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Drayah Graves, 7, of Laurel was the fourth runner-up in her age group in the Maryland National American Miss Pageant.

The pageant was held Aug. 8-10 at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Va.,

Drayah is a second-grade student at the Thomas G. Pullen Creative and Performing Arts School in Landover, where she plays violin and is enrolled in the school’s new Talent and Gifted program, said her mother, Vicki Wade.

“She was very excited to place not only in the top 10, but the top five,” Wade said.

Drayah was selected as a finalist in the state competition based on an anonymous recommendation and a personal interview with judges, Wade said.

Contestants are judged on their introduction, poise, interview and community service participation, according to the National American Miss website.