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

Thursday, July 21, 2016

2015 Miss Arizona Jr. Pre-Teen, Khiana Provido's Farewell

Did you know that it was my very first time competing with National American Miss? Yes, I cried when my name was called as the new 2015 Miss Arizona Jr. Pre-Teen. Why? Because I have been bullied many times before. I was told I was not good enough or talented enough and will not make it through National American Miss. This is why winning the crown was a blessing. I believed it and I achieved it. 
It has been an honor to represent National American Miss and my state as the 2015 Miss Arizona Jr. Pre-Teen. It has been an amazing opportunity. I enjoyed my time with my sister queens and will cherish them forever…the hang outs, the photo-shoots, the appearances, the parades. We found ways to get involved in the community. Just to name one we helped Feed My Starving Children hand-pack meals for malnourished children in countries like the Philippines where my family originally came from.
At Nationals I made so many friends from all over the country! It was a full week of hard work but fun fun fun! Disneyland was the best! With my year coming to an end I want to thank the people who helped me through this journey. First of all, I thank God for all the blessings he has given me. Daddy- my #1 fan. Thank you for all your help especially during Nationals, especially when mommy couldn't because of her biggo preggo belly. Mommy- thank you for being my personal pageant coach and my manager.
Mr Ryan and Miss Breanne- the best state directors anyone could ask for. Thank you for being fun and fabulous. Miss Brooke and NAM staff- thank you for all your hard work, you are all amazing. You guys helped so many girls gain confidence and feel beautiful. 
To my sister queens. One year together went by so fast. Zoephia, Kenzie, Vanessa, Alondra, Leslie, Kelsey, Cianna, and Haley- thank you for being part of my year. I love you all and I’m going to miss you all so so so much! I’ll remember this experience and my memories with my NAMily for the rest of my life. I’m so grateful to have had this opportunity and I’ve learned so much from it. Thanks to everyone who made it possible. NAM contestants, work hard and have fun. Remember if you can believe it, you can achieve it. To my successor, cherish every moment as it will go by fast. You will have the time of your life. Good luck!

One last time I am your 2015 Miss Arizona Jr. Pre-Teen
Khiana Michelle Provido

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

2015 Miss Arizona Pre-Teen, McKenzi Lindhag's Farewell

What an amazing year I have had as your 2015 Miss Arizona Pre-Teen! Every moment has been extremely rewarding and I am so thankful for all of the experiences. From the moment I was crowned I could not wait to get out into the community to serve others.
I volunteered with many wonderful organizations like St Vincent de Paul, UMOM, and Joseph's Storehouse. Started a sock drive to benefit the homeless and was able to raise over 1000 pairs of socks! 
 I also had such and amazing time with my Arizona Sister Queens doing parades and fun activities as a NAMily. This is truly a sister bond that you will not be able to break!
The best was yet to come when we headed to Nationals in November! I made so many great new friends. Nationals was a crazy fun time! But at the end of the day it was my new friendships and the great memories that meant the most. 
There are so many people to give thanks to! First off I want to thank my family for always supporting me no matter what, I truly do love you! To our amazing State Directors, Breanne and Ryan, you are both so much fun and you truly believe in everyone of your girls.
Zoephia, my sweet little princess, I knew from the day that I met you at our first NAM Pageant that we would one day grace the stage together. I love you to pieces!! Khianna, my little song bird, I know you will go far but I will never be that far away! To the best big sisters that a girl could have, Vanessa, Alondra and Leslie, you all are amazing women! I truly love each of you like the big sisters I never had! My favorite Cover Girls, Kelsey and Ciana, you are both the sweetest ladies with such promising futures. Hayleigh, I am so proud of you that you were able to capture the crown at Nationals!! 
To my successor you made the right choice when you began this journey with National American Miss! Get out in to the community and help change the lives of those around you. You are a NAM girl and you make a difference!! It has been such an amazing year and I have been so fortunate to wear this NAM crown with a smile of my face everyday! This is not goodbye, my journey has just begun!
I am your 2015 Miss Arizona Pre-Teen
Mckenzi Lindhag *:x lovestruck

Monday, July 18, 2016

2015 Miss Arizona Princess, Zoephia Decker-Knealing's Farewell

At my fist NAM open call in 2013 I told my Mom: “That will be me some day!” Fast forward to just last year…that’s me again but with some new accessories! How amazing to hear my name finally called as your 2015 Miss Arizona Princess!
At Nationals I made my home state proud…and made lots of memories. I also was thrilled to take home the National Casualwear and Spokesmodel titles…as well as Top 5 placements in all of my optionals (2nd runner-up in Actress & 3rd runner-up in Talent) and Top 10 overall! I also placed Top 10 in Runway, was 3rd runner-up for the Fashion Model Award, was the Volunteer Service & Best Resume winner and was honored with the National Achievement and Spirit of America Award.
This year, serving my community was my number one goal. I attended the Special Olympics Breakfast of Champions, manned the tattoo booth at the Hope Kids Walk, danced with the Coyotes’ Mascot, Howler at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Teddy Bear Fair---and so much more. I also promoted my organization, the Zoephia Foundation, hosting a Read to Me Night and holding a book and pajama drive. I even got to promote it on the news! I went to every Arizona open call and pageant prep so I could travel across my great state and share with other girls how fun NAM can be. I even went to the Wisconsin, California and Nevada/Utah pageants as visiting royalty. And of course I can’t forget about all those parades…
To my Arizona sisters – thanks for sharing this year with me!

Khiana: aka K-Dawg. Your personality is electric! I love how funny and fearless you are. You have never been afraid to put yourself out there and I love that we share our dreams of Hollywood and dance. I know there is a stage in your future and we will all be blessed to watch you dance and sing.

McKenzi: aka Mick Mack Patty Whack. We started this journey together 3 years ago and even then, you were helping me. You have always been so supportive, coming to my dance competitions, even when you had your own swim competitions across town. It couldn’t have been more perfect than to have shared this year with you. We are forever bound together and I am so grateful to be able to call you sister and friend.

Vanessa: aka Straight Up. You are such a beautiful person inside and out and one of the best older sisters a princess could have. I loved our times together at Wrigley Mansion, Nationals and your national’s gift was the best! You knew exactly what we would need! Did I mention that you are an amazing dancer and I loved watching you perform at the Chandler Christmas Festival.

Alondra: aka Laundry. You are such an inspiration for other girls and are so confident and passionate in everything you do. I see only great things for you in the future. Thank you for sharing with me your love for helping those less fortunate. I loved spending time with you at Joseph’s Storehouse. I also love that you are never afraid to be you.

Leslie: aka Ooo La La. Leslie, you are the picture of grace and beauty. You never get rattled when things get crazy and you always loved me and supported me. I loved being fearless with you like when we explored Wrigley Mansion, ran from falling fireworks and flying squirrel attacks and drove to Tucson for Open Calls and ate ice cream and laughed until our bellies’ hurt. You were also the best DJ for our parades and made sure no one fell off our floats.

Princess Covergirl: Ciana, I love your sense of humour. You always know how to make me laugh and I’ll always remember our silly times, especially the day we played at Dave and Busters.

Jr. PreTeen Covergirl: Kelsey, we had so many adventures together and you are the most adventurous person I know. I loved that you put on skates with me for Skate Out Cancer, rode a purple horse at the mall and the funny faces we made and many deserts we shared after our events.
To all my many other NAM sisters--and I can’t name all of you because we are a huge NAMily!--you are all my heroes. I love that we push one another to be our best. 
Breanne, Ryan, Brooke and the other NAM staff: I have had so much fun representing you and the great state of Arizona. NAM has given me such great experiences and I know they’ll continue to serve me the rest of my life.

To the many who have shared in my journey and this crown and banner --- you are all a piece of the sparkle in my tiara. Thank you for letting me shine!
Finally, to my family – I am so unbelievably lucky to have all of your support and love. 

· Aenghus: Thank you for allowing mom and dad to drag you around to all my events. You were always so patient sitting at the seamstress all those times while my dresses and pageant outfits got hemmed, going to parades and my charity walks. You even put up with mom dressing you up for all my parades and events too. It’s awesome that you know my talent solo after all those hours watching me practice!

· Qnoxx: Thank you for always hugging me after I come off stage and always thinking I do great, no matter what! You have such a great personality and I love all your stories. I think it’s awesome that you still remember the words to all the opening number songs we’ve had—you sat through a lot of rehearsals! I think you could have a future as a pageant director!

· Xaeran: You are such an awesome brother. You were so patient when I needed mom and dad and helped keep our little brothers happy in the back of the ballroom while I was on stage by singing to them, taking them for walks and playing games. Thank you for always taking my picture and documenting my journey. You have always been so gracious in allowing me time in the spot light and are the best escort, next to Daddy, a sister could have. You are the sweetest.
· Daddy: Thank you for being a great Pageant Dad—I really believe there is no one better! You are a great coach. and yes, you do great Pageant Hair! Thanks for always helping me be the best I could be. You were the best escort on stage and off! You were the best support a daughter could ask for and I always knew I could lean on you wherever and whenever I needed too.

· Mommy: Thank you for always supporting me and giving your time and energy and always being the best mom ever! You always told me to go all out, be big and be myself and to show me it was ok, you weren’t afraid to do crazy things with me. You also were crazy enough to wash and then blow dry with our hair dryer, my nationals dress in our bath tub 2 days before we were to drive to nationals. You deserve a Best Pageant Mom crown & sash!
To my successor and all the competitors this weekend, have fun, make friends, take in as much as you can and try to remember it all because being part of the NAM-ily is one amazing experience that will have an impact on the rest of your life. But above all else, be yourself and you will always shine. Remember… just because you are little, doesn’t mean you can’t do big things.
Signing off…I’m your 2015 Miss Arizona Princess
Zoephia Decker-Knealing, aka Z-Money

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Meet the 2016 Nevada and Utah Royalty!

2016 Miss Utah Princess

Brooklyne Greenwell
Age: 7
Hometown: Roy
Hobbies: Dancing and tumbling
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite Food: Pizza
Ambition: To be a dentist and a ballerina


2016 Miss Utah Jr. Pre-Teen

Alexandria Inman
Age: 9
Hometown: West Valley City
Hobbies: Dancing and arts and crafts
Favorite Color: Aqua
Favorite Food: Pasta salad
Ambition: To become a world traveler


2016 Miss Utah Pre-Teen

Maria Moesinger
Age: 13
Hometown: Ogden
Hobbies: Violin and singing
Favorite Subject in School: Reading
Favorite Food: Popcorn
Ambition: To be high school valedictorian and attend the University of Utah


2016 Miss Nevada Jr. Teen

Erika Jane Dalton
Age: 16
Hometown: Las Vegas
Hobbies: Violin and serving alsheimers patients
Favorite Subject in School: Orchestra
Favorite Food: My Mom's homemade cream puffs
Ambition: To become a world class violinist


2016 Miss Nevada Teen

Kailyn Domingo
Age: 17
Hometown: Las Vegas
Hobbies: Cheerleading and volunteering
Favorite Subject in School: English
Favorite Food: Applesauce
Ambition: To become America's favorite sports broadcaster and own my very own Starbucks franchise


2016 Miss Nevada

Bonnie Lei
Age: 20
Hometown: Las Vegas
Hobbies: Watching movies
Favorite Subject in School: Abnormal Psychology and Graphic Design
Favorite Food: Watermelon and the Dragon Roll sushi
Ambition: To become either a child psychologist or a family and marriage therapist


2016 Miss Utah

Ciearra Everill
Age: 19
Hometown: Salt Lake City
Hobbies: Theatre, camping, hiking, collecting knee-high socks and masqurade masks
Favorite Subject in School: Medical Antatomy
Favorite Food: Mac and Cheese with Hot Dogs
Ambition: Be the chief Medical Examiner for the state of Utah


2016 Miss Utah Pre-Teen Cover Girl

Jhalayah Carter
Age: 12
Hometown: West Point
Hobbies: Competitve sports and singing
Favorite Subject in School: Math
Favorite Food: Crab legs
Ambition: To be a singer, actress, or professional athlete

Thursday, July 14, 2016

2015 Miss Arizona Jr. Pre-Teen Cover Girl, Kelsey Amator's Farewell

Wow! I have had the time of my life, as the 2015 Miss Arizona Jr. Pre-Teen Cover Girl. It has been an experience beyond what I could have dreamed of. 
As an already busy volunteer, being Cover Girl gave me the opportunity to bring awareness to causes important to me, like sewing with my Grandma for the Healing House, Whispering Hope Ranch, Relay for Life, Climb, Homeward Bound and the Hope Walk for Hope Kids! It was really important to me to give more of my time volunteering. My sister queens shared other important causes with me, like Zoephia Foundation, Feed My Starving Children, UMOM, and Joseph’s Storehouse to name a few. 
I had fun this year representing NAM in many parades. The Veteran’s day Parade was the most meaningful to me! I also got to meet the Mayor of Tolleson and spoke at the City Council meeting. This was such an exciting experience, even in our small city.
Nationals was an awesome experience! I made so many new friends! I was so grateful to be there, Disneyland, Hollywood, swimming, Jacuzzi time, dancing, laughing and time with my family. I was also crowned National Cover Girl!
This year would not have been possible without my family and sponsors, thank you all for everything you have done to support me! Kassidy the best baby sis, who was always there for me, Thank You!
To my sister queens, you have made this year one I will never forget! Rather we were at the beach in a parade, on top of Wrigley’s Mansion, funny faces, open calls, soda fountain, or volunteering, each of you have left me with special memories! Breanne and Brooke, thank you for your support, your energy inspires me!
To this year’s Cover Girl, go for it, do it all, you have worked hard to be here, this will be a year like no other!
For the last time I am your 2015 Miss Arizona Jr. Pre-Teen Cover Girl, Kelsey Amator!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

2015 Miss Arizona Princess Cover Girl, Ciana Patterson's Farewell

Wow! Last year I was crowned 2015 Miss Arizona Princess Cover Girl. It was fun being crowned. I had a lot of stuff to plan and I was very busy. 
 I enjoyed attending walks and fundraisers, like Walk For The Homeless and Hope Walk, with my sister queens. We had a blast! 

In November, I attended Nationals. Holy moly! What an experience! I enjoyed making new friends and having fun. I came home with the 2015-16 National Princess Cover Model title and memories to last a lifetime.
 I would like to thank my Mom and Dad for all their hard work that they do for me! I love you both! I would also like to thank my grandparents and family members for all their support. I couldn't do it without you! Team Ewing...you guys are the best! Thanks for always being their to answer my questions! Last I would like to thank my sister queens, Zoephia, Kelsey, Khiana, McKenzi, Vanessa, Alondra, and Leslie! Without you, this experience would not have been as memorable.  Thank you for your friendship and support!  I love you all!
Good luck to all the contestants! Have fun, be confident, and make new friends. After all, that's what this weekend is about! To my successor...good luck! I hope you have fun and make as many memories as I did. Be prepared...your year is about to get busy!
 
All the best,
2015 Miss Arizona Princess Cover Girl
Ciana Patterson
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