Thursday, August 13, 2015

A few words from the 2014 National American Miss Pennsylvania Melessie Clark

My year as your National American Miss Pennsylvania has been nothing short of amazing. After capturing the Teen title in 2012, I was so honored to represent my state for the second time as your 2014 Miss Pennsylvania Queen. I had such a wonderful time at Nationals in Anaheim, California where I was reunited with my sister queens and friends I have made throughout my years with NAM (aka my NAMily)! I was so honored to have won several awards, including the National American Miss National Actress and Talent titles. Topping off the exciting week, I placed 2nd Runner-Up to the National American Miss title! I surely made memories that will last a lifetime. National American Miss has provided me with many wonderful opportunities.
During my year of service, I had the privilege of singing the National Anthem at several prestigious events, including my alma mater’s annual Veteran’s Day ceremony. I continued to promote the importance of giving back by participating in my alma mater’s hip-hop dance team’s fundraiser, "Who Do You Dance For?" dance-a-thon, in which proceeds went to charities like the Make-A-Wish Foundation. I also had the opportunity to speak with young girls in my community about “true beauty” and chasing their dreams. I am so thankful to my friends and family who have supported my journey with NAM. This organization holds such a special place and my heart and has taught me that with passion, persistence, and prayer, anything is possible. Because of the confidence NAM has instilled in me, I will never cease to dream big!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

What an Amazing Year for Miss New Jersey Princess!

One year ago, I took my very first steps on the NAM Stage. I would have never guessed I would be crowned your 2014-2015 National American Miss New Jersey Princess. When I heard my name called, I knew I won, but I didn’t really understand what I had just won. Yea, I knew I won lots of cool prizes, but I didn’t know what it meant to be your New Jersey Princess Queen. I mean hello, I was only 6! I don’t even think my mom knew what I just won.

Meeting my sister queens and their families for the very first time, will always be remembered and cherished. It was about a month after our crowning and about a week before my birthday and they surprised me with the American Girl Doll I wanted! Isabelle, the Girl of the year. At that very moment, I knew what the word “Namily” meant. My family just got bigger. My Sister Queens have been amazing role models and I couldn’t have chosen a better group of girls to experience my first year of pageantry with. Every time we are together, whether it is a fun event, dinner, or a community event, it’s guaranteed, going to be a great day. A day filled with lots of laughter and love. Oh and can’t forget pictures!

During my reign, I helped raise awareness and money for Breast Cancer at a Pink Gala Event and walked in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Walk, partnered with the American Heart Association to help raise money and awareness for people who suffer from heart disease, made guest appearances at many local events, spoke to young girls about confidence and told them about my first pageant experience, and even appeared in a few parades with my sister queens. My sister queens and I also attended many open calls and trainings! I modeled in a fashion show benefiting orphans in the Dominican Republic and was a special VIP guest for Philly Kids Fashion Week, which benefited the Ronald McDonald House. Nam has helped me learn lifelong skills that will help me as I grow older, that I will forever cherish. I have enjoyed all of the opportunities given to me and I have NAM and their AMAZING staff to thank for that!

Contestants, HAVE FUN! Shake off all those butterflies and get ready to have a fabulous time! Take lots and lots of pictures! You are going to go home with friends and memories to last a lifetime! If this is your first time up on that stage, relax, smile and show us your confidence! I was in the same position as you; I stood on that very stage, with those same butterflies. Always remember though, YOU ARE ALL WINNERS! No matter who is crowned, YOU ARE A WINNER.

To my successor, continue to take lots and lots of pictures! Get ready for the ride of your life! Enjoy every single moment because it will be over before you know it!

Love Always,
2014-2015 National American Miss NJ Princess
Briyah Love Nobles

What an Awesome Year for Miss New Jersey Jr. Pre-Teen Soleil Thomas

Last summer I had the biggest shock of my life when I heard my name being called as your new Miss New Jersey Jr. Pre-Teen! This year flew by so fast and I can honestly say that this has been the best year of my life!
NAM has given me so much confidence and taught me so many life lessons. I want ALL of this years contestants to know that this will be one of the best experiences you will EVER have no matter the outcome!  You are ALL already winners and I hope you remember to smile, make new friends, and have FUN!
To start off my rein, I volunteered at my local animal shelter and raised over $1,000. Next it was off to sunny California for Nationals! I made so many new friends and I had such a great time! I was also able to visit a Homeless Shelter, build a wall for Habitat for Humanity, travel to libraries across New Jersey to read to kindergarteners, make appearances in Parades, help with open calls and training sessions and was visiting royalty in Connecticut and Massachusetts!  
I want to thank GOD, my Mom, Dad, my sister Ava, sister queens and all my family and friends for being there for me no matter what! Thank you to ALL the NAM staff and my NAMily, for everything! You are the reason my year has been so great!

Love your 2014 ~ 2015

New Jersey Jr. Pre-Teen Now and Forever, Soleil Thomas

Featuring Miss New Jersey Jr. Pre-Teen Cover Girl!

Michaela McHenry 2014 National American Miss New Jersey Junior Pre-Teen Cover Girl is so excited about the upcoming State Pageant!
Here is a message from your reigning New Jersey State Cover Girl 
and National Cover Girl 2014:
It has been such a fun year and I LOVE being a part of the NAM Family.
Having 2 older brothers...I have always wanted a sister and now I have
 Sisters all over the country!
My favorite part of being New Jersey Junior Pre-Teen
 Cover Girl is all the friends we have made.
I attended the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, traveled to California, visited Disneyland &  Hollywood and best of all in California I was honored as a National Cover Girl.
Thank you to my amazing State Directors Steve & Kathleen Mayes and  
very special thanks to
 Dawn Lee Costa and Lauren.
When we got back from California I put my crown to work!
I have enjoyed being involved in my community: helping with a Toy Drive for Great Expectations, visiting The Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital and helping The Bernards PEC 
with a 5K to raise money for children 
with special needs and learning disabilities.
Our Taekwondo school has a special program that  I enjoy being a mentor and role model and always look at what kids CAN do then change the rules
 a little bit so everyone can participate.
Thank you to Holly & LadyD...I  loved being in the St Patrick's Day and 4th of July Parades with my sister Queens: Briyah, Soleil, Andrea, Silvana, Katie, Krystle and Celinda
 ...I love you girls!
Good Luck to all the 2015 New Jersey State Finalist!
I am so excited to see you at the State Pageant in New Brunswick.
"Whatever you can achieve"
Love always, your 2014 NAM NJ Jr Pre-Teen Cover Girl,
 Michaela McHenry 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Featuring Miss Texas Pre-Teen 2014!

Farewell Speech

One year ago, I nervously stood on stage with some of my best friends that I had met through NAM. Hearing my name called as the 2014 National American Miss Texas Pre-teen was a moment I will never forget; blood rushing and a smile so big, you could see it from outer space. After hearing, “Hannah Sizenbach,” I pinched myself 3 times to make sure it wasn’t a dream. I take that back; it was a dream, a dream come true. My first year with NAM, I was a shy nine year old girl. Now after year number 3, as I crown my successor, I’m proud to say that I am an outgoing, chatterbox of a thirteen year old. NAM has helped me find my voice, whether I’m in a restaurant or presenting a speech to thousands across the nation. Not to mention, my year of reign was the journey of a lifetime. I was able to bring notice to organizations like the Granite Shoals Police Officer Association, Fashion 4 Shelters, and countless more! I hosted toy, school supply, and clothing drives, as well as putting together care packages for children entering the CPS and recent flood victims. I was honored to be able to attend Nationals in California over Thanksgiving. What better way to spend the holiday than Disneyland, Hollywood, making new friends from across the country, and having a blast with your family. None of it would’ve happened without my mom; she takes me everywhere, makes me practice, and doesn’t let me make too much of a fool of myself. But no matter what happens, she always loves me. Then there is my dad who lets us use his credit card. Thanks Dad. My “Pageant Fairy Godmother,” Billy Jones, was also a huge part of my success. He wouldn’t let me attend an event without my hair done properly. I owe it to you, Billy. Thank you to Kathy and Steve Mayes, for making the NAM stage a place to call home. To my sister queens, I know I couldn’t have made it through the year if it weren’t for our shared laughter. Last but not least, thank you to the NAM judges. You guys were the ones who embarked me on such a magnificent journey that I will never forget. To my successor, it may be the end of your competition, but it’s the beginning of an awesome reign. For the last time, I am your 2014 National American Miss Texas Pre-teen, Hannah Paige Sizenbach.

Featuring Miss Texas Pre-Teen Emily McNeal!

Check out this amazing video of Emily McNeal, Miss Texas Pre-Teen 2014! Emily had an awesome time representing the Lone Star State and is a role-model for girls across the nation!