together. I hope it’ll last forever.”

If she’s successful this weekend, Waryan will go onto the national competition in Orlando, where she stands a chance to win more than $30,000 in prizes and awards, including college scholarships. While she’s excited about the possibility of a trip to Orlando, she’s looking forward to the opportunity to spread her message about bullying.

“I was bullied on the bus a couple of times, and at lunch and on the playground,” Waryan said. “It made me feel sad and angry. Kids around the world should not be bullied, so please help by making bullying stop and help others if they’re being bullied.”

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