Miss Florida Pre-Teen Joli Russo had an amazing year reasserting NAM and Florida! We are so proud of you!
Friday, July 1, 2016
I have enjoyed every moment this year as your reigning Miss South Florida Jr. Pre-teen 2015. The opportunities I have had were absolutely priceless! My crown and sash visited 3 states and 3 cities.
I got an amazing opportunity to meet Miss America, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen and 2016 Miss America contestants.
My family helped and supported me with my community service project. I collected more than 1,000 books and with the help of my brother, built a library at the Tiny Kingdom, a center that helps children of migrant farm workers. I am so glad that I reached my end result of teaching these kids about literacy.
I also met Miss Homestead America and participated in fundraisers for her pageant. I represented NAM with honor by raising $450 for Relay for Life, participating in the Veteran’s Day parade and Rodeo Parade in Homestead, volunteering at the Ronald McDonald’s house and preparing care packages for the soup kitchen.
Finally, it was time for nationals, where I placed 2nd runner up. Disneyland was a great experience!
I want to thank my friends, family and NAM staff for supporting me throughout the year. To all the new delegates, good luck. To the new Central Florida Queen, I hope you have a great time. In the words of Audrey Hepburn, “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I’m possible.” Once again, I am and always will be your NAM Miss South Florida Jr. Pre-teen 2015.
Wow! what an amazing journey I've had these past years. My journey with National American Miss began in 2008, as a shy 9 year old, with God's blessing I was able to walk away with the Miss Florida Jr. Pre teen title. Fast forward to 2013, I was blessed again and walked away with the Miss Florida Jr teen title. And if that wasn't enough, I was given the honor to represent Florida again...this time as a teen!! after 8 years of growing with this amazing program I've walked away with 4 National Titles and 3 State titles , but the best thing I've gained through National American Miss, is confidence. National American miss has helped me come out of my shell and turned me into a confident young lady with big dreams and a great passion for volunteering.
After winning this prestigious title of National American Miss Florida Teen, I knew I had the responsibility to represent all the girls who competed for my title and create a positive impact. During my reign, i conducted anti bullying campaigns at local elementary schools and talked about the negative effects of bullying. throughout my reign I made numerous appearances in fashion shows, parades, festivals, and pageants.
Nationals was an unforgettable week! I was blessed to have taken home the National Casual Wear Model title, as well as placed in the Runway competition, Photogenic,and Most Promising Model. To add on to an amazing week, my sister walked away with the National American Miss Title!!
All my achievements with National American Miss would not have been possible without my amazing support system! To Miss Del and Miss Michelle, thank you so much for the endless love and woot and hollers! You two are like real moms to me! To my sister Michaela, you are the best make up artist, pageant coach, and sister! You are such a great role model and I can't thank God enough for blessing me with a sister like you! To my brother Red, what can I say?! You are the best brother! From spending hours and hours waiting in line to get good seats at all my competitions, being my loudest cheerleader, to being my best friend! To Mom and Dad, I can definitely say, I have the best parents!! Thank you for spending countless hours helping me train for my pageants, help find the perfect wardrobe, to just being my number one supporters..there will never be enough words to express how thankful I am for you guys! I love you all so much!
To my sister queens, you are all such beautiful young ladies inside and out and I can only wish that we had more than 1 year to spend together! But we will always be NAMily! ️
To my successor, don't take a single second of your reign for granted because 365 days will go by so quickly! Make many memories and take many photos! But most importantly, make a positive impact and have fun!
To all the contestants, make sure to spend this weekend to learn more about yourself, make friends, and memorable memories with your new friends and family! And remember, no matter the outcome of this weekend, know that you are all winners!If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me!
Miss Florida Teen 2015
“Simply write about your year.” I could not have been provided with a more challenging task. Let’s rewind a bit to July 20th, 2015. In the one second that revolutionized my life, when my name was called as Miss Florida Teen 2015, after already being 1st runner up to the state AND national title the year before, at least a whole future decade flashed through my mind as I registered what doors that pivotal moment was going to open. I felt the binding of the crown around my head as I finally grasped a massive dream of mine that I had preserved towards for years - 3 years actually; I suppose the saying “3rd times a charm” reigns true after all!
One year of service. 52 weeks of giving my hands to serve others and my heart to love them more. 365 days of defining the crown and inspiring those who inspire me. Shortly after embracing such an accomplishment, I was delightfully bombarded with invites to judge pageants, speak at fundraisers, participate in photo shoots, and appear as a special guest at various events. However, I primarily had plans to concentrate on the organizations I possessed roles in previous to my triumph. Engaging closely with the special needs population, my role prevailed as a volunteer at Special Needs Dances/Proms and the Special Olympics. In a similar fashion, I continued my work with BASE Camp; this year I was privileged to trick or treat at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, in addition to regularly serving the children and their families to “Dinner and A Movie” on the 5th Friday of the month. Assisting the L.O.V.E. Ministry was a new undertaking, commenced with speaking at a fundraiser in front of potential sponsors. My National volunteer project was inspired by this non-profit, and I independently raised hundreds of items to benefit the ultimate goal of this organization - to break the binds of human trafficking and employ effective life skills into women.
Speaking of Nationals, I can genuinely say that no week will ever live up to such an experience. I still have yet to desire 11 pm rehearsals and never ending hair and makeup touch-ups as much as I yearn to relive those belonging to NAM Nationals 2015. Enclosed with hundreds of humble, goal-oriented, and beautiful girls from across America, multiple times that week I had to pinch myself to ensure I was truly surrounded with young women like me, crazy enough to KNOW we uphold the power to change the world. Believe it or not, dozens of more opportunities could be listed. From coordinating pageant volunteers to serve at The Princess Ball in April to interviewing with countless magazine journalists to judging a handful of pageants, it sure was the best whirlwind of a year I could ever ask for. (Can I do it again, please?)
Obviously, enduring even a fraction of this success would remain impossible without my friends and family. To the pageant sisters I gained along this journey, thank you for 1 am group messages about the new Sherri Hill line and being the ones I can look to when in need of a positive pick-me-up. To my best friends, Madilyn and Sydney, thank you for fixing my lipstick consistently and listening to my endless diatribes about pageants, even though half of the time I know you are lost as to what I am ranting about. To Jill, Seth, my brothers, sisters, and grandparents, I don't say it enough but you all keep me persevering with the undaunted belief you have in me. To the man upstairs, I surely would be nowhere without infinitely having you to turn to. And finally to my parents, I bet now you wish you hadn't forced the tomboy Trinity into wearing a dress once a year for Easter…I am only kidding. Dad, without your endless support, positive nudging, and personal achievements for me to look up to, I could not have been pushed this far. And to my beautiful mother, thank you for remaining the most selfless root of all my encouragement and being my personal life coach. You are the coolest non-pageant pageant mom out there.
Thanks a million Mr. and Mrs. Mayes for directing National American Miss and instilling skills into girls across the nation. Finalists, there are no words for how proud I am of you. Do you know what you did this weekend and the days leading up to this moment? YOU inspired each other, and you inspired me, all while tackling an unordinary task like a pro…in 5 inch heels. To my successor, its been said before and now I am going to say it again, you are in for the experience of a lifetime and a training that will last an eternity.
I can now vouch for the precision of the comment that pageantry ruins a person. Pageants depleted my fear of public speaking, destroyed my clumsy appearance, dismantled physical insecurities, and absolutely took away my ability to put down others without a second thought. They 100% ruined any chance I had of not completely owning what I: believe, do, say, AM.
I conclude this letter with tears in my eyes and a very, very, very, heavy heart…
I am your Miss Florida Teen 2015,
Miss Florida Jr. Teen Rosemari Martinez will crown her successor at The 2016 Miss Florida Jr. Teen Pageant! Congrats to Rosemari and all of the the Jr. Teen Contestants!
Georgia Head, Miss Florida Pre-Teen 2015 will crown her successor next weekend at the 2016 Miss Florida Pre-Teen Pageant in Orlando, Florida! Thank you Georgia for your amazing year of service!
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Hello my name is Hosanna Hales, I have always been known as a culinary
artist who loves crafting, has a passion to care for young children and anything
As of last spring I became officially known as “National American Miss Oklahoma
Jr Teen”! Jumping into this, having never competed in a pageant before, I had only
one goal, to have God’s light shine through me in everything I do. My years reign
began with the continuation of volunteering with the Children’s Hospital at Saint
Francis. I also was honored to share my platform of ALS with my community by
volunteering with my local ALS association, participating in the Tulsa Lock Up,
Slide the City, the Muscle Walk and much more.
I participated in many parades and was blessed to make a visit to the Little Light
House, a school for special needs children. I had the opportunity to read to some
amazing first graders at Victory Christian Center, was introduced to political
leaders and made many other appearances. I have been so honored that the Lord
has blessed me with such an amazing year that I will never forget.
To each and every contestant, be yourself. Let the real you shine through in
everything that you do. Remember, the crown does not make you beautiful. The
sash and title do not define you. Each and every one of you are fearfully and
wonderfully made, and you should be so very, very proud of your
My year sure has been one I won’t forget! Helping out at numerous open calls, training sessions and of course spending hours and hours with my awesome sister queens! Nationals were a blast! Not only was I awarded with being in the top 10, I also received 1st runner-up for the spirit award, (which was voted by the choreographers!) Casual wear modeling 1st runner up, actress 1st runner up and 3rd runner up in the brand new Mon Cheri sponsored runway contest! Even though I spent countless hours preparing for the national pageant, I still had time for community service, and I’ve done a lot! Making food for the Ronald McDonald House, talking about NAM at 5K’s, and you can’t forget peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the homeless ministry in my church! Yes being a NAM queen is hard work, but it’s a lot of fun! I got to ride in 2 different parades, the Ocala Christmas parade and my personal favorite, would have to be riding in the Citrus Bowl Parade with my awesome sister queens Michaela, Keisha and Shaeylnn! I was also honored with the 2015 presidential volunteer service award with over 300 hours! I’ve enjoyed every minute of my reign and I ask my successor to also because it’s true, time flies when you are having fun! Remember, don’t ever give up on your dreams, she believed she could, so she did!
Miss Florida Junior Pre-Teen 2015
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Attention All NAM Royalty…State Queens, State Cover Girls and National Advertising Titleholders: We have an exciting opportunity for you! We are going to be shooting some promotional material, lots of photos and so much more at the 2016 Ohio State Pageant! We will be utilizing all of our reigning and visiting royalty. All you have to do is be visiting royalty at the Ohio State Pageant and you can take part in this exciting event! Please make sure to bring your formal dress and production number outfit! Details for the Ohio Pageant can be found at Namiss.com/findyourstate. Be sure to book your hotel immediately at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Ohio Center. Tell them you are with “National American Miss” to get the discounted rate. If attending, you must confirm with Tiffany Reilly via email at Tiffany@namiss.com. Can’t wait to see all the exciting things we can create together.