Prince George's County, Maryland
Bridging Socioeconomic Gaps
Ardelle Dickerson walked away with the prestigious and covenant title of USA National Miss on November 28th, 2020. After placing first-runner up at last year's competition and returning to compete against all 50 states, Ardelle is a prime example of never giving up and working hard for your goals.
Coming from humble beginnings, this DC/Maryland native uses her national platform to 'Bridge Socioeconomic Gaps' amongst minority youth. Ardelle has dedicated her time to multiple minority-based organizations centered around the progression of education, empowerment, and involvement. As a 22-year-old college student, her journey to secondary academia was not easy. At a young age, Ardelle was considered at-risked and was in and out of the school system. Now she attends the #1 Public Historically Black College in the country and travels the Nation speaking to kids about the importance of turning your 'Setbacks into Comebacks'. She uses her sash and crown to encourage younger demographics to believe in themselves no matter the adversities they face.
As the USA National Miss, Ardelle is an advocate for many causes related to youth empowerment. She spends her year promoting the organization's national platform: Crown CARES (Creating A Respectful Environment in Schools). This advocacy allows queens to go into their communities and implement anti-bullying presentations and protocols at schools that lack kindness and respect. Ardelle's goal is to take Crown CARES into lower-income school districts and push for more resources as she's a product of such an environment
With close to 10 years of experience in pageantry, Ardelle Dickerson founded her own Public Relations Agency entitled, Pageant Relations, LLC. This PR socialite professionally schedules appearances and book opportunities for women in the pageantry circuit. She works with titleholders to help them gain exposure for their personal initiatives through media relations and volunteerism. Ardelle speaks to young girls about the opportunities entrepreneurship can bring. Starting her own business pushed her out of financial adversity and she strives to teach others business, leadership, and professionalism tactics so that they too can start something bigger than themselves.