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.
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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! 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Miss Ohio PreTeen Stars in a BRAND NEW Commercial for Trapper Keeper!

Check it out! Jade Manley, Miss Ohio PreTeen in featured in a Trapper Keeper commercial! Keep your eyes out for this talented actress! 

WATCH and SHARE the commercial NOW! 

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