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Lexington Student with Alopecia Takes the Crown at Local Pageant

Gracie Ann Roland was diagnosed with alopecia, a condition that causes hair loss from some or all areas of the body, a year ago.

Gilbert, SC (WLTX) - "Bald is beautiful" isn't just a motto for one Gilbert Middle School student — it's a lifestyle.

Gracie Ann Roland was diagnosed with alopecia, a condition that causes hair loss from some or all areas of the body, a year ago.

Rather than letting her condition affect her confidence, she entered a school pageant at Lexington One Performing Arts Center on January 26. And she didn't just compete, she was crowned the 2018 Miss Gilbert Middle School.

This pageant queen also wants to help other, hoping to take her passion for children with special needs and pursue a degree in special education.

Keep up with Roland and her journey through #teamgraciealopecia.

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 representatives 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.