Tuesday, July 29, 2014
I was so excited when Miss Megan called my name as the 2013 Miss California Princess Queen. As my first job as Queen, I started Change for Chickens, where I collected money for families in Africa to buy chickens. With my church, I donated books and school supplies to Amelia's Light. Then my sister queens and I participated in coastal cleanup day to make our beaches beautiful. I also was a buddy at The Miss Amazing Pageant. Nationals was the best week of my life! I made lots of new friends and I got to play at Disneyland.
I want to thank Brian and Megan for being the best state directors. To my sister queens, thank you for always being there for me. Marissa, I'm going to miss you when I give up my crown. Danielle, I am your sweater always and forever. Cousin, I hope your crown is next. Nanni, thank you for making all my dresses perfect. Mommy, you’re the best mom ever. Auntie Weesa, I couldn't be queen without you. And most of all, thank you God for everything!
To my successor, you’re about to have the best year of your life. Remember to relax, breathe, and smile. A world of opportunities is about to open up for you.
Always and forever, I am your 2013 Miss California Princess Aubrie Jean Lightfeldt.
When I heard my name called last year, I thought I was dreaming. I was so happy to see my hard work and determination finally paid off. My thoughts were – “my family and I have done it”. We worked so hard as a family and we believed that GOD IS ALWAYS with US in this journey.
The year has come and gone, but the memories will last a lifetime. My reign as 2013 Miss Florida Pre-Teen Queen has been exciting and full of memories. I participated in numerous volunteer projects. I took part in many Walk to End Alzheimer’s events to raise awareness and money aimed at finding the cure for Alzheimer’s. I had the honor to join an Eco-Friendly Fashion Show for Earth Day to encourage people to take care of our environment and mother earth before it’s too late. I collaborated with an organization called “Clean the World”, where I put together almost 100 personal care packages that were sent to Women’s Shelters nationwide. I had the opportunity to sing for senior citizens with Alzheimer’s in local assisted living facilities. This experience was most gratifying because my grandmother is also an Alzheimer’s victim.
Overall, I feel that I have made a big difference in the world. But, I believed that my best legacy is to inspire others especially all the 2014 NAM contestants - to dream it, commit to it, and believe that GOD is ALWAYS with YOU as you work hard until you ACHIEVE it.
- Tori Sonza
From the moment being crowned as National American Miss Washington Jr. Teen, to writing this letter to you in anticipation of crowning my successor, I am beyond grateful for the moments that have made up this memorable year. Being state queen gave me opportunities to become more involved in my community by volunteering at Mary Bridge Hospital, Boys and Girls Club, Dream Center and more. Through my foundation, Project Claire Bear, I spoke to kids to prevent bullying and promote kindness. I also had fun helping at the Evergreen State Fair and being in my hometown parade! What makes this year even more special is that I spent it with my amazing sister queens. I will always cherish the memories we have made together this year. My very favorite part of this year has been getting to know you all. I loved helping at the NAM open calls and meeting everyone. As my reign concludes, I find myself reflecting on what NAM means to me. I’ve been fortunate to be part of this legacy and all of you are part of it too. You’re all special and will achieve great things. To the State Finalists, this weekend is all about fun! Throughout this weekend, be proud of yourselves, I know I’m proud of you. You worked so hard to be here and I hope you will use your time here to meet new people and enjoy yourself. Remember to always pursue your dreams and stay positive! Good luck!
Miss Washington Jr. Teen 2013
To the Contestants,
I truly remember every moment of my crowning. “Your 2013 National American Miss Kansas Jr Teen is…….Azia Lynch!” I was happy and sad all at once…it was priceless! I am a girl that truly grew in this awesome program from the quiet little princess to your friendly sassy big sister. Oh the growth!!!! Ladies, I always took home something from each pageant but it was 8 years before I heard my name as the queen and honestly it was when I least expected it.
Throughout my reign I have experienced many rewarding memories from parades, going to state pageants, speaking at schools, and letting my youth basketball team wear my crown. Moments I will cherish forever! One my highlights was meeting girls from across the United States in California for the national pageant who had the same vision I had in ending bullying in schools.
Take this from my experience, if you are constantly improving your interview skills, your public speaking, your overall confidence you are a queen! Please remember the crown is great but the friendships you make and the experience you have will last forever! I like to share to always strive for your best without comparing yourself to others. Volunteer at places because it is something you love. Help others because it makes you a better person. Dress and act like the job you want not the job you have. Always remember to smile most importantly have a GREAT TIME!
I have to thank all of NAMISS and of course my state directors for making this the best year of my life and one I will never ever forget!
Best of Luck and with ALL of my Love!
Miss Kansas Jr Teen 2013
National Actress Winner
I'm Aimee Short, your 2013 National American Miss Jr. Teen Florida. It had been my dream since 2008 to be Miss Florida and on July 15, 2013 I learned that dreams really do come true.
Throughout my reign I have done several appearances. I kicked off my year by visiting the Miss Sunshine State pageant on labor day weekend. In November I traveled to California to compete at nationals for the first time. I didn't feel disappointed not winning on my first try but I did feel joy coming back having made new friends and memories. In December I had the honor of being the grand marshal in my hometown’s Christmas parade. I also got to help out with open calls in January and I got to make a cool video with my sister queens, after we worked of course. In February I was a V.I.P. at the Miss UCF pageant which was pretty cool. In march I got to attend the call back sessions. I also got to meet with the governor. He signed one of my pictures. In July I attended the north Florida pageant. I got to hang with my sisters and see them give up their titles.
To all the contestants competing, always remember that its not about winning or losing. Its about discovering you for you and making new friends. The friends I've made throughout the years are now my sister queens, I couldn't have asked for better sisters.