Friday, January 29, 2010

NAM National Queen is Hostess at the HAWAI’I FRIENDS OF CIVIL RIGHTS - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Friends Awards

On January 24, 2010, the Hawai’i Friends of Civil Rights organization, held its 3rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Friends Awards in honor of the following individuals and organizations for promoting civil rights, diversity and justice. 

And playing the part of the evenings Hostess was Amber Aduja, the NAM NATIONAL JR. PRETEEN who spent the evening welcoming guests and mingling with the most reputable political & social leaders in Hawaii. Check out her pics below!

Melodie Aduja, Hawaii, Steven Levinson, Lyla B. Berg, Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii, Jackie young, House Representative vice-speaker, Jon Riki Karamatsu, Amber Aduja, National American Miss, Miss 2010
Amber Aduja and Representative Jon Riki Karamatsu, 41st Representative District and candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii 2010.
Melodie Aduja, Hawaii, Steven Levinson, Lyla B. Berg, Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii, Jackie young, House Representative vice-speaker, Jon Riki Karamatsu, Amber Aduja, National American Miss, Miss 2010
Representative Lyla B. Berg, 18th Representative District and candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii 2010; Amber Aduja, and Jackie Young, American Cancer Society Chief of Staff and former Hawaii state House of Representatives vice-speaker.

Kaneohe Residents William Aduja and former state senator Melodie Aduja; Hawaii Supreme Court Associate Justice Steven H. Levinson (Retired); and Amber Aduja.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

NAM girl lends a hand, or should we say "foot" to raise money.

Miss Wisconsin,  NAM, Special Olympics, ARC, Walk and Roll, Miss 2010,  Miss 2009, Special Needs Adults, wheelchair, walk-a-thon, fundraiser, charities, NAmiss,  Food Drive National American Miss,  Breanne Maples
The 2009 NAM Wisconsin Jr. Preteen, Brielle Shortreed is one heck of a go-getter! Brielle, who spends countless hours with special needs adults really knows how to put her mind to something and go after it. Brielle, stays BUSY as Miss Wisconsin, but this time around she is lending a hand...or should I say a foot, to the charities that mean the most to her!

Recently, Brielle put together an amazing team (pictured left) to
 help raise money for the local ARC Special Olympics organization.  Brielle and her team donated their Saturday and their walking shoes, for the 1st Annual A.R.C. Special Olympics Walk and Roll!  Along for the walk on Brielle's team was Travis, who is a special needs adult who lives with the Shorteed's, Gus who Brielle spends time weekly working with and learning sign, and another special needs adult who Brielle met not to long ago, and is fitting in with their group perfectly!  Also supporting Brielle's cause was Caris Lowe ( 2009 Miss WI Princess), Brielle's sister Alissa, other family members, and some amazing friends Brielle was thankful to have along to show support and walk for this amazing cause!

NAM girls DO make a difference! 

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Former NAM Texas Jr. Preteen Mariah Starks in on her way to becoming a POP STAR

The 2003 NAM Texas Jr PreTeen Mariah Parks is on her way to becoming the next POP sensation ! Mariah is starring in a new series that follows her journey to becoming a pop star. Mariah has a beautiful voice and is a talented actress. She graced the NAM stage several times, as the 2003 Miss Texas Jr PreTeen Queen and as the 2003-2004 National Actress Winner !!! So follow Mariah's upcoming career as she stars in her very own TV show “THE WANNABES STARRING SAVVY" !!!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Miss America Special on TLC - AMERICA GETS TO VOTE for Top 15!

THE 2010 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT ONE HOUR SPECIAL airs on TLC Friday, January 29 at 10 PM (ET/PT). Check your local listings or visit for channel information.The special leads up to the 2010 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT on Saturday, January 30, 8-10 PM on TLC.

This year, the stakes grow higher as America will have the chance to vote four contestants directly into the pageant’s Top 15

Following the Friday night special, America will be asked to vote for their favorites from a field of 10-12 contestants chosen by the 53 contestants themselves, not a team of outside consultants.

THE 2010 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT ONE HOUR SPECIAL is hosted by Clinton Kelly. Kelly is the co-host of TLC’s What Not to Wear.

Who will make it into the pageant's Top 15 and have the ultimate crowning moment? It's up to YOU America!!!

National American Miss girl touches hearts and lives

Recently, I heard about a NAM girl who was reaching out in a big way. I mean a BIG BIG WAY, so much so - her story was published in the PATRIOT NEWS PAPER, central Pennsylvania's largest paper. She has never captured the crown, but she truly has captured our hearts. This story touching story provides inspiration and recognizes everything that National American Miss stands for - we are pageantry with purpose!

Here is a brief expert from the article, titled  'A bright spot amid a dark concern'  "A Susquehanna Twp. teen is reaching out to the bereaved children of law enforcement officers who die while serving."

Katye Drexler, PennLive, Miss Pennsylvania,  Susquehanna Twp., Build-A-Bear, Food Drive National American Miss,  Fallen Police Officers, Killed in the line of duty

"Angela Miller said Saturday that 15-year-old Katye Trexler has given her and her three daughters a gift that is beyond compare -- an abiding compassion.

Six months ago, Miller's husband, state Trooper Joshua Miller, 34, of Pittston, was shot and killed by a kidnapping suspect who police said had abducted his own son at gunpoint.

Katye, of Susquehanna Twp., a Trinity High School freshman, stepped in to help the Millers' three daughters, ages 2 to 16.

She made them stuffed animals at the Build-A-Bear Workshop as care packages of condolence and hope.

"It's amazing what Katye is doing," Angela Miller said. "She's the most unselfish child I've ever met."

Miller was among the relatives of two police officers killed in the line of duty who were on hand at an event Saturday to promote Katye's nonprofit group, Katye's Helping Hands.

Katye, whose stepfather is Paul Sheaffer, police chief in Perry County's Penn Twp., said she held the event at the Giant on Linglestown Road to attract financial help from businesses and the public.

Pinned beside a sash denoting her status as a state finalist for National American Miss Junior Teen, Katye wore a button with the image of one of the officers.

Katye sends the personalized stuffed animals to every child of a fallen officer who is 15 or younger. Older children receive fleece blankets bearing police badges that she also makes."

Friday, January 22, 2010

Haiti needs help - NAM girls lend a hand

It doesnt much for each person to HELP those in need. Just a few hours, just a few dollars. But, when each person contributes, even just a little - the results are BIG. As Americans continue to lend their aids to Haitians, suffering from the aftermath of the massive Earthquake, girls at National American Miss are no exception. Just take a look at how easy it is to help:

Ashley Edwards, NAM New York Teen, and some of her NAM friend held a fundraiser for Haiti last friday to help raise funds for UNICEF Haiti Relief. The girls held a bake-sale and collected canned foods and clothing. In just a few short hours, the girls successfully raised $150 and are planning on continuing their efforts for the next few weekends. 

You, too can make a difference!! Just a few hours, just a few dollars.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


So for those of you who dont know, I was born & raised in Omaha, Nebraska! When I was 13, I was the first person in Nebraska history to win a NATIONAL PAGEANT. HOWEVER........this year I passed the torch on! One of this year's NAM NATIONAL QUEENS is from NEBRASKA!!!!!!! 

 I can NOT tell you how thrilled I am that Nebraska brought home the gold, or should I say "sparkle" to our homestate!

Recently, my friend Tiffany over at the NAM365 blog sat down with Sarah to get to know a little bit more about her - wanted to share the interview with you!

I'm sure after reading this, Sarah will capture your hearts, just as she did our National Judges! 

Tiffany: What was your first reaction when you won your national title?
Sarah: I was in shock. My first thought was “What? I’m from Nebraska!?” I am continuously amazed and grateful. 

Tiffany: How did you prepare for nationals?
Sarah: I rewrote my personal introduction, practiced it numerous times, got a gorgeous new gown, and packed of course!

Tiffany: How did you get involved in NAM?
Sarah: I was blessed to have NAM be my first pageant. I started at age ten when I got a postcard in the mail! NAM is different than any other pageant; I love every aspect of the pageant. 

Tiffany: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Sarah: I hope to graduate from UNL to be a Pediatric Oncology Nurse. This is a very important goal to me because I am very close to the American Cancer Society and love children. 

Tiffany: What to you like to do for fun? 
Sarah: I love being with my friends and family. We often go to the mall or movies.

Tiffany: What activities are you involved in?
Sarah: As a freshman at my high school, I’m on the varsity dance team, show choir, and student council. I also volunteer with the American Cancer Society and many other organizations. 

Tiffany: What is your best quality?
Sarah: The ability to communicate with many people. If you put me in a room full of people, I could hold a conversation with most of them.

Tiffany: How would your friends describe you?
Sarah: Outgoing, motivated, a shopaholic, and Happy. On the dance team we all have nicknames from the dwarfs in Snow White. They all call me Happy because no matter what the time of day or the situation, I am always smiling! 

Tiffany: Where is your favorite place to shop?
Sarah: I love little boutiques they always have exciting and unique accessories that you never find anywhere else.

Tiffany: Finish this sentence: People would be surprised to know...
Sarah: People would be surprised to know that I have been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. 

Tiffany: What is your most embarrassing moment? (Preteen and up)
Sarah: I would say falling in front of a large group of people, which happens more often than not! I am graceful and poised when it comes to performing, but off the stage I am a bit of a klutz.

Tiffany: If you had 3 wishes what would you wish for?
Sarah: My first wish would be to find a cure for cancer because my family and I know many people who have been affected by this horrible disease. I would also wish for a puppy that would potty train its self and lastly, to go to Hawaii with my family.

Tiffany: If you could trade places with anyone for a day who would it be?
Sarah: A performer at Disney World. I love singing, dancing, and little kids. I think that would be an amazing day that I would never forget! 

Tiffany: If I gave you 1 million dollars what is the first thing you would by?
Sarah: A trip to Hawaii with my family and friends! 

Tiffany: What is your favorite quote?
Sarah: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi 

Tiffany: What is your all time favorite movie?
Sarah: A Walk to Remember is my favorite movie. It’s a love story and a chick flick that makes me cry every time! 

Tiffany: What is your most prized possession?
Sarah: My first dance costume from when I was only three years old. I have been dancing ever since! I doubt I will ever be able to part with it. 

Tiffany: What is your favorite book?
Sarah: The Giving Tree! I used to have this book read to me constantly as a little girl and just recently it came up in my life as a freshman in high school. It is a wonderful story. 

Tiffany: Who is your role model?
Sarah: Through volunteering with The American Cancer Society I have come to know Amy Graber. She is the American Cancer Society Sarpy County Team Development Chairperson. She is very dedicated and I see her as an amazing role model. 

Tiffany: If you could star on any TV show what would it be?
Sarah: Gossip Girl, I love that show and all the gorgeous fashions! 

Tiffany: What do you hope to accomplish as National American Miss Jr. Teen?

Sarah: I am already very active in my community through volunteering. I hope to do even more with my title this following year. People seem to be more willing and give more when you have a title. I am grateful that I have this amazing opportunity to do more for others and give back. 

Tiffany: What is the biggest misconception about your generation? 
Sarah: Many adults would say that my generation is too much into technology, mainly our cell phones. I would say, “wrong!” Our phones and Facebook are how we keep in touch, especially when you know people all around the country. 

Tiffany: If you had to pick between your cell phone, computer, or TV what would you pick?
Sarah: I would pick my cell phone, no hesitation! I have an iPhone - it does everything. It plays all my favorite music, I can text constantly, and I have internet on my phone so no need for the computer. 

Tiffany: If you could witness any historical event which would you choose ? (PreTeen and up)
Sarah: The first time someone was diagnosed with cancer because I would have liked to talk to them to learn what they were feeling and what their case was. 

Tiffany: What is your favorite subject in school? 
Sarah: My favorite subjects are biology and chorus. I enjoy biology because I find it interesting and chorus because I can express myself with music.

Tiffany: If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?
Sarah: Strawberries have always been my favorite food! You can have them in many different forms so I would never get bored! 

Tiffany: What makes you unique?
Sarah: I am unique because unlike many teens I love volunteering and I keep active with it. I am often found getting others involved with volunteering by recruiting friends to be on my Relay for Life team, make blankets with me for the Linus Project, etc. Recently I have also learned to be myself and ignore what others say and think. The ones who support you, love you, and make you laugh, are the only ones that matter and will be with you until the end. 

Tiffany: What advice do you have for any girls thinking about entering NAM?
Sarah: Go for it! It is an amazing experience that you will remember forever. Get to know the girls you meet there and you will make lifetime friendships. 

Monday, January 18, 2010

NAM girls win COVER MODEL CONTEST & are rising to stardom

The Cover Model Contest is one of the most fabulous photogenic competitions in the country, and launches it's winners into instant stardom in the pageantry and modeling industry. 

Well-known pageant name, Ashley Tucker-Swathwood ( & launched the search for the first time in 2009, in hopes of finding 2 girls( a jr.  and a miss) who would become the faces of her successful advertising campaign, which is featured in many major magazines.

Along with becoming the faces of Pageants By Ashley & Ashley Renes, winners received a prize package filled with swag- galore and opportunities out of the yin-yang!

Entrants were asked to submit up to 3 photos, as well as answer a questionnaire and essay about themselves, their modeling experience, pageant experience, and goals for the future. Each month a Jr. Miss & Miss winner were chosen. At the end of the year, a celebrity judges panel picked the best...and this year, the BEST happened to be 2 NAM girls( OF COURSE!)

For information on how YOU can be the NEXT COVER MODEL, click here:

Congratulations goes to Jr.  Cover Model of the year, KAYLYN SLEVIN.

Kaylyn is, also currently our Miss Illinois Jr. Preteen

She went on to the national pageant this past year, and aside from placing in the top 10, Kaylyn took home the Casual Wear Modeling, Most Promising Model, Miss Photogenic, & the Golden Achievement award, which honors the young lady whose service within her community went about and
 beyond excellence. 

While, Kaylyn's newest title of Jr. Miss Cover Model continue
s to provide her with an array of opportunities - you can still find this down-to-earth, sassy role-model giving back to her community. 

Congratulations goes to Miss Cover Model of the year, Morgan Clarkson.

Morgan is, also currently our Miss Minnesota Jr. Teen

She went on to the national pageant this past year, and aside from receiving top honors in the Actress Competition, Morgan was 1st RUNNER up to the NATIONAL TITLE!!!!

When asked why she wanted to be The Cover Model of the Year, Morgan responded, 

" I never thought --- the girl whose photogenic pictures never graced top five, or whose idea of modeling consisted of only gorgeous, thin girls ---would even win a photo/modeling contest. Well I've decided to redefine what we call "models" and "gorgeous." Being the Cover Model of the Year would help me prove that. Who knows? There may be someone out there that decides to pursue their modeling dreams because they see that they too are gorgeous, size 00 or not!"

With that said, I think its safe to say why both Morgan & Kaylyn are not only The Cover Models of the Year, but also sincerely  positive role -models, defining everything the NATIONAL AMERICAN MISS program stands for. 

Keep your eyes peeled as Morgan & Kaylyn will embark on this next year on a whirl-wind advertising campaign. However, these are 2 starlets that National American Miss is PROUD to call their own! 

**And on a personal note - these are 2 young ladies that I have had the pleasure of watching grow up and blossom in front of my eyes! Congrats goes to Morgs & KayKay - I love you both!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

NAM girl on her way to fame - check out Madisen's music video!

Madison Hill ( whose stage name is Madisen), is no stranger to the spotlight. Having held BOTH state & national titles with National American Miss, Madison got her start on the National American Miss stage. However, this triple threat is quickly rising to fame. First she starred in a Wii TV commercial, played back up dancer to the Pussycat Dolls, and now has her very own MUSIC VIDEO hitting the airways - all within a year! I'm sure we will continue to see BIG things for this NAM- TABULOUS girl!

 Check out her NEW MUSIC video for her first single, SUGA

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Mayor Recognizes NAM National Queen for her accomplishments!

On January 8, 2010, Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann recognized our National Jr. Preteen, Amber Aduja, who hails from Hawaii for her outstanding accomplishments. Her certificates reads: 


Amber Nanea Aduja

In honor of your exceptional beauty, talent, poise and accomplishments, and selection as the 2009 – 2010 National American Miss Jr. Pre-Teen Queen in the 7 to 9 age division.   

Done this 8th day of January, 2010, in Honolulu, Hawaii

/s/Mufi Hannemann

Mufi Hannemann

Mayor of Honolulu

Friday, January 15, 2010

National American Miss Appointed Program - now accepting applications

Hey girls! Wanted to keep you up to date on our appointed program. This letter is from the National Coordinator, Lakishia Edwards - and gives you all the information you need regarding this program!!

Attention NAM Girls:

2010 Appointed Representative Program is now accepting applications! 

National American Miss is the largest pageant in the nation for young women. We are so excited to let you know that you can be a part of this exciting program for your state! At this time, we are not offering a program in your state for your age group. However, you can be apart of  National American Miss through our Appointed Program.

If you are 19 or 20 years old, you can apply for our Miss Division. We are accepting Miss Division applications for ALL STATES.

 If you are ages 4-18 and reside in Alaska, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, or Wyoming you can also apply to be a NAM State Queen.

You can download an application at

We hope you will be a part of our Appointed Representative Program. The girl that is selected as the State Queen will be given the opportunity to compete at the National Pageant for the title of NATIONAL AMERICAN MISS for her age division. Over $500,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded at Nationals, including a 2010 Ford Mustang Convertible.

The winner is chosen based on:
Appointed Representative Applicants Scoring System: 
Phone Interview - 35%
 Resume - 25%
Essay - 25%
Picture - 15%. 

 My name is LaKishia Edwards. I am the NAM National Coordinator. If you have any questions feel free to give me a call at 281-496-9000 or send me an e-mail at Or you can always reach me on Facebook – “NAM LaKishia Edwards”. I look forward to hearing from you! 

Find out more about National American Miss at

Friday, January 8, 2010

Miss Iowa USA 2010 goes from tom-boy to beauty queen - OWES IT ALL TO NAM!

Newly crowned, Miss Iowa USA - Katherine Connors, speaks out in the Quad City Times about her pageant experience. A self-described "tom-boy growning up," Katherine says it wasn't until she received an invitation to participate in the National American Miss pageant. Her first year, she made the top 10, but having so much fun came back the next year..and WON! Since then, she has continue to compete in pageant, with her eye on the BIG PRIZE, that of MISS USA, which she will compete for

HOwever, in the article, Katherine isn't the only one owing her success to National American Miss. Miss Iowa TEEN USA, Erica Lansman also knew that pageantry was something she wanted to accomplish after receiving an invitation from NAM in the mail.

You can check out the WHOLE STORY HERE!

The proof is in the pudding - NAM truly is the BEST stepping stone for SUCCESS in everything you want to do - regardless of if it is to be Miss USA or a Doctor. 

Congrats Katherine & Erica - NAM is proud!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

So...its not ALL pageants!

Outback Bowl
Yes, this time of year tends to football fanatic season. With all the dozens of bowls playing, we can't help but put down our tiara's and pick up our pom-poms, chearing on our favorite football teams!

Soo..thought I would share this bit of football info with you. AND NO - no former NAM queen has recently broken barriers and has joined the NFL, but BOY wouln't that we something! Do you think she would play in heels?

At this year's Outback Bowl, one of  National American Miss's Official Entertainers sang the National Anthem. So, if you were watching on Friday, then you saw Darren Ritchie take the stage before the big game. If you thought you recognized him, go pull out your NAM DVD's - he's most likely on them serenading contestants and performing for parents!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

HAPPY 2010!! Lots to be excited about - NAM!

HOLY MACARONI!! It's already 2010!

new year Pictures, Images and Photos

I am soo stinking excited for the upcoming year and all the great things in store...especially at National American Miss! We are busy at NAM headquarters gearing up for this upcoming pageant season and boy can I tell you ALL kinds of exciting will be taking place this year!

With the launch of the NAM logo debuting at Nationals and sure to make it's way onto the scene this pageant season, as well as the excitement of the NAM BAND making headlines on youtube ( check it out HERE if you haven't already), & not to mention that we will be giving away ANOTHER FORD MUSTANG CONVERTIBLE THIS YEAR!!!!!! 
Just think you could be driving home in a BRAND NEW MUSTANG in 2010!
But....that's not all! So...stay tuned for all the NAM updates right here on the official NAMiss Blog!

And on behalf of NAM - HAPPY NEW YEAR! We can't wait to see YOU this year at your state pageant!