Friday, April 21, 2017

Get to know your new Miss Nebraska Pre-Teen Katelyn Hansen


NAM: What activities are you involved in?
QUEEN:I am currently in dance, I play the clarinet in my school band and also participate in my schools Garden Leadership Team. 

NAM: How would your friends describe you?
QUEEN: My friends would describe me as funny, caring and creative.

NAM: What is the best advice you have ever received?
QUEEN: The best advice I have ever been told was to never change yourself for someone else.  Be you!

NAM: How did you prepare for the pageant?
QUEEN: I practiced A LOT!  I tried to not be nervous and thought about making new friend and having fun!

NAM: Where is your favorite place to shop?
QUEEN: My favorite places would be Justice and Target!


NAM: How have pageants shaped your life?
QUEEN: Pageants have made me more outgoing, willing to try new things.  I am more open minded and it also brought me to volunteer more in my community.

NAM: What is your most prized possession?
QUEEN: My crown and sash of course!  It shows that I am loyal and kind to others and represents hard work and determination pay off. 

NAM: What is your favorite movie?
QUEEN:  Well I just see the new version of Beauty and the Beast which is now my favorite!

NAM: What is your favorite TV show?
QUEEN:  I have a few which include Full House, Spongebob Square Pants and The Pioneer Woman.


NAM: What is your favorite book?
QUEEN:  I have two.  My Brother Made Me Do It and Facts and Fiction of Minnapratt.

NAM: What advice do you have for future NAM girls?
QUEEN: My advise would be to always be yourself.  It's all about having fun and meeting new friends.  Take your experience from pageant weekend with you and apply what you learned in everyday life.  Don’t give up!!

NAM: If you could be famous for anything what would it be?
QUEEN:  I would LOVE to be famous for dancing or modeling.

NAM: What is your dream job?
QUEEN:  My dream job would be to travel around the world as a dance or model.

NAM: How do you plan to use your title?
QUEEN:  I plan to share the values of NAM and to show everyone that pageants are not what you see on TV.  And to bring smiles to everyone!

NAM: How do you volunteer in your community?
QUEEN:  I volunteer at various organizations such as Special Olympics, which is my favorite.  Also I participate in multiple walks such as JDRF, American Heart Association, MDA. 

NAM: What is your favorite subject in school?
QUEEN: Definitely math!  I love working with numbers.  I think it's fun and I like a challenge. 


NAM:  If you had three wishes what would you wish for?
QUEEN: One wish would be to go to the Bahamas!  It looks like so much fun and I love the beach.  I would also wish to be able to volunteer at my local Humane Society.  Due to my age, I am not allowed to volunteer there.  And my third wish would be to get a new puppy, preferably a Golden Retriever.  They are so cute!!


NAM: Who is your role model?
QUEEN:  This is a tough question but I would have to say myself.  Everyone is their own unique person.  I want to be someone who someone looks up to me as a role model.

NAM: What is your favorite part about National American Miss?
QUEEN:  My favorite part would be making new friends and formal wear.  I love wearing gorgeous dresses!!

NAM: How did you get started with NAM?

NAM: What is your definition of a NAM girl?
QUEEN:  My definition would be a girl who is confident in themselves, enjoys making new friends and who is kind to everyone!

NAM: What do you like to do for fun?
QUEEN:  I LOVE to dance, do craft projects and like hanging out with my friends. 


NAM: What makes your state unique?
QUEEN:  Well we have the worlds #1 zoo, Henry Doorly Zoo.  Kool-aid and Dorothy Lynch salad dressing were invented in Nebraska.

NAM: What was your first thought you had when you captured the Miss Nebraska Title?
QUEEN:  I was literally speechless.  There were A LOT of girls deserving of the crown and I couldn’t believe I won.  I was and still very happy and proud of myself. 

NAM: What would people be surprised to know about you?
QUEEN:  I can solve 3 different types of Rubik cubes. The standard 3x3 cube I can solve in less than 2 ½ minutes!  In the last 4 years I have been to 4 different countries, all islands of course! 






Friday, April 14, 2017

Get to know your new Miss Nebraska Jr Pre-Teen Lennon Bradley


NAM: What activities are you involved in?
QUEEN: Volleyball, competitive dance, soccer, Girl Scouts – I am a Brownie, and golf.

NAM: How would your friends describe you?
QUEEN: Kind, funny, caring and silly.

NAM: What motto or quote best describes you?
QUEEN: My mom tells me before everything I do… Do your best and forget the rest. I always do my best in pageants, dance, and sports and no matter the outcome, I know I gave it my all.

NAM: What is the best advice you have ever received?
QUEEN: From my mom… Do your best and forget the rest.

NAM: How did you prepare for the pageant?
QUEEN: I practiced my intro over a hundred times, worked with my coach on being the best me I could be, and got lots of rest the week before pageant weekend.

NAM: Where is your favorite place to shop?
QUEEN: Justice – I actually got to spend some of the money I earned from the pageant there already! Target and Build-A-Bear Workshop!

NAM: How have pageants shaped your life?
QUEEN: I used to be really shy and pageants have allowed me to come out of my shell and have more confidence in myself.

NAM: What is your most prized possession?
QUEEN: My family! We do everything together and even my older brother cheered me on at the pageant.


NAM: What is your favorite movie?
QUEEN: Sing. It is amazing! However, Baby Boss is coming out and it looks really good, so I may have a new one after I see it.

NAM: What is your favorite TV show?
QUEEN: Good Luck Charlie on Disney. Charlie is sooo cute!

NAM: What is your favorite book?
QUEEN: Heidi Heckelback Flower Girl because it is such a great story about believing in yourself.

NAM: What advice do you have for future NAM girls?
QUEEN: Just Do It! No matter the outcome, you meet so many great people and some will become friends you have forever!

NAM: If you could be famous for anything what would it be?
QUEEN: Making people happy! I love to make people laugh and smile. I don’t like it when people are sad.

NAM: What is your dream job?
QUEEN: I definitely want to own my own dance studio and design all the costumes for the dancers!

NAM: How do you plan to use your title?
QUEEN: I would like to help as many people as I can. I am hoping my Open Door Mission Fashion Show will grow and we can collect twice as many items this year.



NAM: How do you volunteer in your community?
QUEEN: I like to help at the Open Door Mission and also volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House. This year, I will have my 3rd annual Open Door Mission Fashion Show. It combines my love for helping people with fashion. Last year, I collected warn items for the Open Door Mission.



NAM: What is your favorite subject in school?
QUEEN: Math, because we are doing multiplication and division and I love it! I am kind of a math whiz.

NAM:  If you had three wishes what would you wish for?
QUEEN: 1. A dog – I really really want one! 2. That I could vacation in Hawaii anytime I wanted to. 3. On demand, I could make it snow. I love making snow angels and having snow ball fights!



NAM: Who is your role model?
QUEEN: My mom. She was in pageants when she was younger and she always says it helps young girls develop confidence and poise. She always wants me to have confidence in everything I do and she believes in me so much!

NAM: What is your favorite part about National American Miss?
QUEEN: I don’t have any sisters at all! When I was crowned Miss Nebraska Jr. Pre-Teen, I immediately had four! I love my sister queens!


NAM: How did you get started with NAM?
QUEEN: I first did NAM when I was five, but I was still in my shy stage, so we took a few years off. I decided last year, I was ready to go back and I am so glad I did!

NAM: What is your definition of a NAM girl?
QUEEN: Confident, passionate, kind and amazing!

NAM: What do you like to do for fun?
QUEEN: Make Musicals, golf with my family and hang out with my amazing friends.



NAM: What makes your state unique?
QUEEN: Nebraska people are so friendly. People are always happy and smiling. My mom says it is a great place to raise a family.

NAM: What was your first thought you had when you captured the Miss Nebraska Title?
QUEEN: I was so excited! I know it was really hard for the judges to choose, because all the girls were awesome! I felt lucky to have been chosen.

NAM: What would people be surprised to know about you?
QUEEN: I come from a generation of pageant queens. My grandma was Mrs. Iowa, my mom was Mrs. Nebraska and although my granny wasn’t in pageants, she is beautiful and poised.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Get to know your new Miss Nebraska Princess Cora Frans


NAM: What activities are you involved in?
QUEEN: Destination Imagination, Baton Twirling, Rock Climbing

NAM: How would your friends describe you?
QUEEN: Happy and I always make their day!

NAM: What motto or quote best describes you?
QUEEN: Dream BIG!

NAM: What is the best advice you have ever received?
QUEEN: Be confident and believe in yourself



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

NAM: Where is your favorite place to shop?
QUEEN: Oakview Mall

NAM: How have pageants shaped your life?
QUEEN: Know I can talk to anyone confidently

NAM: What is your most prized possession?
QUEEN: My Dog, Rosie

NAM: What is your favorite movie?
QUEEN: The Wizard of Oz





NAM: What is your favorite TV show?
QUEEN: Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn

NAM: What is your favorite book?
QUEEN: Titanic

NAM: What advice do you have for future NAM girls?
QUEEN: Work hard and have FUN!

NAM: If you could be famous for anything what would it be?
QUEEN: Famous Baton Twirler


NAM: What is your dream job?
QUEEN: Pet Vet

NAM: How do you plan to use your title?
QUEEN: Inspire other girls to set goals

NAM: How do you volunteer in your community?
QUEEN: Pick up trash with “Keep Omaha Beautiful”



NAM: What is your favorite subject in school?
QUEEN: Reading/Math

NAM:  If you had three wishes what would you wish for?
QUEEN: Go to Jamaica, be a world champion baton twirler and win a National American Miss title!

NAM: Who is your role model?
QUEEN: My older sister, Tarisa



NAM: What is your favorite part about National American Miss?
QUEEN: Meeting new friends and building confidence

NAM: How did you get started with NAM?
QUEEN: Open Call started it all last year

NAM: What is your definition of a NAM girl?
QUEEN: Positive, hard-working and smart

NAM: What do you like to do for fun?
QUEEN: Ride Bikes, swim and play veterinarian

NAM: What makes your state unique?
QUEEN: Nebraska has the best zoo in the world, home of the college world series and it’s where Kool-Aid was invented!



NAM: What was your first thought you had when you captured the Miss Nebraska Title?
QUEEN: I’m going to be the best Miss Nebraska I can be!

NAM: What would people be surprised to know about you?
QUEEN: I can twirl 2 batons at once & I’m named after the Coral Reef

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Nebraska State Finalists, you are WORTH IT!

WHAT A WEEKEND!!!! The Nebraska Pageant was a HUGE success and it was so wonderful to see every participant grow in confidence and skill! A few of my favorite parts of the NAM State Competition are seeing how proud the parents and supporters are as they watch their contestant grace the stage, and the new addition of our "I am Worth It!" Retreat. At every Team Ewing State Pageant this year our Mentors will host this "I am Worth It!" Retreat for each of our age divisions. Our Nebraska State Finalists were all amazing and it was so fun to get to know each and every girl! During the retreat each girl was asked to write a word that describes them on their "I am Worth It!" mirror given to them. I don't want to give away ALL of the fun things we do during this time, but I wanted to post the video featuring all of our Nebraska State Finalists, and show their inspiring smiling faces! Congratulations to all of the ladies on a job well done this past weekend. You were truly amazing, and I can't wait to see all the big things that you will accomplish! 









Friday, March 10, 2017

http://www.namiss.com/iowa/

Iowa Open Calls are coming up FAST, and we are SO excited! These Open Call Sessions are free to attend and the first step in the National American Miss experience. 

You can become a part of the #1 Pageant in the World! Register today to attend a Miss Iowa Open Call to find out how NAM can help you achieve your goals and gain self-confidence...and how you can take home your share of $1.5 million dollars in cash, scholarships, and prizes...including a BRAND NEW FORD MUSTANG CONVERTIBLE!! 

Our National American Miss Mentors and I can not wait to meet all the beautiful young ladies from across the great state of Iowa! Below are the date and location options!


Register at http://www.namiss.com/iowa/ and use Invitation Number: BLOG



Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Miss MN Jr Teen Opens Threads for Teens Boutique

It was five years ago that the wheels started turning on a project that now consumes your current Miss Minnesota Junior Teen Grace Myler. At the ripe age of 15, she (with the help of her mother) will open a new {free} clothing boutique for teenage girls.

Photo Credit: Brittany Link Photography

Threads for Teens was started by a California girl whose mission has now expanded to serve teens throughout the country. Grace reached out to the organization five years ago, wanting to be a part of it. Years later, she became one of four teens selected from throughout the country to begin the process of opening up a pop-up boutique. “I am now very proud to say that we have had six pop-up events and have provided new outfits to close to 100 girls in Minnesota,” said Myler.

Photo Credit: Brittany Link Photogrpahy
Grace will now bring her mission to Shakopee, Minnesota. “I’ve lived in Shakopee all my life, so naturally this is the community I want to invest my time,” said Myler. “The timing was perfect and it’s incredible how it all has come together.” Myler will set up shop in donated space at the Shakopee Public Schools District Office. “We are going to do great things out of that space,” she said.

Threads for Teens serves girls ages 13-21 who are in foster care, at risk, in homeless situations or come from low-income families. The girls can be nominated to participate in the program by adults. The nominating adult will fill out paperwork and then once completed, Threads for Teens will contact that adult and set up an appointment. All visits to the boutique are by appointment only.


To celebrate the new venture, on Friday, March 10th, Threads for Teens will host an open house from 2-7 p.m. at their location inside the Shakopee Public Schools District Office (1200 Town Square in Shakopee, next to the Dollar General). To learn more, see below, or contact Grace or her mother Katie at 952-564-0705.