Friday, July 3, 2015

It's Been a Wonderful Year for Miss Florida Jr. Pre-Teen!

Hello, this is Miss Florida Jr. Preteen, Megan Henry. I’ve had a great year and wanted to say thank you. I first want to say thank you to NAM. You’ve given me many skills like confidence, stage presence, and interview skills. Confidence helps you talk to new people or speak in front of a large crowd. Stage presence is to be mindful of what you’re doing on stage. Interview skills are what you need if you want a job. NAM has given me these tree things and more. Thank you NAM for what you’ve given me!
I would also like to thank my sister queens for helping me throughout the year. Most of my sister queens have done NAM before and knows exactly what to do and how. I’ve had a lot of fun getting to know you guys. My favorite parts were the open calls and taking pictures! Thank you sister queens for all the fun!
I would love to give a big thanks to my sponsors for donating money to me. You guys are a big part of why I’m Miss Florida. Donating is something you don’t have to do, but my sponsors did anyway. I might not have gotten the dress I got without you guys. Thank you sponsors for donating so generously!
And the last people that I would like to thank is my family. They’re so many things to thank you for that you don’t even know. I would like to thank my Aunts, Uncles, Grandmas, Grandpas, and other family members for supporting me and donating for the pageant. I’d like to give a special thanks to my sister, Taryn, and my brother, Benjamin, for supporting me and taking excellent pictures. I would lastly like to give a very, very, very special thanks to my mom and dad for letting me do the pageant and go to California to compete. My family is my biggest supporter and I love them. Thank you family!
Yours Truly,
Miss Florida Jr. Preteen, Megan 

What an Awesome Year for Miss Florida Pre-Teen!

What a year I've had!! From volunteering at the Foster Closet helping children pick out Halloween costumes and shoes, and packing school backpacks with the Children's Home Society to showing my support for illnesses with my own organization "Looming For A Cause". I can't believe it's almost over, I enjoyed meeting all of you at Open Calls and look forward to seeing you in Jacksonville. Good Luck to all of you! See you soon:-)
Kayley Klatt 
2014 National American Miss Florida Pre-Teen 

We are so proud of Miss Florida Jr. Teen!

Dear State Finalists and Families,
Congratulations on becoming a North Florida State Finalist! This is an honor you will carry with you, your entire life. This weekend will be one of the most fun and exciting weekends of your life. 
Through my year as Miss Florida Junior Teen, I have met many lifelong friends and made many unforgettable memories. As my journey began, I met many of my fellow sister queens and immediately felt welcomed by the entire NAM staff. Spending time as visiting royalty at other pageants and at nationals with my sisters made a bond that will never be broken. 
Nationals was definitely one of the most fun experiences during my reign. This is when all of your sister queens are in one place and you have time to bond. I got to experience Disneyland with all of my new friends and also had a fun photoshoot at the castle. Then I spent time with my family on the Hollywood tour. A very important aspect of your nationals experience is to become closer with your family members. They are there to support you and be 
there for you when you get stressed. My mom was definitely my biggest cheerleader during that week, and I could not have made it through the week without her. It is so exciting to spend Thanksgiving at Nationals. I was surrounded with new friends and family who were there for me. During the Thanksgiving dinner my grandparents were honored as being the couple who had been married the longest. That was such an amazing moment to spend with my family there. At the end of nationals I was blessed to have made top 10 in the nation. When I was called for top 10, Rayvon Owen escorted and sang to each of us as we walked back onto the stage. A couple months later Rayvon came in 4th place on the popular television show American Idol. I will carry these amazing experiences with me for the rest of my life.
The most rewarding part of my reign was definitely my service works. I was blessed with the opportunity to read to The Trinity Rescue Mission children every other week. They named this time with the kids “Reading with the Queen.” However through this, I had the time to get to know some of the children, and spend time listening to them about their lives. When I first began volunteering there, I thought I was going to be giving them happiness, and that I would brighten their days a little. Although the children were always excited to see me, I definitely got more out of it than what I gave. The kid’s smiling faces always made my days better than what they were before. If I was having a rough day before I went to go see them, my day became more worth-while. Another one of my favorite events was when I participated in the Take Steps for 
Crohn’s and Colitis walk. My next door neighbor was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, and I had the opportunity to walk with her in this walk. She was able to raise her goal amount, which will 
go toward paying for some of her hospital bills.
Through my experiences with NAM, I gained newfound confidence. It gave me better speaking skills, interview skills, and taught me how to keep my poise in scary situations (like 
speaking in front of people). This confidence definitely helped me when I went to a new school last year. I am so thankful for the opportunity NAM gave to my family and me. 
I am so excited for you and your family’s weekend to begin. Through this I hope you make as many new friends as possible, become closer with your family, and gain confidence in the 
beautiful girl you are! Be sure to compete this weekend with honor and grace. You deserve the best weekend possible and I hope you strive to accomplish all of your goals for this year. 

Best of wishes to you and your family!
2014 NAM Miss Florida Junior Teen
Erika Stallings

Miss Florida Teen!

Blain Waldorf once said, “The thing about new beginnings is that they require something else to end.” Even though this is a bitter / sweet moment for me, I could not have been more blessed to have had this journey. Just a year ago, I was going though the mall and found an open call letter addressed to me from National American Miss. I’ve never been more excited and nervous to try something new. The fun filled weekend at the pageant was more than I could put into words. I had this sense of a piece in my heart like I knew this was for me. When I heard my name called as your new Miss Florida Teen, my heart completely dropped. I couldn’t grasp that it was really me. I was shocked and thrilled to be crowned with this honorable responsibility. Right away I went straight to work, creating fundraising and speaking to girls of all ages, defining inner beauty. I had events for my family’s local charity, Foster Closet, a non profit for North Florida’s foster children. 
My favorite part of my reign, would have to be all the amazing people I’ve met, they have all impacted my life. 
National American Miss has taught me confidence. I’ve grown more confidence in myself. Not only on stage, but off in my everyday life.
I would like to thank God for giving me this wonderful opportunity to shine. To my Mom and Dad for their constant support and love.. Miss Lakisha. For cheering me on…And when my name was announceds as Teen Queen, My Family and Friends for being the loudest crowd ever! And of course, I could never forget my sister queens – Ava, Morgan, Kayley Erika, Jireh and Brittany….LOVE YA – Sista’s forever!!
And to my successor…Congratulations. You are in for the journey of your life, but remember one thing… Always stay humble! Things may not turn out the way your hoped, but there is a plan designed for you. You don’t need a sash around your chest and a crown around your head to make a difference in this world. You need to be yourself and everything else will fall into place. 
Now I would like to pass this quote down to you. “It’s the oldest storing in the world. One day you’re seventeen and planning for someday and then quietly and without you ever really noticing someday is today. That someday is yesterday and this is your life. WE spend so much time wanting, pursuing, wishing – but ambinistion is good, chasing things with integrity is good, - Dreaming. If you had a friend you knew you would never see again what would you say? If you could do one last thing for someone you love what would it be? Say it! Do it! Don’t Wait! Nothing last forever. Make a wish. Place it in your heart. Anything you want everything you want. Do you have it? Good. Now believe it could come true. You never know where the next miracle is going to come from, the next memory, the next smile, and the next wish that will come true. But if you believe that it’s right around the corner, and you open your heart and mind to the possibility of it… to the certainty of it you just might be the thing you wished for. The world is full of magic; you just have to believe in it. So make your wish, do you have it? Good. Now believe in it with all your heart.
2014 Miss Florida Teen, Reagan McGuire

What a Great Year for Miss Florida Princess!

Ava Rose Weber, 2014 National American Miss Florida Princess is so excited about our upcoming state pageant. Here is a message from your reigning state queen:
My year as NFL NAM Princess has been so much fun! I have had a great time with my NAM sisters and getting involved with my community! I got to help foster children to pick out Halloween costumes, meet lots of girls who will be at the State Pageant in July while at the preliminaries, and visit lots of other places as 2014 Princess! I am so excited to see you all at the State Pageant in Jacksonville!! Good luck to the 2015 Florida State Finalists!! I will see you there!!  
Love, Ava Rose Weber