Thursday, August 20, 2015

Farewell for Miss New Jersey Pre-Teen Cover Girl!

 I was extremely excited to become the 2014 Pre-teen Cover girl for National American Miss, and honored to represent this wonderful pageant system for the year. I enjoyed meeting and working with my sister queens, particularly Katie Sour, who has been my role model and friend for a few years. I also enjoyed getting to know the Sweetheart Cover girl Michaela. Although I was not able to go to the Nationals because my grandma got married during that time last Thanksgiving, I enjoyed promoting National American Miss while advancing my non-profit platform and during my extensive travels with my family this past year. I proudly wore my crown and banner during the Walk the Positive Path event that I organized for the youth in my community and all the other charity events I attended. My crown and banner traveled with me everywhere from London and Berlin to Tallinn and Moscow. Being the NAM Covergirl helped me to start conversations with pre-teens everywhere about the daily choices they make and to hopefully inspire them to be friendly and helpful to others, to work hard to pursue their dreams and to stay away from the negative influences. Although I am a bit sad to pass on my Covergirl title to my successor, I am grateful for the privilege to have enjoyed it and excited about continuing my involvement with the National American Miss system.

What an Awesome Year for Miss New York Princess!

I can’t believe it has been a year since I was crowned your 2014 National American Miss NY Princess. I have had the most amazing year full of excitement and new experiences. Upon being crowned our town Mayor declared September 23rd forever to be known as Lilly Fauci Day! Can you believe that at 6 year’s old I have my own day!!! Then I was proclamated by the State of NY for always reaching for my goals and being a good role model to other children. I was able to use my title to help raise awareness for so many organizations including St. Jude’s, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association, St. Rita’s Free Medical Clinic, the Harrison Food Pantry, and the SPCA. I spent my year continuing to grow my confidence and character through Girl Scouts, an organization that I strongly support, by participating in food drives, donation collections, and cookie sales. I was the 2015 top cookie seller for my troop and helped donate over 200 boxes of cookies for “Operation Cookie Drop”. I participated as a contestant in the Voice of NYC to benefit St. Jude’s where I sang, “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables. It wasn’t all work and I had lots of fun along the way. I spent the year hanging with my sister queens as they visited NYC, to marching in parades, to launching my modeling career. Going to Nationals was a dream come true. I met so many girls just like me who want to help their communities, become leaders, and change the world for the better. I made life long friends and saw those friends shine at competition at Nationals.  We had a blast running through the streets of Hollywood and attending the super fun rehearsals. I even got the coveted Spirit Stick!!! And of course, I can’t believe that I made Top 5! Never stop dreaming big, never stop reaching for your goals,  always have your invisible crown on, and remember you can do whatever you want, all you need to do is try! Always and Forever, your 2014 National American Miss NY Princess Lilly Fauci.