Thursday, October 30, 2014

Miss Alabama Princess Raises Money for Pediatric Cancer Research!


Miss Alabama Princess SM,Jaycee Parker, helps to raise $11,500.00 to Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s of Alabama. Way to go Jaycee! NAM girls take her lead an start making a difference at any age!




Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Get Prepared for NAM Nationals!


Former National All-American Miss Teen Alexandra Curtis gives her insight on how to rock the NAM Stage! 


Get NAM tips from NAM Alumni! 


Top 3 Tips from National All-American Miss Teen 2010 Alexandra Curtis:
1) Repetition is key. 
I used to recite my personal introduction in my head every chance I had - waiting in lines, in between classes, on bus rides, etc. I used all the extra time I had to be sure I could do my intro in my sleep. It is important to have your intro down so you don't have to worry about blanking out on stage but also it is important to sound natural so be sure to find a balance in your vocal tone. 

2) Familiarize yourself with current events. 
I would always read The Economist front to back in order to prepare for nationals. While many questions in interview are geared toward you and your aspirations, sometimes you get questions that are a bit more pertinent to recent news, especially because I would often tie in my own political and journalistic ambitions. If you have a particular news source you like I recommend brushing up on hot topics before you attend! 

3) Don't take yourself too seriously. 
Nationals is a lot of work! Yes, you are competing for the job and extraordinary honor of being a national queen, but don't be too serious! It is important to have fun and take the experience to make friends with your sister contestants. I am still very close with many of the women I competed with over the years. Regardless of who wins the crown, the real winners are the ones who come away from the pageant with refined skills and life-long friendships!

Where is She Now... 

Since aging out of National American Miss, Alexandra has been involved with the Miss America Organization. She was Miss Upstate New York 2013 and went on to compete at Miss New York. In 2014 she competed a Miss East Greenwich at Miss Rhode Island where she placed 1st runner up and went on to compete at the National Sweetheart Pageant. Alexandra has done extensive work with her platform "Leading Ladies: Equipping Young Women With the Skills to Lead" to inspire women to pursue leadership and politics. She has been involved with a variety of women's leadership initiatives from MSNBC's Women in Politics: College Edition to serving as a student coordinator for Elect Her: Campus Women Win. Alexandra currently lives in Washington, DC and West Warwick, Rhode Island.

Alexandra and her NAM days!
She won the 2010-2011 National All-American Teen Title!






Miss Florida Pre-Teen Volunteers with The Ronald McDonald House!


Briana Florexil The 2014 Miss Florida Pre-Teen put her title to great use! Briana has 
been busy volunteering all over the great state of Florida! 
She had the opportunity to serve others and
 make a difference right in her own community! 

So NAM girls take her lead and start volunteering TODAY! 




Monday, October 27, 2014

New Top Model Video!


Get the inside tips on how to compete in the NAM Top Model Competition! 


Words from a NAM Mom!

We enjoy hearing from our NAMILY! National American Miss strives to promote Real-Life challenges during our competitions to help prepare our state finalists for a successful future. Please let us know what path your life has taken so that we can share it with our future leader's.
Here is an update we received about Nicole Hahn from Colorado, we are VERY proud of Nicole!

Hello! Thank you again for our daughter's positive NAM Experience!!! Such a great confidence booster and teaches poise needed in the real world!
It's been about two years since our daughter, Nicole Hahn, participated in your NAM Program. Just wanted to reiterate to you and all involved what a positive experience this was. From Learning poise and critical interview skills to fun on the runway, Nicole learned so much in your work shops and the days leading up to the actual National American Miss Program. It was wonderful that the emphasis was placed on the whole person - academics, community service, talent and yes, presenting oneself in a positive manner on stage!
As Nicole stated in her "Personal Introduction" her goal was to pursue an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy and that she did! After NAM, she received her Nomination from our Local Congressional Representative. This required several interviews, essays and resumes (all of which were required for NAM - great experience). We know that a good deal of what she learned through your program supported her efforts to reach her goal. She is now a Cadet 4th Class (Freshman) at USAFA and doing extremely well!
Thank you again! Please keep up the good work you do in supporting our girls and young women to have the confidence to move forward and achieve their dreams!
Here are two news articles about Nicole Hahn:
Nicole is a Cadet 4th Class (freshmen) at USAFA



Nicole at the Colorado NAM Pageant! 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The 2013-2014 National American Miss Jr.Teen Regan Spoltman Volunteers at The Ronald McDonald House!


Regan Spoltman The 2013-2014 National American Miss Jr. Teen took time out of her busy schedule to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House! She made these beautiful girls feel like real life princesses! Way to go Regan! This is what being a NAM National Titleholder is all about! 




Friday, October 24, 2014

NAM National Deadlines 2014!

We are excited to see you and your family soon in beautiful sunny California!


*Optional Contest Registration:
FINAL – In the National Office by October 23rd. This deadline is to assure that the listing of optional contests you have signed up for is correct. These are listed next to your optional contest picture in the National Program Book. You may continue to register for optional contests until November 12th at 5:00pm CST. However, any optional contest orders received after October 23th will not be listed in the program book. If you wish to order an optional contest online, go to www.MyNAMiss.com  do so.
*National Program Book Information:
FINAL – In the National Office by October 24th. All pictures for the Contestant Pages and the Optional Contest Pages for the National Program Book are due by this date. Remember, you can email your pictures and sponsor list toPhoto@namiss.com. If you do choose to email the photo or sponsor list, please be sure to include in the subject line, the contestants name pageant division (ex. Princess) and State. In the body of the email, please provide complete information as to what the picture and/or list of sponsors is to be used for.
* “I AM Spotlight”:
FINAL – In the National Office by October, 24th. Don’t miss out on this special COLOR section of the national program book. It counts as “1” point toward a Spirit of America Trophy. It is a 1/3 page full color piece to show how special and unique you are!
*Crown and Banner Orders:
FINAL – In the National Office by October 30th . After this date, there is no guarantee that your Banner or Embroidery Order will be accepted or will be available at the National Pageant. You may order a crown, banner or embroidery using the form from your National Guidebook, or you may order them at www.MyNAMiss.com . We must still have the actual form for each order. So, if you do order them online, then please mail, fax, or scan/email the form to us and note on the form that you purchased the item online. Crowns will be available to order until the Nov. 12th deadline.
*Activity Tickets:
FINAL – Must be received in the National Office by November 6th. The activity tickets for Hollywood Tour andThanksgiving Banquet will close on this date. Any additional Hollywood Tour or Thanksgiving Banquet Tickets needed, will be on a first come first ordered as available at pageant check-in. Ticket purchases for Disneyland will remain open until November 12th. If you have any needs or questions regarding activity tickets, please call our office.
*National Program Book Advertising:
All national advertising for the coveted title of National Cover Miss must be in the Houston office by close of business on:
– Princess and Jr. Pre-Teen age groups: Thursday, October 30th.
– Pre-Teen age groups: Friday, October 31st.
– Jr. Teen, Teen and Miss age groups: Monday, November 3rd.
The national program books will soon be closing. Printing will be underway and soon the books will be shipped to the national pageant in sunny California! If you were thinking that you had not quite reached your goal, wanted that full-page premium prize credit, or you still want to place that memory ad and receive your trophy on stage, it is not too late! Any advertising that is received in the national office by Thursday, October 30th will be printed in the National Program Book.
After Thursday, October 30th, and until Wednesday, November 12th, all advertising received will still be accepted and processed, but may be a part of the National Supplement. The National Supplement will be printed and then distributed at pageant check-in along with the National Program books. You will still receive all Spirit of America Points, Premium Points for prizes, as well as trophies and all awards that you have earned. Maybe you can even reach your goal of National Ambassador, National Cover Girl or even National Cover Model.
If you are trying to finish up those last minute ads, simply call the national office at 281-496-5050 (extension 127 for Lauren, extension 129 for Dawn Lee)! Our helpful advertising department will take your ad and payment over the telephone. If you have any questions or need any help, we are only a phone call away!! You can also email ad questions, or ad content, directly to the advertising department at dcosta@namiss.com.
* Reservations at the official host hotel, The Anaheim Marriott:
To reserve a sleeping room, or to check availability, at the Anaheim Marriott online, just click on the Marriott’s National American Miss group discount reservation link . The hotel inventory of sleeping rooms at the discount National American Miss group rate has sold out each year. Chances are that from time to time a given room type will sell out, however you may want to check back at a later time or day as rooms often come back into inventory from day to day. At some point the hotel will cut off the ability to book a room at the NAM discount rate. They are currently holding the rate open for as long as possible, as a courtesy to the group.
To reserve a sleeping room at the Anaheim Marriott by phone, call Marriott Passkey Reservations at 800-266-9432. Be sure to request the “National American Miss group rate,” or you will end up paying a much higher price for the same room.
700 West Convention Way, Anaheim, CA 92802 Hotel Phone: 714-750-8000.
The Anaheim Marriott’s Map and Travel Information page.
Local area attractions.
City of Anaheim – listing of attractions.
Hotel Parking: The normal self park rate for hotel guests at the hotel is $24 per day. That is because the hotel is very close to Disneyland. However, if you are staying at the Anaheim Marriott with a room in the NAM group block, your parking is discounted to just $5 per day.
For anyone who is coming to see the NAM event, but does not have a NAM discounted sleeping room, the parking is discounted from $24 down to $15 per day
Wednesday, November 12th – This is the last day you are able to place an online order or make an online payment. This includes Sponsor Fees, Disneyland Tickets, Optional contests, flowers, and more. Online payments are available, with credit card at our website,www.MyNAMiss.com, through November 12. So if you are planning to use the NAM online services to make purchases, please do so before this date. You may call the national office and place a credit card charge over the telephone until November 14.
Friday, November 14th – This is the last day that you will be able to make any changes to your NAM account. After November 14, your accounts will be frozen to allow for NAM staff to print and ship the Check-In sheets and statements to prepare for your arrival at nationals. If you have any questions about your orders and payments, please call the national office before November 14. You may also email any account questions that you have at any time toInfo@namiss.com.
NAM is excited to see you at nationals and we are here to make it fun and easy for you. If you have any questions or need any help, please call our office at 281-496-5050.
National American Miss
National Office
5821 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. N., Suite 100
Houston, Texas 77041
Phone: 281-496-5050
Fax: 281-496-9920


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Miss New York Teen is in The News!

State Sen. Tony Avella chats with 2014 National American Miss New York Teen Lauren Schwartzberg. Photo by Juan Soto

Benjamin Cardozo High School graduate Lauren Schwartzberg was crowned 2014 National America Miss New York Teen.
A Jamaica Hills resident, Schwartzberg, 18, will represent New York State for the national title in Hollywood next month.
“I will love to continue and compete one day for Miss America,” Schwartzberg said, minutes after receiving a proclamation from state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside).
Miss New York Teen has put in more than 500 hours of community service, and as she competes in the beauty pageants, she raises awareness of the need for physical activity.
Some of her community service included working with the Special Olympics.
As part of her activities involving competitions, Schwartzberg is also preparing for the New York City Marathon.
She is studying for her seven-year bachelor’s/doctorate of osteopathic physician degree at New York Institute of Technology.
Miss New York Teen has been competing since she was 10. “I had no idea about pageants,” she said. “And I started basically for self-development.”
Schwartzberg was a witness to the changes in the eight-year competing career she has launched. For example, she remembered that make-up was not allow in the under-13 pageants.
Avella said he “was very proud” Schwartzberg grew up in the district he represents.

The senator wished her luck in the upcoming November competition.




Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Former NAM Girl is Crowned Miss Washington Teen USA


Priya Gobal-Walker is a former NAM Girl and she just walked away with the title of Miss Washington Teen USA! Priya was first runner-up to the 2012 Miss Washington Jr.Teen Title! We are so excited to see Priya walk the stage at Miss Teen USA! 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Former NAM National Winner Models for Mac Duggal!


Former National American Princess 2012-2013, Maddison Kott models for evening gown designer, Mac Duggal


Way to go Maddison! You can find more picture of Madison on the official Mac Duggal website!



Thursday, October 2, 2014

50 Days Until NAM Nationals!


The 2013-2014 National All-American Miss Jr. Teen Jireh Gerry shares her thoughts on representing the Nation and giving up her title!






Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Former NAM winners are The Top 2 at The 2015 Miss America Competition!


The winner and first runner up for the 2015 Miss America Competition got their pageant start on the National American Miss Stage! Kira Kazantsev, Miss New York took home the Miss America Crown  home Sunday night September 14, 2014! Kira started with NAM back in 2004 when she was crowned Miss California Pre-Teen. She went on to also capture the titles of Miss California Jr.Teen and Miss New York 2012. 
First runner up was Miss Virginia, Courtney Garret! Courtney was the 2005 Miss Virginia PreTeen! Both Kira and Courtney have placed in the Top 5 at a NAM National Pageant! We are so excited for these amazing role models and are honored to say they got their start with National American Miss!

Click Here for More information on Kira!


Kira's crowning moment! 



Kira representing NAM as Miss New York 2012!

 
Kira with NAM National Director Steve Mayes!

Let me take a selfie! 



NAM Girls at The Miss America Competition! 






Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Miss New York Jr. PreTeen makes her first Appearance!


Miss New York Jr. PreTeen Cynthia Rodriguez, makes her first appearance after winning her state title! She took off her crown and put on her tennis shoes to volunteer with The Susan G Komen Race for the Cure! Way to go Cynthia! 


Thursday, September 4, 2014

California Titleholders put their Titles to Good Use!




Miss California Princess Hannah Schuchhardt, Miss California Jr Pre-Teen Kaysee French, and Miss California PreTeen Robynee French put their crowns and banners to good use! Together they donated 15 Backpacks filled with school supplies to Rady's Children's Hospital in San Diego! They didn't stop there, they also made a trip to the Ronald McDonald house and brought 50 books to the children in need! The children were so excited to see the girls, snap some pictures and even snag a few autographs! Great job ladies, this is what being a titleholder is all about! They are making the most during their of service! 



Ohio Titleholders are in the News!



By Pamela Dillon
Contributing Writer
Two Dayton-area girls have earned the right to compete in the 2014 National American Miss pageant, which will be held at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., during Thanksgiving week this year.
Kennedy Chase, 14, of Bellbrook and Jade Capri Manley, 11, of Centerville won the top crown in their respective age groups at the National American Miss — Ohio pageant held at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus on July 19-21. Both girls received their crowns, sash and $1,000 cash award plus $350 for airfare.
“I had so many emotions; I was really excited because this is my eighth year to compete,” said Chase, who was named NAM Ohio Junior Teen. “Knowing that I won being myself was an amazing feeling. My parents were so proud, I think my mom was crying harder that I was.”
Her parents are Mark and Annette Chase, who were there at the pageant with other family members and friends. Chase is a freshman at Stivers School for the Arts where she studies dance and theater. She is also a member of one of the Miami Valley Dance Center’s competitive teams. She recently appeared in a short video for PROKids Friends of Children Society in Hamilton.
“I met Kennedy a couple of years ago when Jade was competing. She was so sweet towards my daughter and was such a good example and role model, even outside of the pageant,” said Jade’s mother, Alisha Manley. “She’s one of the most gracious young ladies that I have ever met in my life.”
“I would love to be a child psychologist and incorporating my passion, dance, would be something really different, like dance therapy,” said Chase, who has won six other pageant titles. “I love helping others; especially little kids; I love working with children.”
One of the ways Chase helps kids is through the charity she began at Stivers called Change for a Cause that raises money for inner-city kids for magnet school fees and private lessons in music or art.
Manley won the NAM Ohio Pre-Teen crown. She volunteers with Daybreak, and has earned two other pageant titles. She attends the sixth grade at Watts Middle School in Centerville. Manley was cast as the Godfather in “Twinderella” at Town Hall Theatre in August. She was also the featured lead in a Mead Trapper Keeper commercial.
“I’m positive, I love to sing, but most of all I love to make people laugh,” said Manley, who tells jokes during her pageant interviews. “I would like to be a stand-up comic, singer or actor, that would be cool. But I also would like to be a kindergarten teacher. I like helping kids.”
The National American Miss pageants stress inner beauty, poise and presentation. Emphasis is placed on the importance of gaining self-confidence, learning new skills, having a good attitude and achieving personal goals. The girls have a one-one interview with about six judges, and model formalwear.
                                                    Click Here for the full Story! 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The 2013-2014 National All-American Miss Jr.Teen Sings National Anthem for Jacksonville Jags!

Jireh Gerry opens with the National Anthem for the Jacksonville Jaguars! 


Miss Florida Teen is Featured at a Tampa Bay Ray's Game!


Miss Florida Teen, Michaela Ablegas attended a Tampa Bay Ray's Game where she got to work hand in hand with the official game announcer! Michaela had the opportunity to work in front of and behind the camera! 


Watch Michaela in front of the camera!




Featuring Miss New York Covergirl!



I am Catherine Olsen, your Miss New York Princess Cover Girl 2013.
The day that I was crowned was one of the best days of my life. This year has been amazing!
I have gotten to do so many things and meet so many important people.
The weekend after being crowned, I went to help out at the NJ State pageant where I met many wonderful sister queens!
When I got home, one of the first people I met was NY Assemblyman Robert Sweeney and I helped kick off the fall festival in Tanner Park where I met Congressman Martinez and then I got to have some fun with my friends.
One of the best things from this past year was being able to ride a float in the NYC Veteran’s Day Parade with my sister queens. We even ended up on live TV and I met Miss New York Amanda Mason.
I have raised funds for the March of Dimes, JDRF and the Lupus foundation. I got to be team captain for our team Queens to the Rescue. We raised $800. We even got to wear capes like real super heroes made by my Sister Queen Emily.
I donated food to kindness for kitties and got involved with a group called Kids Adopt A Shelter. They help animals in need which is very important to me. At our event in June, we were able to get 20 animals adopted.
There is a list of people to thank but I would like to say thank you to my family and friends first. Your love and support on this journey means the world to me. I would especially like to thank my Mom for always believing in me and taking me everywhere I need to go.
I would also like to thank, Mr. and Mrs. Mayes and the whole NAM staff for giving me this great opportunity. I have grown and experienced so much in the past year.
To all the contestants, always remember that winning the crown is not the important part. It is what you do with it after that makes all the difference.
To my successor, I hope you have an awesome year!
For the last time, I am your Miss New York Princess Cover Girl 2013,      
Catherine Olsen











  


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

NAM State Directors Say "I Do"



NAM State Directors Breanne Maples and Ryan Ewing said "I do" on August 31 in Kansas City, Missouri! The new Mr. and Mrs. Ewing are state directors for Arizona, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Nevada, Minnesota, Missouri, Utah and Wisconsin! If you have ever met Breanne, you know her wedding was nothing short of extraordinary! The two tied the knot in an event fit for royalty! We are so excited for this pair of newlyweds! 
The Red Carpet was rolled out for this "World Premiere Event"

NAM staff from across the country came to support the newlyweds! Including National Directors Steve and Kathleen Mayes! ( Pictured: Steve and Kathleen Mayes with daughter and choreographer Sarah Mayes; Ryan and Breanne with state directors Brian and Megan Cournoyer; and Breanne with state director Patti Schneider) 

Breanne with her bridal party! What NAM Staff members can you spot? Look how many life long friendship are made because of National American Miss! Many of these girls are former state and national titleholders! 

The event is fit for Hollywood Celebs... Well in this case we will go with "NAM" Celebs! 

Can we say Stunning! Just look at her dress! 

Best wishes to the wonderful couple! We are so excited for you! We can't wait to see what you do next!