Sunday, June 26, 2016

2015 Miss Missouri Jr. Teen, Tiffany Brown's Farewell

Wow! What a year it has been since I was crowned your 2015 Miss Missouri Jr. Teen!

First of all, I would like to take a moment to say thank you to my family for supporting me, Ryan and Breanne for being the best state pageant directors ever, and God for having blessed me with this wonderful experience.
During my reign, I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer with the Ronald McDonald House, the Missouri Dept. of Social Services, my own “Smiles for Seniors” project, and my own “Bee Kind” anti-bullying campaign. Through volunteering, I’ve had the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young and old alike.
Some of my favorite experiences occurred while presenting my “Bee Kind” anti-bullying campaign to Kindergarten classes in various school districts. When one little girl saw my crown, she asked me if I lived in a castle and if I had a prince! So cute! Another little girl threw her arms around my neck and said, “I Love You” and she didn’t want to let go. In one of the classrooms, I had made card stock cut-outs with a picture of a little baby bee that said, “Bee Kind” and the kids all decided they wanted my autograph on their cut-outs! I was a celebrity for a day!!!! They were so sweet! I realized that through volunteering, the goal is to help someone else, but the joy I experienced has been priceless! My goal is to make “volunteering” a part of my life, with or without a crown because, when I do, I know that I will always feel like a queen!
Another fabulous experience was going to Nationals! Going to Disneyland and all of the crazy themed rehearsals were so much fun! Having done NAM for several years now, I’ve had the privilege to share my Nationals experience with some of the same girls from years gone by and I can truly say that I have made friendships that will last a lifetime. It’s so exciting that I will have the opportunity to visit some of my friends, new and old, while attending their state pageants as visiting royalty.
I also had several modeling and fashion show opportunities during my year. All of those hours spent in my driveway practicing my formal wear walk really paid off! I was a model in LA Fashion Week and in several other fashion shows and events.
I am so excited to meet more friends as I move forward and have the opportunity to participate in Pageant Prep workshops and crown one lucky girl at the Missouri state pageant! I can’t wait to meet all of you! We are going to have an AWESOME time!!!

2015 Miss Missouri Jr. Teen
Tiffany Brown

Saturday, June 25, 2016

2015 Miss Missouri Pre-Teen, M'racle Bryant-Morgan's Farewell

Being your 2015 Miss Missouri Pre-Teen Queen has been one of my greatest accomplishments so far. My past year as queen has been filled with so many amazing adventures with life long memories and friendships. From spending time with my fellow sister queens, traveling to California for Nationals, making appearances, being interviewed on a local radio station and volunteering for various organizations, this has been a year I will never forget.

Myself and my wonderful sister queens kicked our year off by donating all of the school supplies collected last year at the state pageant to the Missouri Division of Family Services. Just a short time after that, we met in Sedalia, MO for the state fair parade where afterwards we had ice cream and got to know one another better. There was an amazing national prep session held at my sister Caroline's house where we just got to hang, go over things for Nationals, and ate all the snacks you can imagine. I think it's safe to say, we had a great time being sister queens.
I also spent time serving food at the Ronald McDonald House, sorting non perishable food items at Harvesters Food Bank, handling registration at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake fundraiser, sponsoring M'racle's Amazing Miracles, and several other community service events. One of my biggest honors this year was being asked to MC for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Match Makers Breakfast. I was privileged enough to be seated at the table with city councilmen,a federal prosecutor, and the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Having become your Missouri Preteen Queen is an experience I will never forget.

I would like to thank my mother, family,and friends for all of their support and being my biggest fans. Mr. Lorenzo you are the greatest! To my wonderful directors Mrs. Breanne and Mr. Ryan and to Mrs. Brooke...thank you for all that you do. This year would not have been perfect without your guidance. And last but not least, to the greatest sister queens God created, I love you. I will never forget our laughs and time spent together.
For the young lady who will wear the crown next, buckle up and enjoy the ride. And to the young ladies who are not crowned this year, do not give up. It took me 4 years to get this crown! Keep believing and you will achieve it. Keep smiling, keep shining and keep being you.

Your 2015 Miss Missouri Preteen
M'racle Bryant-Morgan

Friday, June 24, 2016

2015 Miss Missouri Jr. Pre-Teen, Katelynn Smith's Farewell

This past year has been an incredible journey, from the moment my name was announced and I was crowned as the new 2015 Miss Missouri Jr. Pre-Teen to excitedly waiting to meet my new Sister Queens.
My reign began with a parade back in my hometown of Seymour, Missouri, followed by a parade at the Sedalia State Fair. We also rode in the Mizzou Homecoming parade here in Columbia!
After the fun came time to prep for Nationals. My charity of choice is Children's Miracle Network where I had the privilege of reading to and interacting with some of the kids who benefit from this charity. I also helped raise over 12 thousand dollars through various fundraisers for this great organization that helps all kids regardless of their illness.
Next stop Nationals in Anaheim, California!  Nationals is a week full of fun, hard work and making new friends with girls from all across the U.S., not to mention a day at Disneyland! Through it all, I had the love and support of my family.  Mom, Dad, Memaw, Poppy, Trey, and Caleb, you are my biggest supporters, cheerleaders, and financial backers. I always came off the stage greeted with smiles, hugs, and words of encouragement.  I love you all very much! To team Ewing, thank you so much for your hard work and dedication. You instill in us the importance of responsibility, friendship, and above all else having confidence in ourselves.
To my Sister Queens, Faith, Tiffany, and Miracle, you are the best mentors and role models a girl could have. You conduct yourselves with grace and kindness and always made me feel special. To Caroline, from the moment we met we had a strong bond. I feel we are more than just sister queens and we will be life-long friends. I hope I was able to be a good mentor for you. To all the contestants, remember to always believe in yourself; you can do anything! To my successor, get ready for some hard work and lots of fun. I wish you the best on YOUR incredible journey.

I am your 2015 Miss Missouri Jr. Pre-Teen,
Katelynn Smith

Monday, June 20, 2016

Meet the 2016 Minnesota Royalty!

2016 Miss Minnesota Princess
Audrey Marie Proulx
Age: 6
Hometown: Woodbury
Hobbies: Competition tap and jazz dancing and playing Barbies
Favorite Color: Yellow
Favorite Food: French fries with ketchup
Ambition: To be an art teacher and professional singer


2016 Miss Minnesota Jr. Pre-Teen
Grace Nester
Age: 10
Hometown: Woodbury
Hobbies: Competitive dance and dressing up my cat
Favorite Color: Cotton candy pink
Favorite Food: Sweet and sour chicken
Ambition: To have my own talk show like Ellen and to be President of the United States


2016 Miss Minnesota Pre-Teen
Mikala Peterson
Age: 12
Hometown: Mora
Hobbies: Figure skating and playing sports
Favorite Subject in School: Math
Favorite Food: Lasagna
Ambition: To be the best figure skater I can be and become a veterinarian


2016 Miss Minnesota Jr. Teen
Grace Myler
Age: 14
Hometown: Shakopee
Hobbies: High jump and traveling
Favorite Subject in School: Writing
Favorite Food: Pepperoni pizza
Ambition: To be a broadcast journalist on The Today Show


2016 Miss Minnesota Teen
Maddie Helget
Age: 18
Hometown: Clearwater
Hobbies: Tennis and making homemade candy with my grandma
Favorite Subject in School: World Studies
Favorite Food: Freshly cut watermelon
Ambition: To be a pediatric surgeon at the Mayo Clinic


2016 Miss Minnesota
Kayela Steiner
Age: 21
Hometown: St. Cloud
Hobbies: choreographing and teaching dance routines, instructing Zumba fitness classes, as well as other group fitness classes, and creating clean eating recipes
Favorite Subject in School: intercultural communication
Favorite Food: Mac and cheese
Ambition: My life ambitions are to receive a doctoral degree in communication studies, create and publish books of intercultural relations, and enhance understanding of what it means to be culturally aware


2016 Miss South Dakota Teen
Sara Moore
Age: 19
Hometown: Tea, South Dakota
Hobbies: Competitive Dance & Spreading Awareness of Lynch Syndrome
Favorite Subject in School: Psychology
Favorite Food: Any and All Pasta
Ambition: To earn my PhD and become a Criminal Psychologist

Sunday, June 19, 2016

2015 Miss Missouri Princess, Caroline Cook's Farewell

When I was three years old I watched my first NAM state pageant. I called it “Nashicals” – “National American Miss” + “magical.” And what a year it has been!
I made over 40 appearances as Miss Missouri Princess – talk about busy! I was featured in parades all over the state and had fun riding with my sister queens in the State Fair Parade, Mizzou Homecoming Parade and Jefferson City Christmas Parade. 
My crown helped me make a big difference. I especially loved working with the Ronald McDonald House in Kansas City and Operation Support Our Troops. We sent over 300 cards to soldiers overseas, including my uncles! 
Nationals was amazing! I felt like everyone was cheering for me. It was fun meeting girls from all over the country – the other queens even voted me Miss Personality! I also won 3rd runner up Actress, 1st runner up Best Resume, 1st runner up Volunteer Service, 3rd runner up Essay, and Golden Achievement in Community Service (the NAM-y). On the final night, at my first national pageant EVER, I placed third runner up to the national title! 
My awards are fun, but I love all my new friends and my confidence more. I’m a small town farmer’s daughter, but I was able to do all this! No matter who you are or where you come from, NAM is magical! Take the chance, give it your best, and remember to always think to yourself, “I LOOK GOOD!!!”
2015 Miss Missouri Princess
Caroline Cook

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

2015 Miss Missouri Jr. Pre-Teen Cover Girl, Elana Collier's Farewell

Making a difference in the lives of foster children is a number one priority in my life, and when my grandpa came up with the idea to dedicate all my advertising pages to the Cherish Kids organization, I never dreamed it would lead to me winning the title of 2015 Miss Missouri Jr. Pre-Teen Cover Girl! Thank you Grandpa for such a great idea and thank you to all my ad sponsors for donating to my pages!!
Wearing this crown has helped me make a huge impact on foster children across Missouri! I was able to host Pizza Parties, Pancake Feeds, and donate school supplies. I was asked to help film a commercial for the annual Cherish kids 5K, where I was featured as one of the faces for foster children all over Missouri-Thank you Marla, and Cherish Kids for allowing and 9 year old to volunteer and be a part!!!
Thank you to my Mom, my little sister Kaylee, and my Grandma Jami for being my official NAM Team. And Thank you grandma for inventing Sash Savers to pay our way to Nationals, what an awesome time we had, I will never forget it!
National was such a blast! I got to fly on an airplane for the first time, my first time to visit California, and my first time to Disney Land. I met so many new friends from across the United States! We truly are NAMily!
Thank you to our wonderful directors, Breanne and Ryan, you guys are the greatest!! And to my sister Missouri Queens, thank you so much for being so open and supportive to me!! Especially to my sister Jr. Pre-Teen Queen, Kaytlin, and our Princess Queen, Caroline! You are two of the sweetest girls I have ever met and I know we will be lifelong friends!!
I am happy to pass my crown along to the next deserving girl; you will have the time of your life, and will have so much support from contestants, sister queens and their moms!!

I will forever be your 2015 Miss Missouri Jr. Pre-Teen Cover Girl,
Elana Michelle Collier

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

2015 Miss Missouri Princess Cover Girl, Jacy Lowrance's Farewell

Once upon a time there was a little girl named Jacy. More than anything this little girl dreamed of becoming a NAM Princess, and to be able to go to Disneyland to meet Mickey, and Goofy, and many, many other little girls like her from all around the United States of America. So, she had decided to work really, really hard preparing for 2015 state competition, hopping that her dream will come true. 
In June of 2015, my dream did come true! I was crowned the 2015 Miss Missouri Princess Cover Girl! I was SO VERY HAPPY!!!!! I’ve got a special crown and a banner, and several really cool prizes, but most importantly, I was given several boxes of books and school supplies that could share with anyone I wish. Still, it was a very hard decision because I wanted to share my victory and my prizes with everyone I know in my hometown of Vandalia. 
The very next morning, I was ready to start my royalty year! My mommy and daddy explained to me that there are lots of families who can’t afford buying all the necessary school supplies for pre-school and kindergarten, so I was glad to help. I brought many of books and school supplies to different organizations around Audrain County, including, Sonlight Cristian Daycare, Van-Far Elementary School, Vandalia Library, etc. I also visited nursing homes and local fairs, while working on my community involvement project. The more I was doing it, the more I liked being a NAM queen because other girls followed my example and were joining me on the “trash-picking” or “entertainment for elderly” projects. 
As my year is coming to an end, I want to thank everyone on the NAM team for a great opportunity and all the fun!!! It was a blast! Even though, I didn’t believe Ms. Breanne saying, “You have lots of work ahead of you. It is a job to be a NAM queen! ” Still, it was worth it! Lots of fun working on community projects, riding in the parades, traveling from state to state, making new friends, and of course Nationals in California!!!!! All these experiences I won’t ever forget! 
Finally, I can’t forget to thank my dear sponsors “Sydenstricker” of Mexico, MO, “Service and Supply Coop” of Vandalia, MO, and “Poet biorefining” of Ladonia, MO. Your generous donations helped my dreams come true! Thank you very much! And of course, many, many thanks to my mommy and daddy!!!! We worked so well as a team! 
Love and many kisses!!! 
Your 2015 Miss Missouri Princess Cover Girl
Jacy Lowrance

Sunday, June 12, 2016

2015 Miss Minnesota Teen, Holly Whannel's Farewell

It’s crazy to think a year has passed since I was crowned the 2015 Miss Minnesota Teen. This has been a year of service, growing, and finding myself. Thank you National American Miss for giving me the opportunity to represent my state and get to use my title to make a difference. I was touched by so many great experiences this past year.
First I would like to thank my wonderful sister queens have made this year unforgettable. You are all my inspirations and my role models. I have to give a special thanks to all the friends who spent hours helping me prepare interview questions and my sassy pageant smile! I owe you all big time! To my family, you guys deserve an award for putting up with me choosing pageants as my favorite extracurricular activity! I am so blessed with your endless love and support.
To all the contestants, HAVE FUN!!! This weekend only comes once a year, so enjoy it! I have met some of my best friends through NAM state and national pageants and I wouldn’t trade them for any crown. Be yourself, be confident, and rock that stage.
National American Miss has been a huge part of my life. I started out as young outspoken confident little girl with a dream. Well, maybe not that much has changed now that I think of it! I have grown to be enthusiastic towards challenges, gracious towards learning, and thankful towards experiences. I would not be the person I am today without NAM. I will forever treasure the relationships I have formed, the opportunities I have been given, and the memories I have made. It’s sad to say this is the end of my NAM journey but I know that I have the skills to set out and achieve all of my wildest dreams.
For the last time I am your 2015 Miss Minnesota Teen
Holly Whannel

Saturday, June 11, 2016

2015 Miss Minnesota Jr. Teen, Michelle Bergh's Farewell

Just 5 years old at my first NAM pageant, I set my goal to become not only the state queen, but the national queen. My mantra morphed from "Reach for the Stars" to "Shoot for the Moon! Even if you miss, you’ll still land among stars!"
After NINE years of trying, I FINALLY won my state title, but didn’t place at nationals. The next year, I was Minnesota’s 1st runner up to the girl who became the national queen. With one more try, I was honored to win the 2015 Miss Minnesota Jr. Teen title!
Though I tried my best at nationals, I didn’t win. But I DID land among stars!!! I placed 3rd runner up!!! I also placed 1st runner up in talent, and I WON the Golden Achievement in Service award for my extensive work with Susan G. Komen! And, I had so much fun hanging out with both old and new friends.
I’ve participated in many parades, photo shoots, open calls and volunteer activities. Highlights include riding on a float at the State Fair, riding in a hot air balloon, going to the Twin’s Royalty game, emceeing and performing at the MusicLink Fundraiser at MOA, and performing at the Winter Carnival Kid’s Day as my alter-ego, Snow Queen Elsa. I’m so grateful to the NAM staff and everyone else who supported me along the way!
If you don’t win, please don’t give up. Your next try could be when YOU land among stars!

-2015 Miss Minnesota Jr. Teen
Michelle Bergh

Friday, June 10, 2016

2015 Miss Minnesota Jr. Pre-Teen, Danica Byrne's Farewell

“Though she may be little, she is fierce!” It has been an honor to be a National American Miss titleholder. I’ve worked hard year-long to show girls that no matter how small, we can make a difference!
You’ll rarely find me without a smile and I was delighted to share joy with children going through difficult times. I hand made over 200 cards to cheer up kids who were in the hospital. I held a lemonade stand with my sister and best friends to raise money for children’s cancer research. I also raised funds for the Ronald McDonald House!
I had so much fun representing Minnesota in parades, at the State Fair, and rocking the stage at Nationals where I was blessed to be 4th runner up Most Photogenic and 3rd runner up Most Promising Model!
So many people made my year possible and the best it could be! First, thank you to Breanne and Ryan Ewing! You are the COOLEST directors and have provided me, and many other girls, the chance to grow in confidence and become fierce young ladies!  From a little girl afraid to say her introduction speech, to a state titleholder- you’ve made my dreams possible.
To my sister queens- you are all so beautiful, hard-working, and the best role-models I could ask for- only the sky is the limit for you girls! To my coach Mary Swenson, thank you for your guidance and helping me to be confident and poised! Last but not least, thank you to my loving family and friends. Thank you mom and dad for providing me these opportunities and making all of this possible. P.S. Dad, I know you secretly love being a “pageant dad” and Mom, I always looked perfect, thanks to you. Sydnee, Greta, and Claire- because I have sisters, I always have best friends. Thank you for being my biggest cheerleaders. To everyone else who has helped this little girl grow into a great big queen- thank you and I love you.
Congratulations to all of the contestants- each of you are amazing. Proof that big things come in small packages- with love, hugs, and a great big smile- I am your 2015 Miss Minnesota Junior Pre-Teen,
Danica Byrne
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