Thursday, October 29, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
2009 Prudential Spirit of Community Award - only 10 teens selected from across the nation - NAM girl is one!
Amanda LaMunyon, 14, of Enid , Okla. , an eighth-grader at Oklahoma Bible Academy , performs at charitable events, sells cards and prints of her paintings to raise money for sick children, and draws upon her experience with autism to educate others about the disorder. After Amanda was diagnosed at age 8 with Aspergers Syndrome, a form of autism, her parents encouraged various activities to find something that would help her focus. Thankfully, they found that I could paint, and I learned to focus on something I loved, Amanda said. She discovered she had the ability to help others when she gave one of her paintings to a former teacher who had cancer and later learned that it had greatly lifted her spirits while she was dying. I couldnt believe something I had done meant so much, she said. This changed the entire direction of my life.
Amanda now paints her impressions of songs she likes, and contributes her artistic, singing, and speaking talents to a wide variety of causes. She has participated in many events for the Childrens Miracle Network and other charities, created a website to sell copies of her artwork for the benefit of childrens health programs (www.amandalamunyon.com), and performed at nursing homes. She also has spoken to United Nations delegates to promote awareness of autism. I do not look at myself as a person with a disability, said Amanda. I see myself as someone with something to give.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Aubry Bozzano...who many of you may know from Open Calls or from Pageant weekend, has taken her experience as a competitor with the National American Miss system to do GREAT things, including winning the title of Miss Dupage County for the Miss America system.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Kaylie's mom, Sonja says, "thank you guys for have such a great pageant system. It is the only one we do now, every year. Kaylie has grown so much as a model and in many ways. It has helped her grow more confident in herself and now does lots of leading roles in her school plays."
You can also visit http://www.dallaschild.com/issuelist.asp