Friday, February 5, 2010

Kelly Seiberlich The 2009 National American Miss Arizona Jr Teen, kicks off her heels to make a difference in her community !!!


Kelly Seiberlich The 2009 Arizona Jr Teen, sets a high standard for teens everywhere!!! Kelly can go from pageants to pigs and isn't afraid to get a little messy to be rolemodel in her community !!! Kelly is an active volunteer and one year she won the National American Miss Golden Achievement In Service Award at the National Pageant !! Lets get the 411 on what this Jr Teen is doing and what everyday life is like for a NAM titleholder !!!
Tiffany: What does the title of NAM AZ Jr Teen mean to you?
Kelly: Being NAM’s Miss Arizona Junior Teen is a huge honor. It means that a panel of judges had faith in me, and in my ability to represent the junior teens in Arizona and promote NAM throughout the state. It is also a huge responsibility because when I put on my crown and banner, I not only represent NAM, but also serve as a role model for other girls. It’s hard to describe the feeling I get when younger girls look up to me, and ask for my autograph, or to have their picture taken with me. I feel honored and humbled at the same time. Being the NAM AZ Junior Teen also means being involved in my community, and serving others.

Tiffany:What activities are you involved in at school?
Kelly: I am an officer for my school’s FFA chapter, as the Correspondence Reporter. I compete in Livestock Judging as well as Prepared Public Speaking. In livestock I judge different animals from swine (pigs) and steers to lambs and goats. In Prepared Public Speaking, I have to memorize and recite a speech I wrote that is 6 to 8 minutes in length, and answer questions on my topic. I am also raising a pig to show and market at the county fair. In addition, I am involved in my school’s dance program, and performed in the high school dance recital, which was a blast! (Especially since the NAM AZ Teen, Jr. Preteen, and Princess all came to watch and support me!) I also spend several hours each week in the training room, where I am learning to be a student athletic trainer. For my first two years of high school I was also a cheerleader.

Tiffany:Tell me about being a "pageant girl" that raises and shows pigs
Kelly:It’s weird because I never get nervous speaking in front of people, but I was extremely nervous before going into the show ring for the first time with my pig. I had no idea what to expect! It’s so much fun to be able to say that I can get dress up with the best of them but I’m not afraid to get my “heels” dirty either. It helps me be a well-rounded person, and not a typical stereo-type. Both roles are preparing me to be successful in life. Pageantry is teaching me life skills such as public speaking, interviewing, and confidence. Raising pigs teaches me about the anatomy, physiology, and feed systems of animals that I will need to know as a large animal veterinarian.

Tiffany:What are your plans after high school?
Kelly:My plan is to attend Northern Arizona University and earn a Bachelor’s degree in athletic training. Then I plan to transfer to either Texas A&M, Colorado State, the University of Florida, or the University of Georgia to get my Veterinary Medical degree. I would one day love to be a large animal vet as well as an athletic trainer at a high school or university.
Tiffany:How has being involved in pageants made you who you are today?
Kelly: Pageantry has definitely made me who I am today. If I had never been involved in pageants, I can guarantee that I would not be able to speak in front of a large audience, or even to my class. Pageants have also made me more comfortable around my peers as well as my elders, and the experiences I have had will definitely give me a heads up in the game of looking for a job. The pageants gave me a confidence and high self esteem, which are essential for being successful in life.
Tiffany: What is your definition of a "NAM" girl?
Kelly: Wow, this is definitely a complex question because being a NAM girl means so many things. NAM girls are multi-dimensional—they aren’t just pretty faces. They come in all different sizes, shapes, physical abilities, and ethnic backgrounds. They come from all social and economic backgrounds. They are diverse and truly represent our great country. What they have in common is they all overcome the challenges they face because they believe in themselves. A NAM girl is comfortable with who she is, and is not afraid to be herself. She is a role model who stands up for what she believes in. A NAM girl is involved; in her school, church, or community. She is caring, friendly, and patriotic. I can go on and on, but the main thing is, a NAM girl sets the bar. I am very proud to call myself a NAM girl, and very humbled to belong to such an impressive peer group.

Tiffany: What is the best advice you have ever received?
Kelly:The best advice I have ever received is to “think highly of yourself because if you don’t, no one else will”. That advice has helped me a lot through struggles that I have being a teenager in high school. When I think about that advice, I always know to lift my head high and to not let others drag me down. It has definitely helped me get through high school.

Tiffany: What is everyday life like for you being the NAM AZ Jr Teen and a teenager?
Kelly:All of my friends at school know me as ‘Miss Arizona’ and its fun to have all of them support me. Being a teenager can be very difficult at times, especially since we aren’t known to always make the best choices. Being the NAM AZ Jr. Teen actually makes it easier for me to make choices because I stop and think “is this acceptable behavior for a state queen?” If the answer is no, then I don’t do it. As a typical teenager, I am very involved in my school and sports. As NAM’s Miss Arizona Junior Teen, I am very involved in community service. So far this year my sister queens and I have done many charity events that include: a 911 remembrance walk, Breast Cancer Awareness walk, Dillard’s Fashion Show benefiting breast cancer, a support our troops function, a luncheon that benefited domestic violence victims, and lots of other service activities. It is so much fun to give back to the community. I have also been able to travel all around the state from big cities, to towns no one has heard of, riding in parades and talking to girls about how they can become part of the NAM family. Also, my teen queen has become one of my closest friends. This year has been a blast for me.
Tiffany:What is the best advice you can give someone wanting to enter NAM?
Kelly:Be yourself. No one will be able to love you if they don’t get a chance to know the real you. There is no need to be someone you’re not. And also, have fun. Let your personality show. It makes the entire weekend so much better if you’re just having fun, because then you get to meet a whole bunch of new great friends, and you’ll have a blast while competing.

Tiffany: What is your favorite optional competition? and how do you prepare for it?
Kelly:My favorite optional is spokesmodel. Spokesmodel is my favorite because I love to speak in front of people. I usually start preparing a couple months before the actual competition so that I can have my speech fully memorized and not have to worry about looking down at my paper. I work on my speed, making sure I’m not too fast, or that I’m not too slow. Picking a topic close to my heart is always the best way to be able to memorize it quicker and perform the speech better.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

NAM GIRLS HIT LAS VEGAS TO WATCH MISS AMERICA !!!

This past Saturday NAM girls from all over the country traveled to Las Vegas to watch Miss America LIVE !! The girls had a BLAST making friendships and hitting up all of the wonderful trade shows !!Check out these AWESOME pictures and get the inside scoop from my NAM correspondent our very own National All-American Miss Teen Shannon Smith!!!
A WORD FROM SHANNON:
     This past weekend I had an amazing opportunity to fly to Las Vegas and watch the Miss America pageant LIVE. It was a weekend full of fun, excitement, beautiful gowns, lots of crowns, and new memories with my sister queens. After flying in Friday morning my mom and I hit the mall to do some shopping. Later on in the afternoon I went to the Miss America trade show with the beautiful Kristin Gilbart (National All America Teen 2008-2009) and her lovely mother. We went around to all the vendors trying on some amazing gowns and looking at all the neat accessories. I even walked away with a new Tony Bowls gown for the national photo shoot in a couples week in Houston. To end the evening we did some more touring of the strip and had dinner at Jimmy Buffet’s restaurant, with a boat serving as our dinner table!Saturday all the National Queens got together and had brunch at the Flamingo hotel. It was so much fun to finally get to know all my sister queens and even meet some of them for the first time. The gardens outside the restaurant made for some great photo opportunities. As we walked around finding cool places to take pictures we had fun goofing off together. Afterwards we all headed back to our rooms to get ready for the pageant. When it was time we took our seats in the Planet Hollywood theatre and watch the excitement of the pageant Live. It was so cool to see all the things that take place during commercials. All the gowns were stunning and the talents very impressive. Following the crowning of the New Miss America all the NAM girls, dressed in red
with our crowns and banners, met at the front steps for a huge group photo. We then walked over to the Bellagio and watch the water show. After all the craziness of the day’s events, it was nice to just hang out, have dinner and walk the mall with Sarah (NAM Jr. Teen) and Kendyl (All America Jr. Teen) and our moms.
My last day there was just a relaxing one, getting in a little bit more touring and even meeting the winners and 1st runner ups of the Amazing Race.The weekend all together was a success and I can’t wait till the
National Photo Shoot till I can see me sister queens again. :)

Shannon Smith
2009-2010 National All- American Miss Teen
Shannon with some of the CAST from the hit show AMAZING RACE !!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Meet The 09-10 National American Miss Teen Taylor Gorton !!!

Lets get the low down on the sassy girl that will represent teens across America!!! Taylor Gorton is the 2009-2010 National American Miss Teen!!! This beautiful young lady comes to us from the Sooner state of Oklahoma!!! A small town girl with BIG dreams, Taylor is ready to make her mark on the world as a leader and Role Model. Taylor plans to change the world one life at a time. More than just a pretty face Taylor has remarkable drive and charm! We can't wait to see what is in store for this talented teen !!!

Tiffany:What was your first reaction when you won your national title?
Taylor: Upon getting crowned, I was overwhelmed by so many incredible emotions. After my state of complete shock I began to cry and jump up and down. Then, I was able to spot my family coming to the stage and noticed they were crying as well. This of course, added to my emotional high that I was experiencing. I was most definitely on cloud nine.

Tiffany:How did you prepare for nationals?
Taylor:If there is one thing that I have learned from pageantry, it is that preparation is essential. However, I have a unique way of preparing. Because of my belief that inner beauty ad knowledge could beat outer beauty any day, that is my primary focus when preparing. I watch the news every morning, get involved in my community, use the thesaurus to expand my vocabulary, and have my mom ask me random interview questions.

Tiffany: How did you get involved in NAM ?
Taylor: I began competing for National American Miss when I was 10. At this point, I realized that this system was a fit for me. I have been apart of the NAM family since.

Tiffany: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Taylor: It has been a childhood dream of mine to become the next Katie Couric. In other words, I plan to obtain a degree in Broadcast Journalism and work with a major news affiliate.

Tiffany:What to you like to do for fun?
Taylor: I live in a small in Oklahoma. We have a Wal- Mart, Quick Trip, and a few restaurants. With that being said, my friends and I have learned to be creative when it comes to having fun. We are known around town for our infamous scavenger hunts, movie nights at The Gorton household, and hanging out at the football field. I can have fun doing just about anything, thats why I love living in a small town. It constantly challenges my creativeness.

Tiffany:What activities are you involved in?
Taylor:I am the historian of Student Council, a member of Business Professionals of America, run track, and a manager for my school’s wrestling team.

Tiffany: What is your best quality ?
Taylor: My ability to connect with others, regardless of where I am I can meet people and in turn find friendship. I love talking to people, listening to them, and relating to them. I guess you could consider me the social butterfly that never quits fluttering around.

Tiffany: How would your friends describe you?
Taylor:To insure that I was using their words, I just texted my friend Halea to ask her opinion. This was her response, “ First, I think you have one of the best hearts around and you would never have intentions of hurting anyone. You have a bubbly personality which causes everyone to gravitate towards you. You give people a sense of feeling comfortable and I can tell you anything knowing my secrets will be safe. You are innocent, fierce, sweet, cute, and drive. When your mind is on something you don’t sit back until it is done.”

Tiffany:Where is your favorite place to shop?
Taylor:Forever Twenty- One of course.

Tiffany: Finish this sentence: People would be surprised to know...
Taylor: I am not exactly what you would consider a girly- girl. I enjoy indulging in some tom-boyish activities. Such as four wheeling, playing contact sports ( I like to tackle), and sometimes my dad will take me to shoot his guns.

Tiffany:What is your favorite childhood memory ?
Taylor: When I was younger, I had an obsession with The Hanson’s. They had a concert scheduled in Tulsa. It ended up selling out before my mom could get up to Tulsa. I was devastated, until miraculously they found 100 extra tickets. My mom and I waited for hours in line to be part of the lucky 100. By the grace of god we were, the two of us danced and sang the night away. Although The Hanson’s have long faded from the music scene, I will cherish that memory forever.

Tiffany:What is your most embarrassing moment?
Taylor:Last year, I went to tour at the college I will be attending in the fall. As our guide was showing us the cafeteria, I noticed some of the baseball players whistling at me. Being a teenage girl, I of course turned around to at least acknowledge their presence. Unfortunately, as I was doing so I ran into one of the chairs and a table. I’m fairly certain none of those boys will be a future boyfriend.

Tiffany:If you had 3 wishes what would you wish for?
Taylor: I would wish for our country to have economic stability, I would wish to be best friends with Opera, and I would wish for an air plane to be able to frequently fly back from college.

Tiffany: If you could trade places with anyone for a day who would it be?
Taylor: Oh, most definitely Taylor Swift. She is inspiring and I only hope that I can have a percentage of the impact she has on young girls.

Tiffany: If I gave you 1 million dollars what is the first thing you would by?
Taylor:Something for my mom, she has so graciously given me everything I could ever dream of having. Then, I would give a large portion to the Haiti relief fund.

Tiffany:What is your favorite quote?
Taylor:WHAT IS LIFE?
Life is an Adventure ... Dare it
Life is a Beauty ... Praise it
Life is a Challenge ... Meet it
Life is a Duty ... Perform it
Life is a Love ... Enjoy it
Life is a Tragedy ... Face it
Life is a Struggle ... Fight it
Life is a Promise ... Fulfill it
Life is a Game ... Play it
Life is a Gift ... Accept it
Life is a Journey ... Complete it
Life is a Mystery ... Unfold it
Life is a Goal ... Achieve it
Life is an Opportunity ... Take it
Life is a Puzzle ... Solve it
Life is a Song ... Sing it
Life is a Sorrow ... Overcome it
Life is a Spirit ... Realize it
To me, this is extremely empowering.

Tiffany: What is your all time favorite movie?
Taylor: Sweet Home Alabama

Tiffany:What is your most prized possession?
Taylor: Nothing materialistic means that much to me, however I could not live without my friends and family.

Tiffany: What is your favorite book?
Taylor: The Glass Castle

Tiffany: If you could star on any TV show what would it be?
Taylor: The Office

Tiffany:What do you hope to accomplish as National American Miss Teen ?
Taylor:I know that with my title I will be able to reach out and touch the lives of as many young children and young adults as I can. As a titleholder, I feel it is my duty to inspire others and change their lives for the better. My journey as National American Miss Teen will not be complete until I do so.

Tiffany:What is the biggest misconception about your generation?
Taylor: We are known as the “ Me Generation,” which I personally feel is inaccurate. I am certain that my generation is full of driven and intelligent people.

Tiffany: If you had to pick between your cell phone, computer or TV what would you pick?
Taylor: Along with the rest of America, I have an Iphone. Which allows me to do just about anything. So it would only be wise to pick my cell phone.

Tiffany:What is the best advice you have ever received?
Taylor:To always stay true to myself.

Tiffany: If you could witness any historical event which would you choose ?
Taylor: American Bandstand, I have always been intrigued by that era. I would have loved to have been an audience member.

Tiffany:What is your favorite subject in school? and least?
Taylor: No doubt, my favorite is English. My least favorite is Math, which is typical for most people who love English.

Tiffany: If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?
Taylor: Call me strange, but I would have to say Granny Smith Apples and Cheddar Cheese.

Tiffany:What makes you unique ?
Taylor: I am a very “ real” person. I believe in honesty and sticking to my beliefs. Which I feel in todays society is hard to come by, sadly.

Tiffany:What advice do you have for any girls thinking about entering NAM?
Taylor: GO FOR IT! You have everything to gain. Trust me, you will leave this system a more confident and more self- aware individual.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Savannah Hudson The 2009 National American Miss Florida Jr Preteen Sings and Dances her way into the Spotlight !!!

Savannah Hudson is our beautiful NAM Florida Jr Preteen and is on her way to becoming a top preformer !!! She is talented tween that sings and dances and has a heart of gold! Savannah placed in the top 5 at the national pageant and is representing the great state of Florida with class and style !!! Keep your eyes and ears opened for this amazing preformer !!! I got the inside scoop from Savannah on what it is like to be a NAM girl and a her life as a dance student and great singer!!!

Tiffany:What does your title of National American Miss FL. Jr pre teen mean to you?

Savannah: My title is very important to me, It is something that I have wanted to achieve since I was 7 years old..not just to wear the crown, but to truely make a differance in my community and the world. Since I have been crowned I became a sort of spokesperson for The Forgotten Soldiers and I have rounded up other young people, and together we have sent 100's of care packages all over the world!! It makes me feel great to make a differance:) I am proud to wear the crown of NAM, because it is the BEST system!!!

Tiffany: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Savannah: Currently I am enjoying being a very busy 10 year old, but I am sure that I will do something that involves music and dance!

Tiffany:Tell me about the dance company that you are involved in,and what awards you have won
Savannah:My dance company is a very intense company, we are 7 time National Winners. We travel and compete often I dance between 5 and 7 days a weeek 3 to 4 hours at a time. This past week I was chosen out of hundreds of girls for a scholarship to dance in New York City this summer!!! I was VERY excited!
Tiffany: Where is the coolest place that you have gotten to perform at?
Savannah: The Mirage, in Las Vegas!!!

Tiffany: How has competing in pageants helped you with dance and your vocal performance?
Savannah: Competing at NAM over the past 4 years has helped me grow in so many ways. I have learned so much about stage presence,eye contact, and mostly confidence! I would not be the performer that i am today without the NAM experience.

Tiffany: If you could sing a duet with anybody, who would it be?
Savannah: I thik it would have to be Christina Agulera because she has an AMAZING voice, i like her songs and she is a great performer!! And i think it would be really cool to perform with her!!

Tiffany: What is your favorite style of dance?
Savannah: My favorite style of dance is probably jazz broadway because you can really show off your personality and be different people by dancing.. But i do love ALL styles of dance including ballroom!!!

Tiffany:What is the best advice you have ever recieved?
Savannah: Always be true to yourself and be you truely are!

Tiffany: If you could star in a broadway production what would it be?
Savannah: ANYTHING LOL!!!! I think that my choices are torn between Mama Mia and Hairspray!!

Tiffany: Tell me about youself?
Savannah: Well, i could write a book but i will try to keep it short! I live at home with my mom and dad,my big brother Brandon, and my 17 month old twin sisters,and my grandma. I have 3 dogs (chihuahua) and a hamster! I am a fifth grade honor student as mentioned before I have a very busy schedule! When not dancing and singing I am voluntering with my family and some friends. LIFE IS GOOD! I AM VERY BLESSED!

Monday, February 1, 2010

The 2005 National American Miss Kentucky Mallory Ervin was named 4th runner to Miss America 2010 !!!

Congrats to Mallory Ervin NAM Miss Kentucky 2005, who was just named 4th runner up to Miss America !!! Way to go Mallory, We are so PROUD of her. Miss America aired live on TLC on Saturday, January 30, 2010! Check out Mallory's Bio.

On July 18, 2009, 23 year-old Mallory Ervin, Miss Bowling Green, was crowned Miss Kentucky 2009. She is the daughter of Lisa and Gary Ervin of Morganfield. Mallory is a graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South with a degree in Theatre Arts. She plans to attend the graduate program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business before pursuing a career in entertainment.

Mallory's platform issue is Autism Awareness and she was recognized for her outstanding platform work as the winner of the 2009 Heather French Henry Quality of Life Award. She won a Preliminary Talent Award at the 2009 Miss Kentucky Pageant singing a modernized, powerful version of the song "On My Own" from Les Miserables. Mallory has opened for the Charlie Daniels Band and sang the National Anthem for a NBA playoff game at age 11. She also won a preliminary swimsuit award at the pageant.

As Miss Kentucky, Mallory serves as the spokesperson for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's "Kentucky Proud" program which encourages consumers of all ages to purchase products produced in Kentucky. She delivers this message to all age groups in schools throughout the commonwealth.

Some interesting facts about Mallory is that she has studied at Oxford University and she has skydived from the highest altitude possible, 15,000 feet!
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