Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Get to know The 2016-2017 National All-American Miss Jr. Pre-Teen Alena Mascarenas!


NAM: What activities are you involved in?
Alena: I am the short stop for my softball team, I am in gymnastics and I love to act! I have been in a handful of plays and I just shot a TV show!

NAM: What are your plans for the future?
Alena: I want to be an Olympic Gymnast and I would love to perform on Broadway on day.

NAM: How would your friends describe you?
Alena: My friends would say that I am confident, intelligent, kind and I am definitely the class clown.


NAM: What motto or quote best describes you?
Alena: “Our eyes are placed in front because it is more important to look ahead than to look back…”

NAM: What is the best advice you have ever received?
Alena: My mom always says, “Perfect practice makes perfect.”

NAM: How did you prepare for the NAM National pageant?
Alena: I really practiced my interview and that helped me the most. I was always nervous of interview but now I think it is really fun!


NAM: Where is your favorite place to shop?
Alena: My favorite place to shop is Barnes and Nobel! I love books and reading.

NAM: How have pageants shaped your life?
Alena: Being with NAM has helped me be a more confident leader. I am also really comfortable on stage now and that has helped me with my acting! After I started competing in pageants, I started being cast in lead roles in plays and earned a scholarship for being a leader in the theater.

NAM: What is your most prized possession?
Alena: If I lost my two dogs, Dolce and Sasha, I would be devastated! They always cuddle with me and I love playing with them.



NAM: What is your favorite movie?
Alena:I love the Harry Potter movies. I have all the books too but I am still reading those!

NAM: What is your favorite TV show?
Alena: Liv and Maddie on the Disney channel is my favorite show.

NAM: What is your favorite book?
Alena: Right now I am reading Dork Diaries and it is so funny!


NAM: What advice do you have for future NAM girls?
Alena: If you ever mess up, don’t worry, just get up and try again. That’s what I did and I finally won National All American Miss!

NAM: If you could be famous for anything what would it be?
Alena: If I could be famous I would want to be known for two things; a famous dancer in the Nutcracker and helping to save the oceans by telling people to not litter.

NAM: What is your dream job?
Alena: I want to be a Marine Biologist to help the oceans and all the animals in the ocean. I also want to own a Beanie Boo store.


NAM: How do you plan to use your title?
Alena: I volunteer at a local animal shelter and I want to help them to raise money and donations for the animals. I also want to tell more people about how important it is to adopt from shelters.

NAM: How do you volunteer in your community?
Alena: I volunteer at Lost Our Home Animal shelter where I read books to animals and make blankets for the animals to sleep on.

NAM: What is your most embarrassing moment?
Alena: That’s an easy one, when I threw up in the hall at school. It was at lunch time and everyone saw, I was so embarrassed!!



NAM: What is your favorite subject in school?
Alena: Reading is my favorite subject in school. I love learning new words and using my imagination.

NAM:  If you had three wishes what would you wish for?
Alena: I love to travel so my first wish is to go to Paris. My second wish would be to go to New York and be in a Broadway show. My third wish is the win a state or National title for each age group in NAM.

NAM: What is your biggest fear?
Alena: My biggest fear is losing my family and being alone.


NAM: What is the biggest misconception about your generation?
Alena: Many people think that kids my age are too busy playing on phones and ipads to be involved in the community. Being a part of NAM proves that kids can do big things and make a difference in the community.

NAM: Who is your role model?
Alena:My mom is my role model because she always encourages me to try new things and she makes me feel safe and loved. She works so hard and would do anything for me, I would love to be just like her when I grow up.

NAM: If you could go back in time to any historical event what would it be?  
Alena: I love reading anything about the Titanic, so I would love to go back in time to see it in real life. I wouldn’t want to be on it, but I would love to be able to walk through the ship.



NAM: Who is to most influential person in the world?
Alena: God is my biggest influence, I try to make him proud every day.

NAM: If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?
Alena: I would love to have dinner with Sabrina Carpenter. She is such a great actress and I would love to spend time with her.

NAM: What is your favorite part about National American Miss?
Alena: I love so much about NAM but my favorite thing is all the new friends I make every year.


NAM: How did you get started with NAM?
Alena: How long have you been involved? My mom and dad got an invitation in the mail and we signed up. I started as a Princess at 5 years, I was so little!

NAM: What is your definition of a NAM girl?
Alena: A NAM girl is someone who is confident, kind and is a friend to everyone.

NAM: What do you like to do for fun?
Alena: I like to ride bikes with my friends, jump on my friends trampoline, take my dogs on walks and to go swimming.


NAM: What makes your state unique?
Alena: It is HOT! Arizona has great weather so we are always outside doing something. During the few months that it is super hot, we just swim all the time. I love it!

NAM: What is your favorite food?
Alena: Steak tacos are my favorite…and chicken tacos. Pretty much any kind of tacos!

NAM: What makes you laugh?
Alena:  My dog Dolce always makes me laugh when he eats. He takes one little piece of food out of the bowl, barks at it and jumps around for a little bit then finally eats it. It is so funny to watch!


NAM: What was your first thought you had when you captured your national title?
Alena: Is this a dream?! I am still shocked that I was crowned!

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

Alena: I am actually a little bit of a tomboy. I love sports! I played on an all boys baseball team when I was 4 and I just started playing on a girls softball team a few years ago. I love to watch football, climb trees and I do mud runs whenever they come to town. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

NAM is Featured on The Pageant Planet: National American Miss in Review !

Michaela Jacobs
Michaela Jacobs crowns the new National American Miss Teen, Maddie Helget. Photo: Rod Aberegg
Voted the number one pageant system in the nation, National American Miss (NAM) is truly unlike any other pageant system in the country. Whether you have competed in pageants before or it’s your first time to step on a stage, NAM is the perfect opportunity for “Today’s Girl.”
The goal of NAM is to instill valuable life-long skills in each contestant that will build your confidence and set you up for success!
No matter what your future plans include, each contestant walks away with a newfound sense of purpose and confidence, as well as the skills to achieve all of her dreams.
National American Miss in Review
Nothing compares to the sisterhood of NAM girls! Photo courtesy of National American Miss.
Getting Involved
Open calls are held to inform all new NAM contestants and their families about the values, goals and mission of NAM.
These are free informational sessions that go into great detail about what NAM is all about, what to expect from pageant weekend, the required competitions, optional contests and much more.
With an emphasis on gaining communication skills, each contestant will also participate in a short one-on-one interview at the open call. (Read: 5 Tips to Nail Your 60 Second Pageant Interview)
Getting NAM Ready
With a foundation rooted in growing confidence, National American Miss goes above and beyond to make sure each contestant is prepared and excited for pageant weekend through four vibrant and descriptive magazines.
So, regardless of your previous pageant experience, these magazines are designed to ensure you have all of the step-by-step tools needed to perform your best on pageant weekend!
National American Miss in Review - Model
NAM contestants can compete in a variety of optional categories, including a runway competition. Photo: Rod Aberegg
Getting to the Crown
At NAM, each contestant participates in four required competitions: Formal Wear Modeling, Personal Introduction, Interview, and the Community Service Project.
As an added bonus, contestants interested in the performing arts and showcasing their individual talents can also participate in the separate Optional Contests. These include Actress, Casual Wear Modeling, Talent, Top Model Search, Spokesmodel, Photogenic and more! (Read: Your Ultimate Guide to NAM Optional Contests)
Getting to Compete is Just Part of the Fun
Each of the state finalists has an opportunity to qualify for the National Pageant in Anaheim, California where they spend the day in Disneyland, tour the famous streets of Hollywood, meet life-long friends from all over the country, and can even take away a brand new Ford Mustang Convertible!
Getting the Gist of it All
So let’s take a quick look at National American Miss in review!
All girls ages 4-18 who are interested in participating in NAM can either go online at www.namiss.com or can attend an open call in their area.
Whether you are a pageant veteran or looking to try something new, NAM is the pageant for you.
We are awarding more than $25,000 in cash and prizes at the state level.
Our national event is held each year in California at Hollywood and Disneyland where we award over $500,000 in cash and prizes and give away a brand new 2017 Ford Mustang Convertible!
With over $1.5 million dollars awarded each year, there is truly a place for you to learn, grow and achieve your dreams at National American Miss!
What is National American Miss
The 2016 National American Miss and National All-American Miss winners pose together during an outdoor shoot. Photo courtesy of National American Miss.
Get After It
Now that you have all the information you need, get to it and apply! So many titleholders you’ve seen crowned live on television and those you see in your community were once NAM girls themselves.
Will you become part of the NAMily?

Monday, January 23, 2017

2017 NAM National Photoshoot!

National American Miss Photoshoot National Queens

Check out some of the pictures from the NAM National Photoshoot! The NAM National Queens traveled from all across the nation to come to NAM headquarters in Houston, Texas. The girls were treated like celebrities as they took thousands of photos to be used for headsets, comp cards and NAM material! 
2016-2017 National American Miss Katherine McQuade 

2016-2017 National American Miss Jr. Teen MaKenzie Ward! 

2016-2017 NAM National Queens
Model Status! 

National All-American Miss Teen Michaela Edstrand!

Sisterhood!

Stay tuned for pictures of the NAM photoshoot on all of our NAM sites!  









Friday, January 20, 2017

Get to know The 2016-2017 National American Miss Princess Teri Lynlee Staggs!





NAM: Tell us about yourself:
Teri Lynlee: I am a six year old first grader at Mt. Pleasant Elementary. I love to sing, dance, play piano and act. Im the only girl of four children in my family.

NAM: What activities are you involved in?
Teri Lynlee: I play basketball, softball, and piano. I enjoy the arts and I am involved in helping The Family Center in Columbia, TN.  and I am currently teaming up with the National Brain Tumor Association to plan a fundraiser to aid in research.

NAM: What are your plans for the future?
Teri Lynlee: I want to be an All-star Basketball Player, and pursue my passion for singing and acting. After graduating college I want to be an art teacher or gym teacher.

NAM: How would your friends describe you?
Teri Lynlee: My friends would describe me as funny, sweet, and sassy…
And they would definitely say I tell the best knock knock jokes.



NAM: What motto or quote best describes you?
Teri Lynlee: Dream Big Princess because I never want
 To stop dreaming.

NAM: What is the best advice you have ever received?
Teri Lynlee: Treat others how you want to be treated. If we all lived by that the world would be an awesome place.

NAM: How did you prepare for the NAM National pageant?
Teri Lynlee: I prepared for the National pageant by learning my intro and practicing a lot.

NAM: Where is your favorite place to shop?
Teri Lynlee: The American Girl Doll store because I love all things American Girl.



NAM: How have pageants shaped your life?
Teri Lynlee: Through my participation in pageantry I have been blessed to meet and build relationships with so many people around the country.


NAM: What is your most prized possession?
Teri Lynlee: My NAM crown is my most prized possession because it's symbolic of how hard pays off!

NAM: What is your favorite movie?
Teri Lynlee: My favorite movie is The Secret Life of Pets because I love when the dog uses the mixer for a massage.



NAM: What is your favorite TV show?
Teri Lynlee: Austin and Ally of course because I love music just like them.

NAM: What is your book?
Teri Lynlee: The Very Hungry Caterpillar because We have similar eating habits!  

NAM: What advice do you have for future NAM girls?
Teri Lynlee: Just get out there and try NAM. It's so much fun and you can meet some lifelong friends. It doesn't matter if you win or lose it's the fun you have along the way!

NAM: If you could be famous for anything what would it be?
Teri Lynlee: Singing because that's my favorite thing to do.



NAM: What is your dream job?
Teri Lynlee: I would love to be an Art Teacher because I love all things Art!

NAM: How do you plan to use your title?
Teri Lynlee: I plan to use my title as a platform to raise awareness for Brain Tumors and help raise money to find research. Brain Tumor research is near and dear to my heart because my daddy had one when I was a baby and I see his daily struggles that were a result. I also plan to continue my work with The Family Center in Columbia, TN. National American Miss has already given me a stage to be a voice for those in need, and I am honored to have been given that opportunity.

NAM: How do you volunteer in your community?
Teri Lynlee: I have been hosting can food drives in my community. The last one I did was before Christmas called Cookies with Crowns. We had state royalty that came to help young girls decorate cookies during Christmas and the admission was a donation to The Family Center in Columbia,TN.

NAM: What is your most embarrassing moment?
Teri Lynlee: When I was at basketball tryouts I went to dribble the ball and it came back and hit me in the face and everyone laughed.




NAM: What is your favorite subject in school?
Teri Lynlee: Art and Music because I love music and I like e drawing.

NAM:  If you had three wishes what would you wish for?
Teri Lynlee: First I would wish for a cure for cancer because then I would have had more time with my pops. Then I would wish for all of the people in the world to find a way to get along and lastly I would wish for the entire collection of American Girl dolls!

NAM: What is your biggest fear?
Teri Lynlee: I'm deathly afraid of snakes.

NAM: What is the biggest misconception about your generation?
Teri Lynlee: I think everyone thinks my generation is selfish and self serving. All around me I see young people getting active in community service.



NAM: Who is your role model?
Teri Lynlee: Ally Dawson is my role model because she is an awesome singer/ songwriter and I love how she works to overcome her fears.

NAM: If you could go back in time to any historical event what would it be?
Teri Lynlee: If I could go back and be a part of any historical event it would be Elvis’ 68 comeback special. Elvis is the one and only king of rock and roll and I would have loved to see one of the most iconic concerts in history.

NAM: Who is to most influential person in the world?
Teri Lynlee: Jesus Is the most influential person in the world because he died for the entire world so that we might live.

NAM: If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?
Teri Lynlee: Luke Bryan because he is my favorite country music singer.



NAM: What is your favorite part about National American Miss?
Teri Lynlee: My favorite part about National American Miss is meeting friends from across the country. I still FaceTime one of the friends I met every week.

NAM: How did you get started with NAM? How long have you been involved?
Teri Lynlee: This September I competed in my state pageant the very first time. A fellow pageant friend recommended NAM to us and after researching the system and the ideals it stands for we felt it would be a great fit for our family.

NAM: What is your definition of a NAM girl?
Teri Lynlee: A strong, confident, compassionate servant who always reaches for their dreams.

NAM: What do you like to do for fun?
Teri Lynlee: I love to dance, sing, and draw in my free time.



NAM: What makes your state unique?
Teri Lynlee: Our state is so unique because we are home to the Grand Ole Opry, Graceland, and the Great Smoky Mountains!

NAM: What is your favorite food?
Teri Lynlee: Chocolate Chip Cookies and cheese dip are a must on my weekly menu.

NAM: What makes you laugh?
Teri Lynlee: Knock knock jokes are the key to my giggle box.

NAM: What was your first thought you had when you captured your national title?
Teri Lynlee: My first thought was How in the World do I get this crown to stay on my head and my second thought was how excited I was to get to represent this amazing organization.

NAM: People would be surprised to know what about you?
Teri Lynlee: I think people would be shocked to know that I'm super silly all the time.

Teri Lynlee Staggs - 2016-2017 National American Miss Princess!