Saturday, July 4, 2015

2014 Utah Princess, Alyssa Ray's Farewell

They say there is a first time for everything. What an amazing year of firsts for this 2014 Utah Princess. The first time I had ever heard of this thing called NAM was when I went to my first open call ever. We thought this would be a fun thing to try, and so I went to my first state pageant ever. Now, here I am my first time being Miss Utah Princess. This sent me on my way to sunny California for my first time at Nationals. I got to experience my first time in Hollywood and also my first time ever losing my voice. For the first time, I met friends from other states and even another princess who had the same name as me and had a younger 4 year old brother named Alex too. I also had a great time being royalty in the Bear Lake Raspberry days parade and the 24th of July parade. 
This was my first time ever having sister queens, and they are amazingly wonderful sisters to have. Since I don’t have any sisters of my own it was like my first time even having sisters. They are amazing girls who have supported me, cheered me on, spoiled me and always welcomed me with open arms. They literally let me jump into their arms! We have done so many fun things together including: making and serving meals at the Ronald McDonald house and having a great service weekend in Las Vegas which included my first time helping on a farm and at opportunity village, which especially meant a lot to me because of the weekly volunteering I do at a special needs community ed program. I also had the opportunity to be a judge for the first time at a special needs pageant with my sister queens, including one who traveled from Nevada to help us. I even got to be locked in a marketplace “jail” and raised almost three times my bail goal to help support Primary Children’s Hospital.
I would like to thank National American Miss for a wonderfully exciting fun year of firsts. I will never forget all of these amazing fun experiences and all the amazing friends and people I have met. I also want to thank Breanne for being a super fun and awesome State Director, who did a great job on teaching us our dances and making us laugh. We love that you can be so silly with us! I want to thank Brooke who made open calls a crazy fun experience. I also want to thank whoever suggested our name to National American Miss, because we never could have done this awesome crazy ride in life with out that curious open call letter. I want to thank my heavenly father for giving me the strength and abilities I have and for all my many blessings in life. And a huge heartfelt thank you to my sister queens: Ciearra, Kailyn, Miah, and Mikayla. You are amazing sisters and I can’t even put into words how much love and laughter you have brought into my life. You all make me feel so special and like your own little sister. This experience wouldn’t even been half as amazing without you guys. I also want to thank all of the moms of my sister queens and my mom for helping with all of the things a 6 year old queen needs. You all do so much for us and you all took me under your wings. Thank You!
I have had an amazing year as National American Miss Utah Princess. To anyone out there who thinks dreams are out of reach and that you can’t win your first time trying… you can! You never know what you can do until you try. To my successor: have fun! This year goes by so fast and there’s so much fun to have and things to experience. Try everything. It is an awesomely amazing adventure.
Love your 2014 Miss Utah Princess,
Alyssa Haylee Ray

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Utah Jr. Pre-Teen Holds Cheer Bow Challenge

In the beginning of December Utah Jr. Pre-Teen, Miah Green, was looking at her cheer bows and asked how she can wear all her cheer bows. That's the point she came up with the Cheer Bow Challenge! Miah contacted friends, family, neighbors, businesses and cheer bow companies for support. Most of her supporters sponsored a dollar amount for each day she wore a cheer bow consecutively or donated a cheer bow for her to wear. Miah came up with 50 days of consecutive cheer bows. If she didn’t wear a bow on one day then the whole challenge was over, but she did it! On December 10, 2014 she started and she completed the challenge on January 30, 2015. Miah presented a check to the Christmas Box House in Ogden, UT for $725 and later received another $50 check to donate. Enjoy a few pictures of milestone days during the Cheer Bow Challenge!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Meet the 2015 Missouri Queens!

2015 Miss Missouri Princess
Caroline Cook
Age: 7
Hometown: Butler
Hobbies: Golfing & Playing Piano
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Food: BLT Sandwiches
Ambition: Elementary School Librarian

2015 Miss Missouri Jr. Pre-Teen
Katelynn Smith
Age: 9
Hometown: Seymour
Hobbies: Singing in Honor Choir & Swimming
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Food: Egg & Cheese Omlets
Ambition: Become a School Nurse

2015 Miss Missouri Pre-Teen
M'Racle Bryant-Morgan
Age: 11
Hometown: Kansas City
Hobbies: Dancing & Reading Mystery Novels
Favorite Subject in School: Math
Favorite Food: Chinese Food
Ambition: Entertainer

2015 Miss Missouri Jr. Teen
Tiffany Brown
Age: 15
Hometown: Greenwood
Hobbies: Acting, dancing, & caring for seniors through my "Smiles for Seniors" project
Favorite Subject in School: Composition
Favorite Food: Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls
Ambition: To be an actress on the Disney Channel & be a positive role model to kids around the world 

2015 Miss Missouri Teen
Faith Jordan
Age: 18
Hometown: Marceline
Hobbies: Reading & Swimming at the Lake
Favorite Subject in School: Biology
Favorite Food: Salmon
Ambition: Hospitality management degree, own a business, and have a family

2015 Miss Missouri Princess Cover Girl
Jacy Lowrance
Age: 5
Hometown: Vandalia
Hobbies: Coloring & Reading
Favorite Color: Pink & Purple
Favorite Food: McDonald's Happy Meal
Ambition: To learn Russian & Spanish languages

2015 Miss Missouri Jr. Pre-Teen Cover Girl
Elana Collier
Age: 8
Hometown: Republic
Hobbies: Artist & Playing with her sister
Favorite Color: All Colors
Favorite Food: Fried Chicken Legs
Ambition: To become a fashion designer

2015 Miss Missouri Pre-Teen Cover Girl
Emma Smith
Age: 10
Hometown: Webb City
Hobbies: Karate & Swimming
Favorite Subject in School: Reading
Favorite Food: Fettuccine Alfredo
Ambition: To become a marine biologist

Sunday, June 28, 2015

2014 Missouri Jr. Teen, Maryn White's Farewell!

After being crowned National American Miss Missouri Jr. Teen, I got busy with countless hours of volunteering and appearances. 
My journey began by donating books to Children’s Mercy Hospital, a place very near and dear to my heart.
I assisted with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America charity events, provided meals to families staying at the Ronald McDonald House, served as a buddy in the Miss Amazing pageant, encouraged girls to pursue STEM futures and exhibit self-confidence, and spoke to many civic organizations, just to name a few. I did all of this while serving as the Student Council President at my middle school and maintaining my great grades.
Nationals in LA was an experience of a lifetime. I learned so much about competing on a national stage, representing my wonderful state, made friendships that will last a lifetime, enjoyed Disneyland and Hollywood.
The themed rehearsals were fun and crazy. I was honored to receive resume and essay awards.
As this pivotal year in my life draws to a close, I want to acknowledge some special people. To my sister queens, Rylee, Emily, Sofia, Kourtney, and Bri. You all are so sweet, each making your mark in this world in very memorable ways. To Erris, thanks for the fun at Open Calls and Pageant Preps. To Breanne and Ryan, thanks for being encouraging directors. To Kelley, my second mom, to Sissy and Bryan, thanks for your unwavering support. To Gram, Pop, Grandma and Papa, your unconditional love spurs me to accomplish things I never imagined. To Daddy, the best escort around, and Mama, my cheerleader, secretary, chauffeur, mentor. Lastly, I would like to thank God, my compass and guiding light.
To my successor, get ready girlfriend, this year is going to be amazing. Your life will change, you will grow, and you can make a difference!
Maya Angelou once said, “Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.”  I plan to keep on shining as I will forever be your 2014 National American Miss Missouri Jr. Teen, Maryn White!!

Friday, June 26, 2015

2014 Missouri Jr. Pre-Teen, Emily Burns's Farewell

It seems like only yesterday that I was crowned 2014 Miss Missouri Junior Pre-Teen. This has been an exciting year. I have had the opportunity to be involved in so many wonder activities and events.
I created my own charity, called Project Smile. I collected and distributed over seventeen hundred toothbrushes, and donated them to schools and orphanages. I produced an educational video, teaching students how to properly take care of their teeth. I collected over one thousand box tops for education, and donated them to my school.

I volunteered at the Apple Butter festival by greeting thousands of guests as they arrived. It was so much fun meeting everyone, and some even asked to take their picture with me. I had the opportunity to attend and assist at several pageants as visiting royalty. I even got to sing the National Anthem at the Azalea Festival.
And Nationals! Disneyland was amazing! The best part was meeting all the state queens from across the nation. The competitions were intense. I didn’t bring home the national title, but I did place seventh in the top ten!

I want to thank my dad, for always driving me around to pageant events. To my mom, thank you for all your help, and pushing me to be my best. I wouldn’t be standing here without you. I want to thank National American Miss for allowing me to have this fantastic experience.

Congratulations to the new queen, your life is about to change. Have fun and get ready to work hard!
Singing off as your 2014 National American Miss Junior Pre-Teen, Emily Ann Burns.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

2014 Missouri Pre-Teen Cover Girl, Madisyn Reid's Farewell

My year as the 2014 National American Miss Missouri Pre-Teen Cover Girl has been such a blast! The year has flown by with so many exciting moments and priceless memories.
My year began with delivering books & school supplies to my local "Ronald McDonald House" and "Grace Hill Head Start". I have been able to help my community in so many ways.
Some highlights of my year included a bake sale and Christmas toy drive for St Louis Children's Hospital with Halos Childhood Cancer Foundation, helping my local VFW Post 2593 with their "Poppy Sales" that benefits our local veterans and I made crafts for a local nursing home that my family and I delivered on Christmas day.
My family, friends, neighbors and community supported, encouraged, and helped me get to Nationals where I captured 2014-15 National American Miss Pre-Teen National Cover Girl.
My reign as Cover Girl may be ending but the confidence I have gained along with the importance of helping others will last a lifetime. To my successor, may you be blessed on your journey and cherish every moment! Last but not least, a big thank you to National American Miss for this amazing opportunity!
With Love,
Madisyn Reid
2014 Missouri Pre-Teen Cover Girl
2014-15 National Pre-Teen Cover Girl

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Meet the 2015 Minnesota Queens!

2015 Miss Minnesota Princess
Bailey Tapia
Age: 7
Hometown: Eagan
Hobbies: Horseback riding and chasing chickens
Favorite Color: Rainbow
Favorite Food: Enchiladas
Ambition: Have fun and be sweet

2015 Miss Minnesota Jr. Pre-Teen
Danica Byrne
Age: 7
Hometown: Evansville
Hobbies: Gardening with Dad and riding my four-wheeler
Favorite Color: Aqua blue
Favorite Food: Broccoli and chocolate cake
Ambition: To be a hairstylist

2015 Miss Minnesota Pre-Teen
Marysa Loomis
Age: 11
Hometown: Andover
Hobbies: Gymnastics and roller skating
Favorite Subject in School: Math
Favorite Food: Chicken fettucini
Ambition: To be a teacher

2015 Miss Minnesota Jr. Teen
Michelle Bergh
Age: 16
Hometown: Stillwater
Hobbies: Recording songs and acting in movies
Favorite Subject in School: AP Human Geography
Favorite Food: Norwegian Bacalao
Ambition: Successful singer, actor, and public speaker

2015 Miss Minnesota Teen
Holly Whannel
Age: 19
Hometown: Rochester
Hobbies: Running and planning weddings
Favorite Subject in School: Latin
Favorite Food: Peanut butter
Ambition: To become a successful lawyer

2015 Miss Minnesota
Lexie Ozerov
Age: 20
Hometown: Minneapolis
Hobbies: Scuba diving, camping along the shore of Lake Superior, and watching Netflix with my puppy Marley
Favorite Subject in School: Broadcasting
Favorite Food: Cheese
Ambition: Become a host of a morning show

2015 Miss Minnesota Jr. Pre-Teen Cover Girl
Ezra Chamberlin
Age: 7
Hometown: Babbitt
Hobbies: Figure skating and swimming with friends
Favorite Color: Pink or purple
Favorite Food: Mashed potatoes
Ambition: Saving animals and helping others

2015 Miss Minnesota Pre-Teen Cover Girl
Kayla Klinkenberg
Age: 10
Hometown: Owatonna
Hobbies: Playing a cello and dance
Favorite Subject in School: Reading and math
Favorite Food: Lasagna
Ambition: To be an E.R. doctor

2015 Miss Minnesota Jr. Teen Cover Girl
Rayvette DeNio
Age: 14
Hometown: Shafer
Hobbies: Singing and volleyball
Favorite Subject in School: Algebra
Favorite Food: Thai shrimp salad
Ambition: Te become a successful singer and through this send a positive message

Sunday, June 21, 2015

2014 Miss Minnesota, Courtney Igbo-Ogbonna's Farewell

National American Miss has given me 11 years of unforgettable memories. Since my first time competing in 2004 as a Pre-Teen, I knew that reigning as a NAM queen would be an opportunity of a lifetime. Finally 10 years later, I had my crowning moments and it will always be a memory I will cherish forever.
My year as Miss Minnesota has been better than perfect. I've had the opportunity to walk the field prior to a Twins Games only feet away from the players warming up, deliver presents to those in need in the Farmington community, and wave to the people of Minnesota in multiple parades.
My sister queens and I have became so close over the year and I couldn't be more proud of who they are as women and future leaders. I know that Caleigh, Chloe, Grace, Liz, and Ashley are well on their way to achieving their goals and aspirations all while inspiring others along the way as they have inspired me to be the best role model I can be. Nationals was a blast! We had 3 top 5 finishes, optional awards, and the funnest of times to bring back to Minnesota. We finally put Minnesota back on the map! A HUGE congratulations to Liz Saby, your 2015 National American Miss Junior Teen! I have never been so proud to be a part of this organization and see such a sweet, caring person accomplish somethings so great!
I also want to give a huge thank you to my mom Gladys Igbo. Without her support, patience, and care, there's no way any of my time with NAM would have been possible. To my sister Krystle Igbo, thank you for being my coach, my level-headed voice when I start to stress out, and being my biggest supporter on my side. Without you both, I never would have gotten this far and I thank you both more than words can say.
To the contestants competing, remember to HAVE FUN! Enjoy your time on that stage, own it, believe in yourself, and know that you will do your absolute best. It took me 10 years to be crowned as a Minnesota Queen. So if you don't win the first time, know that you still have plenty of time to keep trying! Remember to make friends, make memories, and thank your families for making the weekend possible. To my successor, you are in for a fantabulous year! Cherish every moment because it honestly goes by so fast. Enjoy nationals and know that you could very well be the next National American Miss! Anything is possible if you work hard enough and believe in yourself. It has been an honor to give back to the pageant system that has taught me how to be the best version of myself. Thank you National American Miss for giving me this wonderful opportunity. I may have to take off my crown, and I may be too old to compete, but I will ALWAYS be a NAM girl. 

All the best,
Your 2014 National American Miss Minnesota
Courtney Igbo-Ogbonna
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