Friday, January 10, 2014

Meet The 2013-2014 National American Miss PreTeen Alexis Delgado!




Hello! I am Alexis Janelle Delgado and I live in the small town of Saint Cloud, Florida. I relocated from Illinois about three years ago and am thrilled to be 30 minutes away from Disney World, “The Happiest Place on Earth”.  I am a seventh grade student at Saint Cloud Middle School, where I am a straight “A” student involved in both choir and drama. I am constantly on stage at my local theatre,  The Osceola Center for the Arts. When I’m not actively representing my drama troupe at Junior Thespians, you can find me volunteering. I proudly have over 2400 hours of community service and was named a Disney Dreamer and Doer for my volunteer service! The foundation closest to my heart is the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. This year I was chosen as a JDRF Children’s Congress Delegate from Florida!! I traveled to Washington DC and spoke on Capitol Hill about how diabetes affects my life. I am so thrilled to be your 2013-2014 National American Miss Preteen and I look forward to representing each and every girl who vied for this title!

I am NAM strong! 

Tiffany: How did you get involved in National American Miss?
Lexi: I got started with NAM by watching my sister compete. She actually started a year before I did. My parents asked me if I wanted to do it the following year and I competed in the Princess division. I was very quiet so I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it, but I had so much fun! I wanted to do it again!

Tiffany: How did you prepare for the National Pageant?
Lexi: I am extremely busy, since I am involved in school, theatre and community service. Before nationals, I was in 3 shows and had 2 lead roles. I didn’t have much time to do anything else but school work and memorize lines! Needless to say, I didn’t have much time to prepare myself, but looking back I think that is what helped me most. I was able to just enjoy nationals without all the added pressure. I did memorize my introduction and practiced my formal wear every once in a while though.

Tiffany: What is the best advice you have ever received?
Lexi: The best advice I have ever been given is to just be myself.  God loves us just the way we are and He created us in His image. We should be proud of how He made us.

Tiffany: What quote, motto, or scripture best describes you?
Lexi: “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”Walt Disney
It reminds me to never give up and always follow my dreams!

Tiffany: What are your plans for the future?
 Lexi: I would love, love, love to be on Broadway one day!  I plan on attending my local performing arts high school and hopefully make it in to Juilliard for college. Musical theatre is my passion and I hope to sing and dance on the big stage one day.

School Drama Productions! 


Tiffany: What activities are you involved in?
Lexi: I am involved in my school drama and choir program. I am a member of the Junior Thespian Society and compete with them every year. I also am involved in my community theatre where I perform on the main stage, Children’s Theatre, and a competing drama group called “Centertainers”. I  am a spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and a member of JDRF Children’s Congress. I also dance and do tumbling. I am also constantly volunteering for various things! Just writing all this down makes me see how busy I am!

Tiffany: What do you like to do for fun?
Lexi: I am a HUGE Disney fan! On my free days, you will find my friends and  me riding Space Mountain or Splash Mountain in Disney World. Living so close to Disney is a huge blessing!

Tiffany: What is one item you can’t live without?
Lexi: I can not live with out my diabetes pump! It is my lifeline and it makes sure I am receiving the insulin I need. I thank God for modern technology and for making it a little easier to deliver insulin. It’s one reason I work so closely with the JDRF.

Tiffany: Who is your rolemodel?
Lexi: Miss Delaware 2010 inspires me every single day. She has alopecia, like me, and has become a huge public figure for Alopecia awareness. She has shown me that beauty is truly within and that I am beautiful with or without hair. Her smile and positive outlook on life is contagious and I hope to be like her.

Tiffany: What is your favorite TV show?
 Lexi: “ Dance Moms” has to be one of my favorite shows. I love watching the girls compete and the new routines that they learn. I am inspired by the girls and how hard they work on their dance techniques.

With My Sister, we are volunteering for JDRF!

Tiffany: What is the biggest misconception about your generation?
 Lexi: The biggest misconception is that Social Media has taken over our lives. I love doing Facebook and InstaGram, but I love hanging out and talking with my friends even more. There’s nothing like putting down your cell phone and just chatting away with your best friend.

Tiffany: What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?
Lexi: People are constantly getting my sister and I confused, although she is 3 years older than I am. One time she was performing in a musical and I happened to be in the lobby just hanging around before the show was about to start! The director was strolling by and looked really confused! He asked me why I was in the lobby, and that the show was about to start.  I had to explain that it was my sister in the show and not me.  We definitely had a big laugh!

Tiffany: If you had three wishes what would you wish for?
 Lexi: For obvious reasons, I would wish for a cure for all illnesses. Having two diseases has allowed to me to view life differently and wish that everyone could be healthy.  I also would wish to travel to New York to see my favorite musical of all time, Phantom of the Opera! The last thing I would wish for it to be able to meet Idina Menzel who played the original Elphaba is Wicked. She is one of my biggest inspirations!

Tiffany If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
Lexi: I would definitely go to England! I love their accents and could just sit and listen to them talk. I would love to visit the historical places there and see the Queen’s castle. It’s definitely a dream of mine to see England one day. It would be cool to pick up the accent!

Tiffany: What is your definition of a NAM girl?
 Lexi: The nice thing about a NAM girl is that she is undefined! She can be the girls next door, the girl down the street or the girl that stares back at you when you look in the mirror. NAM represents every single type of girl. NAM girls are unique!


The first walk as The 2013-2014 National American Miss PreTeen!

 Tiffany: If you could be on the cover of any Magazine what would it be? 
Lexi: I would definitely be on the cover of a Type I Diabetes magazine. I would share my story about how I was chosen as a JDRF Children’s Congress Delegate. I went to Washington DC this past summer and spoke on Capitol Hill about how diabetes effects my life. I was able to meet the Vice President and shared with him my struggles with diabetes. It was an experience that impacted my life and I will never be the same. I was surrounded with other children with diabetes and for once felt “normal”. My hope is to one day see a cure.

 Tiffany: If you were stranded on a deserted island what three things could you not live without? 
Lexi: My family, my dog, and my crown/banner. I can not live without my parents and siblings, they mean the world to me. My dog brings me joy and I can’t imagine one day without her. I have also dreamed about being a national queen for so long, I would have to take my crown and banner with me.

Tiffany: What is your most prized possession?
 Lexi: My most prized possession is my dog, Tinkerbell. She is a Maltese and makes me so happy! I love putting bows in her hair. She is always at the door waiting when I get home and loves to get belly rubs.  She is constantly making me smile and laugh.

Tiffany: How would your friends describe you?
 LexiMy friends would definitely say I am the outgoing, giggling, smiling girl. I love to make people laugh and am constantly laughing myself. They would tell you that I take pride in my work, whether it’s in the classroom or on the stage.

Tiffany: How are you making a difference in your community?
Lexi: I am constantly volunteering in my community. I volunteer at my local community center, donate toys to local hospitals, volunteer with the JDRF, hold donation drives and much more! I have over 2400 hours of community service so I am always doing something. My biggest accomplishment is being a member of Children’s Congress. I was able to speak on Capitol Hill about how diabetes is part of my life and about my dreams for a cure.

On Capital Hill with Vice President Joe Biden 

 Tiffany: What is your favorite childhood memory? 
Lexi: My favorite memory is the first time I went to Disney World. I loved everything about it! It was such a magical place and I loved meeting the characters and riding all the rides. It still is a magical place for me. Now I am lucky to live just 30 minutes from there. I am always there with family or friends. I would have to say my favorite ride is Space mountain!

 Tiffany: If you could be famous for something, what would you want to be famous for?
Lexi: I would love to win a Tony award one day for my performance on Broadway. I love singing, dancing and acting. I hope to make it my profession one day.

    Tiffany: What is your favorite book? and why?
Lexi: The “Hunger Games” series are some of my favorite books. Katniss is a girl who faces her fears and overcomes them. She is a strong girl and it reminds me to always have strength in everything I face.

     Tiffany: Where is your favorite place to shop?
Lexi: I love accessories so I love shopping at Claire’s. You can always catch me wearing some type of bow in my hair, earrings or other accessories.  It’s great being a girl!

     Tiffany: Who is the most influential person in the world now?
Lexi: The most influential person the world right now is you. You can choose to make a difference in the world. All you have to do is look around you and see who needs help. You can be that person who makes an impact on your local community by volunteering. No task is too small.

With my sister after a theatre production! 

Tiffany: What have you learned about yourself since competing in pageants?
           Lexi: I have learned that I am a strong confident girl. When I first started, I was very shy. My parents thought I would be scared on stage. I obviously showed them different and loved being up there. It has made me so confident. Because of pageants, musical theatre has opened up to me. I also started volunteering because of pageants and am now a spokesperson for the JDRF. Pageants have shown me that working off the stage is even more important than my work on the stage. Pageants have opened up the door to my platform of diabetes awareness.

 Tiffany:  What is your definition of success? 
Lexi: My definition of success is being the best person you can possibly be. It doesn’t take much to brighten someone’s day; share a smile, say “Hello” or volunteer to help out. It’s the small things that mean so much. Giving everything you do your all is definitely success in my eyes.

    Tiffany: What advice do you have for future NAM girls?
            Lexi: I know it sounds cliché, but honestly just be yourself. You are the best one to be you. Be confident in who you are. Know what you like and dislike. Most of all, don’t forget to smile and have fun!

  Tiffany: What things do you hope to accomplish during your year of service?
Lexi: My biggest thing I would love to accomplish is to bring awareness to girls with disabilities. I live with Type I Diabetes and Alopecia on a daily basis. I am proof that no matter what you are going through,  you can accomplish anything your heart desires. I hope to inspire all girls to never give up on your dreams and continue striving to be the best person you can be.

Volunteering with my sister queens! 

Tiffany: What would you like to be doing 10 years from now?
Lexi: I would love to be a college graduate and living in NYC performing in a hit Broadway Musical.

Tiffany: If someone could live your life for a week, what would they find most interesting?
Lexi: What they would find interesting is that I have to count every single carbohydrate I eat! Diabetes is part of my life and I have to correct what I eat with insulin so I have to count      everything I eat. I am always reading food labels or asking for nutritional guides at restaurants. They would also find out how I balance diabetes with everyday life. I am always on the go, doing theatre or volunteering, so I have something sweet on me all the time to help me if my sugar goes low.
Tiffany: What is the best compliment you have ever received?

Lexi: I am constantly complimented on my smile. People tend to remember me be because of it. It’s one way of showing people that you are confident and that you care.

The 2013-2014 National American Miss Teen Alexis ( Lexi) Delgado! 



Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Former Miss Nebraska Teen is featured on MSNBC!


Former Miss Nebraska Teen, Jordan Somer is featured on MSNBC for creating the Miss Amazing Pageant! Jordan created the Miss Amazing Organization as part of her community involvement project, for National American Miss back in 2007 when she was just 13 years old! 



Jordan Somer Miss Nebraska Teen 2010!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Meet The 2013-2014 National All-American Miss Jr.PreTeen Makenzie Scroggs!





Tiffany: How did you get involved in National American Miss?
Makenzie: A very good friend of mine had already competed at the NAM Louisiana State pageant, I saw how much fun she had and I wanted to give it a try.  So, I entered the Princess pageant and my memories began.
Tiffany:How did you prepare for the National Pageant?
Makenzie: My younger sister and I practiced, practiced, practiced and practiced.  We even played NAM so we could practice.  I would say my intro every day and practice my formal wear walk.  I would make my mom and anyone else that would help me, ask me interview questions.
Tiffany: What is the best advice you have ever received?
Makenzie: Never give up, follow your heart, and have fun!
Tiffany: What quote, motto, or scripture best describes you?
Makenzie: Dancing with your feet is one thing, but dancing with your heart is another.
Tiffany: What are your plans for the future?
Makenzie: Since I was five, I wanted to open my own dance studio, Moves by Makenzie. Now, I want to attend LSU (Louisiana State University) major in business and be a LSU Golden Girl (dance line).  Then open my studio.

First walk as the new National All-American Miss Jr. PreTeen!

Tiffany: What activities are you involved in?
Makenzie: I am involved in competitive Dance, acting, and modeling.
Tiffany: What do you like to do for fun?
Makenzie: Dance (Tap, Ballet, Jazz, and Technique), drawing, painting, and I love to go camping with my family.
Tiffany: What is one item you can’t live without?
Makenzie: My jazz shoes, without them that means I am not dancing. That would be a tragedy!!!!
Tiffany: Who is your role model?
Makenzie: My Nana! When she had cancer she never gave up, even in the end.  I want to never give up and be like her.
Tiffany: What is your favorite TV show?
Makenzie: Good Luck Charlie on Disney.

Having fun at the NAM National Pageant! Beach Time! 

Tiffany: What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?
Makenzie: I was learning how to knee board and when I fell off the board I didn’t know to let go of the rope! Oops!
Tiffany: If you had three wishes what would you wish for?
Makenzie: I would wish there was no more CANCER, every kid would have a home and food, and to open my own dance studio.

Tiffany: If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
Makenzie: I would go to Paris, France! My great great grandparents were form France and I would love to see different places there and learn the language!
Tiffany: What is your definition of a NAM girl?
Makenzie: A NAM girl is someone who is confident, honest, and positive, caring, smart and a great role model.

Tiffany: If you were stranded on a deserted island what three things could you not live without?
Makenzie: If I was stranded on an island I would have to have a phone to call home or 911 with, food, because I love to eat, and my toothbrush, I hate dirty teeth!

Having fun with my little sister! She is Miss Louisiana Princess 2013!
Tiffany:What is your most prized possession?
Makenzie: My picture of my Nana, I miss her so much!  Also her rosary, I know how much she believed in the power of prayer from the rosary.
Tiffany: How would your friends describe you?
Makenzie: My friends would say I am sweet, smart, dedicated, and the shortest in my class.  Oh, the also would say I am a crazy about dance.

Tiffany:How are you making a difference in your community?
Makenzie: I donate my time to several organizations, like local nursing homes, the local autism network, but my passion is helping with the local Relay for Life! I want to find a cure for CANCER!
Tiffany: If you could go back in time and be at any historical event what would it be?
Makenzie:I would go back to see when JFK was president.
       Tiffany: If you could go back in time and meet one person, who would it be?
Makenzie: I would go back to meet George Washington, the First President. 

Making life long friends is what NAM is all about!

 Tiffany: If you could be famous for something, what would you want to be famous for?
Makenzie: I would be famous for my dancing, my dance studio and my dance students.
      Tiffany: What is your favorite book? and why?
Makenzie: The Little Princess is my favorite book. It makes me laugh and cry every time I would read it,
Tiffany: Where is your favorite place to shop?
Makenzie: I love Dillard’s and small unique boutiques.
Tiffany: Who is the most influential person in the world now?
Makenzie: Pope Francis, he ROCKS!
    Tiffany: Who or what inspires you most?
Makenzie: My dance teacher, Mrs. Stephanie, inspires me the most.

NAM National Queens at the national pageant!

Tiffany: What have you learned about yourself since competing in pageants?
Makenzie: That with hard work and determination, dreams are possible.  Also, I am my biggest competitor!
Tiffany: What advice do you have for future NAM girls?
Makenzie: I would tell them to always be yourself, have fun, and make new friends.  They should also need to have confidence and believe in yourself.
 Tiffany: What things do you hope to accomplish during your year of service?
Makenzie: I want to travel to as many places I can, meet new people and make tons of friends.  I just want to enjoy every moment, because I know time flies when you are having fun!
Tiffany: What would you like to be doing 10 years from now?
Makenzie: Wow, I will be 20!!  I see myself as a member of LSU’s Golden Girls cheering    for my Fighting Tigers.  Working hard on my business degree and competing for Miss America.
Tiffany: If someone could live your life for a week, what would they find most interesting?      
Makenzie:That dance is not my passion, it is my obsession!  
Tiffany: What is the best compliment you have ever received? 
Makenzie:That I have a big heart and that I am truly honest.

Dance Time!

Having fun during rehearsals at nationals!

The 2013-2014 National All-American Miss Jr. Pre-Teen!