Kansas City area NAM queens and their families came together to provide meals at Children's Mercy Hospital Ronald McDonald Family Room. Some of the girls in attendance were Missouri Jr. Teen, Maryn White, Kansas Jr. Teen, Hailey DeWolfe, National Jr. Pre-Teen Ambassador, Ryleigh Patience, and Miss Dearborn Jr. Teen, Jessica Hanner. The girls served about 75 meals to families of patients at the hospital. National All-American Pre-Teen, Erris Pierson, and the National Jr. Teen Actress winner, Gracie Williams were unable to attend, but helped provide food.
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015
Each holiday season, The Christmas Box International (CBI) helps to stock Santa's sleigh for more than 2,000 abused and neglected children and teens in the Salt Lake City community. Project Elf offers a fun and meaningful opportunity for groups and individuals to make a difference by fulfilling Christmas wishes for children at The Christmas Box Houses, those in foster care or receiving in-home services through the Division of Child and Family Services, youth aged out of foster care, as well as children being raised by relatives.
Donations of new clothing, toys, supplies for children and teens, gift cards and cash are greatly appreciated and will be used during the holidays and throughout the upcoming year to support our programs serving an additional 2,000 children locally and internationally. Your tax deductible contributions serve our most vulnerable populations, not only during the month of December, but during all seasons of the year. Utah Jr. Pre-Teen, Miah Green adopted 8 kids and also helped organize, accept donations and hand out “wish lists” items. This is the 2nd year that Miah has participated in this amazing program.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
On January 21st, after her ice dance lesson, NAM Jr. Pre-Teen, Tatum Pearlman met with Miss Kate at the "Lake County Haven" office to drop off pantry items that had been donated. Some of these items were donated by Missouri Jr. Pre-Teen sister queen Ryleigh Patience, Illinois Pre-Teen sister queen Brianna Lewis, and 2011 National Cover Girl Lily Robinson. Tatum also talked to Miss Kate about what the mission is for and asked questions about being homeless. It was a great and informational visit!
Monday, May 18, 2015
Miss Minnesota Jr. Pre-Teen, Chloe Russo, has been making a BIG difference in her state! After winning the title in June of 2014, Chloe delivered the school supplies to the St. Paul Boys and Girls Club who said they were in dire need of supplies before the first day of school. Upon arrival, the girls from the Smart Girls program were so excited to see Chloe and couldn’t wait to ask her questions about the pageant and to try on her crown.
The Smart Girls program is a summer and after-school program that caters to children ages 6-9 years old and only costs parent $25 a year to attend, giving them a safe and affordable place to go while parents are working. The girls asked Chloe “How can I do a pageant?” “How much does it cost?” “Do they give you the dress?” “How can I sign up?” Trying to be helpful, Chloe tried answering all of their questions and then one little girl said, “My daddy doesn’t even have $20”.
Realizing that not every girl can afford to do a pageant, Chloe decided that she wanted to have a free pageant where every girl could compete and win a crown! She called it “The Inner Beauty pageant” because "it’s not about how you look, it’s about who you are that counts!" says Chloe.
Chloe collected crowns from her own past pageants, trophies from NAM wins and asked fellow queens to help donate crowns for the pageant. Raising money for pink sashes, Chloe stencil-painted pink lettering that said “Miss Minnesota Inner Beauty Pageant” on them.
The Smart girls were excited to learn about pageants when Chloe held a practice session for them the week before. The girls filled out their questionnaire about themselves for interview, learned how to walk and model for the casual modeling portion and how to introduce themselves on stage. It looked like the girls loved the modeling part the best!
Pageant day came and NAM queens and mothers came to “judge” and interview the girls. When asked, “Why do you want to win the title”, one little girl said “Because my mother pays attention more to my brothers and I hope that she will see that I’m special.” During modeling in their outfit of choice, there was a sassy award given to the girl with the most on-stage personality—the girls shined on stage and had a ball! Their family and friends were there to cheer them on while Chloe crowned each one with a special title from “Miss Personality” to “Miss Kindness” and “Miss Helpful”. After the pageant, one mother approached Chloe saying, “This was so good for my daughters’ confidence! Thank you for doing this!”
Since then, Minnesota’s Jr. Pre-Teen has held another Inner beauty pageant in Minneapolis and has another one planned for the Boys and Girls Club in the Spring. Chloe knows that a “Crown will wipe away any frown” and hopes to crown many more little girls across the state so they too, can feel special!
Saturday, May 16, 2015
In September, Wisconsin Teen, Victoria Sciborski visited the Children's Hospital and the Robyn's Nest to donate the books from the Wisconsin state pageant.
Victoria also conducted a clothing and supplies drive to benefit the Robyn's Nest Program (part of the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Charities Organization) which collects items that are provided to foster families in the Milwaukee area.
At the Children's Hospital, Victoria met with several children that are patients at the hospital. She also visited the Kidney Dialysis area where she spent time with Rachel and Jose, two amazing children.
After visiting the Kidney Dialysis area, Victoria created hearts with the patients so they could decorate their hospital rooms. The hearts also had get well messages them.
Victoria finished her visit at the Robyn's Nest where she met with their Director and also sorted the clothes and toiletry items for the foster families to pick up for the children they have adopted.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
On December 19, 2014 Utah Jr. Pre-Teen, Miah Green and Miss Weber County, Lexie Larsen had a blast spreading holiday cheer. Miah’s dad donated $650 and Hot Dog On A Stick donated 30 meals! Miah was also able to perform random acts of kindness to the lucky people shopping and eating at Layton Hills Mall in Layton, UT. We gave out $15-$50 gift cards to local mall merchants as these unsuspecting recipients were checking out. After we handed out all the gift cards we thought we would go to the food court and start paying for dinners! She wants to make this a holiday tradition!
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
We are ending our Open Call season with Wisconsin Open Calls and the National Jr. Pre-Teen queen will be visiting a few sessions! Some people get so discouraged when they don't win their first time competing, but that didn't stop Tatum Pearlman! Tatum started with National American Miss in 2009 as a Princess after her sister had previously competed. While Tatum really enjoyed herself, she didn't win the Illinois Princess title until her 3rd year. Tatum attended nationals that year, but didn't place, so it was time to move onto the Jr. Pre-Teen division. After competing again, Tatum took home the 2014 Illinois Jr. Pre-Teen title, and went onto to take the 2014-2015 National American Miss Jr. Pre-Teen title. Tatum really shows hard work pays off! Enjoy this video from just after she took the national title.
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Monday, May 11, 2015
Hometown: McCool Junction
Hobbies: Singing & Volunteering for Relay for Life
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite Food: Fruit
Ambition: Wants to become a farmer when she gets older
Hobbies: Dance & Softball
Favorite Color: Pink & Black
Favorite Food: Pizza & Bacon
Ambition: To become a Husker cheerleader & a pediatrician
Hobbies: Competitive Cheerleading & Baton
Favorite Subject in School: Math
Favorite Food: Orange Chicken
Ambition: Broadcast Journalism
Hobbies: Running & Playing Piano
Favorite Subject in School: English
Favorite Food: Pasta
Ambition: Graduate high school with an associates degree and then go to college to become a counselor
Hobbies: Showing Cattle & Running
Favorite Subject in School: Agriculture
Favorite Food: Cheeseburgers
Ambition: To become an agricultural lawyer
Hobbies: Cooking & Zumba
Favorite Subject in School: Social Work & Criminal Justice
Favorite Food: Pizza
Ambition: To be a social worker for troubled youth
Hobbies: Dance & Camping
Favorite Color: Teal
Favorite Food: Pizza
Ambition: To be a teacher
Hobbies: Soccer & Twirling
Favorite Subject in School: Math
Favorite Food: Chicken Alfredo
Hobbies: Softball & Drawing
Favorite Subject in School: Science
Favorite Food: Pizza
Ambition: Vet Tech
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Exactly a year ago today I was standing on this very stage. Little did I know in a matter of minutes my life would change forever.
Once the shock wore off I dove right in and began serving my community. I donated baby items to Assure Women's Center, donated books to Girls Inc., spoke at Bryan Middle, took donations and modeled to benefit the Alzheimer's Association, volunteered at Relay for Life, the Ted E. Bear Hollow Walk, and the Miss Amazing Pageant. I even started my own I Am That Girl chapter to mentor younger girls!
At the end of November I had the chance to compete on the national stage in California. I also went to Disneyland, the beach, ate a lot of pizza, and met the most amazing friends a girl could ever ask for.
This year wouldn't have been possible without all of the people who have helped me along the way.
To my friends and family thank you so much for your constant support. It means so much to me.
Breanne, Ryan, and the NAM staff. Thank you for providing an environment where girls can feel confident and be themselves.
Emerie and robin thank you for letting me join your Springboard family. I wouldn't be up here today if it wasn't for your endless love, support and pep talks.
Joe thank you for always making me look flawless and talking my mom into buying me lots of gowns. My wardrobe wouldn't be this great if it weren't for you, Billie, and the Black Swan.
To my number one fan, mom, you deserve this crown so much more than I do. Thank you for inspiring me and believing in me. You're the best pageant mom ever.
To my sister queens I will forever be your sister with or without a crown. I can't wait to see what you accomplish in the future.
Nat, Kenny, Dani, Madi, Sectra, Kali, Tori, and Anne. I never would have guessed NAM would lead me to find eight friends who understand me like you do. I'm so blessed to have you in my life as not only friends, but sisters.
To my successor get ready for the best year of your life. Stay humble and serve as many people as you can.
For the final time I am your 2014 Miss Nebraska Teen Wellesley Lauren Michaels
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Raised as a timid, small town, farmer girl, I have been underestimated and discouraged until I found my place, on the stage at National American Miss. It was there when I transformed from a bashful 10 year old to a confident, bold role model for young women just like me. Throughout my year of reign, I have made my dreams into reality.
During the summer, I took charge in many non-profit organizations in my state of Nebraska. To kick off my year of reign, I helped raise over $2,000 for the Red Cross in order to help tornado victims in Nebraska. I was the youngest volunteer for the York American Region with putting up and taking down over 250 flags during Memorial Day weekend and I donated books and toys to Blue Valley Community Action Days. All of these organizations touched my heart but I will never forget the time when I donated over 100lbs. of food to the Can Care-A-Van to support food pantries across Nebraska.
In addition to my community service, I attended parades, had a fabulous photoshoot with my sister queens, visited the State Capital and met Governor Heineman. After a busy summer, I attended Nationals in November, where I met outstanding, young women from across the country, walked the streets of Disneyland, and competed on the National stage.
Thank you so much National American Miss for being such a great pageant system. You have encouraged so many girls to go above and beyond, be confident, and don’t be afraid to chase your dreams. I am blessed to be your Miss Nebraska Jr. Teen 2014, this year has been a wonderful experience!
2014 Nebraska Jr. Teen
Friday, May 8, 2015
Wow! I can't believe that just one year ago I was crowned the 2014 Miss Nebraska Jr. Pre-Teen queen! I loved all the things I did, and was surprised how much fun I had. I could call it the best year of my life.
The first thing we did was drop off books and school supplies to the Friendship Home where women and children go if they get abused. I had a lot of fun doing the parades and volunteering at the Special Olympics and the Miss Amazing Pageant, which is a pageant for girls with disabilities. The photo shoot will all my sister queens was really fun.
Next stop, Nationals! It was a whole week with girls from all around the nation. Even though I didn't place in Top 10, I still loved everything I did, including the opening number dances and making new friends.
I would like to thank my friends and family, especially my Mom and Dad. Wellsley, you were the big sister I have always wanted. Naomi, you are so nice and sweet and you never give up. You have to be one of my best friends. Greta, you are so funny and always teach me to be myself. Kadynce, you are so cute and never fail to make me laugh. You have been the little sister I have always wanted. Breanne and Ryan, you have been wonderful state directors. You guys are the best! Being Miss Nebraska was one of the best experiences a girl could ask for. You just have to be yourself and be confident. Thank you!
2014 Miss Nebraska Jr. Pre-Teen
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Wow...I can't believe it’s been a year since I was crowned your 2014 National American Miss Nebraska Princess. It was such a magical moment and God had so much in store.
Throughout the year, I was blessed to have many volunteer opportunities. I donated baked goods, books, and stuffed animals to the Rainbow House and read to the children there.
I started a non-profit charity called Lollipop Limo to Benefit the Children's Miracle Network after being a patient at the Children's Hospital, and was excited to raise $500.00.
I loved being in parades with my sister queens. At the state fair, we signed autographs like celebrities and rode in a fire truck together.
I made many appearances and met the Nebraska rodeo queen, the Senators and Governor. I was on tv and the radio. I spoke at the capital in honor of the NAM Proclamation day and had a piece of legislature created just for me.
Going to nationals was a dream come true. I met so many sister queens and staff. I was awarded a spirit stick, trophies, and was so excited to win the 2014 National Model title. I will never forget all my Hollywood and Disney memories.
My sister queens Wellsley, Naomi, Greta, and Katelyn are the best big sisters a girl can have and I look up to each of them. The Ewings are the best directors ever! I am thankful to the Mayes for having such an amazing pageant system! It was a blast helping out at the workshops and open calls.
I could never be the princess I am today without my mommy and daddy. Thank you for everything mom. Daddy you are the best escort that a girl can have and have great credit cards! I love you to the moon and back.
To my successor you are in for the ride of your life, good luck and have fun. Signing off as your 2014 National American Miss Nebraska Princess, Be your own kind of beautiful!
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Miss Amazing Inc. launched a crowdfunding campaign last Tuesday to fund a global celebration of girls and women with disabilities, taking place in conjunction with the Special Olympics World Games July 24-28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
The 2015 National Miss Amazing Pageant is the third annual national event coordinated by Miss Amazing Inc., a nationwide non-profit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for girls and women with disabilities to build confidence and self-esteem in a supportive environment.
“I was inspired by the Special Olympics to hold the first Miss Amazing Pageant when I was thirteen years old,” says Jordan Somer, Executive Director of Miss Amazing, “It’s very exciting to see the program come full circle with this union with the Special Olympics”.
Complete with four live-streamed shows, a gala, a dance party, a PJ party, and a community service project at the World Games, every aspect of the National Miss Amazing Pageant provides an opportunity for its participants to celebrate their strengths and ambitions with a supportive audience.
“I’m so excited for the national event”, says Janira Obregon, an 18-year-old who was named New York’s Miss Amazing Teen in March. Since being crowned, she has advocated for education through the Malala Fund and hopes to reach a larger audience at the 2015 National Miss Amazing Pageant.
Obregon is just one of 100 girls and women with disabilities from across the country who are looking forward to this valuable experience to enjoy loved ones, meet new friends, set new goals, and further social and communication skills.
While the pageant participants experience personal growth, Somer insists that the audience grows just as much.
“Girls and women with disabilities belong to two of the country’s largest minority groups, so they take on stereotypes associated with both womanhood and disability on a dailybasis. Our goal is to dispel those stereotypes and for the audience and volunteers to see how the participants are completely capable of contributing to society in valuable ways.”
With plans underway for their largest celebration of abilities to date, Miss Amazing is poised to make a huge impact on people from across the world. You can help bring this amazing event to life by going to missamazing2015.com/donate and contributing to their Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.