Friday, November 13, 2009

Kaydianna Davis National American Miss Jr Pre Teen 2008-2009

Its my honor to introduce to you our reigning NAM Jr Pre Teen Queen Kaydianna Davis! This sassy 10 year old comes to us from the Lone Star State. She may be beautiful on the outside, but she is even sweeter on the inside. Kaydianna is a sushi eating, dancing diva! She loves to shop and spend time with her family. God has something BIG in store for this talented young lady. It has been an honor to see kaydi grow from a quiet five year old to an outgoing 10 year old. This straight A student, is a natural born leader and has dreams of taking over Hollywood, you never know this could be your next big Disney star !You can call her Kaydi... A word from Kaydianna I am a spunky 10 year old from Michigan City , Indiana. We moved to BIG CITY Texas about 4 years ago. I love it here!!!I love to dance , dance and sing sing sing.. I can sing almost anything.. Like right now.. My mom is typing and I am singing. Also I am very random!!! I could be in a restaurant and just bust out dancing. And or singing and or both!! I am pretty loud. I feel bad sometimes because I don't scream like a girl. I scream really low. It sounds like someone is dying..I love shopping with my MOM and Dad. Ok well not both of them just my Mom and using my Daddy's money. I am the only girl on both sides of the family,but maybe not for long. I spend alot of time at church with my Jlife program. We do alot of mission projects across the state of Texas for kids like you and me. I love sushi again.. there was a time that I didn't like it but I Love it now!! I love Jesus, he is truly my homeboy!! I have a naturally funny family. Well we think we are? We are always joking around and laughing at my brother. I want to dance in one of the Kenny Ortega productions ... Disney Productions. That's all for me now !!! Peace!!! Tiffany: How has your life changed since winning your national title ? Kaydianna: Well I'm a little richer than I was when I started..and I got a frequent flyer miles card. Sometimes I have a headache from wearing the crown haha, but It's been SOOOOO MUCH FUN!! Tiffany:What do you like to do for fun ? Kaydianna: Dancing ! Shopping with my mom, and I love having sleepovers with my friends. Tiffany: What do you want to be when you grow up? Kaydianna: A lot of things.. but I want to end up in HOLLYWOOD !!! Tiffany:What makes your state special? Kaydianna: it is really HOT ! Tiffany:If you could only tell me one thing about yourself what would it be ? Kaydianna: CRAZY FUN.. Ok that's 2 words but if you but them together its one ! Tiffany:How would your friends describe you ? Kaydianna: Crazy Fun haha :) Tiffany: What is your favorite pageant competition? Kaydianna:My favorite is interview because its a challenge and they are going to know the real me like it or not. Tiffany: Who is role model? Kaydianna: My mom... She is AWESOME ! Tiffany: Finish this sentence: People would be surprised to know... Kaydianna : That when I scream I don't sound like a girl...I scream really low lol Tiffany: What was the first thing you did after you won your national title? Kaydianna: I couldn't breathe ...so the first thing I did was breathe ! Then I thought. are they for real ?? Tiffany:How did you prepare for the national pageant? Kaydianna: I practiced interview questions and my introduction a lot ! Tiffany:What is the best advice you can give to a future NAM contestant? Kaydianna: Be yourself because there is only one you !!! Tiffany:What is your favorite quote ? Kaydianna: Believe in yourself because if you don't believe how can any one else? Tiffany:If you stuck on a deserted island what three things would you bring with you ? Kaydianna: cell phone, food, and my mom Tiffany:What is your favorite TV show or movie ? Kaydianna: Anything Disney ! Tiffany:What activities are you involved in ? Kaydianna: dance of course, Praise and Worship team and Junior Leaders Program at my church Tiffany: What is the best advice you have received ? Kaydianna: People change things but God never changes Tiffany:If you had to eat one thing the rest of your life what would it be ? Kaydianna: CANDY ... I'm an addict! Tiffany: If you wrote a book about your life, what would the title be ? Kaydianna: The Day in the Life of ME ... Duh ! Signing Autographs ! Kaydi's Headshot! Winning Moment!!! Now lets meet the Kaydianna's beautiful mom Candice. This mother and daughter duo are just a like and so much fun to be around !Candice is a wonderful mom and has taught Kaydianna what it means to be a true winner Tiffany:What life skills has Kaydianna learned from being involved in NAM?
Candice: Kaydianna has turned from this shy girl who used to hide behind her father when people would talk to her to, An amazing girl who talks all the time !We cant get her to be quiet... She has really turned into a GREAT speaker.
Tiffany:What is your favorite Pageant memory of Kaydianna?
Candice:My favorite pageant memory is when she hits the stage for formal wear .. She and her Dad always take my breath away. I always tear up when I see them.
Tiffany: Would your recommend NAM to other families?
Candice: ABSOLUTELY!!! This has been one of the best experiences of our lives. The title was an extra added bonus. We have met so many AWESOME families across America.
Tiffany: What will Kaydianna take away from her NAM experience?
Candice: Her friends. Confidence . And being able to speak publicly.
Tiffany: What advice can you give to future NAM parents?
Candice: Take all that you can away from this,be your daughters Biggest Fan!! It starts with you!
Tiffany:As a parent how have you seen your daughter change after wining her national title?
Candice: Kaydi has grown even more being the National title winner. She is even more confident and a great role model for young girls. She has also seen the true meaning of ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE TO THEM WHO BELIEVE! Kaydianna and her beautiful mom Candice !

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Tierra Gonzalez-Hammonds National American Miss PreTeen 2008-2009

It's time to get to know your reigning National PreTeen Queen Tierra Gonzalez-Hammonds ! I first met Tierra when she was just a Princess contestant, I knew then that she was something special ! It has been an honor to watch Tierra grow into a beautiful young lady. Tierra is a straight A student, an awesome dancer and has stage presence like no other. Tierra has dreams of impacting the world as an elected official and even one day becoming President of the United States. Tierra is the definition of hard works pays off. I'm so excited to see what this talented and beautiful young lady will do next. You never know, I might be saying I know the first women president !!!
A word from Tierra !
I am a 13 year old, 8th grader at Pacific Beach Middle School in beautiful San Diego, California. Science is my favorite subject in school this year, but I really enjoy American History and PE, too. Even though I am a typical girlie-girl (pink is my favorite color), I love flag football. I feel blessed to live one short block from the water, and like every Southern California girl, I love the beach! Most of my time outside of school is spent at my dance studio, Mystic Steppers. I started at age 3 as a gymnast, switched to competitive cheerleading at age 6 and settled on dance a few years ago. We preform all types of dance, but compete mainly in hip-hop. Now my big decision is what I will pursue in High School next year. I am lucky to have a mom who is also my best friend. Sometimes I think she is a little crazy, but I realize that I definitely inherited that trait from her. My little brother Antonio is 6 years old, and has been my biggest fan for as long as I can remember. My Grandpa also lives with us. As a family, we like to go camping, play games, and go to one of Southern California's last drive-in theatre. And, we go to Disneyland about once a month! We are also very active with our church and community. Civic participation is something I was taught at a very early age. I have had the opportunity to meet just about every elected official who represents us: from my City Councilman to the President of the United States. I used to want to become a political reporter because I noticed that reporters don't always ask the tough questions that I want answers to. But, now, I think I could do more by becoming an elected official, and answering those questions before a reporter has to ask!
Tiffany: How has your life changed since winning your national title ?
Tierra:Well, in some ways it hasn't. I still have to clean my room, do my homework and help watch my little brother. But, I have had the opportunity to travel to places that I never thought I would see, meet amazing people and take more pictures than most people take in a lifetime.
Tiffany: What do you like to do for fun ?
Tierra: I love to do anything that puts me on stage. I have a passion for dance, I love to tumble and perform. I also really enjoy doing volunteer work. It is a blast to hang out with friends and do something good for other people.
Tiffany: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Tierra: I used to want to be a political reporter for CNN. However, the historic election of Barack Obama inspired me to want to make news, not just report it. Now, I want to have a career in law and politics. I plan to become a District Attorney, then run for higher political office. I eventually would like to be the President of the United States.
Tiffany: What makes your state special?
Tierra: Everything! It is California, after all!
Tiffany: If you could only tell me one thing about yourself what would it be ?
Tierra: That I love my life.
Tiffany: How would your friends describe you ?
Tierra: They would say that I was kind and loyal, and a little bit of a drama queen.
Tiffany: What is your favorite pageant competition?
Tierra: My favorite part of competition is the interview. It is not always my highest score, but I always have so much fun speaking with the judges. Interview has taught me to look people right in the eye when I talk with them and to always be myself.
Tiffany:Who is role model?
Tierra: My mom. She is a single mom who is crazy busy but always has time for me and my brother. She is also my best friend. Even though a lot of people think she has an important job, she never treats anyone like she is more important than they are.
Tiffany: Finish this sentence: People would be surprised to know...
Tierra: I am deathly afraid of Mr. Potato Head.
Tiffany: What three words best describe you ?
Tierra: Caring, ambitious, and quirky
Tiffany: What was the first thing you thought after you won your national title?
Tierra: I really can't remember. I was really in shock. In both the 2003 Princess NAM Nationals and 2006 JPT NAM Nationals I had made it down to the final two. The emcee always says "And then there were two." Twice, I heard my name called out as the first runner-up. So, naturally, when Joy Saprano said "And then there were two," I expected California to be announced as first runner-up. When she said the first runner up was Florida, I was almost confused. I was so excited, the next thing I remember was about 10 minutes later when I was signing my contract with Mr. Mayes.
Tiffany: How did you prepare for the national pageant
Tierra: My mom would make me do my introduction on the way to school every morning, and then we would talk about things that may come up in interview. We talked about my hometown, what I like to do, our family - just to get me thinking about various questions that come up in interview.
Tiffany: What is the best advice you can give to a future NAM contestant?
Tierra: Listen to your mom, she is probably right. Sometimes girls our age think some things are cool or not cool. Our parents may think differently. The key is, the judges are more likely to be like our parents than like a preteen. Perfect example: wearing nude pantyhose with your interview suit. I hate nude pantyhose, but my mom convinced me that it was proper for pageant interviews. I think she was right. But for the record, not even my Mom wears nude pantyhose with her suits in real life!
Tiffany: What is your favorite quote ?
Tierra: Go Big or Go Home! - In other words, if you aren't going to put 100% in what you do, you shouldn't even be doing it!
Tiffany: What do you want your legacy to be ?
Tierra: I hope people will remember me as the National American Miss Preteen who never gave up.
Tiffany: If you were stuck on a deserted island what three things would you bring with you ?
Tierra: Food, my cell phone and my mom. I am a very practical person.
Tiffany: What is your favorite book, TV show and Movie ?
Tierra: I love all of the Harry Potter Books, it is the nerd in me. My favorite TV show is "America's Best Dance Crew." My favorite all time movie was "Over the Hedge," which brilliantly taught kids about environmentalism and urban sprawl, but the remake of FAME was a close second.
Tiffany: What activities are you involved in ?
Tierra: At my school,I am a member of the Video Club. We write, produce, direct and star in the school news every week. I am also very active in the Builders Club, which finds and promotes relevant volunteer activities for our middle school. I dance about 15 hours a week with a competitive dance team called The Mystic Steppers. We do all types of dance: ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop and some gymnastics. I also do a volunteer work. I have donated over 100 hours to the United Way's Food Pantry this year, volunteer for my church's homeless shelter, and work on a number of food drives. I have been a member of the Surfrider Foundation for 5 years, and help at beach clean-ups many times each year.
Tiffany: What is the best advice you have received ?
Tierra: You will miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
Tiffany: If you had to eat one thing the rest of your life what would it be ?
Tierra: Sushi!!!
Tiffany: If you wrote a book about your life, what would the title be ?
Tierra: The Best is Yet to Come
Tierra and her sister queens! Beautiful!
Tierra's Modeling Shot
Tierra and her little brother
Your in for a real treat, its time to meet Tierra's inspirational mom Lorena! Lorena and Tierra have a very special bond, if you ever have a chance to meet them you will see just how dynamic this mother and daughter duo are. Lets get some words of wisdom from a pageant queen herself, thats right Lorena too has graced the stage as a title holder.
Tiffany:What life skills had your daughter learned from being involved in NAM?
Lorena: Tierra has learned so much from NAM, including how to interview, how to speak in public and how to present herself in front of adults. But I also think she learned a valuable lesson that boys often have many outlets to learn and girls far fewer: How to win with humility and lose with grace.
Tiffany: What is your favorite Pageant memory of Tierra ?
Lorena: Of course, it is hard to beat the moment she won the National Preteen title. She had worked so hard, and wanted it so bad, I just cried watching her finally fulfill her dreams on stage. For months beforehand she would say, ever single day, "But mom, you don't understand how much I want this." It was amazing to watch her win it!
But, I also remember taking her to breakfast the morning of the National Finals her Princess year. She was only 7 and I had been blown away by how great all of the queens had been all week long. I tried to have a discussion with her about how proud I was of what she had done that week, and how much I loved her and would be so excited just to watch her on stage that night. I told her it didn't matter if she even made top ten, she was a winner to me. She looked up from her pancakes and said, "Mom, I know you didn't see it, but I did really well in interview. I think I might win." All I could do was laugh because I was so worried she was too young to understand what was going to happen that night. She was much more aware than I had given her credit for. That evening she came very close. After she was named first runner-up she did cry, but then she hugged the winner and told her congratulations and how beautiful she was. I was just so proud of watching her develop emotionally.
Tiffany:Would your recommend NAM to other families?
Lorena: Absolutely. This pageant has not only been such an amazing way for Tierra to grow and flourish, but has really allowed us to grow closer as mother and daughter, too.
Tiffany: What will Tierra take away from her NAM experience?
Lorena: Along with memories to last a lifetime, she has built friendships that I know will continue long after she has given up her title.
Tiffany: What advice can you give to future NAM parents and contestants?
Lorena: Read your magazines, prepare, practice and practice some more BEFORE you get to the pageant. But, once you are there, just have fun. Use pageant week to do everything offered, and build a lifetime of memories. At the end of the day, the pageant goes by too fast. And, parents, don't forget to hug your daughter and tell her how well she did. That is what will mean the most to her!
Tiffany: As a parent how have you seen Tierra change after wining her national title?
Lorena: I think she really believes no dream is too big. I have watched her try new sports, switch schools, and revamp her career ambitions. It is like she now knows she can achieve anything she sets her mind to doing
Tierra with her sister queen Kaydianna and her gorgeous mom Lorena !

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Brianna Lewis National All-American Miss Princess

It's time to get to know our 08-09 NAM All-American Princess Queen. This Cute and Spunky kiddo comes to us from the land of Lincoln. For such a young girl she has BIG dreams and is very busy !!! Lets get to know this beautiful tot and find out what it is like to be a real life princess !!! The world better watch out because Brianna Lewis is coming through !!! A word from Brianna Hi, my name is Brianna Lewis, and I am the reigning National All-American Miss Princess. I am a fun and friendly little girl from Illinois who dreams of being a teacher and Miss Universe in the future. I like playing with my family and friends and being silly most of the time. I also like board games and reading lots of books. I know that I was put on earth to make a difference and I am already by caring about others and being involved. I do lots of community service projects and I try to show kindness to everyone. Because I know I can do all things through Christ, the sky is the limit for me!!! Tiffany:How has your life changed since winning your national title ? Brianna: Because of my title I have been able to travel to places I've never been to before and show other little girls that their dreams can come true Tiffany: What do you like to do for fun ? Brianna: For fun I like to play with my friends and my family and watch movies. Lately I've been challenging myself to read as many books as I can. Tiffany: What do you want to be when you grow up? Brianna: When I grow up I want to definitely be a teacher like my mother. Maybe teach Kindergarten. Tiffany: What makes your state special? Brianna: Illinois is a great state because it's next to Indiana and that's where Michael Jackson was born! Tiffany: If you could only tell me one thing about yourself what would it be ? Brianna: I love Jesus, and that's the most important thing you need to know about me. Tiffany: How would your friends describe you ? Brianna: My friends think I'm the funny and crazy girl in the class. But, I don't get in trouble. Tiffany: What is your favorite pageant competition? Brianna: My favorite pageant competition would have to be interview because it teaches me how to speak to others with confidence in myself and what I'm saying. Tiffany: Who is role model? Brianna: Jesus is my role model, because you can't find anyone better to be like. I try to be most like Jesus and treat others with love and kindness Tiffany: Finish this sentence: People would be surprised to know... Brianna: I wrote my first book when I was six about a cat named Hunter Frisky. Tiffany: What three words best describe you ? Brianna: Funny, Sensitive and Kind best describe me Tiffany: What was going through your mind when you won your national title? Brianna: After I won my national title I thought, "am I dreaming?" Tiffany: How did you prepare for the national pageant? Brianna: I prepared hard for the National pageant. I practiced with my mom nearly every day. I would write my own schedules and put down what I wanted to practice and when I wanted to practice. Then I practiced like I was on the stage. My teddy bears and dolls were my judges. Tiffany: What is the best advice you can give to a future NAM contestant? Brianna: I would tell any future NAM contestant how great NAM is and how much fun I have competing with National American Miss. I would tell her that NAM will help her be the best person she can be. I would tell her to have fun and smile all the time. Tiffany: What is your favorite book? Brianna: My favorite book is Mallory on the Move and it's about a girl who has to move to a new place and doesn't want to, but she does and she meets a new friend whose sister is very mean. Although Mallory's new friend's sister gets along with Mallory's brother, she is still very mean to Mallory. Tiffany: What activities are you involved in ? Brianna: Right now I am involved in praise dance and I do a lot of community service. Tiffany: What is the best advice you have received ? Brianna: My mother gave me my best advice and it is to never give up and trust in God. Now, I tell my mother that all the time. Tiffany: .If you had to eat one thing the rest of your life what would it be ? Brianna: Anybody who knows me knows I cannot live without my chicken nuggets- and please put the barbeque sauce on the side! Tiffany: If you wrote a book about your life, what would the title be ? Brianna: The Queen with BIG Dreams: The Story of Brianna Lewis. It would be very dramatic.
Now lets meet Brianna's wonderful mom Yvette !!! Its time to meet the mom behind this outgoing princess and find out how she raised such a smart and beautiful young girl !
Tiffany: What life skills has Brianna learned from being involved in NAM?
Yvette: Brianna has become a very outgoing girl in large part due to her involvement with NAM. She was very shy when she started NAM, but she is now very confident in herself and what she can do if she just believes in herself.
Tiffany: What is your favorite pageant memory of Brianna ?
Yvette:My favorite pageant memory of my daughter is her name being called as the All-American Princess queen and the look of shock on her face when she realized she'd won. I'll never forget it!
Tiffany: Would your recommend NAM to other families?
Yvette: I would definitely recommend NAM to other families, and I do! NAM is a wonderful organization, and I hope more and more families will come to realize it and take advantage of it in the very near future.
Tiffany: What will Brianna take away from her NAM experience?
Yvette: I think the most important thing Brianna has learned is that she can achieve her goals if she is determined to do so. She's learned that no goal can be reached without a plan or confidence in yourself.
Brianna with her mom Yvette and her little brother...What a pretty family !

Monday, November 9, 2009

Madeline Hancock Says " I Do" ...

This Friday November 6 at 6:30pm Madeline Hancock said "I do" to Justin Campbell. Madeline's gorgeous wedding was in Magnolia Texas, right out side of Houston. I first met Madeline in the summer of 2001, when I was Miss Texas Teen and she was Miss Texas Jr Teen. I can't believe it has been almost 10 years since we first met and began our journey with National American Miss !!! The wedding was Beautiful !!! Madeline looked stunning in her white lace wedding gown. I always say once a pageant girl... always a pageant girl ! Madeline has worked as a choreographer for Steve and Kathleen Mayes since 2003. Her big day was a blast !!! Other staff members there were Lakishia Edwards, Tracie Pinson, Leslie Delgadillo,and of course National Directors Steve and Kathleen. A big CONGRATULATIONS to Madeline and Justin !!! What a fun weekend ! I wish them all the best ! Madeline working it for the camera ! Me, Tracie, LaKishia, and Leslie Us girls with Madeline ! Madeline with Steve and Kathleen !