Story by Janmarie Foschini
Lena Jodry, of Greenwood Lake, recently won the title of Miss Amazing. Miss Amazing is a nonprofit organization for women and girls with disabilities. Miss Amazing invests in the strengths of girls and women with disabilities. Approximately 1,700 women and girls with disabilities have benefited from these programs. Thirty states across the country host Miss Amazing events with 2,000 volunteers helping and supporting each person.
Lena has been participating in Miss Amazing for over three years now and in 2017 and 2018 she was named Miss Preteen New York. In August 2018, Lena traveled to Chicago with her parents for Nationals and won first runner up in the preteen category. Lena’s talent for competition was singing and she performed the song “Queens Don’t” by RaeLynn.
“When I went to Miss Amazing it was such a great experience! I got to meet a bunch of other young leaders. We talked about our future plans and how we want to make a difference in the world,” said Lena. “As I continue my year as Miss Amazing and for the rest of my life, I will always be a strong advocate for people with disabilities and I will always strive to make everyone in the world feel equal because everyone is. In this world we need more people to make everyone feel equal and loved. That is exactly what I want to do. No matter what I do or where I go in this world, I know that my one purpose was to help show everyone that everyone is equal no matter what. So my favorite quote is ‘Be the person you have always wanted to see in the world!’”
Lena, who just turned 12 in October, is a seventh grade honor roll student at the Greenwood Lake Middle School and a member of the Drama Club. Lena’s family includes her parents, Steve and Debbie; her brother, Mike; her sister-in-law, Nicole; and her soon-to-be nephew, Colin.
Lena enjoys taking care of her cats, Kit Kat and Mittens, spending time with friends, reading, writing, acting, drawing, and swimming. She is also an active Girl Scout, a member of The Rock Underground and has been actively performing in community theater since the age of six. Lena will be performing with the Warwick Reformed Church in the upcoming performance of A Christmas Carol.
When Lena isn’t busy performing or studying, she can be found lending a hand around the community. Lena has helped with the Snack Program at ShopRite collecting donations and she also volunteers at her church, including the “Friends for Friends Dinner” that supports group homes in Bergen County.
Lena also wrote a letter to the footwear company Converse suggesting the idea of designing sneakers for people who wear AFO (ankle foot orthopedics). Stay tuned for future updates! Lena is also pondering ways to raise money for teddy bears for sick children at the cancer center at Hackensack Hospital.