Thursday, July 21, 2011

It's Been a Great Year for the 2010 National American Miss Florida Princess!

Dear Contestants, Family and Friends,

In July 2010, I realized my dreams really could come true, when I was crowned the Miss Florida Princess queen.  “Miracles Happen” played in the background as bubbles slowly drifted down.  I couldn’t believe it was happening to me, as this was my very first pageant and I was living my dream right on the stage!

What a busy year it has been!  I raised money for the charity “Locks of Love”, which I had been involved with since I donated 10” of my hair back in 2008.  I was able to visit their headquarters and learned how they make wigs for children with cancer or alopecia.  I also volunteered by serving breakfast to the homeless and participated in a charity walk against blindness.  The Governor of Florida recognized me for my charitable work and achievements with National American Miss.  And last fall, I rode in a convertible in my hometown parade … what an honor that was!

The highlight of my year was attending the National pageant in Anaheim, California.  I was able to go to Disneyland, Thanksgiving dinner, fun rehearsals and met some wonderful friends along the way!  I also spent some time with my wonderful sister queens.  What a special week it was not only to have my family by my side, but my grandma and two aunts who flew in from Pennsylvania and Arizona.

I am so proud to have had the honor of representing Florida this year and would like to thank Steve and Kathleen Mayes, LaKishia and everyone at National American Miss.  A special thanks goes to my parents, sisters Madison and Sydney, and Grandma and Papa Colombo; without you I wouldn’t have achieved this wonderful dream!

To all the contestants, dream big and believe in yourself.  I hope you have fun and make lots of friends along the way.  To my successor, enjoy your year … I hope it will be as magical as mine!

Olivia Scullion
2010-11 Florida Princess Queen

Monday, July 18, 2011

It's Been A Great Year for The 2010 National American Miss Florida Pre-Teen!

Greetings from Kia Shaw Miss Florida Preteen - National American Miss 2010                                                                                               
Dear Preteen Contestants……….
First I would like to say “WAY TO GO” and congratulations in making it this far to the competition here in Orlando. I know your parents, family, friends and supporters are so very proud of you. I have had the pleasure to meet, work and represent National American Miss (NAM) and I know you will too.  This is a very exciting time of your life, but it is only the beginning for you. There are  lots of hard work and dedication ahead, but it will all pay off with the fun of traveling across the Unite States and meeting new people. Enjoy every day and makes lots of friends and be prepared for an incredible experience.
My experience at NAM was amazing, dazzling and sometimes even a blur. To say that you will have lots of fun, does not even come close to the what’s ahead of you. Be ready for the rehearsals, practices, and an amazing time of your life….It’s your time to shine!  Along with getting prepared for the big opportunity, NAM have a group of wonderful people who always does a great job in making sure there are time set aside for fun and excitement to enjoy with your family and friends. The friendly group of choreographer and photographer are there to capture every precious moment, you will love it!
Although my reign went by so quickly; it still seems like yesterday that my name was called as Miss Florida Preteen - National American Miss 2010. That is one moment in my life that I will never forget. From that point on, I have been very busy and have kept my parents pretty busy too.  My trip to the National Competition in Anaheim California was also very exciting. I captured two National Titles; National Model and National Casual Wear Model. On the trip to Hollywood, we visited the Farmer’s Market, Disneyland, Walk of Fame and so much more; oh my Gosh, what a trip!!! This was an experience and the memories will last a lifetime.
Mr. and Mrs. Steve and Kathleen Mayes has done a phenomenal job; creating a pageant system just for girls like you and me. NAM have helped me to build my confidence, self-esteem and has prepared me for what is yet to come. Because of NAM I have received a proclamation from Congress that was archived in the congressional records for generation to come……how awesome is that!!! I have made appearances and volunteered at several organizations and giving back to my community is such a blessing!
With NAM the sky is the limit. You will experience different cultures, but most of all you will meet and make friendships that will last a life time.  As the new Miss Florida Preteen - National American Miss Titleholder, I know you’ll have a blast working with Miss Dawn Lee Costa and Miss LaKishia Edwards, they are the best!!  I am looking forward to meeting each of you and to offer any assistance you may need. God bless you all, and no matter what, keep reaching for the stars and never give up on your dreams. Good Luck…..
Thank you NAM for the many opportunities that you presented me with.  NAM ROCKS!!!!!
Kia Shaw
Miss Florida Preteen - National American Miss 2010

It's a Wrap for The 2010 National American Miss Florida!

Hello Everyone,
            This has been a remarkable journey as your 2010 Miss Florida Miss Queen for National American Miss. From the moment I was crowned, I was overjoyed knowing I have a commitment to this organization to follow my dreams and inspire our youth through positive messages.
            Each time I stood on stage, interviewed, or spoke publicly I was able to share my passion as an activist while learning individual’s personal stories. As the Founder and President of an international non-profit organization, Love Letters: Random Cards of Kindness, Inc., I was able to touch the lives of over 80,000 children going through treatments and surgeries. Our mission is to create upbeat homemade cards for kids with life-threatening illnesses.
            Being able to meet other women that carry similar traits like myself at Nationals in Anaheim, California was such a special journey. Smiles and laughter filled the air as we spent time together. I got a taste of the Hollywood treatment as the NAM family rolled out the red carpet and photographers captured our moments through pictures.
            During my reign, I’ve gained strength in knowing who I am and feel fortunate that National American Miss has allowed me to foster this growth. Being apart of the NAM family is such an honor and I’m grateful for their continuous support in my endeavors. To my family and friends, you always stood by my side and provided me with hugs and kisses full of unconditional love. No matter if I’m on stage, reporting in the field, or at a university function you’re always cheering me on. I’m elated to have a “Chana Cheer Squad” who endlessly supports my ambitions.
            To all the girls competing this weekend, you have opened so many doors for your future by learning public speaking, interview skills and gaining confidence. To my successor you have an adventure waiting so hold on because it will be a ride of a lifetime!
Kaitlyn Chana

A Great Year Comes to a Close for The 2010 National American Miss Florida Jr. Pre Teen!

Wow!  What an amazing year of opportunities I have had since being crowned the Miss Florida Junior Pre Teen.  During my reign, it has been my privilege to work with some wonderful organizations such as Meals on Wheels, Relay for Life,  and Habitat for Humanity.  I also had the honor of participating in the Punta Gorda Christmas parade, sharing my love of NAM with my hometown.
Going to California with my family at Thanksgiving was the highlight of my reign.  Meeting new friends and reuniting with old ones from all over the country was an experience I will never forget.  I was so excited to earn the ever popular Spirit Stick and to be named fourth runner up overall.
To my mom and dad, I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am for your support and love.  You both have worked hard to help me reach my goals and live out my dreams.  To my brothers, Davis, Dawson and Drew, thank you for sitting through countless hours of competition and for being the loudest and proudest cheering section a girl could ask for. 
It is with great sadness that I say goodbye to the Sunshine State as my family and I relocate to the Windy City of Chicago.  Florida NAM has been a part of my life since I was just four years old and I have made so many great memories and learned valuable life skills.  Thank you to Steve and Kathleen Mayes for providing the experience of a lifetime, for believing in me and encouraging me every step of the way.  You are the best state and national directors and your positive influence means more to me than you can possibly know.
To my successor, congratulations and enjoy your year as the new Miss Florida.  Take advantage of every opportunity and make it a year to remember.  I have had an awesome weekend with all of you fantastic young ladies and it is my hope that National American Miss will become an important part of your life as it has been and will continue to be in mine. Be proud of who you are and use the special talents God has given you to the best of your ability.
With love and friendship, I am Laurel Stiekes, your 2010-2011 Miss Florida Junior Pre Teen