Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Miss Iowa Princess, Izabella, helps out in a BIG way!

Miss Iowa Princess, Izabella Arndt donated her school supplies to a great cause! Check out the story here:

The Free Clinics of Iowa htttp://freeclinicsofiowa.org is the largest network of free medical clinics in the state of Iowa, Free Clinics of Iowa is a donor-supported, not-for-profit organization, consisting of an administrative office and over 30 member free clinics. In rural and urban settings, Free Clinics of Iowa member clinics provide basic healthcare services through volunteer physicians, nurses and other health professionals at no cost to patients.
Their mission statement is:
"We believe every person deserves access to basic healthcare services, Free Clinics of Iowa facilitates the initiation, operation and collaboration of free clinics in the State of Iowa."
They  do an school immunization drive every year the first week of August. This is designed to get the kids that can't afford immunizations--their shots--and thereby enabling them to get into school. They also raise the funds to give each child coming through that day for shots, a school backpack and as many school supplies as they need.

A perfect fit for National American Miss Books and School Supplies. Izabella, with the help of her mom, set up a table with all the books and school supplies. After the kids got their shots--some with tears (of course) came to our table to pick our a book -- TO TAKE HOME WITH THEM FOREVER!

Many of the kids that came through, use the library, but owning a book is a new concept. A couple of the kids weren't sure it was real--and we had a hard time telling them, it's true--pick a book and take it with you--it's yours. Some were so excited they had it picked out before the shots were done. Some took a long time to decide--such a big decision.

And the parents LOVED the school supplies--one mother had three kids (K, 1st and 6th) to buy supplies for--we found the school supply list online for them--and Izabella helped them pick out one, by one, the supplies they needed. They got everything they needed from our supplies except one item. I could see the relief on that mom's face when she left that day! It was so heartwarming.

Izabella read to the little ones, she helped them pick out the perfect book, shared her favorite books with them. And in one case, had to work very hard to get one little boy to take a book. Eventually he did--and she was so pleased. Hard for her to understand why some one wouldn't want a book. But a lesson she learned well that day--not all kids have a library of books like her.

In the end--Izabella distributed all the books, and school supplies and had it was a wonderful experience for her.

We invited Abi Goeser to join us--she brought some of her school supplies to add to ours and worked all morning at the event with Izabella.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Former Miss Nevada in National Commercial!

2013 Miss Nevada Jr Pre Teen, Demi Remolador, was recently cast in and filmed a national commercial for Bank of America. Though she calls Nevada home she got to drive all the way out to California to shoot this commercial!

Way to go Demi!

Check out the pictures here:







Sunday, August 17, 2014

Miss Wisconsin Pre Teen, Olivia Lulich's Farewell

I was just 5 years old the first time I crossed the National American Miss stage. Extremely shy, I didn’t come home with a crown that year. But I learned that I wanted to improve and try again. Each year I have come back to National American Miss with the same goal – to grow as a person, meet new friends and take pride in what I do.


The excitement I felt to hear my name called last August was indescribable. To be selected as the 2013 Miss Wisconsin Pre-Teen was truly a dream come true!

This title offered me the opportunity to expand my community service program, Dream Makers, by helping teachers in my community get the things they need to be more successful in their classrooms.


In November my entire family was off to California for an amazing week at nationals. I can proudly say that hard work does pay off, as I placed 2nd runner up in Casualwear modeling and was a top 10 finalist. The girls I met that week were incredible and many I consider to be life-long friends!



It was an honor to meet so many other Wisconsin queens this past year: Miss Wisconsin, Miss Wisconsin USA, Alice in Dairyland, Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs and lots of local title holders. Each of these ladies is making a difference in today’s world and I feel honored to say I know them!

My National American Miss sister queens here in Wisconsin are astonishing: Haelley, Addie, Brittany, Autumn and Alyssa. I have enjoyed the times and appearances we have made together. Each of you are inspirational and I know will be successful in all you do.


Special thanks the Maples team for making this pageant truly feel like a NAMILY! And congratulations to Breanne and Ryan on their upcoming marriage!

To my family members and friends who have always supported me. My little brother Ethan, you complain about having to sit through pageants, but you always want me to win and cheer for me every step of the way. My parents – I know that pageantry can be a sacrifice – thank you for seeing through the material side of things and recognizing all the benefits I have gained along the way.
I hope that each contestant walks away from this pageant with a greater sense of who they are and who they want to be. I know that National American Miss has definitely impacted my life in countless positive ways. Crown or no crown - the prize is the experience!

I once heard the quote – “Don’t cry because it is over – smile because it happened.” I will forever smile fondly on my memories at National American Miss. Bidding sweet farewell as your 2013 Miss Wisconsin Pre-Teen – I am, Olivia Lulich.



Friday, August 15, 2014

The Last Pageant


Can you believe how fast this pageant season has gone?! Neither can we! Throughout the year the NAMTeamMaples instagram has been busy! There have been so many new followers, and lots of fun pictures being shared using each state's official hashtag. We want to keep seeing what all of the state finalists are up to. So let us know what state you're from using the official hashtags:

#NAMTeamIowa
#NAMTeamNebraska
#NAMTeamMinnesota
#NAMTeamMissouri
#NAMTeamUtah
#NAMTeamNevada
#NAMTeamArizona
#NAMTeamIL
and last but not least, #NAMTeamWI

If you are going to nationals, making appearances, or just making a positive impact on your community, use the hashtag so we can see! 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Busy Miss Iowa Queens


Not long after Katie Van Sloun was crowned the Miss Iowa Jr Teen a local magazine wrote an article about her win. Katie is an excellent representative for Iowa and National American Miss. 

Check out the article

Abi Goeser, Miss Iowa teen is also busy with her new title, you can read all about what she has been up to and the incredible role model she is in her blog, Abigail and such, check it out here: 

http://www.abigailandsuch.com



Monday, August 11, 2014

Miss Minnesota Princess in the news

Miss Minnesota Princess, Caleigh Proulx, was featured on her local news website. We can't wait to see how much of a blast Caleigh has at Nationals this November!

Check out the article here:
http://www.woodburybulletin.com/content/woodbury-girl-vie-american-miss-title

Friday, August 8, 2014

Arizona Cover Girl donates her books and school supplies

For several years, the people from Real Life Christian Fellowship’s Beyond the 49 project have partnered with Los Ninos Elementary School to provide backpacks and school supplies to the children of Los Ninos. In 2013, they were able to distribute a backpack full of school supplies to every student. At Real Life they believe that their purpose goes beyond the walls of their church and into the community in which the church stands.  On Friday, August 1, 2014, the generous group donated thousands of dollars of school supplies in support of the teachers of Los Ninos.

One individual who enjoys this outreach every year is the newly crowned National American Miss 2014 Arizona Junior Preteen Cover Girl, Miss Dani Mixer. Dani helped organize the donated school supplies into bins for each of the school's teachers. Part of being a NAM girl is getting out and making a difference in your local community. Dani is passionate about making her community a better place to live!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

2014 Miss Illinois Queens!!

Congratulations to all of the stunning state finalists at the Illinois pageant this past weekend. We truly had a blast getting to know you. Check out which state finalists captured the hearts of our judges:

2014 Miss Illinois Princess

Aurelia McConnell
Age: 6
Hometown: Deerfield
Hobbies: Making arts and crafts, and swimming
Favorite Color: Pink and Purple
Favorite Food: Taco pizza
Ambition: to be a dog breeder or a singer

2014 Miss Illinois Jr Pre Teen

Tatum Pearlman
Age: 9
Hometown: Vernon Hills
Hobbies: Figure Skating and playing school
Favorite Color: yellow
Favorite Food: Grilled Shrimp
Ambition: to be a 3rd grade teacher

2014 Miss Illinois Pre Teen

Brianna Lewis
Age: 13
Hometown: Homewood
Hobbies: Reading and singing
Favorite Color: blue
Favorite Food: Enchiladas
Ambition: to become a teacher like her mom, grandmother, and aunt

2014 Miss Illinois Jr Teen

Gabriella Tortorice
Age: 15
Hometown: Decatur
Hobbies: singing and playing the piano
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Food: Dortios Locos Tacos
Ambition: to perform on Broadway

2014 Miss Illinois Teen

Samantha Michelle Bolet
Age: 18
Hometown: Crystal Lake
Hobbies: writing for thelala.com and 107.1 WPGU News Anchor
Favorite Color: Turquoise
Favorite Food: Cheeseburger
Ambition: finish economics degree at University of Illinois and use her experience as an intern at a law firm to open her own practice

2014 Miss Illinois

Carolina Barrera

2014 Illinois Jr Teen Cover Girl
Brianna Jackson

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

2014 Miss Arizona Queens!!

It seemed like the Arizona pageant just whizzed by, we had so much fun!! Thank you to all of the state finalists who made the weekend so memorable! Here are the lucky ladies who captured the judges hearts:

Miss Arizona Princess
Alena Mascarenas
Age: 6
Hometown: Gilbert
Hobbies: Baseball and Snowboarding
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Food: Grilled Cheese
Ambition: To be a dolphin trainer

Miss Arizona Jr Pre Teen

Presley Kern
Age: 8 
Hometown: Paradise Valley
Hobbies: Swimming and hosting family bingo night
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Food: Uncle Ben's Spanish Rice
Ambition: To become and extreme balloon artist

Miss Arizona Pre Teen
Katie Schaaf
Age: 13
Hometown: Glendale
Hobbies: Dancing and swimming
Favorite Color: Teal Green
Favorite Food: Watermelon
Ambition: To become a professional dancer or physical therapist

Miss Arizona Jr Teen

Nicole Carney
Age: 16
Hometown: Chandler
Hobbies: Hiking the Arizona mountains, and photography
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Food: Sweet Potatoes
Ambition: To graduate from ASU and become a maternal child nurse

Miss Arizona Teen
Danielle Fisher
Age: 18
Hometown: Gilbert
Hobbies: Dancing and working out
Favorite Color: Lime Green
Favorite Food: Bacon
Ambition: To open her own dance studio for deaf students

Miss Arizona 
Elizabeth Riley
Hobbies: Retail Therapy and Volunteering for Feed My Starving Children
Favorite Color: Turquoise
Favorite Food: Sushi
Ambition: To be a world famous large event and wedding planner



Thursday, July 17, 2014

Miss Illinois Teen, Isha Jog's Farewell

Walt Disney once said, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” I fell in love with the National American Miss organization at the age of 12 when I entered my first ever pageant. Lots of hard work and three first runner up placements later, I was honored to be crowned your Miss Illinois Teen. I have had an absolute blast representing the great state of Illinois.

The focus of my year was definitely serving my community, I volunteered countless hours with Feed My Starving Children, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, fund-raised for the Shriners Children's hospital, local food pantries, animal shelters, and more.

The highlight of my year was attending Nationals in sunny California. I was ecstatic to place first runner up to National Talent, Actress, Volunteer Service, and receive the Golden Achievement in Service Award. Best of all I got to spend it with lifelong friends.

From seeing the Stanley Cup to meeting a Victoria’s Secret supermodel to throwing the first pitch at a Schaumburg Boomer’s game, my year was filled with unbelievable memories. I was speechless to have my hometown mayor declare an “Isha Jog Day” for all my volunteer efforts in June 2014!

None of this would have been possible without my incredible support team.
 
Thank you to my sister queens for the love, laughs, and memories. Thank you to my dad and brother Ishan for being the best escorts, photographers, and biggest cheerleaders. I love you. And of course; to my mom. We did it! You are the true Queen and my biggest role model. Thank you for encouraging me to never ever give up. To the Maples and the entire NAM staff – thank you. The work you do for the young ladies of this nation is phenomenal. To my successor, wow – you are in for an amazing ride. Cherish every moment and enjoy this crazy wonderful journey you are about to start.

For the last time, I am your National American Miss Illinois Teen 2013, Isha Jog.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Miss Arizona Jr Teen, Hannah Munson's Farewell

This past year has been the most rewarding experience of my entire life. Since the night of June 30, 2013, my life hasn't been the same! Hearing my name called as the new Miss Arizona Junior Teen started this unbelievable journey.

My first official act as Miss Arizona Junior Teen was visiting Campo Bello Elementary School, a title 1 school in my community, to donate the books and supplies brought in to my state pageant for volunteer service from the contestants. My passion for volunteering has grown over this past year working for organizations like Operation Christmas Child and Feed My Starving Children. Volunteering at Feed My Starving Children, a food packing organization with a mission to end world hunger, with my sister queens was such a fun and fulfilling experience.

Only 2 weeks after winning the title, I was able to travel to Nevada to help at their state pageant. My Teen and my Princess queen even went, too! I spent the weekend hanging out with the reigning Nevada queens and queens from California, Iowa, and Washington, who I got to see again at Nationals in the fall.
While the entire year has been a surreal and exciting experience, the week of Nationals was definitely the highlight. I travelled to Hollywood with my family for a week filled with excitement, spending a day in Disneyland, touring the city, and more. I met queens from across the country who are now some of my closest friends. Not only did my "NAMily" expand that week, I was able to get closer with my beautiful sister queens.

With Michaela, my Princess, Mariah, my Junior Preteen, Vanessa, my Preteen, Chandi, my Teen, Kelly, my Miss, and Bo and Dawnis, our cover girls, I travelled all across Arizona to participate in parades, attend public events, work at open calls and workshops, and even give out trophies at the raceway. I want to thank Michaela, Mariah, Vanessa, Chandi, Kelly, Bo, and Dawnis for being the most supportive sisters and making this year unforgettable. I never knew how close our NAMily could get!

Thank you Mom, Dad, and Aaron, for bearing with me through my meltdowns and freak-outs and always believing in me.

Thanks to Dylan and Tina for all of your help and support and for introducing me to the world of National American Miss.

Kenn, Lani, Breanne, Brittany, and everyone else working to make the Arizona state pageant the best it can be, thank you for the opportunity to represent your amazing organization.

To all the girls competing this summer, have the most exciting weekend possible! Focus on making new friends and developing new life skills.

To my successor, go out and get involved in your community as much as possible. These next 365 days will go by unbelievably fast, so take time and enjoy all you do.

Thanks to everyone who made my year as Miss Arizona Junior Teen 2013 the most amazing experience of my life.

With Love,
Hannah Munson

2014 Miss Nevada-Utah Queens!!

What and awesome week in Las Vegas! We had a blast getting to know each of the Nevada-Utah state finalists! Check out who captured the hearts of our judges:

Miss Utah Princess

Alyssa Haylee Ray
Age: 6
Hometown: West Jordan
Hobbies: tumbling and arts & crafts
Favorite Color: hot pink
Favorite Food: Salmon and shrimp
Ambition: to be an artist and a singer

Miss Utah Jr PreTeen

Miah Green
Age: 8
Hometown: Syracuse
Hobbies: competitive all-star cheerleading and writing short stories
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Food: grandma's spaghetti
Ambition: to be an olympic cheerleader and police officer

Miss Nevada Pre Teen

Mikayla Gray
Age: 13
Hometown: Las Vegas
Hobbies: singing and dancing
Favorite Color: Turquoise
Favorite Food: Spaghetti
Ambition: earn her doctorate in pediatrics

Miss Nevada Jr Teen

Kailyn Domingo
Age: 15
Hometown: Las Vegas
Hobbies: Cheerleading and volunteering
Favorite Color: every shade of pink
Favorite Food: Mozzarella Caprese
Ambition: to become a sports broadcaster

Miss Utah Teen

Ciearra Everill
Age: 17
Hometown: Salt Lake City
Hobbies: Theater and camping
Favorite Color: purple
Favorite Food: Chicken Fajitas
Ambition: to be a medical scientists and find a cure for cancer

Thank you Nevada-Utah for an incredible weekend! In just a few days we're headed to Arizona for #NAMTeamAZ

Monday, July 14, 2014

Miss Nevada Pre Teen, Blanka Buzas's farewell

Check out Blanka's farewell video here:


We had a blast with her this past weekend and we can't wait to see what incredible things are in store for this incredible girl!


Miss Illinois Pre Teen, Taylor Castro's Farewell

WOW!!!  I can not believe that it was one year ago that I was crowned Miss Illinois Pre-Teen 2013.  This year has been a whirlwind of meeting new people, volunteering, making appearances, and representing NAM, along with the great state of Illinois.


During my reign, I helped pack meals at Feed My Starving Children as well as volunteering at an Alzheimer’s walk, Shriners Hospital fundraiser, Breast Cancer walk, Indian Dance School Recital and a Mother’s Day 5K Run.  My sister queens and I had our picture taken with the Stanley Cup.  We had a kick off dinner before leaving for Nationals and had a great time meeting up again at Open Calls and Pageant Preps.


Nationals was the best week ever!  I had so much fun meeting girls from across the country.  I made friendships that will last a lifetime.  Placing 2nd runner up to the queens title was just the icing on the cake!


To my brother Tyler:  Thank you for being a good sport and cheering me on.  I can’t wait for you to be my escort someday.

To my Mom & Dad:  Thank you for being there for me every step of the way.  I love you!


To Mr. & Mrs. Maples, Breanne and the NAM staff:  Thank you for everything.  It has truly been an honor to represent this wonderful organization.


To my NAMily, especially Hailey, Erika and Tori: I love you! It is great knowing that I have friends to support me across the country.  Even though we are miles apart, our friendships are unbreakable.

To my sister Queens:  I have enjoyed getting to know you throughout this year.  I will miss you!


To all of the contestants:  I hope this weekend you made new friends and tried something new.  Most of all, I hope you had fun.

To my successor:  Congratulations!  You are about to embark on an amazing journey.  Enjoy every 5 hundred, 25 thousand, 9 hundred, and 48 minutes you get with your crown.

No matter what the outcome, remember- Beauty isn’t about having a pretty face.  It is about having a pretty mind, pretty soul, and most of all a beautiful heart.

For the last time, I am your 2013 Miss Illinois Pre-Teen, Taylor Castro.
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