Wednesday, October 19, 2016

How has pageantry prepared you for your future?

"As a junior in High school, pageantry has helped me gain the skill of balancing my education, sports, volunteer, and family. Being a part of my schools Tv Productions class, I'm learning first hand what it is to be behind the camera as a future News Anchor. I am certain with the education and skills learned in high school and the determination and drive of pageantry, I will be equipped to use my passion for journalism, in hopes to one day attend Florida State University.  Pageantry has also helped me keep things into perspective and has taught me how to effectively speak to people, in school, in public, on stage and off. It has given me a voice to inspire others to never give up and believe in themselves. Through pageantry I have been able to share with so many people the causes that are so dear to my heart. Most importantly, it has given me the ability to be driven and is leading me in the right direction of a successful future."
Brianna Smith The 2015-2016 National American Miss Jr. Teen

Monday, October 17, 2016

How Being a NAM National Titleholder Has Changed My Life...

How has holding a NAM National title changed my life? I think a better question would be how has it not changed my life, as National American Miss has indeed infiltrated every aspect of my life from the moment I was crowned the 2015-2016 NAM Teen.
As a National Titleholder, physically I’ve been given a crown and banner, but metaphorically I’ve been given a a door and a microphone. The crown I wear has opened doors to venture to new places, to meet new people, and to experience new opportunities. The banner has allowed me to project my story, my passions, and my heart to audiences larger than I could have ever dreamed.
I have traveled over 10,000 miles to 13 states as an ambassador for NAM. From spending a day at Niagara Falls, to seeing multiple Broadway shows in New York City, to touring our nation’s capital in Washington, D.C., to experiencing our rich history in Philadelphia… NAM has afforded me incredible opportunities to travel.
Moreover, being a NAM National Titleholder has shown me the beauty that lies in giving of yourself in service to others. The truth that our lives are but a vapor has been an overriding theme this year. Each person that I have met with or spoken to, although briefly, has impacted my life for the better. From our NAM State Finalists and their families, to various school groups, to precious babies fighting for their next breath in the Ronald McDonald House of Northwest Florida and Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, this year has shown me the beauty and brevity in each of our lives. I will always cherish the relationships I have manifested through the crown.
The final avenue that NAM has changed me is through its sisterhood, our NAMily. As cliched or cheesy as it may sound, a family like this is unparalleled. Tears fill my eyes as I think of the sisters that I now share in every corner of our country. It has been an honor to lead and serve with them this year. An even greater honor lies in the ability to spend the rest of our lives uplifting one another in our successes and carrying each other through our trails.

My year of service with National American Miss has changed every part of me. As a stage performer, I had always seen myself as a confident person, but I realized that that confident facade was merely another character I assumed on stage. National American Miss has shown me the depth of talent I possess and the heights that I am able to soar to. Claiming the National Teen title eradicated my fear of failure and showed me that the one thing keeping me from accomplishing my goals, is me. National American Miss has equipped me with the skills that I need to chase and achieve my wildest dreams. As the 2015-2016 National American Miss Teen, I am continually #GrowingConfidence.
Michaela Jacobs

Monday, August 29, 2016

Tips for Personal Introduction!

It's that time of the year where the top competitors from across the nation are preparing for the largest event in pageantry... NAM Nationals! Here are some tips to help you perfect your introduction for the Personal Introduction Competition!

The NAM Personal Introduction Competition focuses on public speaking. The goal of this competition is to equip NAM Finalist with the skills needed to address the public. Whether it is conquering your school presentation or a future job presentation, this competition teaches girls how to command the audience from the mic! 


1.) Pay attention to the time limit! For NAM State Pageants you have 30 seconds and for NAM Nationals you have 60 seconds. You will be timed as soon as you start speaking. It is important that you do not go over you allowed time. Practice so you finish your intro a few seconds behind your allowed time. 

2.) Do not wait till pageant week to write your intro. You want to practice before hand. You want to feel comfortable when you are on stage. A great way to do this, is to be comfortable with what you are saying. So practice makes perfect!

3.) Practice speaking in front of an audience! When we get in front of people that is when our nerves can kick in. So practice in front of your family, friends and people you aren't so comfortable with. You can say your intro in front of your class room, church or group activities. This is a great way to help you address an audience. 

4.) Command the audience before you start speaking. You want to grab the judges attention the moment you walk out on stage. Walk out with a great smile, make eye contact and work the room. 

5.) Dress the part! Make sure you follow the NAM guidelines when picking out your outfit for personal introduction. You need to wear something that you would wear for a job interview. Remember you are applying for a state or national title, you need to look like a titleholder. A nice suit or interview dress would be great! 

6.) Speak loud and clear! You want to make sure that the judges and audience can hear you. So speak up! We tend to speed up when we get a little a nervous so make sure you do not speak too fast. 

7.) Get Creative! It is important to stand out during the introduction competition, so get creative when putting yours together. Think of fun and ear catching ways to make a statement. Remember this is a great time for the judges to get to know you. Think of unique phrases and quotes to add to your intro. 

8.) Don't forget the required elements! Remember you must say your name, hometown and/or something interesting about you. 

9.) Complete your intro! We have seen this time and time again, a girl walks out on stage and rocks her intro and then hands back the mic and than runs off the stage! We do not want to this! After you are done speaking hand the mic back to the queen and continue working the room. Remember to smile and make eye contact as you exist the stage. 

10.) BE YOU! You hear us say this all the time at NAM, but it is so important that you be you! You want to be authentic. There can never be a better you! So be proud of who you are and let that shine through! 

Tips from National All- American Miss Courtlyn Burris 

"For your personal introduction, it's best to start by thinking of a few things that are most important to you and then integrate them into the introduction along with the required elements.  Stay away from mimicking someone else and try not to use words that you wouldn't normally use. Basically, just be yourself! You want your introduction to be as natural and as conversational as possible. Try to show elements of your own personality as well, I always love adding a little humor to my intro to make the judges smile.  Finally, and most importantly, practice, practice, practice. Practice alone, practice with an audience and practice with distractions. That way you can speak with confidence and be assured of doing your best!" Courtlyn Burris National All-American Miss

Sample Personal Introduction and Interview Outfits! 

NAM Girl in The News!

When 6-Year old Bella Baker was crowned NAM Miss Washington Princess over 33 other competitors last 
weekend, she had a decision to make. Every competitor had to bring school supplies to enter the competition 
and the winner would get to donate them all to a charity of their choice, on behalf of National American Miss. 
Luckily for Bella, she knew just the one, Tacoma Mainstay Charlie’s Dinosaur.
Charlie’s Dinosaur is a non-profit organization established in 2012 after the tragic death of Charlie and 
Braden Powell at their father’s hand. started by five Pierce County Detectives 
(including Ed Troyer, Baker’s grandfather,) to gather materials to help children moving out of abuse and
 into foster care. The children rarely have clean clothes, toiletries or anything to pass the time in the few days 
when they are in meetings, hearings and temporary care. Charlie’s Dinosaur is dedicated to helping 
kids out during this transitional period by providing these much needed items that can provide a sense of 

Baker delivered the car-full of goods to the organization on Monday, Aug. 22, just in time for Charlie’s Dinosaur’s
 big donation drive. Donations are currently being accepted at any TAPCO Credit Union branch 
(full list at the end of this article) or the Tacoma Weekly offices here at 2588 Pacific Highway.
“The community recognizes there’s always a need, its totally community driven which is what’s beautiful about it.
 A lot of our support comes from former foster kids, which is something I don’t think a lot of people recognize, 
I think that speaks to the importance of Charlie’s Dinosaur,” Lynelle Anderson said.
This isn’t the only competition Bella has won. She was crowned the IJM Miss Washington Jr Princess l
ast March and competed in an international competition in Virginia. Over Thanksgiving, she will head to
 California to represent Washington in a National American Miss competition.

“When Bella was crowned NAM Washington Princess last Saturday she became a dual title holder for two 
prestigious and well known pageants nationally and internationally. She is so excited to continue her work on
 behalf of foster children in her community,” Bella’s mother Nichole Baker said.
Another boost came from the 49’s Faithful Football kickoff barbeque, in which fans had to submit a box of 
school supplies to enter. Die-hard Seahawks fan Troyer braved the environment to collect the massive 
amount of donations. And if he can do that, does anyone really have an excuse not to give to the cause?
The fall is always a busy time for Charlie’s Dinosaur, as back to school supplies are always in demand,
 backpacks and binders are the order of the day and Bella has given the organization a huge boost in their goals. 
Other items needed include rolling luggage, pajamas, hair dryers, jeans and tops, zip-front hoodies, coats, toiletries,
 combs, brushes, art supplies and books.

Every Girl Needs That Little Black Dress...

This year The 2016 NAM National Finalist will rock these beautiful Mon Cheri dresses for their Opening Number Dance! We are so excited to partner with Mon Cheri! 

All NAM National Finalist that are attending NAM Nationals 2016 need to submit their size by September 12, 2016! Please go to for details! 

Lets her what NAM Girls are saying about these fabulous dresses: 

"When I first saw the opening number dress for this year's Nationals, I immediately loved the classy vintage inspired floral look. I know for sure Queens will feel confident and beautiful in this chic and playful floral dress that is so hot this season! " Del Smith Mom to National American Miss Jr. Teen Brianna Smith
"Floral dresess are definitely one of my favorites! A modest and stylish,  floral print dress that is perfect for any season. This dress give a gorgeous freshness and is a stand out! The style is perfect for today's girl, comfortable, fashionable, perfect fit and makes you feel naturally beautiful!" Brianna Smith National American Miss Jr. Teen 

"National American Miss and Mon Cheri Little dresses are the perfect combination for these young ladies to shine under the lights of the National Stage! It's a Delicate and Classy silhouette for the unique girls who wants to be remember for their sophisticated look but still very age appropriate. We love this dress!" Alba Izcoa Mom to Miss New Jersey Jr. Pre-Teen Alexandra Cristofoli

"This Mon Cheri dress Rocks! It fits like a glove and I certainly didn't need my crown to feel like a Queen with this dress. It's every little girls dream to have the perfect little dress for opening night and NAM now provides it thru Mon Cheri designs. How lucky are all the contestants in Hollywood to be wearing the dream Mon Cheri dress! I love it!" Alexandra Cristofoli Miss New Jersey Jr. Pre-Teen

Friday, August 26, 2016

Get to Know National American Miss Pre-Teen Shayla Montgomery!

NAM:  Tell us about yourself:
Shayla: I’m Shayla Montgomery your 2015-2016 National American Miss Pre-Teen.  I turn 14 next month.  I LOVE pancakes and NAM.  If you brought me a pancake in the shape of NAM I’d be your best friend forever :D

NAM:  What activities are you involved in?
Shayla: Volunteering in my community, volleyball, a representative of an amazing organization called Continue to Find Kindness and my church group

NAM:  What are your plans for the future?
Shayla: I’d like to major in psychology and have my own business in NYC.  One of my dreams is also to be Miss America.

NAM:  How would your friends describe you?
Shayla: My friend, Alvina recently said that I am super nice, funny and huggable.

NAM:  What moto or quote best describes you?
Shayla: Kind words are short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless

NAM:  What is the best advice you have ever received?
Shayla: Keep God 1st, love myself and to stand up for what is right even if I stand alone

NAM:  How did you prepare for the NAM National pageant?
Shayla: I worked HARD to achieve my goals.  I spent countless hours practicing with my daddy over the past few months, 5 sessions with Andrea Walters, and about 12 sessions with Greg Solomon.  The key is to have passion and never stop being yourself!

NAM:  Where is your favorite place to shop?
Shayla: I love shopping at Forever 21 because they have preppy clothes and I feel glamourous wearing them.

NAM:  How have pageants shaped your life?
Shayla: My confidence has really changed.  I use to be shy and now I am outgoing.  My mom always has said you can do anything you put your mind to and I believe it now.

NAM:  What is your most prized possession?
Shayla: My dog Ginger!  She always makes me smile and loves to cuddle with me

NAM:  What is your favorite movie?
Shayla: I don’t have a favorite.  However, if I had to choose one it would be the Little Mermaid.  I have loved it since I was a little girl.  I use to think that I was a mermaid.  My Papa would always say I was a fish out of water.

NAM:  What is your favorite TV show?
Shayla: Glee - I love the story and the voices are beautiful

NAM:  What is your favorite book?
Shayla: Wander – It’s about a boy who was bullied due to his “differences” he had a “face deformation” that he overcame and people accepted him for who he was

NAM:  What advice do you have for future NAM girls?
Shayla: Always be yourself.  If you don’t win the 1st time try again. Work hard throughout the year so you can go into your state competition being the best you can be while having fun and making friends

NAM:  If you could be famous for anything what would it be?
Shayla: Inventing a tool to make humans fly

NAM:  What is your dream job?
Shayla: My goal is to be a psychologist so I can help children and teens.  I believe we can change our world one young person at a time.

NAM:  How do you plan to use your title?
Shayla: I plan to spread my platform of anti-bullying with Continue to Find Kindness by traveling to schools and teaching kids how to recognize and resolve conflicts and to revolutionize kindness

NAM:  How do you volunteer in your community?
Shayla: My mom instilled in me since I was 4 to give back to our community.  I volunteer with Continue to Find Kindness, feed the homeless, visit elderly, and basically anywhere we find an opportunity.  I believe that helping others not only benefits them it benefits yourself. 

NAM:  What is your most embarrassing moment?
Shayla: When I was about 10 me and my friend Olivia raced and I tried to one up her and we were running down the street without shoes on and I fell and scarped my whole face.  I cried at first and then we laughed because I was being silly.

NAM:  If you had three wishes what would you wish for?
1.     Shayla:  To keep my National title forever w/ my sister queens,   End bullying across the world, and Live forever with my family with an endless supply of pancakes

NAM:  What is your favorite subject in school?
Shayla: Acting because it gives me a chance to be silly and do a variety of characters

NAM:  What is your biggest fear?
Shayla: Spiders & Tsunamis

NAM:  What is the biggest misconception about your generation?
Shayla: We are amazing people yet many cover it up with a mask

NAM:  Who is your role model?
Shayla: My daddy.  He pushes me to do amazing things in life and we have lots of fun together.  I am the biggest daddy’s girl ever! 
NAM:  If you could go back in time to any historical event what would it be?
I would go back to Martin Luther King Jr’s I have a dream speech.       

NAM:  Who is the most influential person in the world?
Shayla: I feel Camila Cabello because she dreamed of singing since she was little and decided to pursue her dream when she was 16 and now she has a gold, platinum and silver album with Fifth Harmony

NAM:  If you could have dinner with anyone who would it be?
Shayla: Fifth Harmony.  It’s my dream to meet them.  I’ve been a fan since X Factor and one of Camila since she was on YouTube.

NAM:  What is your favorite part about National American Miss?
Shayla: The amazing staff and the contestants. 

NAM:  How did you get started with NAM?  How long have you been involved in pageants?
Shayla: I received a postcard in the mail in 2014 and decided to try NAM.  May 2014 was my first pageant ever and I am so glad it was with National American Miss!

NAM:  What is your definition of a NAM girl?
Shayla: A person whose kind to everybody, a person who believes beauty isn’t just on the outside, someone who is confident in herself and who believes in service to others

NAM:  What do you like to do to have fun?
Shayla: Volleyball, modeling, art, photography, music and of course what girl doesn’t love to shop

NAM:  What makes your state unique?
Shayla: My state is green.  We care about the environment and are big on recycling and bicycling.

NAM:  What is your favorite food?
IShayla:  love pancakes and Caesar salad

NAM:  What makes you laugh?
Shayla: One of my really good friends, Shyrel.  Even hearing her name makes me smile.

NAM:  What was your first thought you had when you captured your national title?
Shayla: I did it!  All my hard work paid off!

NAM:  People would be surprised to know what about you?

IShayla:  can type with my toes