Thursday, July 30, 2015

What an Amazing Year for Miss Texas Jr. Pre-Teen!

WOW!! I can’t believe it’s been a year since I was crowned the 2014 National America Miss North Texas Jr. Pre-Teen Division 1! I have had such an AMAZING year!
I was invited to meet the mayor of Tomball and was asked to start a city council meeting with the pledge of allegiance! It was such an honor.  That day I met so many people in my community that were so excited for me and looked forward to working with me. It wasn’t long before I was invited to be in city parades, participate in several ribbon cuttings for new local businesses and help out with TONS of fun events in my community. It was CRAZY BUSY but CRAZY FUN!!
I met so many businesses owners I decided to challenge them to help me make a difference, benefiting the Houston Food Bank. I challenged local business to collect as many nonperishable food items as possible in 24 days!  With their help I was able to donate over 1000 items to the Houston Food Bank.  It was INCREDIBLE!!
It was a true blessing to represent Texas at Nationals as Central Texas! I loved spending time with my family, going to Disneyland, Hollywood, and having a blast with my NAMaily during all the pageant events. During my week at nationals I was so excited to have been chosen to receive one of the few NAM “spirit sticks” passed out at rehearsals! I am proud to say I earned a National Cover Girl title, 1st Runner Up for Most Promising Model, 1st runner up Miss Spirited and a Spirit of America award.   At  NAM nationals I made memories and friendships that will last a lifetime!
After nationals I was invited to help crown the new 2015 Miss. and Mrs. Wheelchair Texas Queens. It was such an amazing evening. I met so many beautiful young ladies and learned so much about the challenges some people face every day.
 I was excited to participate in open calls! Had a BLAST with my sister queens and enjoyed spreading the word of what an AMAZING organization National American Miss really is!
I am so grateful for so many people who have helped make my year the amazing year it was.
Being a part of the NAMily has been a highlight in my life.  The experience of being Miss Texas Jr. Pre-Teen has been remarkable! National American Miss has given me the confidence to try so many new things. It has taught me to set goals and work hard to reach them.  
For the contestants participating in the North Texas pageant, I want to welcome all of you to a fun-filled and exciting weekend.  Take this opportunity to meet new friends from all over our GREAT state of Texas. Remember to always SMILE and DREAM BIG. Best wishes and have a great time!
To my successor enjoy every moment of your time as Miss Texas Jr. Pre-Teen. Make a difference every day! Always make memories that will last a lifetime!
I am your 2014 Miss Texas Jr. Pre-teen, Kamryn Grice.


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Featuring Miss New Jersey Pre-Teen!

Being crowned Miss NJ Pre-Teen was such an astonishing moment for me.  I was pleasantly surprised and is still in amazement that my name was called.  I participated with so many talented and beautiful young ladies,   I am proud to say that I am a NAM girl,  it has done so much for me, the life skills that come from pageantry and this organization is priceless, girls learn to dream big, and express themselves positively with respect, poise and confidence.           

Being a NAM girl has made me realize that self-confidence is one of the greatest gift that you can give yourself.  Last year I was featured in the movie “Shadows” about bullying.  It has become one of my platforms.  The fight against bullying has become one of great importance in our society today among young people and in the school environment. .  Self-confidence and self-respect and the ability to bring your complaints to the attention of those in authority, is simply the greatest way to fight them off.                             
NAM has brought to many positive aspects to every pageant weekend, yet the positive values, the fun experiences and enduring friendships last a lifetime.  My own friendships with my sister queens has become invaluable to me.  We always have so much fun together; whether we’re attending a community event, or during open calls.
            My year would not have even possible without the everlasting love and support of my loving parents, the guidance of the perfect perfectionist Miss T.  and lastly I would like to thank Steve and Kathleen Myers for creating a pageant system that allows girls to be themselves and excel, showing the world that we can be smart and beautiful, ready to conquer the world while wearing a crown and pretty high heels, and for those of us who are not wearing that crown, you learn to embrace yourself wearing that invisible crown with your chin up, shoulder back and a big smile.

Andrea Alyssa John
Miss New Jersey Princess 2014 

Featuring Miss Texas Teen Kaiden Lynn Maines!

A decade to remember. 
Those are the words that come to mind to describe my time with National American Miss.

When I began competing in 2005 at the age of 7, I would never have expected that 10 years later I would be here with 3 state titles and priceless life skills. I am so blessed to have spent so much of my life in a pageant system that teaches girls to embrace their God given beauty and helps grow their confidence. When I heard my name called as the 2014 Miss Texas Teen, I was shocked beyond belief, and little did I know that God was opening a door for one of the greatest years of my life!  Before I knew it I was off to the National pageant.  I was so excited to make new friends and be reunited with so many of my old pageant sisters!  I was honored to walk away with my 3rd the National Spokesmodel Title speaking on my platform: Rachel's Challenge. There is no greater feeling than knowing that every time I present my speech, I am changing the world, and for that I am forever grateful. To finish off a perfect week at Nationals, to my complete surprise, I walked away with a Top 10 Semi-finalist trophy and for that I am very, very humbled.  

Over these past 10 years, National American Miss has become such an important part of my life and means so much to me. Over this decade with NAM I have grown in my interview and leadership skills, gained self-esteem and determination, and I have learned what it means to be a confident young woman.

First and foremost, I would like to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Without Him, none of this would have been possible. I give all the glory to Him! To Steve and Kathleen Mayes, thank you for creating a pageant system where extraordinary girls get to do extraordinary things all while feeling confident and beautiful in our own skin! I cannot ever thank you both enough for all you do!  To Mrs. Tiffany, Mrs. LaKisha, Mr. Shane and all of the NAM staff who have become my second family over these years;  thanks for always being there to put a smile on my face, and to wipe away a few tears every now and then!  Love to ALL my NAMily.  To all my sister queens, I love every single one of you and I am so happy to have spent this year with you. Thanks to my family; especially to my mom who has been on this journey with me from 2005 to 2015. Thank you for always encouraging me to follow my dreams even when it gets difficult.  Love you lots! 

Contestants remember: pageant weekend isn't about the crown. It's about creating a more confident and comfortable YOU! Always keep that in mind and always remember that God has a very special plan for each and every one of you!  As my days of NAM competitions are coming to an end, I will keep this one special saying very close to my heart: "Old queens never die. They just become staff." National American Miss has been home for me these past 10 years and always will be! Thanks to everyone who has made my decade here at NAM so wonderful! And don't worry- I WILL be back! 

With that being said, signing off for the last time, I was and forever will be, your National American Miss Texas Teen 2014, Kaiden Lynn Maines. 

Emily McNeal Miss Texas Pre-Teen has been an Amazing Role Model!

Words can't describe the amazing year I had as your 2014 Miss Texas Preteen! 

I had the time of my life volunteering and representing National American Miss. This year I volunteered at the D'Feet Breast Cancer event with some of my sister queens, a few of us worked at the Houston Food Bank together, I spent a rewarding day helping at the Beaumont Buddy Walk, and loved spending my time with the most amazing girls at Texas' Miss Amazing Pageant. I held a sock drive for a local women and children's shelter, I collected and donated art supplies for Texas Children's Hospital, Trick-or-Treated for canned goods to donate to the food bank, I worked with another sister queen at a HEB with their Tackle Hunger campaign, and I held a state wide blanket making event that benefitted cancer patients. I even read to kids at my old elementary school and talked to them about how important it is to be yourself. 

Nationals was a dream come true! It's an experience I'll never forget and I'm so glad to have met and spent time with so many of my sister queens from across the nation. I had the time of my life at Disney and on the Hollywood Tour!! I was so honored to take home an overall top 10 trophy, 2nd RU for Photogenic and and re-competing in the Spokesmodel competition and placing 4th RU!

After Nationals I almost couldn't wait to meet girls from all over the state of Texas at Open Calls and Training Sessions! I remember how special it was going to my Open Call and meeting a NAM queen. I dreamed that one day I would be there wearing the crown and banner, and that dream came true! I had fun taking pictures with the girls and getting to know some on Instagram. I loved talking to them, answering questions and sharing my excitement and experiences with NAM. I was also excited to get to share my heart for volunteering with them while we made blankets to give to Cancer patients. 

I really enjoyed going to other state pageants as Visiting Royalty and helping out! It was an honor to represent Texas and be with my NAMily from other states! 

I had the most amazing time with my sister queens this year! We have a bond that will never be broken. Spending time with them, having photo shoots, taking selfies with our selfie sticks, riding in parades, volunteering, and at NAM events was the most fun. I loved every moment with them; every picture we took and every goofy thing we did!

Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Mayes for creating an organization where girls can stretch themselves and grow into confident, equipped young women, all while being themselves. I also want to thank you for having amazing staff who really love their jobs and pass their infectious love of NAM on to others. I had a wonderful year; wearing a NAM crown and banner was a dream come true.

Thank you Mom, Dad, Ethan and Elliot for always supporting me and being on my team. I love y'all more than I can say! Thank you, God, for giving me this opportunity to show love and kindness while wearing a crown.

Throughout my reign I wanted to make sure girls learned you don't have to be a "grown-up" to make a difference. Volunteering is just, seeing a need, and responding. I agree with John Kennedy when he said, "One person can make a difference, and every one should try." So, Be a Fire Starter and volunteer in your community!

Emily McNeal, 2014 North Texas Preteen

Featuring Miss Texas Pre-Teen 2014 Madison Johnson!

My year as 2014 Miss Texas Preteen has been amazing. I have made life-long friends, and l can not thank NAM enough for the opportunity. I was a part of the Texas Reads One Book spear headed by Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett. I truly enjoyed sharing this experience with the kids at the Boys and Girls Club. Although this year has flown by, I have savored every moment. Spending time with my pageant sisters in California will forever be a part of me. To all of my pageant sisters, I love you and remember Ephesians 2:10 We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Jesus Christ, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago. Thank you to my parents, grandparents, and my little brother Maddox for all of your support. To Ashlyn, my cousin and bestie, thanks for always believing in me. I love you.

Take a Look at Miss New Jersey Teen 2014!

Twelve years ago, I stood on the NAM stage for the first time as a Princess which is where I began to make and treasure memories, and gain valuable friendships. Today, I have become a confident woman who has goals, ambitions and have learned so many life lessons. Being a two time NJ NAM State Queen, it is safe to say that I LOVE NAM and I am thankful for the opportunities I have had in my life.
This year, I attended the ‘Miss America’ Pageant in Atlantic City, volunteered at the ‘Back to School Community Fair’ in my town, participated in the ‘Cancer Ends Here’ walk, walked in the ‘Bordentown Halloween Parade’, was a hostess at the ‘Heart Ball’ for the American Heart Association, performed at the NJ ‘Veterans Home’, walked and volunteered in the ‘Cure for Arthritis’ run/walk, rode in the ‘Memorial Day Parade’, rode in the ‘Fourth of July Parade’, attended numerous NJ Open Calls/Training Sessions, and was visiting royalty at the KY and Upstate NY Pageants.
As you can see, I have had a fun and busy year. I would like to wish the best of luck to all of you this weekend. Remember to smile, be confident and most importantly ‘have fun’ and create countless memories that will last a lifetime. National American Miss is a pageant system like no other and it is what dreams are truly made of.
I couldn’t be more honored to be your 2014 National American Miss New Jersey Teen.

Much love,

Krystle Tomlinson