Friday, October 24, 2014

Brianna Lewis Hosts Walk-A-Thon

Brianna Lewis, Miss Illinois Pre-Teen, made an appearance at the 11th annual Homewood Christian Academy Walk-A-Thon held on October 18th. She was asked to do the honors of being the official announcer of the start of the walk and then took time to walk 1.5 miles with some of the other participants. She was also thrilled to be able to tell lots of girls and moms about National American Miss and how they can be involved next year. 



Saturday, October 18, 2014

Rylee White Attends Lincoln County Medical Center Pumpkin Party


Rylee White, your National American Miss Missouri Princess spent the day at the Lincoln County Medical Center Pumpkin Party. She got to appear in her crown and banner as an honored guest at the event. Rylee got to partake in many fun fall festivities. Her favorites were decorating pumpkins, getting balloon animals, and eating caramel apples with apple cider. She loved meeting new people at the event. She even got to meet with some of the doctors from the medical center. 

The Lincoln County Medical Center celebrates the season with a Pumpkin Patch Party every year. Children are free to attend and its a fun way to bring the community together! They have pumpkin decorating, halloween safety tips, face painting, bounce houses, and lots more available at the event. We are so happy Rylee was able to make an appearance and share her pictures of this awesome day!








Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Brianna Jackson at Taste of Thornton Event


Brianna Jackson your National American Miss Illinois Jr. Teen Cover Girl is continuing to make a difference in her community! It seems every week she has a new event or appearance to make her home state a better place. This time Brianna participated in the Taste of Thornton event. The Thornton Township is the largest township in Illinois. This event was for the great people of the community to come together for some fun, food and entertainment promoting family bonding. Brianna helped out watching kids ages 2-10 at a special children's princess and superhero breakfast. Check out the photos below!





Sunday, October 12, 2014

Helen Kraklow Raising Money for Children's Miracle Network


Helen Kraklow, your National American Miss Wisconsin Preteen Queen, is a very talented dancer. She often uses her gift of dance at events to help raise money for important causes that are close to her heart. This time Helen was featured as a dancer at Milwaukee's annual Autumn Elegance Ballroom Event! In addition to performing at the event Helen worked hard in charge of the silent auction where 100% of the proceeds went to the Children's Miracle Network. The auction hit the $2,000 mark! Way to go Helen!!!


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Maryn White Selected for Prestigious Center for Disease Control Program

One week after being crowned National American Miss Missouri Jr. Teen, Maryn White was off to Atlanta, Georgia, for summer camp at the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  Maryn was one of 18 middle school students from across the country selected for this prestigious program. She studied infectious diseases, including Ebola, and various public health scenarios. She played the role of an epidemiologist and learned how to calculate outbreaks, treat patients with various levels of quarantined care, and lead news conferences to inform the general public of a possible outbreak. All the places that we are seeing in the news today are places Maryn explored during her camp experience. The camp concluded with the campers presenting CDC personnel with their findings. This time at the CDC helped solidify her desire to become a doctor, and possibly work with the CDC one day. WOW!!! What an incredible experience for Maryn!!! We are so proud to have such a driven and intelligent young lady representing the great state of Missouri and NAM!










Monday, October 6, 2014

Illinois Queens Come Together for HUGE Cancer Support Center Event


Recently, the National American Miss Illinois Royalty were asked to coordinate a Kids Zone at the Cancer Support Center's Fall Walk of Hope held on October 5, 2014. Together the royal families combined their talents and donated items to create goody bags, games, and activities for the 100+ kids who would participate in this wonderful event. Throughout the day, the NAM girls were announced as special guests and met many adoring fans who complimented them on their positive attitudes and great work ethic.  Kids, and even some of the older participants, enjoyed a face-painting station, a nail art station, playing the Bozo game, getting autographs, receiving free goody bags, and even hearing about and signing up for more information about National American Miss.  Needless to say, the Illinois royalty proved to be true role models, and great representatives of the greatest pageant system in the country! Take a look at these amazing photos from the event!













Sunday, October 5, 2014

Brianna Jackson Meets the Mayor and Volunteers to Make a Difference

Brianna Jackson, your National American Miss Illinois Jr. Teen Cover Girl has been busy volunteering and meeting with her government officials since being crowned in August. Below are a few pictures chronicling her experiences! The first picture is Brianna meeting with the Lansing Mayor, Norm Abbott, where she spoke about issues near and dear to her heart. The last picture is of Brianna delivering supplies to the Lansing Food Pantry. Way to go to Brianna! We love seeing her use her title to make a true difference in her community!







Friday, October 3, 2014

Julissa Clarke Attendes Special Pre-Opening of Chicago's First Olive Garden


Your National American Miss Illinois Jr. Pre-Teen Cover Girl Julissa Clarke had the honor of helping with the opening of Chicago, Illinois' FIRST Olive Garden Italian Kitchen! She was one of the celebrity attendees at the family and friends event at The Special Pre-Opening! Check out the picture with the Olive Garden big-wigs! 


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Princess Cover Girl Ellie Bennett Organizing St. Jude Fundraiser


Your new National American Miss Illinois Princess Cover Girl, Ellie Bennett, has been VERY busy since the day she won her crown. Ellie has created and is helping organize a 5K fun run/walk for St. Jude Children's Hospital. Ellie is all about helping others and we are so proud of her! She was in the newspaper yesterday and will be going on LIVE television soon to promote the event! Even at a young age Ellie has been taking charge and all the activities going on at the event are HER ideas!


NAMily, If you are in the area Ellie would love it if you could come out to the event to support St. Jude! The fundraiser will take place October 11 in Rockford! Below are a few links you will want to check out! 

-Register for the event at Ellie's website called Rockin it for St. Jude
-Check out the Newspaper article that featured Ellie and her work
-Get connected to Ellie's FaceBook page to keep up-to-date with all the work she is doing



Saturday, September 27, 2014

Alena Mascarenas Featured on Cover of Magazine

Your Arizona Princess Queen Alena Mascarenas graced the cover of the North Gilbert Breeze September issue. In addition to being pictured on the cover, Alena had an article published in the magazine that featured her, her family and her experience with National American Miss.


A few of my favorite parts from the article include learning that Alena is the ONLY girl on her Dragons baseball team, that her father is active duty U.S. Army in Louisiana but is still able to make it to nationals in California to escort her on stage, and that Alena wants to be a dolphin trainer and to volunteer with Feed My Starving Children.

Check out the full article and see the cover of the magazine here!



Thursday, September 25, 2014

Utah Queens Volunteer at Ronald McDonald House

The National American Miss Utah Queens got together again to give back to their community. Your Utah Teen representative Cierra Everill, Jr. Pre-Teen Miah Green and Princess Alyssa Ray made and served breakfast at the Ronald McDonald House. Love seeing these gals get together to volunteer and make a difference!





Monday, September 22, 2014

AZ sister queens bond over new experience!


All of our reigning Arizona State Queens were honored to be invited for the rodeo queen event at Blue Robbin Horse Shows. Alena Mascarenas (princess), Presley Kern (jr. pre-teen), Katie Schaaf (pre-teen), Nicole Carney (jr. teen), Danielle Fisher (teen), and Elizabeth Riley (Miss) all had a fun and new experience learning what a horse show entails. Even the parents were along for the learning! Our beautiful queens learned how to judge the horses and what to look for. "It's like a pageant for ponies," they all said! It looks like it was a wonderful bonding excursion for the sister queens of Arizona! 







Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Utah's Miah Green wins "Be The Change" award

Your 2014 Miss Utah Jr. Pre-Teen Miah Green received an outstanding honor from her hometown police department. Miah calls Syracuse, Utah, home and has been spending countless hours volunteering throughout her community. The Police Department, Kade the K-9 dog and Chief of Police, Garret Atkin were in attendance to present Miah with the "Be The Change" plaque for her volunteer spirit.

"I can't stop smiling," Miah said. "It was a pleasure meeting you all and an honor that you would present this token to me. Feeling blessed to be your National American Miss Jr. Pre-Teen, Miss Utah!"


Monday, September 15, 2014

Miss Utah Queens at Honoring our Heroes Day

Alyssa Ray, Miah Green, and Cierra Everill your Utah princess, jr. pre-teen and teen representatives had an amazing experience honoring their local heroes. The lovely ladies spent the day with the fire department at Honoring our Heroes Day. What a fun appearance!


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Illinois Pre-Teen Brianna Lewis in the news!

Brianna Lewis, your current National American Miss Illinois Pre-Teen was featured in her hometown newspaper for earning her title. In addition to the press attention, Brianna has been busy volunteering and donating the books and school supplies that were collected over pageant weekend as a part of our Community Involvement.  See below to read the full article or click here to be taken to the link!


Brianna Lewis, daughter of Ce’on and Yvette Barnes of Homewood, has earned the prestigious title of 2014 National American Miss Illinois at the state pageant held August 4. Over 150 finalists from across the state of Illinois competed for this prestigious title. Miss Lewis will be attending the National Pageant to be held in Anaheim, California at Disneyland during Thanksgiving week, representing the great state of Illinois, where she will have the opportunity to win her share of over $500,000 in cash and prizes!
The National American Miss Pageants are dedicated to celebrating America’s greatness and encouraging its future leaders. Each year, the National American Miss Pageants awards 1.5 Million dollars in cash, scholarships, and prizes to recognize and assist the development of young women nationwide. National American Miss has added the ultimate door prize to Nationals 2014. Each girl that qualifies for the national pageant has a chance to win a new 2014 Ford Mustang convertible (for more details visit www.namiss.com/car). National American Miss is dedicated to developing the success of young women across our nation with a program that is designed to be age-appropriate and family- oriented. Pageants are held in each state for girls ages four to eighteen in five different age divisions.
The National American Miss Pageants are for “Today’s Girl” and “Tomorrow’s Leaders.” The pageant program is based on inner beauty, as well as poise and presentation, and offers an “All-American Spirit” of fun for family and friends. Emphasis is placed on the importance of gaining self-confidence, learning new skills, learning good attitudes about competition, and setting and achieving personal goals. The pageant seeks to recognize the accomplishments of each girl while encouraging her to set goals for the future!
Brianna’s activities include participation in Homewood Christian Academy’s Gospel Choir, Art Club, Peer Tutoring, and Student Ambassador Programs. She is also the founder of the healthy kids club, Tiny Temples. Miss Lewis’ sponsors for the pageant were Bernice Barnes, Delores Clark, Debra Boston, The Kimberly Bond Boutique, and Dasia Clark.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

AZ JPT Cover Girl Dani Mixer honored at University of Arizona

Your 2014 National American Miss Arizona Jr Pre-Teen Cover Girl, Dani Mixer, was honored at the University of Arizona! Throughout the month of June, a contest was held where members of UA's kids club could submit their very own ideas for the new name of the club, which was formerly known as Club Arizona. They had over 80 creative submissions! After deliberating on the most creative names, UA narrowed it down to three and let the Club members vote on their favorite new club name. The overwhelming winner was Arizona Kidcats Club!This creative name was submitted by our very own Dani Mixer! She won four tickets to the football season opener against UNLV on Friday, Aug. 29, a display honoring her creativity in the Jim Click Hall of Champions, bragging rights, and was even featured at the football game with the cheerleaders which aired on ESPN! Way to go Dani! 

Dani is 8 years old and just started the third grade at Agua Caliente Elementary School. She enjoys dancing, fashion design, sewing, and pageantry. When Dani is not crafting, dancing, at school, or volunteering her time in her community, you can often find her at events at the University of Arizona. To say that Dani has inherited her mother’s “Wildcat for Life” spirit is an understatement. Dani loves attending athletics events and you can even catch a glimpse of Dani and her sister in Greg Byrne’s end of the year athletics video. In April, Dani entered and won the People’s Choice Award at the annual University of Arizona, “On our Own Time,” Art Exhibit sponsored by the National Arts Program. Needless to say, when the current Club Arizona announced a contest to rename the program, Dani rose to the challenge. Dani has no doubt that she IS a future Wildcat. She dreams of being part of the Stevie Eller School of Dance one day. Here are some pictures of Dani's amazing experience!











Monday, September 8, 2014

NAMily is the best kind of Family!

What a whirlwind these last few weeks have been. We finished the stellar pageant season with our Wisconsin Pageant at the exciting Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells, crowned some fabulous representatives, and went on to the most NAMalicious wedding in the history of weddings!

State Directors Breanne Maples and Ryan Ewing were hitched in Kansas City, Missouri over Labor Day weekend. The messages, posts, sweet gestures, and support from our NAM state finalists, representatives, staff, and friends are above and beyond!! The NAMily is truly the best support team anyone could ask for! Enjoy a few pics from the fabulous wedding :)

Bre and Ry! 

Breanne and Nicole Palmgrean

The Bridal Party - spot any NAM Staff? ;)

The beautiful reception venue-The Midland Theater

Carrying over the threshold

Time to celebrate!!!

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Julie Thomas-Director of Marketing & Events 
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