Thursday, June 23, 2016

Featuring Miss New York Pre-Teen Cover Girl!

Jada Melendez NAM Pre-Teen NY Cover Girl Farewell
I am Jada Melendez from Rockland County; I began my journey as your NY pre-teen Cover girl last year 2015.  I’ m am excited to describe the wonderful, great, motivating time I’ve had since I became cover girl.  When I got crowned as cover girl it was breath taking my heart was full of joy and happiness. I was more than ready to take on the role in representing National American Miss as your Cover Girl.  I will start by saying that my experiences began that same day, inspiring other girls, becoming a sister to all the other NAM-ily. I have learned so many great ways of working towards things that are passionate to me by setting goals I have made a difference throughout various communities, and in the life of others. I began a food drive for Move for Hunger collecting over 4, 000 items in food. I did a shoe drive and partnered with my school collecting over 200 pairs of shoes. I did a book drive for Chestnut Ridge elementary school collecting over 100 books.  I visited with children in Harlem hospital partnering with NYPD detectives during the Christmas holiday and donated care bears that I had collected since I was two years old to children who are in the intensive care unit. I help collect donations for winter clothes and school supplies for families in the Bronx that lost their homes in a devastating fire. I volunteered in many different areas such as cancer walks, aides walk, I donated clothes to the good will, salvation army and to families at a domestic center in my community. I attended book signing events, fundraiser at Ronald McDonald House supporting kids with cancer, modeled for Youth teens fashion show in Manhattan to support girl’s talents and dreams, I model for Future Stars 2 in the Bronx to support autism. I represented NAM in the St Patrick Parade in Middle town NY with my sister teen queen. I worked in a music video with Mark La- bron to support literacy for young children. I was busy but loving every minute of it and as a scholar student should I maintained my school grades as A plus, first honor, second honor, principle list. I’ve created a legacy that will leave a message of what pageant girl should be all about.

I spent unforgettable time with my sister queens we volunteered in the Ronald Mc Donald house and cooked for the families, we made valentine day cards for the soldiers overseas, we met in different occasions for lunch and had fun times together, we spent an awesome time in the Nationals in California together. We met many amazing girls and grew friendships, this time was very memorable to me.

To my successor prepare yourself this year will change your life, you will be involved in many fun activities and opportunities that will allow you to embrace who you are, make new friends and gain a new family that will be there for you throughout your journey, your namily.  I encourage you to take advantage and enjoy every second because the time flies by and you to will soon be standing on this stage as I am today giving your farewell. It is with great honor that I welcome you to the most inspirational, supportive, Nam family.

Lastly to my family thank you so much, mom, dad, my two sisters, my two brothers for all your work, support and unconditional love you given me, without you I couldn’t have grown to be the young lady that I am today I love you all dearly.  To my friends, community and sponsors that will forever hold a special place in my heart I am beyond grateful for your support.  I would also like to thank our Nam Directors Mr. & Mrs. Hayes for creating a pageant program that offers girls the opportunity to believe in their dreams. and lastly thank you dear lord for the life you given me for your guidance, your love and my family.  For the last time with much gratitude and love I am Jada Melendez your National American Miss New York Pre-teen Cover Girl 2015-2016.

Featuring Miss New York Jr. Teen Danielle Velez!

Throughout my year as your National American Miss New York Jr. Teen, I have created so many memories that I will remember forever.  NAM has helped me grow into a more confident and outgoing person. During my year representing New York, I had the privilege working with amazing organizations such as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and The Ronald McDonald House and much more! To be able to give back to my community and have some great opportunities with my title has been a blessing.

As nationals came along, I met so many incredible girls and had the time of my life in Sunny California. I got to spend a week with my sister queens and create a bond that will never be broken. Mr. and Mrs. Mayes, thank you for giving me an experience I will never forget. You have created an amazing organization where girls can grow and become confident young ladies. Mom and Dad, if it weren’t for your love and support I wouldn’t be where I am today, you both have supported my dreams and all things pageant related, I love you from the bottom of my heart. And to all my sister queens I want to thank you for making this year unforgettable, I love you all.

Being part of NAMily has been a highlight of my life! From being able to travel across the country, to making memories I will always hold close to my heart. To my successor, enjoy every moment and hold on tight because this year will go by in a flash and remember your dreams will carry you but you have to remember to fly first. I’m sad to say my reign of being your National American Miss New York Jr. Teen is coming to an end.

Best Wishes, 
Miss New York Junior Teen
Danielle Velez

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Featuring Miss New Jersey Pre-Teen Skyy Hills!

This year, hands down, is a year I will never forget for the rest of my life. It all started near the beginning of the year when a few friends told me about NAM. I got interested immediately but oh boy I didn't know what I was getting myself into. I was getting myself into something so much bigger than myself and it pushed me to be a better person and work my hardest at everything I do! This year has been a true blessing. From the second I was crowned to traveling all the way to California to represent my state! It all was amazing and something I'll never forget! I met so many girls from all across the country, and I am still friends with them today. NAM has opened my eyes to so many more opportunities throughout my community that has helped me leave a mark. Throughout my year I was able to work along side my beautiful sister queens in Susan G Koman walks, The Arc Walk, and so many more. And even by myself I was able to spend my time assisting horseback riding lessons for special needs at my local stable. All of these experiences built me up and also gave me so many things to learn from. Giving up my title is definitely going to be a bitter sweet moment but even if my sash says 2015, I will always be wearing it inside. I will always have the friendships, the memories, the laughs, the inside jokes, and every precious moment in between.
I want to thank so many people who made this year so amazing! First I want to thank my friends, who helped me along the way by always keeping me focused and giving me the motivation that I needed, no matter what. I want to thank my "fairy godmother" and not only a coach, but family. Thank you for all of the magical curls that manage to last hours upon hours without fail, the late night food runs, and everything in-between, I don't think I'll ever be able to thank you enough. And also thank you, to my family. Thank you for the support you all have for me, being my safety net along the crazy rollercoaster this year and thank you all for always being there for me. And not only family but most to my mom. Thank you to my rock, my shoulder to lean on, and above all, my best friend. Thank you for always knowing what I need even when I don't say it, thank you for never ever failing to be there for me, and never failing to have an extra hair tie. There are no words that can describe how thankful I am for everything you have done for me. Also, thank you to my amazing and caring national and state directors. Thank you so much Steve and Kathleen for providing me with everything I could need this year as queen, and for always answering any questions. You guys are absolutely amazing, thank you for everything.
And last but very far from least, to my successor. Hold onto your crown and adjust your new sash cause you're about to experience the best rollercoaster of your life. This year is going to open up so many new opportunities for you, big and small; take advantage of every last one. Just like William Arthur Ward says "Opportunities are like sunsets, if you wait too long, you miss them." And just like the thousands of goodbye speeches say, this year will go by in the blink of an eye. So take the every opportunity and take advantage of them before they are gone. Have FUN!!  Order about 12 frappes at Starbucks at nationals to have every hour of your day, try to go on every ride in Disney, and sing “Party in the USA” at the top of your lungs with your new friends on the Hollywood tour. Because it will get nerve wracking and intimidating throughout the year and you might get nervous, but remember to have fun and soak it all in. And even if your cheeks are sore and hurting, remember to take it all in and take those pictures because believe me, you're going to look at them all the time! And bottom line, be like a sponge. Soak every last moment in and don't let it slip, because it will go so much faster than you may think. And with that, I wish you all the best of luck in your year, and everything in between! And get ready, because this is going to be one of the best years of your life.
Good Luck,

Your Miss Jersey Pre-Teen Skyy Hills

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Featuring Miss Texas Teen Cover Girl!

Serving as your 2015 NAM Texas Teen Cover Girl has been an
AbSoLuTeLy  AmAziNg experience!

Throughout the summer I had the opportunity to work with so many fantastic NAM finalists, Directors & Sister Queens from all across the country. Regardless of which state pageant I happened to visit, I was always surrounded by genuine NAM spirit, pride and friendliness.

My travel- filled summer came to an end once my senior year in high school began. This provided a wonderful opportunity to get involved in local community events. I had the privilege of leading a group of 14-18 yr. old girls participating in the Knot-it- Forward project. Together, we made dozens of hand-tied fleece blankets for terminally ill patients cared for by Optum Hospice in San Antonio. These super soft blankets brought much happiness and comfort to the patients and will be forever cherished as keepsakes by their family members. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the members of Optum Hospice and was able to provide over 150 goody bags, filled with special treats for the patients and their caregivers, as part of the Optum Hospice Treats & Thanks project.

As the 2015 NAM Texas Teen Cover Girl, I received my very first "Golden Ticket" to the NAM National Pageant in sunny California! This was, by far, the most magical opportunity of them all!! It was wonderful to reunite with many of the fantastic NAM girls, Directors and Sister Queens that I had worked with throughout the summer and to have the opportunity to get to know so many more outstanding members of the      NAM-ily, as well!!
The week was filled with exciting activities, ceremonies, events and photo shoots! Participating in the National pageant provided me with the ultimate opportunity to represent NAM and the very special honor of being crowned the 2015-16 NAM Teen National Cover Miss!!
Just five years ago, I was a shy and anxious Pre-Teen state finalist attending my very first NAM pageant. Thanks to NAM, and everyone who has believed in me, I now have the power of self-confidence and it shows! Each and every NAM girl is filled with unlimited potential that is ready to be unleashed so

Dream Big...  It's YOUR time to SHINE!!

Confidence and Smiles!
Parker Lubianski
2015 NAM Texas Teen Cover Girl

2015-16 NAM Teen National Cover Miss