I am Joey McDowell from The Woodlands, Texas. I am your reigning South Texas Junior Pre-teen. I can’t believe that a year has already flown by since I was crowned. This year has been absolutely amazing, and I will cherish the memories forever!!!
After I was crowned, I was off to a fun-filled year! I had the privilege of meeting the Chairman of The Woodlands where I said the Pledge of Allegiance at the town meeting. My grandparents took me to see the capital of Texas. I also had the wonderful opportunity to collect jeans for underprivileged children in our community which benefited Montgomery County Youth Services. In addition, I have been blessed to know Ms. Carmen and Ms. Rose through Senior Grocery Delivery day.
I was so lucky to attend the National pageant where I saw old friends as well as making new ones. NAM sure makes the National pageant a fun place to be over the holidays with the groovy 70’s party, Disneyland, the crazy-themed rehearsals, Hollywood tour, and so much more!!! I won two National titles for Most Promising Model and Most Photogenic. However, the icing on the cake was winning the National title for Miss Junior Pre-teen. I had a terrific cheering section from all of our Texas representatives! I think we outnumbered everyone! After Nationals, I was fortunate to help NAM by working open calls and training sessions. It was just a bonus to see my sister queens.
Recently, I had a blast with all of the South Texas Queens who got together for a photo shoot to cherish our time together as sisters. It was so fun!!!
Thank you to all the NAM staff, choreographers, Ms. LaKishia, and Mr. & Mrs. Mayes. I will never forget this experience!!!
When I first started competing in NAM, I wouldn’t even take a picture by myself. NAM is about making friends for a lifetime, getting closer to your family and building confidence. I am here to tell you that NAM has made me a more confident girl. I have made lifelong friendships through NAM. I know you are a girl with dreams just like I am a girl with dreams. I wish all of you luck and know that you will be more confident too after this pageant because YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!