Tuesday, March 30, 2010

My interview on The Pageant Planet


I was recently interviewed by The Pageant Planet. 
Check out my interview as I discuss NAM, pageant tips, and fashion in pageantry: 



Monday, March 29, 2010

The NAM experience....from the contestants side!

We, here at NAM came across this video on youtube...its a video that 2 of last years NAM california contestants put together documenting their NAM pageant experience....take a look at National American Miss though the eyes of our contestants:

(**personal note - this video is soo stinking cute)

Here is the description on YouTube that went with the video:
National American Miss 2009 N. California Teen and Jr. Teen Divisions. My stepsister and I had an absolute BLAST. NAMiss is such an amazing experience and we are definitely looking forward to it for next year!! This is just a video I put together to show what an amazing time I had there. I won Talent and got $250 for it =D As well as got 3rd runner up Actress and 1st runner up Miss Personality. 


Saturday, March 27, 2010

New York Fashion week makes room for National American Miss

National American Miss Pageant, fashion show,  Ford modeling agency,  America's Next Top Model, Tyra Banks,  modeling school, Miss Pennsylvania,  Pennsylvania pageant,  maria sciorrilo, couture fashion week, mercedes benz fashion weeFashion Week was held last month in NYC. While models hit the runway donning attire from top-notch international designers, National American Miss Pennsylvania Maria Sciorrilo lit up the stage with her awesome vocals! Maria (pictured left), who was one of the many performers for the event, has been involved in the National American Miss program for a number of years, taking home honors in our talent competition. 

Friday, March 26, 2010

NAM girls making wishes come true - Make a Wish foundation

This year's Walk for Wishes was held in Tempe, benefiting the Arizona Make A Wish Foundation...and like the previous years - NAM girls were there, front & center to show their support for this awesome organization! The AZ NAM queens formed their own team for the event and walked for this great event. Because of their involvement, they were even interviewed and had their photos taken by local media outlets. The day consisted of a 5K run/walk and 1 mile family fun run/walk.At the conclusion of the run/walk participants were treated to a pancake breakfast!! Mascots from the AZ  sports teams (Suns, Cardinals, Arizona State University, and the Diamondbacks) participated in the "Mascot Olympics" with the help of Hailey a local wish kid.

This year's National American Miss Arizona queens wanted to share their photos with us! 
The girls before the walk

walking hand in hand to help grant wishes!



Crossing the finish line!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

New NAM websites for state pageants - check em out!


Not only is National American Miss an accredited member of the BBB (don't believe me - go check it out for yourself!) But, we are gaining quite a positive presence on the web. In fact, Team Maples has developed state specific websites for the 7 states that we direct pageants in (Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Arizona, Wisconsin, Minnesota). 
They are super cute, super new, and super informative.

Go check them out today and be sure to tell all your friends Below are the links!


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A note from our National Coordinator - "calling all 19 & 20 year olds"

HEY GALS - JUST WANTING TO FORWARD THIS MEMO ON FROM OUR NATIONAL COORDINATOR, LAKISHIA EDWARDS


19 & 20 year-olds: If you want to be a part of NAM 2010, it’s not too late! You can read all the details about the Appointed Representative Program and download an application HERE

The deadline is March 31st. You can e-mail or call 281-496-9000 to lock in a spot or ask questions. At the National Pageant you will also have a chance to win a 2010 Ford Mustang Convertible!


( Photographed: Bishara Dorre - 2009 National American Miss shows off the prestigious Miss crown & banner)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Students Supporting Brain Tumor Research

National American Miss Arizona Teen, Dylan Hendricks is pretty closely effected by brain tumors among young americans...in fact, she lives right next door to it. 
Dylan's neighbor, Brian, is a brain tumor survivor. In fact, brain tumors are one of the leading causes of death amongst teens. Dylan continues to be inspired by Brian's strength and wanted to use her title to help support brain tumor research amongst teens. 
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Dylan, with her neighbor Brian, and sister queens before the walk.

A few weeks ago, Dylan recruited her sister queens to walk for a cause - Students Supporting Brain Tumor Research. Together these girls helped to make a difference in their community by simply lending a foot.
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Touched by this cause, Arizona Jr. Teen Kelly Seiberlich & Arizona Teen Dylan Hendricks,take a moment to write well wishes, thoughts, & prayers on "In memory of" signs for those teens who have lost their lives to brain tumors.

I encourage all of you to follow in these girls' footsteps and lend a hand, foot, or whatever you can to make a difference in the world!
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Lending a foot, Arizona queens walk hand in hand to make a difference!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

NAM girls get fancy with the Annual "Tiara Tea Party"

In 2005, NAM Arizona Jr. Teen Theresa Kyte founded the Teens Caring For A Cause Foundation (TCFAC). Each year, since 2005, NAM girls in Arizona have taken part in this, raising money for the Arizona Chapter of the Make A Wish Foundation.

This year's Tiara Tea Party was as fun-filled and eventful as ever. The day's events included a fashion show,modeling contest, arts and crafts, and games. A real life "Barbie" and the Barbie Mobile were on site for photos, as well. But - the highlight of the day was when, Isabella, a local Arizona wish kid was crowned Miss Tiara Tea Party 2010 by Savanna Troupe, Miss Arizona 2009. What a magical moment for such a special girl!

As past and present NAM queens were in attendance along with local and state queens from various other pageant systems to share in the day's festivities - their mission was all the same! Former National American Miss Arizona & NAM open call regional coordinator, Tristan Topps, continues to stay actively involved in The Tiara Tea Party program, as she currently acts as event host and produces the annual fashion show. Tristan shared some of this year's highlights with us!

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Former National American Miss titleholders pose in the outfits they modeled for the fashion show.

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Former National American Miss Arizona Jr. Teen, Amber Scholl helps Wish Kid, Isabella bling out jewelry stands!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

OPEN CALLS - NEBRASKA & IOWA

That's right, the National American Miss Growing Confidence Tour is coming to a city near you! 

We are searching for fresh faces across the country!

If you are interested, or your daughter is interested in applying to attend this years Miss Nebraska or Miss Iowa pageant, and winning her share of $1.5 million dollars in cash, scholarships, and prizes.... call our State Pageant Office at
816-635-3569 
to register for the National American Miss 
OPEN CALLS!

**Shannon Smith, National All-American Miss (pictured left) greets an Open Call applicant at this years' 2010 Open Calls!

We will be in the following cities on the following dates in Iowa and Nebraska:



IOWA:
Des Moines - March 27
Cedar Rapids - March 28
Council Bluffs - March 30
Manchester/Dyersville - April 9
Coralville - April 10
Waterloo - April 10
Bettendorf - April 11
Ottumwa - April 16
Iowa Falls - April 17
Ames - April 18

NEBRASKA:
Omaha - March 30 & April 10
Norfolk - April 9
Grand Island - April 17
Lincoln - April 25

PS - HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY!!!


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

BOOK LOVERS - check out the trailer for the book series, KARMA CLUB - featuring NAM girl

2-time National American Miss queen, Madison Hill is all over the place these days! Madison is starring in the promo video/trailer for the up and coming young adult book series called "The Karma Club," from best selling author Jessica Brody which hits shelves April 27.


CHECK OUT THE TRAILER, starring Madison!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

NAM girls walk the red carpet for a cause


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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Interview Competition Pays off....even when you're on the red carpet!

The goal of the National American Miss progam is to instill valuable lifelong skills like communication, interview, and public speaking. We believe that no matter what it is that you want to be when you grow up - from a doctor to a pop star - lets face it, you are going to need to know how to do these things and with the skills and practice you will learn and develop at NAM, you will be certain to succeed! 

Even celebrities and pop stars have to know how to interview well...think about all those times they are interviewed on the red carpet or make appearances on tv shows like Letterman or Ellen. 

Well, a few weeks age, numerous National American Miss girls proved this to be ever so true when they, themselves, hit the red carpet for a recent Haiti event in Los Angeles. These girls had to hone in on those skills as they were interviewed on the red carpet!! 

Check out some of these pics of some of our NAM girls being interviewed on the red carpet at a the Haiti event in Los Angeles.


Former National All - American Miss Preteen & Miss Missouri Jr. Teen, Madison Hill, discusses her performance at the event and answers hard hitting questions about Haiti

National Ameican Miss California takes a moment to pose on the red carpet before being interviewed.

National American Miss California girls sail through the red carpet interviews - they have had plenty of experience at National American Miss!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

2-time NAM titleholder, Madison Hill, stars in her very own Book Series !!!

Madison Hill, the 2005 National All American Miss Preteen & 2008 Missouri Jr. Teen is starring in her very own book series... "The Karma Club" By Jessica Brody!!! Madison shared some of the behind the scene pics with us of her on set filming! SOO STINKING EXCITING!!!!!







Friday, March 12, 2010

National American Miss Jr. Teen attends an American Girl Fashion Show

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The American Girls Fashion Shows were put on by the Omaha Junior League in Omaha Nebraska, and are one of the Omaha Junior League's largest fund raising events. 

NEBRASKA girls: be sure to check out how, you too can get involved in the Omaha Junior League at: www.juniorleagueomaha.org

Thursday, March 11, 2010

NAM girl one step closer to becoming a POP STAR...keeps her NAM crown close!!

Former National American Miss, Mariah Parks is continuing to follow her dream of becoming a pop star. Mariah is a member of the up and coming music group, SAVVY, who recently launched there music video titled LETS GO. My favorite part of the WHOLE video is where Mariah brings a little bit of NAM into the music video....she is seen in the video wearing her National American Miss crown!!!! CHECK IT OUT!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

National American Miss National Pageant makes headlines in Pageantry Magazine

Be sure to check out the article in Pageantry Magazine featuring this past years National Pageant. 


For those of you who attended our National Pageant, be sure to check it out at HERE or pick it up at news stands today - you might see yourself!!!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

NAM Illinois Teen puts modeling skills to use to showcase diversity in pageantry


Miss Illinois Teen, Lynzi Misuraca recently put her modeling skills to use by participating in a charity fashion show, supporting diversity in pageantry. The Fashion Show was sponsored by Spirit Magazine & Directed by Christine Boll, "Miss International 2009." Lynzi (pictured left, walking the runway at the close of the fashion show), and the other models donned attire from Hannah's Gown Store, located in Chicago, Illinois.

Lynzi, who has a sicilian background, was selected as a model for the this fashion show along with many other girls from different ethnic backgrounds. Also, taking part in the festivities was Shanon Lersch, Miss Illinois USA 2008, Captain of the Chicago-Luvables Dance team for the Chicago Bulls and who appeared in the Sports Illustrated NBA Dancers edition 2009. The girls all had an Amazing time and supported something powerful!

The models backstage at the end of the fashion show!

Monday, March 8, 2010

National Queen making headlines AGAIN!!!!!!!

Straight from the Papillion Times( Papillion Nebraska), look at how our National Queens continue to stay in the press!!!


Summers wins national pageant title

By Melissa Anderson
Times Staff Writer
Published: Thursday, February 4, 2010 3:10 AM CST
Sarah Summers was crowned 2009-2010 National American Miss National Junior Teen Queen in Anaheim, Calif., the weekend of Thanksgiving.



  • Sarah Summers was shocked when she won the title of 2009 Nebraska National American Miss Junior Teen last August.

    Another dream came true when Summers, 15, was officially crowned 2009-2010 National American Miss National Junior Teen Queen in Anaheim, Calif., the weekend of Thanksgiving. The freshman from Papillion-La Vista South High School said even now she is still in awe of her new title but is also honored to be the first national queen from Nebraska.

    Queens are chosen by panels of judges on the basis of their academic status, poise and personality on stage; poise and personality in an interview; communication skills, and community service, according to a National American Miss news release.

    There are four categories in the National American Miss National pageant — interview, which accounts for 30 percent of the judging; formal wear, also 30 percent; personal introduction, 30 percent; and community involvement, 10 percent. Summers said she enjoyed all of the competition’s categories, but her favorite one was community involvement.

    “I get to give back, help out, meet all sorts of new people, and just do what I love,” she said.

    The interview portion of the competition used to be her least favorite, but now Summers said she no longer finds any part of the competition to be tough.

    “I love it now because it’s really just talking to people and being yourself,” she said.

    Along with participating in pageants, Summers is a team captain with Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society and is involved in Project Linus, a group that gives gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need, according to the Project Linus Web site.

    “I am currently in the process of making blankets for the Linus Project,” she said. “My goal is 50 this year and I have 11 done so far. I have my family and friends to thank for donating fleece for me to make these wonderful blankets.”

    She will also be fundraising for her Relay for Life team this year. She became involved in Relay for Life after she lost her grandma to breast cancer when she was younger.


    “This brought me close with the American Cancer Society and has inspired me to want to explore becoming a pediatric oncologist because I love children,” she said. 

    Summers is also involved in her own community organization project, Jeans for Teens, where every fall she helps collect jeans and distribute them at Safe Haven for children and teens without a home.

    “Thanks to my family, friends and schools throughout our area I was able to donate over 200 pairs of jeans to Heartland Family Services Safe Haven in 2009, which doubled the total from 2008,” she said.

    Summers said she hopes to continue the Jeans for Teens project and expand it even more throughout the metro area.

    Now that she has earned the 2009-2010 National American Miss National Junior Teen Queen title, Summers will be traveling across the country for the National American Miss Pageant Program and representing Nebraska. She has already been to Las Vegas with the other five national queens from other age categories.

     She also had the opportunity to attend the 2010 Miss America Pageant on Jan. 30.

    “My favorite part was cheering on our Miss Nebraska, Brittany Jeffers!” Summers said. “She did fantastic and made top 10! Another exciting part was being in the audience of a live show. I had never experienced that before and would tell everyone that ever has the chance to take it.”

    Summers will also be going to Houston, Texas soon for a photo shoot and throughout the summer she will be traveling around the country visiting numerous state pageants.

    “I hope in the next year as I travel to show everyone that Nebraska is more than just corn, beef and football,” she said.

    She also said she is looking forward to visiting new places, spending time with her mother, meeting new friends and visiting old ones.

    Summers also knows that her experiences in pageants will help her in her future endeavors, such as getting a job by being well-rounded in interviews, and she has gained confidence in public speaking and performing.

    “Pageantry has helped me to set goals, work hard and believe that dreams do come true,” she said.

    If you would like to donate fleece for the Linus Project or new or gently-used jeans of any size from toddler to adults to Jeans for Teens, please contact Dee Summers at 339-7234. Donations to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Sarpy County are being accepted at the official American Cancer Society Web site.

    Summers is the daughter of Mike and Dee Summers of Papillion. She is on the honor roll and participates in show choir, student council, and the Sapphires Varsity Dance Team.

    She will crown her successor in Anaheim during Thanksgiving week 2010.

    Sunday, March 7, 2010

    NAM girl makes Sports Illustrated - College Cheerleading

    Sports Illustrated, TCU, Ft. Worth, Sarah Tajvar,  Cheerleader,  Cheerleading, College Cheerleading, College Football, National American Miss, NAmiss, Is National American Miss a scam?Sarah Tajvar (former NAM Nebraska Jr. Teen) has taken her confidence in performing in front of an audience from the NAM stage to a different kind of arena - a football arena, that is. 

    Sarah, who is currently an honor student at Texas Christian University, is also a member of the TCU cheerleading team. Recently, Sarah made headlines in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED for her accomplishments and spirit as a TCU College Cheerleader - WAY TO GO SARAH!

    NAM girls REALLY are EVERYWHERE TODAY!

    Picture of Sarah Tajvar taken from Sports Illustrated Website - www. sportsillustrated.cnn.com

    Saturday, March 6, 2010

    National American Miss Photo Shoot

    Each year, all of the National Royalty travel from their homestates to Houston for a professional photo shoot, where they take photos for their official comp cards, business cards, autograph cards, as well as the photos that National American Miss will use throughout the country on all promotional material. 

    Well, a few weeks ago - it was "that time of year again."As all 12 of the National Queens and their parents came together - they were treated like royalty, enjoyed getting to know each other, and enjoyed participating as official National American Miss models.

    Check out some of the candid pictures from the week!


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    Friday, March 5, 2010

    Continuing to give back to Haiti - NAM girls making a difference around the world

    Former NAM winners Caitlyn Taylor Love and Madison Hill (pictured left signing autographs) give back with Project Haiti !!!

    Caitlyn and Madison recently gave back and help raise money for the victims in Haiti by taking part in a live concert where the proceeds are donated to God's Littlest Angel Orphanage in Haiti! 

    Thursday, March 4, 2010

    National American Miss Jr. Teen makes headlines

    Having grown up in Omaha, Nebraska - I can say firsthand it is almost impossible to get noticed in the OMAHA WORLD HERALD - Omaha's largest news service. However, National American Miss Jr. Teen, Sarah Summers has managed to make its headlines due to her accomplishments as our National Queen, but also because of her OUTSTANDING community involvement! Check it out below!

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    Published Feb 20, 2010

    Papio-LV South teen queen in awe of title
    By Melissa Anderson
    WORLD-HERALD NEWS SERVICE

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    Sarah Summers

    This will be a year on the move for Sarah Summers of Papillion-La Vista South High School.

    The 15-year-old reigning National American Miss National Junior Teen Queen has already been to Las Vegas with the five other national queens from other age categories. She had the opportunity to attend the 2010 Miss America Pageant there on Jan. 30.

    Her year of travel kicked off when she won her crown in Anaheim, Calif., the weekend of Thanksgiving.

    The high school freshman said that even now she is still in awe of her title but is honored to be the first national queen from Nebraska. Queens are chosen by panels of judges on the basis of their academic status, poise and personality on stage; poise and personality in an interview; communication skills; and community service.

    There are four categories in the National American Miss pageant — interview, which accounts for 30 percent of the judging; formal wear, also 30 percent; personal introduction, 30 percent; and community involvement, 10 percent. Summers said she enjoyed all of the competition's categories, but her favorite one was community involvement.

    “I get to give back, help out, meet all sorts of new people, and just do what I love,” she said.

    The interview portion of the competition used to be her least favorite, but Summers no longer finds any part of the competition to be tough.

    “I love it now because it's really just talking to people and being yourself,” she said.

    Along with participating in pageants, Summers is a team captain with Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society and is involved in Project Linus, a group that gives gifts of handmade blankets to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need.

    “My goal is 50 (blankets) this year and I have 11 done so far. I have my family and friends to thank for donating fleece for me to make these wonderful blankets,” she said.

    She will also be fundraising for her Relay for Life team this year. She became involved in Relay for Life after she lost a grandmother to breast cancer.

    “This brought me close with the American Cancer Society and has inspired me to want to explore becoming a pediatric oncologist because I love children,” she said.

    Summers is also involved in her own community organization project, Jeans for Teens, where every fall she helps collect jeans and distribute them to children and teens at a shelter.

    “Thanks to my family, friends and schools throughout our area, I was able to donate over 200 pairs of jeans to Heartland Family Services Safe Haven in 2009,” she said. That was double her total from the previous year.

    Summers said she hopes to continue the Jeans for Teens project and expand it throughout the metro area.

    In her role as pageant winner, Summers will travel nationwide for the pageant program, visiting numerous state pageants. She will also be going to Houston soon for a photo shoot.

    “I hope in the next year as I travel to show everyone that Nebraska is more than just corn, beef and football,” she said.

    Summers also knows that her experiences in pageants will help her in her future endeavors, such as getting a job with her interview skills. She also has gained confidence in public speaking.

    “Pageantry has helped me to set goals, work hard and believe that dreams do come true,” she said.

    Summers is the daughter of Mike and Dee Summers of Papillion. She is on the honor roll and participates in show choir, student council and the Sapphires Varsity Dance Team.

    If you would like to donate fleece for the Linus Project or new or gently used jeans of any size to Jeans for Teens, contact Dee Summers at 339-7234. You can make donations to American Cancer Society Relay for Life Sarpy County at the cancer society's Web site.


    Wednesday, March 3, 2010

    EBONY MAGAZINE - FEATURE ARTICLE ON NATIONAL AMERICAN MISS

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    That's right - you read the headline correctly. National American Miss has a featured article in the March 2010 issue of Ebony Magazine with oscar nominee,Gabourey Sidibe of PRECIOUS on the cover. 

    The article follows Chandlyr Davis, an  Illinois contestant, and her mom through the National American Miss experience - starting with the initial invitation letter she received in the mail(and how just like most moms, Chandylr's mom, Tandria thought "What the Heck?" upon first receiving the letter), through her winning the Top Model Competition at her state pageant to her attendance at our National Program this past Thanksgiving. 

     The 3 page article, titled POMP & CIRCUMSTANCE, continues on as it illustrates the National American Miss organization and the way it beats the stereotypes of pageants, being unlike those that you see on TV. Highlighted best in this article is that it addresses the diversity among the contestants and our participants, with Chandylr's mom best describing it in that the "contestant pool at National American Miss is very diverse, parents and girls from all walks of life, but makes both the girl and the parents feel well-rounded."

    Be sure to pick up this issue of EBONY magazine to read more!

    Tuesday, March 2, 2010

    NAM girl needs your help to continue to keep making a difference in the lives of teens

    NAM GIRLS NEED YOUR HELP  TO CONTINUE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

    A few years ago, National American Miss' Maria-Teresa Grinneby noticed that when Prom time came, there were lots of girls her age who were not able to take part in High School's most poplar event because they didn't have the means to purchase a dress. Inspired to do something about it and make a difference, in true NAM girl fashion, Maria founded "The Prom Attire Event." 

    This popular Pennsylvania event collects new or gently used prom or cocktail gowns for girls from low to moderate income families who would not otherwise be able to attend their proms without some assistance. They have a whole event and "store" set up where these girls come in and "shop" free of charge. Since the event has grown - they now even provide vendors to come in to donate things like tuxes, corsages, dinners, etc to help make the prom experience as special as possible. The event is now in it's fifth year and it's gotten bigger and bigger over time, dressing over 60 girls a year. While this organization primarily serve the Central PA area, they also have sent gowns out to girls in need who contact them.

    As this organization continues to grow, so is their need for donations. I encourage ALL of you to check out http://centreprom.org/ to learn more or their Facebook page (http://tinyurl.com/y9ztqyp) to contribute an old prom, homecoming or pageant dress! It's such a little thing but it makes a HUGE difference to these girls and their families. 

    SO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THESE GIRLS LIVES AND DONATE! They are in need of dresses - I KNOW YOU ALL HAVE THEM( or you can make a tax deductible cash donation) HERE IS HOW:

    The address to which any donations can be shipped is:

    Catherine Lehman
    Volunteers in Public Schools Specialist
    State College Area School District
    154 West Nittany Avenue
    State College, Pennsylvania  16801

    OR for information regarding contributing a tax deductible cash donation, contact Maria at admin@egsites.net

    Monday, March 1, 2010

    NAM girl honored as YOUNG HERO

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    NAM girl, Addison Graham, of Lakeville, MA deserves a round of applause! Addison was recently honored as an "Everyday Young Hero" by Youth Service America! Addison is an active girl who received this honor due to her environmental outreach!

    Addison who is an animal lover, especially turtles. Several years ago Addison took notice of the danger they were facing, as they navigated their way over a local roadway that travels through a wetland area. She collected infomratino and submitted an application for an environmental grant to the local historical society, which she was awarded. The funds she received from the grant were used to purchase "turtle crossing" signs to aid motorists from harming the turtles. Currently she is actively working to have legislation passed to protect the local species, which is listed as endangered on the federal level, and having it named as the Massachusettes State Turtle

    Way to go Addison for making a difference and standing up for what you believe in - now that is a TRUE ROCKIN NAM GIRL!

    If you know someone who has improved your community and would like to nominate them for the Everyday Hero Award, visit www.ysa.org/awards/hero