Rylea Fields was crowned ANTSO Preteen National Sweetheart 2015 on July 26. Representing Texas, Fields spent a week in Nashville, competing in the 44th annual national pageant for America’s National Teenager Scholarship Organization (ANTSO).
Rylea attends Mary Orr Intermediate in Mansfield. She volunteers in her community by giving away Christmas bags to local assisted living centers and Mission Arlington, donating to Salvation Army, and she also enjoys making hairbows, headbands, and flip flops that she calls “Rylea’s Ribbons” and donates them to Captain Hope’s Kids, a non-profit organization that helps area homeless children, as well as donates them to Mansfield’s Chili’s Restaurant to sell during the month of September to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Other community service projects that Rylea has been committed to serving are Toys for Tots, area Christmas Angel Tree projects, Keep Our Land litter pickup, Special Olympics and the Boys and Girls Club of America.
By capturing the 2015 ANTSO Preteen National Sweetheart title, Rylea will be traveling all across America to speak and volunteer with various organizations, as well as be an ambassador for the Boys and Girls Club of America (ANTSO’s national philanthropy). Contestants who competed at ANTSO are among the brightest in the country, having won their state representation through academic, community service, interview and onstage competitions.
The 2014 National event in Nashville consisted of several days in competition, fun city events, as well as family game nights, where Rylea’s father, Ron Fields, crowned the 2015 Mr. ANTSO. Winners walked away from nationals with more than $40,000 in scholarships for college along with various other prizes.