Like many pageant contestants, Bianca Wells has the looks and the accomplishments.
However, seven year ago, Bianca also had to learn how to transcend tragedy when her big brother, Levar Zachery, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Buffalo.
She was just 11.
"Ever since the death of my older brother, I've dedicated my life to fulfilling my dreams," says Bianca, now 18.
"My brother was my knight in shining armor. We were bonded for life. He took me everywhere. He listened to me when I needed to talk. He attended all of my dance recitals. Basically, anything I did, he was there.
"I want to fulfill all my dreams and the dreams Levar had for me. He is truly my inspiration for life."
Now, the 2007 Amherst High School honor-roll graduate has been busy making those dreams become reality.
The Snyder resident, who has been dancing since she was 2, will compete in the Miss Teen New York USAPageant this November in Albany.
She has danced with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and has been a member of the WBLK dance team, studying ballet, tap and jazz. She also has taught hip-hop classes. As a student with Buffalo's Neglia artists, she has worked with choreographers from around the world. Theater-goers may remember her on stage in Studio Arena Theatre's "The Secret Garden."
Also this fall, Bianca will attend the University at Buffalo.
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