Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!


Experience the #IceBucketChallenge phenomenon that's spreading ALS Awareness across the country.
       
NAM girls across the country are stepping up to take part to raise money and awareness! We want you to join in! Make sure to share your video with us! We just might feature you on our NAM social sites! 

NAM girls taking the challenge!





Miss Georgia Jr. PreTeen Meets Senator Johnny Isakson!

Senator Johnny Isakson tweeted that the highlight of his day was meeting Miss Georgia Jr.Pre Teen Gabriela Norwood!


Featuring Miss New York!





When I think back to the year 2003, which was the first time I stepped on to the National American Miss stage, I never would have thought I would be here as the NAM Miss New York. I am lucky to have been able to represent the state of NY at nationals twice during my time with NAM and both times have been experiences that I will never forget.

Competing in NAM has instilled in me from a very young age, the confidence to dream big and reach for my goals. Years ago I stood on stage and gave a personal introduction in which I stated that I someday wanted to attend Johns Hopkins University. I am proud to say that I graduated from Hopkins this past spring, and I am positive that the confidence, poise, and determination I have gained from competing in NAM was paramount to me achieving this goal.

This past year I have had many exciting experiences. I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Avon Breast Cancer Walk, a local women and children’s shelter and an organization close to my heart, Health Leads. At the national pageant in Anaheim California, I not only made new friends but I also visited Disneyland where I was able to ride my favorite ride: The Tower of Terror! I was especially proud to have been named third runner up!

At this moment I want to say a special thank you those who have played an important role in my journey, not just this year but throughout all of my years with NAM. To mom and dad, thank you for supporting me, and always believing in me. I love you! To Tabitha, Timmy and Tavis, thank you so much for being so patient this year and running errands with me! I love you guys! To my sister and coach Taccara, I could not be more honest when I say that I would not be where I am today if it were not for you. Over the years you have been a tough coach, and even made me cry sometimes, but it has only made me stronger both inside and outside of the NAM system. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. To Steve and Kathleen Mayes, Tiffany, and the entire NAM staff, I want to say thank you for always having my back, supporting me and answering all of my phone calls in the weeks leading up to nationals! Thank you LaKishia and Shane for writing me a recommendation that helped get me accepted into graduate school! To my sister queens, it was great getting to know each and every one of you and it has been great spending time with all of you throughout this past year.

Again I am humbled to have represented such an amazing organization, and to have been apart of the NAM family.

National American Miss New York 2013
Talia Stewart  

Featuring Miss New Jersey Jr. PreTeen!





Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Featuring Miss Florida!




This past year as the National American Miss Florida Queen has been such a dream come true! I’ve been so blessed to be a part of the NAM system for nine years now and this organization, without a doubt, had helped mold and shape me into the woman I am today. I’ve been blessed enough to hold three state titles with NAM and along the way, I have met some incredible people have changed my life.
The opportunity to serve my community with my title has been such a humbling experience. Over the course of my time with NAM, I’ve served with the American Heart Association, Best Buddies, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, and many more. It’s a privilege to give back and having NAM as my stepping stone for service had been a tremendous honor.
The laughs, memories, and friends I have amassed over my years with NAM are things I will cherish forever. I can honestly say I have a friend in almost every state and my NAMily is something I wouldn’t trade for the world. My sister queens over the years are some of the brightest and most talented young women I’ve ever had the pleasure of being in the presence of.
I could not have had such an amazing reigning year or journey with NAM without the love and support of my friends and family. They’ve had such a big impact in my life and I wouldn’t be where I am without such an amazing team behind me.
Steve and Kathleen Mayes, LaKishia Edwards, Matt Leverton, and the numerous NAM staff and choreographers have honestly made my NAM experience what is was. They are the most loving and genuine people, who have a true passion and zeal for this organization that is unprecedented and insurmountable. The life skills that are taken from the experience of competing in NAM are simply incomparable and I, along with so many other amazing young women from across the county, have benefited from the dedication of this organization immensely. So much goes into making this system what it is and I want to thank all of these incredible people from the bottom of my heart for not only helping to make my dreams come true, but also, the dreams of so many young women across the nation.
I pray that my successor has the most amazing experience being a titleholder and representing the great state of Florida. She is going to have an incredible year serving her community and making memories to last her a lifetime; I couldn’t be more excited for this lucky young lady.
It’s been an astonishing ride with some amazing people and I thank my Lord and Savior for allowing me the blessing of being a part of this organization.
National American Miss Florida 2013

Ashlhea Michaelle Louis













Featuring Miss New York Princess!



     
   WOW!!! I’m still in shock that almost one year ago I was crowned your 2013 National American Miss New York Princess. It’s been such a blast reigning as your queen. This has been the most amazing year of my life, one I will remember and cherish forever.                                             
        
        I don’t know where to begin on how busy this little 7 year old princess became. I had the pleasure of meeting my beautiful sister queens and cover girls queens who I love so dearly. They are truly the best big sisters I could ever ask for. Not to mention how loving their families are. I had the pleasure of joining my sister queens and participating in the Veteran’s Day Parade. I would never image me riding on a float and being on national television. We also participated in the Avon Breast Cancer Walk, the Lupus Walk, Operation Prom, and making goodies bags to bring to the children at the Helen House. I even got a big surprise when my sister queens surprised me for my birthday at the American Girl Store. THEY ARE THE BEST!!!!

        National’s was so amazing! I met girls from all over the country and made some awesome new friends. Especially, Tyler Miss Washington Princess, who help me overcome my fear of roller coasters. YOU TOTALLY ROCK!!! Other queens who I had a blast with was New Jersey, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Connecticut, and Alabama. I miss you girls so much. I even went to Disneyland and got to tour the streets of Hollywood.

        To the contestants, my advice to you is, have fun, be yourself, and smile big! You will learn so much this weekend, so take it all in. Remember even though only one of you will be crown, you are all winners in my book.

        To my successor, Congratulations! Get ready for the most amazing ride of your life? 

        To the whole NAM family thank you from the bottom of my heart for this opportunity. I AM SO GREATFUL!!! To my loving family and friends thank you for being my biggest supporters and believing in me. 

        Good luck to you all & I can’t wait to meet you all.
 Love Always,
  Amaya Williams
       2013 Miss New York Princes

















Monday, August 11, 2014

Featuring Miss California Jr. PreTeen 2013!




 This year has been nothing short of incredible.  Over 100 hours of community service, I helped raise funds and awareness for MANY organizations, earning the GOLD level Presidential Service Award.  
I had the honor of meeting Miss America, several celebrities and local politicians. 

I attended countless number of events, parades, pageants and my jaw will hurt until 2017 from all the pictures I have taken.

I had the time of my life representing California at Nationals, where I made lots new friends across the country.

For my platform, I partnered up with Giving Children Hope and LA Mission, where I collected clothing, food, school supplies and toys benefiting the less privileged families. 
I also helped cook and serve food for the homeless.

During my reign I did amazing things like earn awards at school, model for fashion shows and score patches being a Girl Scout Brownie.   

Thank you To God for all the blessings, nothing would be possible without your unconditional love.
To the best Grandma ever, thank you for all that you do.
Mommy, I will never forget your words, a winner never quits and a quitter never wins.
To my family and friends, thank you for encouraging me to follow my dreams.

Thank you to Steve and Robin, the best photographer and seamstress a Queen can ever ask for.

To Megan and Brian, thank you for your support and commitment to this amazing system. 

To my sister queens, each and every one of you has truly inspired me.  Thank you all for the fun times and amazing memories. I love you all.

To my successor, buckle up and hold on to your crown because you are in for the ride of your life!  Dream big, never give up and be yourself.  Everything is possible, YOU can be unstoppable.

My reign has come to an end but my lifelong journey has only begun, determined and dedicated in continuing to make a difference in this world.
Mark my words, this is not a goodbye. 
I will forever be your Miss California Jr. Preteen 2013 , 
Valerie Isabel Estrada.












Watch The 2014 NAM Florida Crowning Moments!



Check out some of the crowning moments at the 2014 NAM Florida Pageant! 

Featuring Miss Maryland PreTeen 2013


                                                                                      To the Contestants,
My year as National American Miss Maryland Pre-Teen has been a dream come true.  Soon after I won my title, I was on my way to Anaheim California to compete in the national pageant.   I met so many beautiful and hilarious girls who encouraged and inspired me the entire week.  We went to Disneyland were I met the famous Peter Pan and believe it or not, I cried. 
One of my passions is serving my community, which I got to do by sponsoring my annual Shady Grove Pediatric Christmas charity, recognizing a local Girls Scout troupe, speaking at numerous events including Rockvilles Martin Luther King Day of Service, and appearing in parades. I also made appearances with State Senators, Mayors, and many local officials. I love the performing arts, and this spring performed the role of Ariel in The Little Mermaid!During my reign, I met so many amazing leaders and role models - the CEO of Pepsico, Indra Nooyi; the First Lady, Michelle Obama; and the highlight was meeting Our President, Barack Obama! I even met the First Dog, Bo!  I would not be here without support from so many wonderful people.  Thank you to my personal cheerleaders, the NAM Maryland Directors, all the NAM staff, My parents for loving me and teaching me to pursue my dreams, and to my brother for being the best escort a girl could ever have.  To my sister queens - thank you for making this year so memorable.   Im going to end with one of my favorite quotes by Dr. Suess; You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  Youre on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the one wholl decide where to go… Oh, the places youll go!” 
So this is farewell and wishing you Best of Luck!
From your  Miss Maryland Pre-Teen 2013!






 

Friday, August 8, 2014

NAM Girl in The News!


The spotlight does not faze Grace Rodi. In fact, she embraces it.
The thrill of being on stage to play the piano, speak or just act as an outrageous character has long excited the Darien native.
Being on stage was quite natural for Grace, who enjoys and excels at playing piano and loves being on stage in plays with the Crystal Theatre in Norwalk.
“Everyone tells me I’m pretty funny. It’s nice to bring it on stage and put it in action,” she said. “I love being on stage, hearing the applause and being up there.”
Her latest walk on stage came with some nice accessories: a tiara and a sash.
Grace accomplished a major goal in her life two weeks ago when she was crowned Miss Connecticut Junior Teen by National American Miss.
Naturally, the 14-year-old Darien native was pleased with the win, but it took a bit for the news to sink in once she was crowned.
“It was really, really cool,” Grace said. “I remember standing there. It was sort of a moment of shock. It was pretty crazy up there. I think when you’re standing there you don’t expect it. It’s a big surprise.”
The win in the state pageant qualified Grace to participate in the National American Miss pageant at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. on Thanksgiving week.
It appeared to be a moment she was prepared for, however.  She became interested in pageants more than three years ago. While her mother Nicole was a little antsy about Grace wanting to be a pageant queen, Grace was excited for the chance.
“I’ve always liked being on stage. I play piano. I like sports, but it’s never been my strong point,” said Grace, who graduated from Middlesex Middle School in June. “I wanted to put my focus on something I could really excel at.”
Nicole Rodi admitted to being apprehensive about having Grace in pageants, thinking it was nothing more than “feathers and tiaras.” But as she’s seen Grace become more poised and educated, she’s come around and has enjoyed the process.
“We’re excited. We’ve worked hard for this,” said Nicole, who helps her daughter prepare for pageants.
And so she’s now part of the pageant life, working on how to speak quickly and clearly and perfecting her talent in playing the piano in addition to walking the walk.
Grace said she learned from her first pageant that there’s much more to pageantry than just being a pretty face.
“I first saw it as being on stage, walking around and that’s it, but there’s a lot more than that,” she said. “I’ve really kind of perfected my interviewing skills. It takes more than getting on stage and smiling.”
 While the general public may instinctively think of over-primped and catty princess wannabes when they hear about pageants, Grace said she is friendly with her fellow contestants and most of them just want to improve their skills, learn and enjoy being in a pageant.
“I think the most interesting thing I’ve learned is that there are so many people who share” those ideas, she said. “I’ve met a lot of people who are good friends.”
Down the line, Grace says she would like to participate in the Miss America pageant and become a good example to others. As Grace sees it, a pageant winner should be “someone people can look up to.” They should also be a woman who can light up a room, a trait Grace likes to think she has.
Right now, however, her energies are focused on preparing for her best showing in the National American Miss competition.
“It would be absolutely crazy if I won,” she said. “It would be so great.”

Featuring The 2013-2014 National All-American Miss Jr. PreTeen


Makenzie Scroogs, The 2013-2014 National All-American Miss Jr.PreTeen has the opportunity to travel to several state pageants all across the country! Check out her highlight video of the North Texas Pageant! 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Miss Ohio Pre-Teen, Jr. Teen and Teen Crownings!

Featuring Miss California Princess!





I was so excited when Miss Megan called my name as the 2013 Miss California Princess Queen. As my first job as Queen, I started Change for Chickens, where I collected money for families in Africa to buy chickens. With my church, I donated books and school supplies to Amelia's Light. Then my sister queens and I participated in coastal cleanup day to make our beaches beautiful. I also was a buddy at The Miss Amazing Pageant. Nationals was the best week of my life! I made lots of new friends and I got to play at Disneyland.
I want to thank Brian and Megan for being the best state directors. To my sister queens, thank you for always being there for me. Marissa, I'm going to miss you when I give up my crown. Danielle, I am your sweater always and forever. Cousin, I hope your crown is next. Nanni, thank you for making all my dresses perfect. Mommy, you’re the best mom ever. Auntie Weesa, I couldn't be queen without you. And most of all, thank you God for everything!

To my successor, you’re about to have the best year of your life. Remember to relax, breathe, and smile. A world of opportunities is about to open up for you.

Always and forever, I am your 2013 Miss California Princess Aubrie Jean Lightfeldt.