It’s hard to believe that it has been a year since I was on stage and crowned Miss Iowa Jr. Teen. And what a year it has been! This fabulous year has been filled with parade appearances, meeting public officials, visiting other state pageants, distributing bears and books, and organizing a supply drive for a local violence intervention center for women and children.
Meeting with Iowa State Representative Sharon Steckman
|Collecting donations for the Crisis Intervention Center at Hy-Vee.|
The highlight of my year was spending a week in Anaheim, California at the NAM National Pageant. I was fortunate to win a fourth runner-up trophy in the national photogenic competition. I loved being around all the other contestants and being an Iowa girl, the California weather was great!
|My dad and I right before formal wear at nationals. He was such a great escort!|
I have made such wonderful friends from all over the country during my reign. I developed close relationships with my sister queens and love every single one of them. It has been such a good year with them and I feel blessed that I was able to get to know them.
|Fun photo shoot with my lovely NAM sister queens!|
Words cannot express how grateful I am to National American Miss for giving me this opportunity. This experience has been amazing and it has taught me that I have the strength and ability to pursue my dreams. NAM is such a great organization with such a wonderful staff. Over this last year I have been proud to represent what this organization stands for.
Day at Disney with other NAM Jr. Teens showing off our adorable sparkly ears!
And finally to the contestants, my advice to you would be to have fun and not to focus all of your energy on winning the title. Make the weekend one you won’t forget and always wear a smile.
I wish you all the very best and hope you can all accomplish your dreams!
Your NAM Iowa Jr. Teen,