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!





Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Get to Know The 2016-2017 National All-American Miss Princess Addison Wells!




NAM: Tell us about yourself:
Addison: My name is Addison Grace Wells. I am seven years old and in the 3rd grade. I live in Powder Springs, GA. I have two older brothers and an awesome guinea pig named Newton.

NAM: What activities are you involved in?
Addison: I am a musical theater student and I also do ballet and tap. I am also in a math advancement program where I perform math two levels above my current school grade.

NAM: What are your plans for the future?
Addison: I would love to be a news announcer on Good Morning America.

NAM: How would your friends describe you?
Addison:My friends think I am very funny and friendly. I’m also known for giving lots of hugs.



NAM: What motto or quote best describes you?
Addison:“A guinea pig lover who loves and cares for everyone.”

NAM: What is the best advice you have ever received?
Addison:To always smile, be sweet and be kind.

NAM: How did you prepare for the NAM National pageant?
Addison:With the help of my pageant coach I was able to polish up my interviewing and introduction skills. Also, I went to a gown shop and I chose a dress that I fell in love with.

NAM: Where is your favorite place to shop?
Addison: I love to shop at Gymboree and Justice.



NAM: How have pageants shaped your life?
Addison: I have truly grown a lot of confidence in pageantry.

NAM: What is your most prized possession?
Addison: My most prized possessions are my National crown and banner because of the special memories.

NAM: What is your favorite movie?
Addison: My favorite movie is “Sing.”

NAM: What is your favorite TV show?
Addison: My favorite TV show is “K.C. Undercover.”



NAM: What is your book?
Addison: My favorite would be the “Dork Diaries” series.  

NAM: What advice do you have for future NAM girls?
Addison: My advice would be to always thank God, always be encouraging, always be humble and always smile.

NAM: If you could be famous for anything what would it be?
Addison:I would be a famous actress.

NAM: What is your dream job?
Addison:My dream job is to be a news announcer on Good Morning America.



NAM: How do you plan to use your title?
Addison: I want to show other little girls that dreams do come true. I want other little girls to know that they are beautiful. I want to continue to raise my platform of service and continue to help serve in my community as well as the communities of others.

NAM: How do you volunteer in your community?
Addison: I hold an event called “Cupcakes for Firefighters,” where we take cupcakes and other foods to the local fire departments. I also serve at local food pantries and deliver food to families in need. I also assist with clothing drives.
NAM: What is your most embarrassing moment?

NAM: What is your favorite subject in school?
Addison: My favorite subject is writing. I love to create and write stories.

NAM:  If you had three wishes what would you wish for?
Addison:I wish that I didn’t have a fear of swimming.  I wish that I could meet Robin Roberts in person. I wish that I could have a huge Barbie house.



NAM: What is your biggest fear?
Addison: My biggest fear would be falling off of a cliff.

NAM: Who is your role model?
Addison: My role model is my Mommy.

NAM: If you could go back in time to any historical event what would it be?
Addison: I would go back to 1969 when Neil Armstrong traveled to the moon.

NAM: If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?
Addison: I would have dinner with Jace Norman who plays “Kid Danger.”

NAM: What is your favorite part about National American Miss?
Addison: I have grown so much confidence since competing.



NAM: How did you get started with NAM? How long have you been involved?
Addison: A family friend referred me to NAM. My first NAM competition was in July, 2016. Nationals was my second time competing and where I was crowned All-American Miss Princess!

NAM: What is your definition of a NAM girl?
Addison: My definition of a NAM Girl is confident, unique, friendly and strong.

NAM: What do you like to do for fun?
Addison:I love Musical Theater and play dates with my friends.

NAM: What makes your state unique?
Addison: Georgia is unique because of the awesome peaches that we grow.





NAM: What is your favorite food?
Addison:My favorite food is spaghetti.

NAM: What makes you laugh?
Addison: Funny jokes make me laugh.

NAM: What was your first thought you had when you captured your national title?
Addison: My first thought was, “Is this a dream?” But then in my head I heard my mommy saying, “No matter what, keep smiling.”

NAM: People would be surprised to know what about you?
Addison: People would be surprised to know that NAM Nationals was only my second time competing in any pageant system.