After competing in National American Miss for eleven years, finally having the Miss Texas Teen crown placed on my head was a dream come true. I utilized every opportunity I received to proudly represent National American Miss with my crown on my head and my title across my chest. I quickly realized that giving is endless when you possess a servant’s spirit. What has been, and will always be, one of my favorite opportunities was participating in Children’s Miracle Network reunions. The “Miracle Babies” never fail to fill my heart with appreciation. In addition I emceed a bridal fashion show benefitting individuals with intellectual disabilities twice and I choose to gather, package, and wrap hundreds of Christmas gifts for underprivileged children as my National Service Project. Although I participated in many volunteerism, my personal favorite was the scholarship foundation I founded in honor of my late father. With my passion for the performing arts, I had the desire to fundraise for the foundation with a Talent Search! I had a blast and it was amazing knowing that my personal organization is changing lives. National American Miss is a pageant of opportunities and unbreakable family, I am beyond grateful to have found my NAMily. To all you beautiful young ladies competing this summer, the main lesson NAM has taught me is to never give up on my dream. Even if it takes over a decade to achieve, the final product is worth the wait. Good luck, and God Bless!
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
My year, as the 2014 Miss Texas Jr. Pre-teen, has been nothing short of amazing! From the moment I was crowned, I hit the ground running. As a member of my local 4-H chapter, I was able to do monthly community involvement projects, in addition to showing my own pig. Just to name a few of those projects; I collected school supplies, donated socks to local nursing homes and collected cat/ dog food for our local pound. Although I was able to contribute to my community on a monthly bases, the accomplishment that I am most proud of, is my American Cancer Society relay for life team, The “Little Miss Texas Cancer Crushers”! We raised $5015.47!!! Although it may seem like my year has been all work and no play, that is far from the truth! In addition to giving back to my community and raising money for a cure for cancer, I was also able to meet the Mayor of my hometown and I got to visit our local radio station, where I was able to talk about my reign as Miss Texas and promote the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life. In November, I traveled to California for the national pageant where I made new friends and had the experience of a lifetime with my family. I am so blessed to have had this experience at such a young age. I am forever grateful to NAM for this opportunity and my parents for their unconditional love! Best wishes to my successor!
2014 Miss Texas Jr. Pre-Teen
Being selected as the 2014 National American Miss Texas Princess has meant so much to me. It has been great being a positive role model for girls my age and getting to help them understand that you can do what you set your mind to. I had the chance to meet the Adam’s Angel Ministry Staff, which is a charity for childhood cancer, and some of the Relay for Life members in our area. I made items to sell in which all proceeds were donated to both of the non-profit organizations. I have been collecting stuffed animals and books to give to the local first responders for children at emergency scenes. Some of my best memories were having fun with my sister queens who become like family during nationals and other places we volunteered. I want to wish everyone good luck at state and hope they make the best out of every chance they get. Take advantage of all the opportunities during pageant weekend to make friends because they last a life time. As I always say … “Remember, no matter what … you are all winners!” I am your 2014 National American Miss Texas Princess Rylynn Thumann.
I had an amazing year as your Miss Texas Jr. Pre-Teen and am sad to see it coming to an end. My time as a queen passed so quickly, but it has been nothing short of perfect. Soon it will be time to crown my successor and I’m so excited for her. My title has allowed me to serve as a role model for other girls and this was one of the greatest honors I’ve ever had. In doing so, I have become an active member of my community and met so many wonderful people. I’ve learned that what may seem like a small gesture on my part, can certainly be so much more to someone else.
I began my year by volunteering with Lunches of Love, a group that serves lunches to deserving children. I also walked for a cure with Susan G. Komen in honor of my Nana who passed away from breast cancer when I was very small. I dumped ice cold water on my head to benefit ALS research and wore a red nose to fight childhood hunger.
Last summer, I traveled to some other state pageants, including one in Dallas and New York. In the fall, I had a fun filled photo shoot and also rode in a parade in Galveston with many of my sister queens. Following that, I headed off to sunny California to attend Nationals. I reunited with many of my friends across the country there and did my absolute best – I had a great time. I returned home knowing I had represented Texas well and brought with me many trophies, some of which included: 4th runner up actress, 3rd runner up photogenic, 3rd runner up most promising model and 1st runner up best thank you note. Lastly, this spring, I attended several open calls and training sessions where I met girls so enthused to begin their journey with NAM. They are so lucky and have no idea how much this amazing pageant system will benefit them!
I must thank those that have contributed to making my year unforgettable. The NAM staff is the best ever and will always have a special place in my heart. My sister queens are NAMily to me and forever will be. Last, but not least, my family; including my parents, sister, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins who I know have always supported me. My sister Stephanie has taught me more than she or I can ever realize and is definitely my best friend. My mom and dad continue to always be my biggest fans and bring out the best in me. I can always hear them cheering for me when I’m on stage.
To all of you competing this year in NAM or even those just thinking about it – remember to always have fun and just be yourself – the rewards from that will automatically follow. A huge smile on your face and a friendly attitude can never be overlooked and will benefit you well beyond pageant weekend.
Good luck and God Bless!
I am and forever will be your 2014 Miss Texas Jr. Pre-Teen,