Friday, April 25, 2014

Miss Iowa, Alyssa Priebe's Farewell

When I received the call announcing me as the Iowa Miss, I was ecstatic! I was given another chance to represent our state, myself, and National American Miss-and I took advantage! I immediately started volunteering at my local library, vacation bible schools, and helping the Belle Plaine Historic Society. I dedicated my reign to project “Crown for a Cure”. In honor of my grandmother and grandfather, I attended events to fundraise for cancer patients. These included, emceeing and hosting Bra’s for a Cause in Des Moines, speaking at Concert for a Cure, selling cookbooks created by cancer patients, and walked with survivors and my sister queens in the Susan G. Kommen section of the State Fair Parade.

Nationals in California was incredible! I met so many fabulous women, spent two days at Disney, watched our Iowa Princess win, and created lasting memories. However, the most special part of my reign was becoming part of a sisterhood. Because of the generosity of my fellow queens I was able to travel to four state pageants, including Minnesota, Indiana, Missouri, and Wisconsin. I will cherish these memories forever. Anne, Hannah, Maddison, Shae, Anna, and Sarah, you’ve made my year representing Iowa unforgettable. I love you all so much and know you are like family to me! Raelynn, you are a true and dear friend. Thank you for coming to my events, cheering me on in California, and bragging to everyone how your best friend is Miss Iowa! You mean the world to me!

Of course, I need to thank my family and their constant support. I know I said in 2012 it was my last time competing, but thank you for changing my mind. I love you more than you’ll ever know, thank you for sharing in this crazy ride with me. Dad, you are the most understanding man I know, not to mention the best chauffer, grill master, and pep talker! Mom, what can I say? From writing introductions at 3am, dress shopping 3 hours away, and simply keeping me on track-I appreciate everything you do! Christopher and Kytana, though you are busy with your own paths, thank you for sharing in mine every chance you got, I am truly grateful! I love you all so so much!

I find it difficult to find the right words to describe my time with NAM. Not only this past year, but throughout my entire life. I started pageantry a scared, timid, self-conscious girl and thanks to my journey, I am strong, confident, and ambitious. I want every girl to understand: You are WORTH IT, you are BEAUTIFUL, and you are SPECIAL! If you believe these things, you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. In ten years I never imagined I would have the privilege to represent Iowa, let alone twice. Please understand it is not the crown that makes the queen, but her attitude. Just keep swimming and never give up on your dreams; work hard and you will achieve them!

For the final time, I am your 2013 Iowa Miss, Alyssa Priebe <3 nbsp="" p="">

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Miss Iowa Jr Teen, Hannah Bockhaus' Farewell

I can hardly believe that it's already been one year since I was not only being blessed with the title of Miss Iowa Junior Teen, but with a year I will never forget. As I opened my letter from National American Miss in 2013, I had no idea what this next year had in store for me. As I reflect on my journey, I couldn't be more thankful for the experiences I've had, lessons I've learned, and people I've met.

I've had the opportunity to volunteer with various organizations, but the closest one to my heart has been the project I've created, Cuddle for a Cure. By donating handmade fleece blankets to children at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital, I've helped create a sense of security to those who need it most.

Aside from making a difference in my community, I participated in parades, helped with NAM open calls, and attended other state pageants throughout the year. Attending the Iowa State Fair parade and walking for the Susan G. Komen Foundation with my sister queens was one of my favorites.

Before I knew it, I was traveling over 1,500 miles to the national pageant in sunny California where I spent Thanksgiving with my NAMily. The week of nationals was easily the highlight of my reign! Although I didn't come home to Iowa with the national title, I can honestly say that I had the time of my life and made memories with new friends that I will truly never forget!

This year would not have been the same without all the people I've shared it with. To the Maples and crew, thanks for instilling confidence in me and making pageants an unforgettable experience. To my momager, photographer, coach, personal chef, and most of all mom: thanks for pushing me to do my best and spending countless hours practicing and preparing with me. Dad, thank you for encouraging me to always be myself and secretly loving to be a pageant dad. Blake, you're the best escort I could ask for; thanks for always giving me a good laugh before we go on stage! Grandpa and Grandma, you guys are awesome and I can't thank you enough for your support and inspiraton. Shae, Lemuel, Shayla, Maddison, and Alyssa, each of you are simply amazing and I now couldn't imagine my life without you. The long car rides, laughs, hugs, and memories we've created surely won't stop here. As the saying goes, sometimes being a sister is better than being a princess; I love you all! National American Miss, thank you for inspiring girls around the country to follow their dreams and become the best that they can be.

Forever and always,
Your 2013-2014 Miss Iowa Junior Teen
Hannah Bockhaus

Monday, April 21, 2014

Miss Iowa PreTeen, Shayla Timm's Farewell

Becoming Miss Iowa has been a great accomplishment.  I grew confidence in myself and met great people!  I spent time with my sister queens. We were in the Iowa state Fair Parade walking for breast cancer.  I look forward to talking to the contestants at the pageant and helping them grow their confidence, just like ME!  At Nationals I had so much fun, from going on the roller coasters, to hanging with all the other queens.  I am sad to hand off the crown, but happy to know someone will be as HAPPY as I was when I was crowned.

Shayla Timm
Miss Iowa Pre-Teen 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Iowa Jr Pre Teen Cover Girl, Hailey Volz's Farewell

I can't believe my year is coming to an end!  It has gone by so fast!  I have had such an amazing time being your 2013 Miss Iowa Jr. Pre-teen Cover Girl!  

Our NAM queens and I helped show our support for the Susan G. Komen Foundation by walking with them during the Iowa State Fair parade this summer.  We helped get the word out about how to register for the 2013 Race For the Cure.  We had such a great time!
I would like to thank my parents, my 3 younger sisters, my grandparents, my aunts and uncles and the community for all your love and support during this amazing year!  I am very excited to crown the new 2014 Miss Iowa Jr. Pre-teen Cover Girl at this years pageant!  See everyone in May!

Hailey Volz 
Your 2013 Miss Iowa Jr. Pre-teen Cover Girl

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Miss Missouri Jr PreTeen, Shae Smith's Farewell

It was a dream come true to hear my name announced as the 2013 National American Miss Missouri Jr PreTeen Queen.  I was so excited and could not stop smiling!  I finally achieved one of my goals and it felt amazing.

As soon as I got back home I hit the floor running using my title to volunteer at various events and fundraisers.  I donated books collected from the MO pageant community involvement project to a group of children in my hometown known as Club Liberator.  I rode in three parades, made local appearances as a state queen, helped with the crowning ceremonies at four local festival pageants and raised over $500 for the Trisomy 18 Foundation in honor of my brother and sister.  During my reign I have also had the privilege to represent Sears as a spokes model for their Anti-Bullying Pledge.  For my platform I talked to local schools, signed a pledge and took photos at my cheerleading gym, made posters, and I raised money for my own schools' anti-bully fund.  Because of my involvement I was asked to take photos for a short documentary for an anti-bullying campaign called "Little Miss Victim."  I was having a blast with all of these opportunities, but little did I know the fun was just beginning.

Before I knew it I was off to nationals in California with my mom and my amazing sister queens.  We had so much fun playing and riding roller coasters at Disneyland and California Adventure.  During the Hollywood Tour we were able to shop on Rodeo Drive, have my name put on my very own Hollywood Star, and I was able to play on the beach with my new friends at the Santa Monica Pier.  The week was filled with laughter and making memories to last a life time.  I was so honored to receive first runner up with my resume at nationals and to realize that I am not only setting goals, but accomplishing them.  

I would like to thank so many people who have helped me on this journey.  I would like to thank God for my many blessings, my dad for always supporting me, my brothers who have to watch me practice every day, and my mom who takes care of everything for me.  She is always there cheering me on!  To my sister queens, I cannot express how much you mean to me.  You girls are so talented and always make me smile.  We have had so many great times together preparing for nationals, eating lots of goodies at our send off party, and making our appearance known at the Chicago Bulls game.  I am honored to have you as sister queens and friends for life!  I would also like to give a special thanks our state directors Breanne and Ryan.  Your words of encouragement mean a lot and I will always think of you and tell myself that "I LOOK GOOD!"  You are amazing directors and a great team!

To all contestants, just remember to keep reaching for your goals and keep smiling because you are all very special.  It takes a lot of courage and confidence to do what you do, so be proud of yourselves!  To the new 2014 NAM Missouri Jr Preteen Queen, you are going to have the best year of your life!  

Wishing you the best and encouraging you to always believe in yourself and dream big!  

For the last time, your reigning 2013 National American Miss Missouri Jr PreTeen, 
I am Shae Smith.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Miss Iowa Teen, Maddison Lange's Farewell

It is crazy to think that in one moment your life can be changed forever. This just reassures that miracles do happen and I can not believe my journey is almost over! When I heard my name called as the 2013 National American Miss Teen Iowa, I was in udder shock. I couldn't believe all of my hard work had paid off. 

I started my year off by donating school supplies and books to my old local elementary school where I talked to the students about character counts and achieving their dreams. During the Fourth of July weekend, I was honored to ride in two different parades. I was honored to help crown the 2013 Miss Monroe County Fair Queen and judge their prince and princess pageant. In August, I walked with my sister queens with the Susan G. Komen foundation in the Iowa State Fair parade to promote their Race for a Cure. Later that month, I got to spend time talking to Sheree's Flip Flop tumblers about proper diet and exercise. In September I rode in a local festival parade called Pancake Day. In October, I helped out at the local YMCA at their five year anniversary block party. Also, I attended the World Food Prize and got to package meals to send to third-world countries. With these many appearances, I did a lot of volunteering through the non-profit organization I began called Healthy Education and Living Awareness or HEALA. During the Fall, I also wrote and published my very own children's book called Petunia's Winning Plan to educate children about the importance of diet and exercise in today's world.

During the year I also went to two state pageants where I got to see two of my best friends be crowned. At nationals, I was able to make many life-long friends. National's week ended nicely since I made it into the top ten, my baby sister was crowned a national queen, and I saw one of my very best friends crowned the National American Miss Teen. I left Nationals with many amazing memories.
This year would not have been possible without my family. I want to thank my three older brothers James, Ben, and J.T. for all of their love and support. I want to thank my dad for always being there for me on and off of the stage. Also, I would like to thank my mom. I would not have made it through this year with out her because she is my rock. I want to thank all of the rest of my friends and family that traveled out to California to watch and to support me. I can not tell you how much it means to me.

Finally, I want to thank Breanne, Ryan, Lani, Kenn, and the entire NAM staff for all of your help throughout the year.

To my sister queens Shae, Lemuel, Shayla, Hannah, and Alyssa, this year has been a blast! I definitely would not have had this much fun without you. I will treasure all of the precious memories we made.

To my successor: you are in for an adventure! You will have an extraordinary family and team behind you. Hold on because you are in for the ride of your life! Even the craziest of dreams can come true. Much Love!

Your 2013 National American Miss Teen Iowa
Maddison Lange

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Iowa Princess Cover Girl, Addison's farewell

Hi Everyone, 
   I'm Addison Opheim, my friends call me Addi, you can too! I'm your Iowa Princess Covergirl. Let me tell you what an honor this year has been! It was a shock to win this title and I had no idea what that all meant! When we got home there was a welcome and congratulations party in my school. The next year would fly by. 
  When I got back I got to donate hats and mittens to all the children who would go through the school year with out. I got to show them my crown and banner and tell them about my journey. 

  I got to ride in many parades through out my area. One of them was Railroad days. It was where my Grandma & Grandpa Great live. Boy were they proud! 

   Starting the fall I did more fundraisers and gathered more goods to donate. My brother (Aidyn) and I worked at our fairground where we packages meals in bags to send to Honduras. We were the youngest kids who helped out. 

Next my journey was to head to Nationals. My grandma julie, my brother aidyn, and my mommy came with me. Boy were those two weeks a blast! It was a lot of hard work but we also go to play. I got to meet so many girls from all over the United States. When your a small town country girl this was a big journey to the big city! My mom always tells me "no matter what your dream is you can achieve anything as long as you believe princess! Because I believe in you" my mommy told me over and over my hard work paid off. Iowa represented well in the Princess category. My friend Shae won the National American Princess category and I won the National Cover Model! 

  As my year ends I've had so much fun and so many fun memories that will last a lifetime. Always be who you are and dream to the stars! Thanks to my family, friends, and my parents for allowing me to dream big! 

Love Addi
2014 Iowa Princess Covergirl

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Miss Iowa Jr Pre Teen, Lemuel Carrol's Farewell

Miss Iowa Jr. Preteen 2013 decided that she wanted to feed the families at the Ronald McDonald Charities House. She is compassionate about helping others and enjoyed making sure the families had eaten and played with the siblings that were in the house. She wants to be a Pediatric doctor and wanted to have a hands on feel of what it was like.

Ronald McDonald organization provides a family environment for families with loved ones who are seen in the University of Iowa Hospital for short or long term stays.

Lemuel enjoyed eating, playing, talking and entertaining the families it was a great experience that will continue on for a long time for Lemuel. Caring for children and there families is something that is special to her.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

What its like to win a brand new Ford Mustang Convertible!

Imagine winning a brand new Ford Mustang Convertible at NAM Nationals, hard to imagine, just ask Lauren Schwartzberg! 

Just recently Lauren was walking home from school and her brand new customized convertible was there waiting for her. She customized it with a nice blue paint job and some fun new wheels. 

Check out an article writen about her in her local newspaper here 
A big thank you goes out to Gary Crossley Ford in Liberty, MO!! 

Stay tuned for some fun pictures of Lauren with her new car! 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

State Finalist, Anisha Boone, organized an Anti-Bullying Party

Anisha Boone is a state finalist for National American Miss and she is an active volunteer in her community. Recently she organized an Anti-Bully Skate party. Check out the pictures and awards below.
We are so proud of you Anisha! Here are some incredible facts about the party:

The BEST news  - 70+ kids spent 3 hours skating, laughing, eating, playing games, interacting together without social networks or electronic devices & raising awareness against bullying.  Also, Miss Racine stopped by for 1 hour and was a great role model.

The GREAT news - none of the kids were mean to each other, and almost everyone got a free cupcake.  Miss Racine plans to come to the next Skate party and SKATE!!

The GOOD news - Parents found comfort in sharing their past experiences with bullying. DBOE club is planning another Skate Party for March.  More details to follow....

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Miss Utah Jr Teen, Kyla Zenger's farewell!

Being the Jr. Teen Miss Utah queen has made 2014 an amazing year. It has been an honor to hold this title and to be a part of National American Miss. 

I wanted to first say thanks to those wonderful people who made my journey to NAM possible. First, I want to thank my cousin and coach, Betsy Denny, for helping me prepare and build my confidence. I want to thank my friends and family for all of the support and love they have given me. Mom and Dad, thank you for being my biggest cheerleaders. You have helped me so much and I would have never been able to do it without you! Thank you! 

This year, I was able to attend a parade, volunteer at the The Heart and Stroke Walk-a-Thon, help serve children at The Mad Hatter Tea Party and prepare craft kits for kids residing at Primary Children's Hospital. I was also able to meet and spend time with some amazing girls this year…MY SISTER QUEENS! Experiencing events together, laughing together, and supporting each other in various activities, has allowed me to forge wonderful friendships.  You girlies rock!

To my successor: I advise you to always have a smile on your face and be kind to everyone. By helping others you help yourself and by being queen, you will have so many opportunities to do that. You will have many girls that will look up to you, be their friend and show them through your actions that they are something special. I hope you have a wonderful year and I hope you enjoy NAM as much as I have. Have fun and SMILE :) 

Thanks again to everyone who made this an experience I will never forget. NAM ROCKS!!!!!

Lots of Love,
Kyla Zenger

Friday, April 4, 2014

Don't Miss a Thing This Summer!!

Want to know where we will be posting up to the second news about pageants this summer?

Do you want to be the first to see who the new queens will be?

The first place we will be posting the winners and fun pictures throughout the summer is on our INSTAGRAM! 

Follow us! @NAMTeamMaples

You never know, you might just see yourself in your first ever picture as a new NAM Queen!

Check out some of the pictures that have already made it on the instagram:

The Miss Nevada State Finalists in their first appearance at a training session

The Miss Illinois queens at open calls

Isn't she the cutest?!

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