A send-off party in Ludlow tonight for a Western Massachusetts teenager hoping to be crowned Miss Teen USA.

Lexi Woloshchuk of Monson currently holds the title of Miss Massachusetts Teen USA.
In three weeks, she’ll head to Shreveport, Louisiana to compete against 51 other contestants for the crown.

Lexi is passionate about women empowerment, she told 22News that whether she wins or loses she’s grateful for the experience, “I could not be more proud of myself for making it this far and hopefully I come home with the Miss Teen USA title but either way I’m going to come home with experiences that will last a lifetime.”

Lexi has teamed up with She’s The First–an organization that helps girls in low income countries receive an education, as well as Best Buddies which helps people with physical and mental disabilities.

The 36th annual Miss Teen USA paegant will be held Friday May, 18th.