Thursday, May 18, 2017

Calling All Volunteers! Uniquely You Pageant Needs Your Help!

I am always SO impressed with our National American Miss State Finalists and enjoy watching them grow throughout their experience with us. One of these young ladies is Wisconsin's own Hailey Herbst. As a Miss Wisconsin State Finalist for the last four years, Hailey has carried her love for pageantry into creating the Uniquely You Pageant for individuals with special needs. Hailey is now looking for volunteers who can help with this year's Uniquely You Pageant. The event will take place July 22nd in Oshkosh, WI. If you are in, or can travel to the area, why not volunteer your time for such a great cause!



Hailey qualified and competed at the NAM National Pageant in 2015, and it was during her time in California that she was inspired to make a difference through her passions. The creation of Uniquely You was truly a blend of her two passions, pageantry and helping those with special needs.  With a brother and step-brother with special needs she saw first hand how encouraging those with special needs can make the otherwise impossible, possible. After a lot of work by many volunteers, the first Uniquely You Pageant was held on August 6, 2016 in Fond du Lac, WI.

Uniquely You was purposely designed with the intent of helping others. There is no entry fee for contestants and 100% of proceeds from admissions and other fundraising efforts are donated to Organizations in WI that specialize in helping individuals with special needs. Uniquely You’s mission is simple, “Encourage others to disbelieve in disabilities, embrace their uniqueness, and emphasize their abilities.” 


Click here to learn more about volunteering and sign up to help!




Thursday, May 11, 2017

Get to know you Miss Nebraska Pre-Teen Cover Girl Grace Veik



NAM: What activities are you involved in?
QUEEN: I am involved in volleyball, basketball, girl scouts, animal rescue and different community projects.


NAM: How would your friends describe you?
QUEEN: They would say I am a fun and loyal friend.

NAM: What motto or quote best describes you?
QUEEN: Try and try again.

NAM: What is the best advice you have ever received?
QUEEN: Do your best and have fun.

 
NAM: How did you prepare for the pageant?
QUEEN: Practice, practice, practice!

NAM: Where is your favorite place to shop?
QUEEN: Justice.

NAM: How have pageants shaped your life?
QUEEN: Participating in NAM has helped me become more confident.

NAM: What is your most prized possession?
QUEEN: My little naughty Chihuahua puppy "Angel".

NAM: What is your favorite movie?
QUEEN: Blindside

NAM: What advice do you have for future NAM girls?
QUEEN: Try your best and always SMILE!


NAM: If you could be famous for anything what would it be?
QUEEN: Helping others.

NAM: What is your dream job?
QUEEN: A Runway model.

NAM: How do you plan to use your title?
QUEEN: To tell girls how fun and what a good experience NAM is!

NAM: How do you volunteer in your community?
QUEEN: I work with Mercy Meals, Orphan Grain Train, and different animal rescue projects.

NAM: What is your favorite subject in school?
QUEEN: Music/choir.

NAM: If you had three wishes what would you wish for?
QUEEN: To become the next NAM Pre-Teen Queen, to end the suffering of people and animals, and have a million cupcakes in front of me to eat!!!!!

NAM: Who is your role model?
QUEEN: Taylor Swift

NAM: How did you get started with NAM?
QUEEN: A recommendation was mailed to me.

NAM: What is your definition of a NAM girl?
QUEEN: A girl with confidence.

NAM: What do you like to do for fun?
QUEEN: I like to camp, be on my trampoline, and spend time with my animals.

NAM: What makes your state unique?
QUEEN: The small, friendly communities.

NAM: What was your first thought you had when you captured the Miss Nebraska Title?
QUEEN: Can't wait to go to appearances.

NAM: What would people be surprised to know about you?
QUEEN: I was born in San Diego and I'm the only girl in my class of 3!



Friday, April 28, 2017

Get to know your new Miss Nebraska Jr. Teen Hannah Delashmutt


NAM: What activities are you involved in?
QUEEN: Varsity Cheerleading, FBLA, and Cross Country, modeling, Miss Amazing ambassador

NAM: How would your friends describe you?
QUEEN: Funny, loud, Smiley, Happy, dedicated, involved, and Cool

NAM: What motto or quote best describes you?
QUEEN: “I’m not weird, I’m limited Edition”

NAM: What is the best advice you have ever received?
QUEEN: You’re not ready to win, unless you are ready to Loose” Nia Sanchez

NAM: How did you prepare for the pageant?
QUEEN: I practiced walking in my heels and personal intro almost every day.  I also had to prepare myself with the right mindset to have fun and do my very best.  NAM is such a fun jam packed weekend and I wouldn’t want to ruin it by taking myself too seriously!

NAM: Where is your favorite place to shop?
QUEEN: Sephora!!!!  I Love Make up!!!  There is nothing better than hunting for that perfect shade lipstick or new eye shadow to make me feel pretty.

NAM: How have pageants shaped your life?
QUEEN: There is no doubt pageants have made me more confident in everything I do, especially public speaking.  It has taught me to try things I never thought I would.

NAM: What is your most prized possession?
QUEEN: My Family is my most prized possession.  They are irreplaceable and my biggest support system.  I can’t imagine life without them.

NAM: What is your favorite movie?
QUEEN:  High School Musical….I know every line and can sing along to every song.  I’ve probably watched it about 1,000 times. 

NAM: What is your favorite TV show?
QUEEN: My favorite TV show is Friends.  It is so funny and I can’t stop watching.  It’s a classic.

NAM: What is your favorite book?
QUEEN: “I love you Forever” because my mom and grandma always used to read it to me.  I’m pretty sure the pages are worn out. Great memories of when I was little.

NAM: What advice do you have for future NAM girls?
QUEEN: My best advice is to just be you!  You don’t need to be like anyone else.  Don’t be afraid to step outside the box and try new things.

NAM: If you could be famous for anything what would it be?
QUEEN: Singing.  Even though I am not a great singer I still think it would be amazing to perform in front of thousands of screaming fans.

NAM: What is your dream job?
QUEEN: My goal is to become a pediatric nurse, but it would be pretty cool to work for NAM!

NAM: How do you plan to use your title?
QUEEN: I plan to make the most of my year by using my time to volunteer at places like the down syndrome alliance, miss amazing, and the Ronald McDonald house just to name a few.  I hope to promote the program and inspire others girls to try new things.

NAM: How do you volunteer in your community?
QUEEN: I created my own organization called Hannah’s Heart.  This organization gives back to people in my own community and surrounding areas.  I also have a few organizations that are near and dear to my heart.  The Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands where I mentor kids with down syndrome and the Miss Amazing pageant.




NAM: What is your favorite subject in school?
QUEEN: Industrial Tech or Shop Class.  Getting to use all the power tools to create cool projects is really exciting.  It’s not every day you get to use a band saw lol!  My favorite piece was a name plate with the word Faith on it!

NAM:  If you had three wishes what would you wish for?
QUEEN: 1. To win the National Jr Teen Title
             2.  To stop all the bullying and hate in the world
             3.  To sleep in everyday!


NAM: Who is your role model?
QUEEN: Breanne Ewing… She is soooo amazing!  Every word that comes out of her mouth makes me happy.  She is so positive and inspiring, not to mention her incredible sense of style!  She is overflowing with awesomesauce!

NAM: What is your favorite part about National American Miss?
QUEEN: I love the fact that I get to meet new lifelong friends, but I really love that NAM is not a stereotypical pageant, based on how you look, but instead on how confident you are yourself. 


NAM: How did you get started with NAM?
QUEEN: I got a letter in the mail in elementary school.  My mom who also participated in a few pageants encouraged me to try. 

NAM: What is your definition of a NAM girl?
QUEEN: Confidently Beautiful

NAM: What do you like to do for fun?
QUEEN: I love to go on long runs, volunteer, hang out with my friends, EAT, and vegging out to a Netflix marathon
 



NAM: What makes your state unique?
QUEEN: In 1927, Edwin E Perkins of Hastings invented Kool-Aid!  Pretty sure that makes us the “Koolest” state in the nation!!

NAM: What was your first thought you had when you captured the Miss Nebraska Title?
QUEEN: Yes!!! I can’t believe this is finally happening!  It has been a dream and a goal of mine for a long time and its finally coming to life.

NAM: What would people be surprised to know about you?
QUEEN: Other than the fact that my arms and fingers are extremely double jointed, I am also the oldest child with 2 younger brothers.  I have also moved 6 times in my short 15 years.