Friday, August 12, 2016

Featuring Miss New Jersey Pre-Teen Cover Girl Malak Ayyash!

As boys to men would say "It's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday." But I must pass the torch on to someone else to light up the world with love, peace, and happiness. It is so hard to believe that it has been one year since I started my journey as your New Jersey PreTeen Cover Girl. I felt so grateful to have had such a wonderful experience and so happy to have done it alongside my beautiful sister queens. This past year has been so amazing I had the pleasure of helping out so many local fundraisers and events. I met amazing people and had a memorable photo shoot with my beautiful sister queens. When I went to nationals I had the time of my life.  I got to meet a lot of life long friends, go on a Hollywood tour, go to Disneyland, and even got to do the whip and nae nae with Rayvon from American Idol boy was that the highlight of my night.  
Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Mayes for creating a wonderful Organization for young ladies such as myself and others. My growth of confidence from 2014 when I started until now is amazing and I so appreciate it. Thank you for the wonderful staff you have on board as a team because whenever I had questions I need answers to I could email, inbox, text, or call and get my answers. Thank you mom and dad for all the support you have given me. I can never thank you enough for all the guidance and teachings you've taught me of making me the person I am.  The both of you have always believed in me and have always told me to go achieve your goals and follow your dreams. To my little brother Malik thank you for escorting me during formalwear I appreciate it so much. To all my sponsors thank you for sponsoring me generously and making all this happen. Thank you to those who have taken me under their wing and Gave me a lot of wisdom and knowledge. To my successor I wish you all the luck in the world so please carry this title with pride. Last but not least remember it is not about the sash and crown that makes you beautiful it's from the inside out . It's how you carry yourself and how you respect and treat others. Once again I am and will always be your your National American Miss PreTeen Cover Girl Malak Ayyash.

It's Been an Awesome Year for Miss New Jersey Jr. Pre-Teen Cover Girl Michaela McHenry!

Michaela McHenry 2015 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 Miss New Jersey Junior Pre Teen Cover Girl and National Cover Girl 2015-2016.
It has been such a great 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 the New Jersey Junior Pre-Teen Cover Girl is all the friends I have made.
I was so excited to travel to California for Nationals and visit Disneyland, Hollywood, the Santa Monica Pier and the American Girl Doll Store!
We also got to see our California friends Auntie Nicole and Jake and go to Roscoes for chicken and waffles...delicious!
I proudly represented New Jersey as I made the top 10 in the Nation at Nationals...Krisann I will never forget this moment it was like we won the lotto!!!
A  huge thank you to Krisann for coming to CA...I could not have done it without you! 
My forever NAM Family: Holly, Katie, Krystle, LadyD, Simone, Soleil, Ava, Greg, Celinda, Andrea, Anisha, Andy, Briyah, Brittany & Silvana thank you for all the words of encouragement as I went off to California for Nationals.
Best of all my favorite organizations Pathways of Montville and Bernards PEC were recognized as I was honored with the prestigious Golden Achievement Service Award on the National Stage in California.
Thank you to my amazing State Directors Steve & Kathleen Mayes and very special thanks to Dawn Lee Costa and all my sponsors!
When we got back from California I put my crown to work!
I really enjoy being involved in my community: helping with a Toy Drive with BMW of Bridgewater for Great Expectations, had a fundraiser with Ivivva Bridgewater Commons to help raise funds for Pathways Build on to Haiti and all Pathways great programs!
We all enjoyed helping the Bernards PEC with a 5K to help raise money for children with special needs and learning disabilities in our town.
Lucky for me we have a special program at our Taekwondo school and I have had the opportunity to be a mentor to kids with special needs for several years now.
We look at what kids CAN do then change the rules a little bit so everyone can participate and be included.
Thank you to my Principal Joanne Hozeny, Melinda Jennis of Pathways for Exceptional Children and Betsy Riddiford with Bernards PEC for providing the Sensitivity Training at my elementary school.
I am so proud to be a part of these wonderful organizations and I will continue to make a difference.
On a personal note...I earned my Black Belt...almost 6 years of Taekwondo training and I finally reached my goal.
A big thank you goes to my Namily...I  loved all the fun things we did with my sister Queens: Alexandra, Kayla, Jessy, Danielle, Skyy, Malak, Gigi and Madison ...I love you girls!
Last but not least  I appreciate my wonderful family my Mom and Dad and my brother Quinn and especially my brother Colin for being the best escort and my biggest supporter.
Good Luck to all the 2016 New Jersey and New York State Finalists!
I am so excited to see you at the State Pageant in New Brunswick where I will crown the new New Jersey Jr Preteen Cover Girl.
This is my farewell but definitely not a goodbye...a quote from my sister Queen Katie Sour:
"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up, the most certain way to succeed is to try just one more time" 
For the last time I am your Miss New Jersey Jr. Preteen Cover Girl 2015 
 Michaela McHenry 

Meet Miss New York Sarah Volmy!

To the beautiful young lady(ies), reading this, consider yourself BLESSED! You are participating in an eventful weekend with the #1 pageant system in America. Whether you take home that state crown this weekend, just be thankful because 1). You tried your hardest, 2). I believe that you are a beautiful person both inside and out 3). Never give up and come back the following year stronger than ever! Those three advice were given to both my siblings and I for the past 17+ years that the Volmy family has been involved with National American Miss.
Reigning as Miss New York has inspired me to reach my fullest potential in all realms of life. From Volunteering at numerous non-profit charities, to participating in various amount of walks, to using my own voice to become an activist for important human rights issues. I am so thankful that National American Miss has encouraged me to “become the difference that I want to see in this world.” Making a difference starts with YOUSELF; you  are becoming aware of how to reach the lives of others while doing whatever you can to ensure that everyone you interact with has a smile on their face. While going out in the big world and changing the lives of thousands, it is essential that you continue to DREAM BIG!
“Know your passion, and if you do not know your passion, then go out into this beautiful big world and find it!”
    Yours Truly,      
 Sarah Volmy

   Miss New York 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

New Interview with National All-American Miss Jr.Teen Jada Newkirk!

Megan Alexander is on the Cover of Pageantry Magazine!

It all started with a letter in the mail for Megan Alexander, thats when she signed up for her very first pageant, at just 12 years old. You can now find Megan corresponding for the hit news show "Inside Edition". Megan has been involved with NAM since the start and you can still find her emceeing NAM state pageants from time to time. Megan's husband Brian is also a NAM state director. Megan is featured in this issue of Pageantry Magazine, so make sure you check out her informative interview. Megan has a brand new book coming out this October "Faith in the Spotlight"! 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

New Video with Miss Texas Jr. Teen Justice Thompson!

Ever wonder what it is like to represent NAM? Check out this awesome video by Miss Texas Jr. Teen Justice Thompson! Thank you Justice for representing NAM so well! 

Meet Miss New York Teen!

My dreams had become a reality after being crowned the title of Miss New 
York Teen. With such a prestigious title, a girl with many goals was 
ready to conquer the world. I wanted to empower children and remind them 
that they can do anything they set their minds too. On this journey, I 
raised money for St. Jude and attended the St. Jude Walk. I visited the 
Ronald McDonald House and cooked breakfast for the families. I spoke 
about anti-bullying. I sorted books for an organization called The Book 
Fairies. I also made various appearances at pageants and fashion shows, 
including New York Fashion Week. On top of volunteering, I made friends 
from all over the nation and even went to other state pageants to visit 
royalty. My sister queens and I have developed an unbreakable bond. I am 
your reigning Miss New York Teen, Alyssa Manthos.

Miss New York Jr. Pre-Teen will Crown her Successor!

Wow, what an amazing journey it has been. It feels just like yesterday, when I was crown your 2015 New York Junior Preteen.
  Having an opportunity to represent the state of New York was truly an honor. I spent my time volunteering for different organization, promoting the important of literacy , making appearances, spending time with my sister queens.
Nationals was AMAZING.  I had a blast at Disney, Hollywood tours, and even had a chance to meet some celebrities. I met so many girls from  different states and have learned so many valuable lifelong skills. 

This year would not have been the same without the love and support from my family and friends. I love you all.To my sister queens and cover girls, Isabella, m Alyssa ,Danielle , Alyssa and Sarah , Jada and Kim. I want to thank you so much for all of our great memories. I will cherish them forever. 
   To Mr. and Mrs. Mayes, Mrs.Edwards and my Namily – Thank you for making this experience a great one. To Dad , Thank you for letting me follow my dreams . To Cedric, what would I do without you! You are the best big brother ever. To mom, thank you for reminding me to always dream big and to never give up.
I am sad for my year to end but I am happy for a LUCKY GIR’S YEAR TO END.
To my successor - Have fun , takes lots of pictures and cherish every moment because it does go by fast .For the last time, I am your National American Miss New York Junior Preteen 2015, Kaylah Dhaiti .

What an Awesome Year it has been for Miss New York Princess!

I remember before we went to the pageant saying the “Pageant Prayer” with my grandmother.  We wished the best of luck to all the contestants and she reminded me “Bella if you don’t win, remember, you are a winner anyway”.  As I stood on the top 15, I remember being tired and excited at the same time.  The Emcee took her time announcing all the winners, but when she said “and your new National American Miss New York is (long pause) Izabella Paredes! I remember seeing my mother jump up and down in excitement, my grandparents screaming, my brother, my aunt everyone in the crowd clapping … Yes! I did it! I won my first pageant!  I was just standing tall, and smiling, I started to cry when I saw my mother on stage with me, and of course, with tears in my eyes I took pictures.

As my year started as your new NAM NY Princess, I started to connect with my sister queens, and their families.  My most pleasing experience was collecting clothes and foods for those in need.  I loved taking all the items to church, and the best one was when I got to meet the families that received the items.  I continued to do volunteer work throughout my community.  One of my best memory was volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House where my sister queens and I made breakfast for the families.

We arrived in California to compete in Nationals, on November 21st, it was on the day of my birthday! It was the best gift a girl of my age could ever receive. I met with so many beautiful State Queens!  I connected especially with NAM NJ & NAM FL, we laughed together, played together it was seven days of true fun!  Spending Thanksgiving with my NAMily was when I then understood that I was very lucky to be part of NAM.

Thank you, Mr. & Mrs. Mayes for allowing me to represent your organization.  To the fabulous staff “thank you” for your guidance and patience.  To my family “thank you” for not complaining when we had to be volunteering at the break of dawn.

To my sister queens, I cannot thank you enough for the fun memories we shared, and to the new NAM princess remember to always smile and do everything with a loving heart You are the best because you are worth it.

Best wishes,
Miss New York Princess

Izabella Paredes

What an Amazing Year for Miss Texas Pre-Teen Madisyn Schafer!

We are so honored to have Madisyn represent NAM for the past year! Watch her exciting video to find out she spent her year! 

Miss Pennsylvania Pre-Teens Year in Review!

Check out the amazing year Miss Pennsylvania Pre-Teen had representing NAM! 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Featuring Miss New Jersey Pre-Teen Skyy Hills

This year, hands down, is a year I will never forget for the rest of my life. It all started near the beginning of the year when a few friends told me about NAM. I got interested immediately but oh boy I didn't know what I was getting myself into. I was getting myself into something so much bigger than myself and it pushed me to be a better person and work my hardest at everything I do! This year has been a true blessing. From the second I was crowned to traveling all the way to California to represent my state! It all was amazing and something I'll never forget! I met so many girls from all across the country, and I am still friends with them today. NAM has opened my eyes to so many more opportunities throughout my community that has helped me leave a mark. Throughout my year I was able to work along side my beautiful sister queens in Susan G Koman walks, The Arc Walk, and so many more. And even by myself I was able to spend my time assisting horseback riding lessons for special needs at my local stable. All of these experiences built me up and also gave me so many things to learn from. Giving up my title is definitely going to be a bitter sweet moment but even if my sash says 2015, I will always be wearing it inside. I will always have the friendships, the memories, the laughs, the inside jokes, and every precious moment in between.
I want to thank so many people who made this year so amazing! First I want to thank my friends, who helped me along the way by always keeping me focused and giving me the motivation that I needed, no matter what. I want to thank my "fairy godmother" and not only a coach, but family. Thank you for all of the magical curls that manage to last hours upon hours without fail, the late night food runs, and everything in-between, I don't think I'll ever be able to thank you enough. And also thank you, to my family. Thank you for the support you all have for me, being my safety net along the crazy rollercoaster this year and thank you all for always being there for me. And not only family but most to my mom. Thank you to my rock, my shoulder to lean on, and above all, my best friend. Thank you for always knowing what I need even when I don't say it, thank you for never ever failing to be there for me, and never failing to have an extra hair tie. There are no words that can describe how thankful I am for everything you have done for me. Also, thank you to my amazing and caring national and state directors. Thank you so much Steve and Kathleen for providing me with everything I could need this year as queen, and for always answering any questions. You guys are absolutely amazing, thank you for everything.
And last but very far from least, to my successor. Hold onto your crown and adjust your new sash cause you're about to experience the best rollercoaster of your life. This year is going to open up so many new opportunities for you, big and small; take advantage of every last one. Just like William Arthur Ward says "Opportunities are like sunsets, if you wait too long, you miss them." And just like the thousands of goodbye speeches say, this year will go by in the blink of an eye. So take the every opportunity and take advantage of them before they are gone. Have FUN!!  Order about 12 frappes at Starbucks at nationals to have every hour of your day, try to go on every ride in Disney, and sing “Party in the USA” at the top of your lungs with your new friends on the Hollywood tour. Because it will get nerve wracking and intimidating throughout the year and you might get nervous, but remember to have fun and soak it all in. And even if your cheeks are sore and hurting, remember to take it all in and take those pictures because believe me, you're going to look at them all the time! And bottom line, be like a sponge. Soak every last moment in and don't let it slip, because it will go so much faster than you may think. And with that, I wish you all the best of luck in your year, and everything in between! And get ready, because this is going to be one of the best years of your life.
Good Luck,
Your Miss Jersey Pre-Teen Skyy Hills