Tuesday, August 23, 2016

2015 Miss Wisconsin Jr. Teen, Nicole Harrington's Farewell

Hearing my name called as the 2015 Miss Wisconsin Jr. Teen was a dream come true. My journey with NAM has changed my life! I have gained life long skills and have truly grown as a person.
After I was crowned my reign immediately began by donating the books and school supplies donated by the contestants to Bernie’s Book Bank and Roosevelt Elementary School. The love that I felt from them after my donations was remarkable.
Representing Wisconsin at Nationals was a blast. I had so much fun with my sister queens and all the other state representatives. I am so happy that I now have a friend in every state! Not only did I have a spectacular time at Nationals but I also walked away with a spirit stick and the Overall Spirit Award for the Jr. Teen Division.
Throughout my reign I strived to dedicate my year to community service. I had the opportunity to volunteer for more than 15 organizations including packing food for Feed My Starving Children, speaking about my anti bullying organization, helping out at the blacklight run, riding in parades, walking the runway to raise awareness for the American Heart Association, emceeing the Uniquely You pageant and so many more. 
This year wouldn’t have been possible without the help of so many people! To my family, thank you for being my number one supporters in everything I do, you guys are the best cheerleaders ever! To my sister queens BrandyLyn, Alexandria, Jillian, Ella, Tiernee, Shelby, Paige, and Jade you ladies are so spectacular. I can’t imagine spending this year with anyone else. You guys are all so unique and talented in your own ways and I am so glad to have gained all of you as great friends this year! Queens together sisters forever and I love you all.
To the NAM Team Ewing Staff, especially Breanne and Ryan, you guys are the best state directors I could have ever asked for. You are such fantastic role models and so fun to be around. I can’t thank you enough for being so amazing throughout this whole year. To my successor, cherish every moment and make the most of your reign. It truly goes by within the blink of an eye.
This may be my last week as the reigning queen but I will always be a part of the NAMily and keep it close to my heart. So, for the last time I am your 2015 Miss Wisconsin Jr. Teen,
Nicole Harrington

Saturday, August 20, 2016

2015 Miss Wisconsin Jr. Pre-Teen, Tiernee Harper's Farewell

How can I possibly put into words everything I think and, most importantly, FEEL, about my reign? Hearing my name called was like a dream, but I was awake and it was real and I could never have imagined what it was going to be like being a title holder for NAM.
My first appearance was to an elementary school to deliver the backpacks filled with books and school supplies. They took a picture, researched NAM, and put me in their school newsletter! It was fun being in several parades, particularly the Glenwood City Rustic Lore Days Parade with my Sister Queen, Shelby Hohneke. Shelby and I also went to "Hope for the Homeless," and made cardboard box homes to sleep in for a night. My charity, Tiernee's Toys from the Heart, made toy donations to "Christmas is for Kids of Dunn County," an organization that makes sure all kids in Dunn County have a wonderful Christmas. I asked for food donations in lieu of birthday gifts and donated to the local food pantry. When the cold weather hit, I donated a bunch of winter clothing to my school. Handing out trophies at the Wisconsin National Horse Pull was awesome. I was part of a group that made 250 sandwiches to feed the homeless! Nationals was beyond amazing - I was in the top 10! There's just so much to mention... 
NAM...wow. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for trusting me with this title. I am forever changed in a way I can't explain. Breanne, thank you for making every practice a treat at nationals. You have a way of making girls feel individually special, one of many reasons I love NAM. Julie B, thanks for always sharing a smile... you are such a warm person. To my grandmas, grandpas, Vicky, Dan, Jeff and Linda...thank you for showing up to all of my state pageants. Knowing you are there means so much. Grandma Boe - it was great to have you back at nationals this year! Aunt Nikki, where to start? Your help with all of the dances was priceless. Thank you for everything you've done for me since my very first step on stage four years ago! Mary, I've come to rely on you so much. Thank you for playing such a huge role in my success and for always knowing what to say when pep talks were needed. Mom and Dad...thank you for knowing NAM was something I should be part of - and allowing me to go for it! Sister queens...I have always begged for a sister and this past year I've had all of you! I am excited for your futures and hope we always stay in touch.
Contestants, be proud.  YOU ARE HERE, at a National American Miss pageant!  Woot woot! Take a second to realize just how BIG that is. You've put in hours of hard work to prepare and, whether you realize it or not, this experience has changed you. This is an amazing accomplishment! To my successor...CONGRATULATIONS! You have just earned the honor of representing NAM for the next unforgettable 365 days. This is the opportunity of a lifetime! Your reign will be over before you know it so get out there, make appearances, make friends, do new things, take lots of pictures. I hope you're ready for a year of wonderful.
Love, your 2015 Miss Wisconsin Jr. Pre-Teen,
Tiernee Harper

Friday, August 19, 2016

2015 Miss Wisconsin Princess, Ella Wallenfang's Farewell

I don’t even know where to begin with this amazing journey that I have been on!! After I was crowned your 2015 Miss Wisconsin Princess my first duty was to donate the school supplies that all of the amazing NAM girls donated pageant weekend. I decided to bring the supplies to local schools in my area for them to give to kids in need. I also donated some of the supplies to our local homeless shelter. I then collected books and coloring books from family and friends and took those along with the books collected pageant weekend down to the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and the Ronald McDonald House.
Next I could not wait to start making appearances in my community. I was honored to help with Colton’s Water Balloon Fight, an annual event held in honor of Colton, a little boy who lost his life to childhood cancer. This event helps to raise money for Wisconsin families dealing with childhood cancer. I was also able to help with the Fox Cities Marathon Kids Fun Run as well as make appearances at Octoberfest and my community's homecoming parade. I also enjoyed volunteering with Homeless Connections and ringing the bell for The Salvation Army.
Then came nationals in California I was so excited to see my friends well as all of my Wisconsin sister queens. I had so much fun and made so many amazing friends and memories during our week there. The best part of all was coming home with my National American Miss Princess title!!!!!
First I would like to thank Steve and Kathleen for creating this amazing program for girls to gain confidence and to be comfortable being themselves. I would like to thank Breanne, Ryan and the rest of the NAM staff for all of your hard work and dedication to this program.
My sister queens I love you all and had so much fun getting to know you. Cherokee and Jordan thank you for introducing me to NAM, working so hard with me to prepare and most of all for believing in me!! Thank you Kenna for letting me borrow your lucky earrings and for being a great role model to look up too. Grammy and Isaac thank you for being there to cheer me on at state and at nationals. Last I would like to thank Mom, Dad, Nora and Allie for being there every step of the way. Finally, to my successor, enjoy every moment it will go by faster than you can imagine. You are in for an amazing journey.
Your 2015 Miss Wisconsin Princess and
2015-16 National American Miss Princess,
Ella Wallenfang

Monday, August 15, 2016

Missouri Pre-Teen Partners with My Little Sister's Keeper

On Sunday, August 14th, 2016 Miss Missouri Pre-Teen, Abbie Mueller attended and volunteered at a leadership and self-esteem mentoring program put on by My Little Sister’s Keeper. The group partners young adults and older teens with younger people to work on issues that preteens commonly deal with—positive self-esteem, pursuing goals, and becoming leaders. The group mirrors the efforts Abbie is making with her own Self-ValYOU mentoring program and encourages young women to think of themselves as “Extraordinary Girls.” Abbie was honored to be asked to serve as part of the mentoring volunteer panel to take questions from attendees about her experiences as a middle schooler and how she handles challenges to self-esteem, body image, and social issues. She looks forward to working with them again in the future and continuing to be an Extraordinary Girl!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Minnesota Queens Participate in Sparkle Night

Some of the 2016 Minnesota queens got together for the 2016 Sparkle Night at Target Field on July 26! Sparkle night goes to support the Pageant of Hope and the Gillette Children's Hospital. Pageant of Hope is a National Pageant for girls with special needs held in Minneapolis. In attendance were 2016 Miss Minnesota Pre-Teen, Mikala Peterson, 2016 Miss Minnesota Jr. Teen, Grace Myler, 2016 Miss Minnesota Teen, Maddie Helget, and 2016 Miss Minnesota Kayela Steiner.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Missouri Jr. Pre-Teen Donates to Boys and Girls Club

Laci Brown, 2016 Miss Missouri Jr. Pre-Teen, met with representatives of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kansas City and donated 6 boxes of school supplies and 68 books on Wednesday, July 6. Laci was very excited to present the items on behalf of all of the State Finalists that participated in the Missouri State pageant the previous weekend. It was a great experience for her and everyone was all smiles!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Missouri Teen Donates Community Involvement Items

2016 Miss Missouri Teen, Jessica Hanner, was super excited to be able to donate three boxes full of books and school supplies to Crestview Elementary School in North Kansas City! These items were donated by all of our State Finalists at the NAM Missouri State Pageant! It was such a pleasure meeting Vice Principal, Vincent Potts, as well as school counselors, Hadley and Lisa! Thank you to all our State Finalists for making this possible!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Missouri Pre-Teen Treats the Columbia Fire Department

2016 Miss Missouri Preteen, Abbie Mueller, decided that there was no time like the present to kick off her year of service with National American Miss after being crowned on June 28th. Before heading home from the Missouri state pageant in Columbia, Missouri, Abbie decided to thank the city that hosts NAM Missouri every year by stopping and visiting the Columbia Fire Department to deliver some treats for the brave first responders that keep people safe. Make sure you keep up with everything Abbie is doing this year at https://www.facebook.com/National-American-Miss-Missouri-Preteen-2016-Abbie-Mueller-1043620605731154/ and on Instagram at NAM_MO_PRETEEN_2016.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Nebraska Pre-Teen in the Lincoln Journal Star

2016 Miss Nebraska Pre-Teen, Krista Lynn made her local newspaper when she participated in the annual Tails ‘n Trails Pet Walk & Festival. The event included over 200 dogs and their owners and raised over $40,000. Take a look at the article with the link below.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Meet the 2016 Arizona Royalty!

2016 Miss Arizona Princess
Sophia VanAuken
Age: 7
Hometown: Chandler
Hobbies: Piano and collecting dolls
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Food: Grilled cheese
Ambition: To be the very best piano teacher in the world

2016 Miss Arizona Jr. Pre-Teen

Emily Ortiz
Age: 9
Hometown: Goodyear
Hobbies: Dancing, modeling, and spending time with my family
Favorite Color: Yellow
Favorite Food: Meatballs
Ambition: To become a college graduate and an actress

2016 Miss Arizona Pre-Teen

Shailey Ringenbach
Age: 12
Hometown: Maricopa
Hobbies: Dancing and Acting
Favorite Subject in School: Math
Favorite Food: Spaghetti
Ambition: To be an actress on the Disney channel

2016 Miss Arizona Jr. Teen

Jenna Madera
Age: 15
Hometown: Phoenix
Hobbies: Cheerleading, dancing, and volunteering
Favorite Subject in School: Science
Favorite Food: Pasta
Ambition: To become an ER doctor

2016 Miss Arizona Teen

Elizabeth Ortiz
Age: 17
Hometown: Goodyear
Hobbies: Dancing and shopping
Favorite Subject in School: Writing
Favorite Food: Crepes
Ambition: To become a pediatric nurse

2016 Miss Arizona

Alyson Bliss
Age: 20
Hometown: Scottsdale
Hobbies: Running, watching baseball, volunteering with the Miracle League of Arizona
Favorite Subject in School: Resistance training class
Favorite Food: Pasta, pasta, pasta!!
Ambition: To obtain my masters in athletic training and become one of the few female athletic trainers in Major League Baseball history as the head athletic trainer for the Arizona Diamondbacks

2016 Miss Arizona Princess Cover Girl

Faith Brady
Age: 6
Hometown: Florence
Hobbies: Girlscouts and piano
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite Food: Ravioli
Ambition: To be a doctor one day

2016 Miss Arizona Jr. Pre-Teen Cover Girl

Ella Riley Cox
Age: 8
Hometown: Phoenix
Hobbies: Making dog blankets and tumbling at the gym
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Food: Pizza
Ambition: To walk on Mars as an Astronaut

Friday, July 22, 2016

2015 Miss Arizona Jr. Teen, Vanessa Strait's Farewell

One year ago, I was thrilled to be crowned your 2015 Miss Arizona Junior Teen. Since then, it has been incredible representing NAM, the system I love so much, and the entire sunny state of Arizona. I kicked my year off as visiting royalty at the Miss Washington and Miss Tennessee pageants, where I watched 2 girls get the opportunity of a lifetime and met queens who would grow to become my very best friends. A few weeks later, I headed to Nationals in Anaheim for a week of fun and making memories. From Starbucks dates with my sister queens in between rehearsals to cheering each other on at competitions, and even earning a spot in the Top 10, it was truly one of the greatest weeks of my life. 
This year I traveled the state speaking to hundreds of people about the power of positivity and goal-setting, volunteering with some of my favorite organizations like Feed My Starving Children and UMOM Homeless Shelter and making appearances in parades and special events across Arizona. To Ms. Breanne and all the pageant staff, thank you for the constant love and support you have shown me throughout my years with NAM. I am so grateful for what I have learned from you. You’re the best!
Thanks to my sister queens and your families for an awesome year filled with smiles and laughter. It has been a blast with you all and I will forever hold you close to my heart. I am thankful for the 40 new sisters I’ve gained in the NAM Junior Teen Class of 2015. Long after storming Disneyland together and having pizza dance parties at Nationals, our daily group chat keeps us connected, and I am confident our friendship will last a lifetime.
For my successor, congratulations and get ready for this amazing journey full of incredible opportunity. Reach out to everyone you meet, and do not forget that you can inspire change. And to my mom and dad, thank you for making all this possible. You are my coaches, my biggest cheerleaders, my stress relievers, and my best friends. I love you endlessly, thank you for always supporting and believing in my crazy dreams! It has been an honor to represent National American Miss. This year has given me many wonderful opportunities to grow, learn, and serve the great state of Arizona. Take every chance you have in life to do the same, and always bring with you a ray of sunshine.
Signing off as your 2015 Miss Arizona Jr. Teen,
I am Vanessa Strait
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