Monday, May 31, 2010

More Iowa State Finalist in the news...state pageant only a few weeks away!




Area girls enter Pageant

Story credit: The Messenger. May 23, 2010

Two area girls will be part of the National American Miss Iowa Pageant on June 26 and 27 in Grinnell.

Chelsey Loehr, 16, of Otho, will compete in the 16 to 18 age division, Miss Iowa Teen, and Tsonda Martin, 11, of Dayton, will compete in the 10 to 12 age division, Miss Iowa Preteen.

"The National American Miss pageants are unlike any other," organizers say. "All activities and competitions are kept age appropriate. Girls under the age of 12 are not allowed to wear makeup, and there is no swimsuit competition. Emphasis is put on the importance of gaining self confidence, learning good sportmanship and setting and achieving personal goals."

Loehr, daughter of Stacy Smith, said she wanted to enter the pageant because it includes a modeling division. "I want to be, like, a model person, so I decided to join that. I'm doing the top model part" of the pageant.

She said she has started to raise the entry money and will continue to work on that in the coming weeks.

Loehr, a sophomore at Fort Dodge Senior High, works at Godfather's Pizza in Fort Dodge.

Required competitions at the pageant are formal wear, personal introduction, interview and community involvement. There are other competitions in addition, such as the modeling contest Loehr will be part of. Others are actress, talent and photogenic.

Martin, daughter of Heather and Jon Jermeland, of Dayton, is a fifth-grader at Southeast Webster Grand Middle School in Boxholm. She has been part of the pageant scene before in the Little Miss Frontier Days pageant, beautiful baby pageants at the Crossroads Mall and Little Miss River Days pageant in Lehigh.

She will participate in the photogenic and modeling areas of the pageant, as well as the required competitions.

"This is a good way for her to get out and build her self-esteem," said her mother, Heather Jermeland. "This is what she wants to do. It's her way of saying 'I can do this; you're not going to stop me.' It makes me proud to see her grow up and say you're not going to stop me."

Martin is an honor roll student, participates in sports, is a 4-H member and recently joined a book club at the Dayton Library. She also works with her mother in the Heather's Helping Hands project to provide clothing to low-income families and with her grandmother in the Soldiers' Guardian Wings project, making quilts for disabled and injured veterans.

Kenn and Lani Maples, of Kearney, Mo., are pageant directors. The pageant's website is

Contact Sandy Mickelson at (515) 573-2141 or

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Gearing up for summer pageants...first stop - IOWA..while one IA state finalist makes headlines!

It has been busy around Maples' NAM HQ(headquarters). We have been touring all across the country with our awesome open calls and pageant prep training sessions....and were about to gear up for our FIRST PAGEANT of the YEAR! While many other state pageants are already taking place(memorial day marks the first pageants of the summer), the Maples' first pageant of the year will be Iowa...and its only 3 weeks away! I can not WAIT to see all of you Iowa girls again this year...and meet many of you for the first time!! Anyways, while you are in for the experience of a lifetime at your state pageant...wanted to share the following article I found featuring one of this year's National American Miss state finalist. You all received a press release in your packet #1...I encourage all of you to send it to your news stations, radio stations, and newspapers....and just like Jenny Jones, you could be featured in the news for YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS of being selected as an OFFICIAL NATIONAL AMERICAN MISS STATE FINALIST!!
Lone Tree sophomore to compete in state pageant

Lone Tree sophomore to compete in state pageant

LONE TREE -- Jenny Jones was in a pageant when she was a baby, but the stakes might be a tad higher next month.

LONE TREE --Jenny Jones ( photographed on left) was in a pageant when she was a baby, but the stakes might be a tad higher next month.

The Lone Tree High sophomore will compete in the Iowa junior teen finals of the National American Miss Pageant from June 26 to 27 in Grinnell.

"I've (been nominated) every year, and I never thought about doing it," said Jones, 16.

She decided to follow through on the nomination this year and was named a finalist in the state portion of a national competition that is dedicated to "celebrating America's future leaders, and equipping them with life-long skills," according to a news release.

If she wins the state contest, she will receive $1,000 cash, the official crown and banner, a trophy and the chance to compete in the national contest Nov. 24 to 29 in Anaheim, Calif., which will include a tour of Hollywood and tickets to Disneyland. The national winner receives a scholarship and a new Ford Mustang convertible.

To qualify for the state contest, Jones had to submit a list of activities and community service she had completed. It was a lengthy list for her, including the Family Career and Community Leaders of America, principal's cabinet, student council, the school's dance team and National Dance Academy, as well as playing tenor and alto saxophone for the Lone Tree High band, jazz band and marching band. She also is a member of the school's volleyball, basketball, track, soccer and softball teams.

She had to find sponsors to cover her participation and travel costs for the competition, she said.

Jones said she will enter four photos in the photogenic actress category. She also said she plans to perform "Showoff" from "The Drowsy Chaperone" and a lyrical dance for the talent portion of the state pageant.

"I love to dance and I love to sing, and I saw that was an option," Jones said.

She said she did not know much about her chances of winning the state contest or moving on to the national show. She said she did intend to have fun with the competition.

"If I enjoy it this year, I might do it again in the future," Jones said.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Hitting the runway...could this NAM girl be America's Next Top Model??

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Sponsored by Kohls, this happening- event was the social event of the season. As tomorrows up-and coming fashion designers showed their work in front of the fashion industries top professionals, Rachel hit the catwalk decked out in these awesome fashions.

Snaps go to Rachel...we cant wait to see you strut your stuff on the National American Miss stage!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Vote former, 2-time NATIONAL queen into the TOP 2 for Hullabelou

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Olivia Henken, from the great state of Kentucky, is one talented young chica...having been the ONLY girl in history to win our state queen's National Pageant not once..but TWICE... is also an accomplished recording artist!

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Olivia, (photographed left in blue, crowning her successor) who was both the National American Miss Jr. Teen and then the Teen Queen a few year later(her little sis was even the National Preteen - talk about a talented family!!), has been selected to have a spot to perform in a three-day music festival in Kentucky - called HullabaLOU. This festival is HUGE - already scheduled to perform is Gladys Knight, Glorianna, The B-52's Colbie Caillet, Dierks Bentley, Zac Brown, Kenny Chesney, The Steve Miller Band,Bon Jovi, and more....and Olivia has made her way into the top 10(out of thousands of applicants world-wide) to perform right alongside these well-known stars!

However, its up to US and the rest of America to vote her into the TOP 2!!!!!!!!!!!

SO....GO vote for Olivia TODAY by clicking HERE

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Illinois NAM girls spend another weekend helping to make a difference

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Last week, some of our Illinois royalty joined forces for the Relay for Life organization. Well, this week, they are taking on Autism.

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Miss Illinios Teen, Lynzi Misuraca and Miss Illinois Jr. Teen, Cat Kenneback spent this past weekend supporting Autism Speaks, an organization raising awareness for those with Autism.

The girls spent the day passing our brochures to raise awareness, taking photos and signing autographs, and enjoying the opportunity to reach out and meet with those that are diagnosed with Autism.

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Great job girls for continuing to support these amazing organizations and making a difference!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

NAM girl hosts Evening of Hope Talent Extravaganza to benefit Children's Miracle Network

Paige Kassner, former 2 time NAM Miss Wisconsin is working hard to help the Children's Miracle Network.

An award winning dancer, Paige is putting on and hosting the Evening of
Hope Talent Extravaganza. The night will feature many unique talents, with money from tickets and donations going to the Children's Miracle Network.

Currently, Paige is looking for talented individuals to take part in the show and help aid in her quest to make a difference in the lives of children.

If you would like to audition for a spot in the talent extravaganza, all the information you need is on the flyer to the left! TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Way to go Paige(pictured above in the blue dress) for putting this together - you get this weeks ROCKIN NAM GIRL AWARD!!!!!!!! SNAPS TO YOU!!!!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Im The Real Thing Photo Contest - NAM Illinois Jr. Preteen is top 50 finalist - cast your vote for her to become Viewers Choice Model

"I'm The Real Thing" (ITRT) is one of the world's most popular photo contest for professional child models. Every year, dozens of professional child models enter into ITRT's various contests to gain exposure, major cash prizes, and the honor of being named as one of their top faces! Well, the search is on for the 2010 TOP CHILD MODEL OF THE YEAR....and wins $2500. ITRT has narrowed down the field to the TOP 50 and are giving America a chance to vote for their favorite, being named "VIEWERS CHOICE MODEL"!!!

One of these 50 finalists is non other than our very own Miss Illinois Jr. Preteen and National Photogenic Winner, Kaylyn Slevin

You can vote for Kaylyn as this years "VIEWERS CHOICE MODEL" by following this link: VOTE FOR KAYLYN and hitting LIKE on the initial fanpage and then COMMENTING "VOTE" ON THE PHOTO! Voting ends Midnight on July 1st!!


NAM Illinois Girls - "QUEENS FOR A CURE" Relay For Life Team walk to honor relatives of their sister queens, raise big $$$$$

Many of our National American Miss Illinios royalty joined together, along with their family and friends, to become "QUEENS FOR A CURE," a Relay for Life team started by National American Miss Illinois, Lynzi Misuraca. The Relay for Life organization is one that hits home to many of our National American Miss Girls, having lost relatives to cancer, and because of this, "QUEENS FOR A CURE" chose to walk in honor of those relatives, including the Grandmothers of Alex Fosco(NAM Preteen Cover Girl), Imani Muse(NAM Miss Illinois Princess), and Isis Graham, (NAM National Jr. Preteen Cover Girl).

"QUEENS FOR A CURE", along with 30 other teams, spent a whole 12 hours dedicated to Relay For Life, walking and taking part in activities from 6:00PM to 6:00AM rasing close to $10,000!!!

Way to go Illinois girls for being so pro-active and honoring those relatives of your sister queens!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

National American Miss - the spotlight it on YOU!

Miss Minnesota Jr. Teen, Morgan Clarkson(who got 1st Runner up at the national pageant!), just posted this pic up on facebook and I LOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVE it!!!!

It totally captures a TRUE NAM girl - confident, sassy, all-american, and fun! And I love that it shows what is so true about the National American Miss Program - giving each girl a chance to be in the spotlight and having her time to SHINE!!


Madisen hits the red carpet - premiere of Book Series The Karma Club

National American Miss Rocks Blog has been following, our very own Madisen Hill's jouney as the face for The Karma Club Book Series. As the book hits bookshelves, Madisen hit the red carpet premiering this up-and coming popular tween book! Aside from the red carpet, Madisen is taking part in the book tour, including book signing's with The Karma Club Author, Jessica Brody, and even performing for audiences at Book Signing's....she is one busy chica!! Here are some pics that this former Miss Missouri AND National winner shared with us! Check out Madisen's journey - and check out the Karma Club - at a book store near you!

Madi hitting the red carpet!

Stopping to sign autographs!

Performing at Barnes N Noble in Los Angeles

Posing with the cast and Author, Jessica Brody during a book signing session

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Pageant Event - annual social event & fundraiser.

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"The Pageant Event" has vastly become one of the midwest's most popular charity and social events today. This popular event, hosted by pageant elite, Cheryl and Michelle Smukowski takes place every year in Wisconsin. This "whos who of pageantry" extends invites to those involved in pageantry(contestants, vendors, titleholders, etc). The event's entry fees, money raised from raffles, and donations are then given to the local MAO organization to provide scholarships for contestants.

At this year's event, National American Miss Bisharra Dorre was featured as one of the Guest Speakers, alongside America's National Teenager(and NAM ALUM), Jeanette Morelan. Aside from a delicious luncheon, also included was a fashion show displaying some of the hottest attire in pageantry today. This Fashion Show featured many NAM girls(including National American Miss Illinois Teen, Lynzi Misuraca), and was hosted by Bob Moore, FOX 6 News Reporter!

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One of the Events models, Lynzi Misuraca - NAM IL TEEN, and
Guest Speaker, Bishara Dorre - NAM NATIONAL MISS

National American Miss was proud to not only have our National Queen take part as the quest speaker, have many NAM girls in attendance, but to also be a PROUD SPONSOR of this fabulous event!

You can find out more info regarding this popular event by visiting

Monday, May 3, 2010


National American Miss holds an annual homecoming prize drawing contest each year. It's free! In any given year, if you are signed up for a National American Miss state pageant, and you have signed up with us in the past, you are automatically entered to win from a selection of great prizes. This year we had forty one prizes!! It's our way of thanking girls for their continued loyalty and involvement with the National American Miss program...and obviously generates big excitement for each years pageant!
So, each year be sure to check in with our office to be sure you are signed up nice and early, ahead of the Homecoming deadline, so you will be included in the drawing!
This NATIONWIDE Drawing has some very exciting prizes...and the winners have JUST been announced!!!! For more information on the Homecoming drawing, visit NAM HOMECOMING!

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2010 National American Miss Homecoming Drawing Winners:

GRAND PRIZE WINNER(one awarded nationwide): She wins an exclusive trip fit for a SUPERMODEL! She receives airfare for 2, hotel stay, meals provided, and a photo shoot at the annual official National American Miss National Royalty Photo Shoot in Texas. AND... a 50inch WIDESCREEN PLASMA HDTV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2010 winner: BELANDY GARD

1st Runners-up(2 awarded nationwide) - Each 1st Runner-up wins a Nintendo Wii
2010 winners: Kaylie Coen & Kaitlin Jeannin
2nd Runners-up(3 awarded nationwide) - Each of our 2nd Runner-up wins a Apple Ipod Touch
2010 winners: Loretta Mirando, Alexis Reeves, McKalla Sauer

3rd Runners-up (10 awarded nationwide) - Each of our 3rd Runners-up wins an Ipod Shuffle
2010 winners: Brandi Urban, Shaleigha Dawson, Mary Nguyen, Haley Flander, Lindsey Walker, Shelby Monjaras, Chelsea Brown, Tierra Anderson, Salma Hussain, Isha Jog

4th Runners-up( 25 awarded nationwide) - Each of the 4th Runner-up will win One Free Optional Contest Entry at the 2010 State Pageant
2010 winners: Alyssa Cooper, Lindsey Swann, Josephine Gamez-Reyes, Chelsea Harris, Tegan Scott, Jamie Kelley, Katherine Cobarrubias, Bethany Pfingston, Daija Lewis, Lacey Argo, Cornelia Leach, Renata Koontz, Angelica Marie Agosto, Amanda Kent, Mia Mansion, Adrianna Clingerman, Diamond Gallegos, Miranda Larson, Amanda Ruiz, Dahana Zermeno, Megan Mcknight, Jayla Asare, Tara Keuter, Chasie Burrough, Samantha Pacyga

CONGRATS GIRLS...and we look forward to seeing ALL PRIOR girls who took part in this drawing at this years state pageant!!!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

NAM National Jr. Teen continues to keep kids warm...

Sarah Summers, the National American Miss Jr. Teen is continuing her charity work with Project Linus in big ways. Sarah, who just donated numerous home-made blankets to the local Ronald McDonald house has taken on keeping the kids and teens warm at the Ted E Bear Hollow Organization, as well.

As I mentioned a few posts ago, through the Linus Project, local community leaders donate material for Sarah to hand-make blankets. She then donates them within her community to local children's organizations.

The Ted E Bear Hollow organization is a WONDERFUL charity located in Omaha, Nebraska
that deals with grieving teens and children who are dealing with the loss of friends or family, helping they and their families understand and adjust, and placing them amongst other kids, teens, and families who are grieving as well in a fun and safe environment. They even offer camps, programs, and events!

If you or someone you know in the midwest area has lost a loved one, you can help them by visiting the Ted E Bear Hollow website and getting involved.

But, for now, our National American Miss Jr. Teen is using her crown to continue to keep kids warm and bring smiles to families faces across the country.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Nebraska NAM girl wins Prudential Spirit of Community award - featured on local news for achievements

The 2007 NAM Nebraska Jr. Teen, Jordan Somer recently won the 2010 Prudential Spirit of Community award, which is one of the most prestigious awards in volunteerism among teens today. Jordan, who took her love for pageantry and applied it to an even greater good - creating a pageant for disabled women and teens, that ALSO raises money for local charities. The Miss Amazing Pageant is in it's 3rd year and continues to make a difference.

Jordan, who also won the NATIONAL GOLDEN ACHIEVEMENT(the highest award our program offers for volunteerism) award at our national pageant in 2007, has helped raised more than $15, ooo for charities in her hometown of Omaha, NE through the Miss Amazing Pageant, as well as provided an opportunity for women and teens with special needs a chance to shine.

Recently, Jordan made headlines on WOWT news(NBC's local new station in Omaha, NE). The story featured Jordan with her Prudential Spirit award, talked about why she gives back, and mentions Jordan's involvement in the National American Miss system.

Congrats Jordan, for achieving the MOST PRESTIGIOUS AWARD in VOLUNTEERISM for TEENS - the Prudential Spirit of Community Award!!