Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Dear Contestants, Friends, and Family
My year as Miss Nebraska Jr. Pre-teen 2009-2010 has been a tremendous blessing! This opportunity to represent my state has been more than I could ever ask for.
I began my year donating my time helping others. I started out by raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Angels-Among-Us, and the Salvation Army Tree of Lights Campaign. I also got to volunteer at several nursing homes, participate in parades, meet Governor Heineman, and throw out the first pitch at an Omaha Royals Baseball game.
Of course, the highlight of my year was participating in the National Pageant in Anaheim, California. I went to Disneyland, the beach, Rodeo Drive, and toured the streets of Hollywood with my family. The best part was getting to meet so many friends from across the United States . It was the most wonderful experience I’ll never forget.
Thank you mom and dad for believing in me and for letting me know that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Thank you to the National American Miss staff you guys are all awesome! And, congratulations to all the state finalist! Remember, you’re never fully dressed without a smile! Good luck this weekend and may God bless you all!
LOOKING BACK AT MARANDA'S YEAR:
Having fun at Nationals!
Monday, June 28, 2010
Miss Nebraska Teen 2009, Chrissy Townsend says farewell, reminding us to let the inner beauty queen shine through
My year of reign has been amazing. I am truly honored to have represented the state of Nebraska as your National American Miss Nebraska Teen 2009.
Throughout my reign I have volunteered with many organizations, such as: The Habitat for Humanity, Brush up Nebraska, Treat Street, Omaha Children’s Museum, and The 2009 Miss Amazing Pageant. These organizations have shown me a new found love for volunteerism as I was constantly representing Nebraska as a role model. My favorite place to volunteer was the LaVista Volunteer Fire Department, where I donated my books and bears for them to use when young children are involved in dangerous situations. I also helped them promote fire prevention during Fire Prevention Week.
National’s week was thrilling. I made many new friends to last me a lifetime and had a blast going to Disneyland and touring Hollywood. Although preparing for nationals was stressful it was all worth it in the end. I had the privilege to witness my very own sister queen Sarah Summers win the National American Miss Jr. Teen title and be the first person ever from Nebraska to win! She is a tremendous young lady and she has been an amazing representative thus far.
Thank you to National American Miss and everyone else who have given me the confidence to go out and make something of myself. This program not only gives young women courage to speak out on topics they are passionate about, but also to go for their dreams.
To all of the young women competing in the Teen division, this year has been unforgettable and has taught me so much. My advice to you is to be yourself, let your inner “beauty queen” shine through. You are all queens at heart; you just need to believe it. Have fun and let your personality guide you.
Good Luck to all of you. Don’t take any moment for granted; it will go by too fast. Remember to always, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” –Ghandi.
Love Always, your Miss Nebraska Teen 2009,
Sunday, June 27, 2010
As my year comes to an end, I have mixed emotions. I am sad but also excited for you girls. It is your turn now. Even though there is only one crown, remember, you are all winners and are beautiful in every way. Dream big, let all of your dreams come true, and never give up. I love you all and best of luck!
Your National American Miss Nebraska Jr Teen 2009
Sarah Rose Summers
Blue Jeans for Teens has been one of the many charitable organizations I have loved being a part of
I am so blessed to have such an amazing family and support team!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Farewell to Keirstin Poppe, National American Miss Iowa, who dreamt of being a Princess...but became a Queen instead!
When I was a little girl, I used to dream of becoming a princess. Last year when I was crowned your 2009 Miss Iowa, the first of many dreams came true. When I started my reign last June, I had no idea the impact that I would have on the people I’ve met this past year.
Being Miss Iowa with National American Miss gave me the chance to make a difference in not only my community but throughout my entire state. I’ve had the opportunity to appear in many different parades and community events, supporting local groups and events throughout small towns in Iowa. I participated in Strawberry Days, an annual event in Strawberry Pointe where I got to crown last year’s Strawberry Prince and Princess. I know many people whose lives have been affected by cancer. For this reason I wanted to show my support for people struggling with cancer by participating in events like Relay for Life, Race for the cure, and even a local fashion show that raised money for breast cancer. I spent an afternoon working with Meals from the Heartland and John Deere employees to package meals for victims of the earthquake in Haiti. My sister queens and I showed our support for the Ronald McDonald House by handing out water to participants in the Ronald McDonald Run. I delivered books and bears to hospitals and schools across Iowa. The hospitals and children were so excited to receive the stuffed animals that were such a comfort to them. Throughout all of my community involvement, I enjoyed meeting people,
In November, I attended nationals in Anaheim, California. Nationals was such an incredible experience. I was ecstatic when I found out I was the 4th runner up in the Top Model competition and 2nd runner up in the Academic Achievement competition. It was a week filled with opportunities for me to spend time with my family, and create lifelong memories.
My experience with National American Miss has given me the confidence I need to make my dreams come true. Fifteen years after I dreamed of becoming a princess, I became a queen. I hope you always remember to dream big, because now, it’s your chance to shine.
Miss Iowa 2009
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Dear Contestants, Friends and Family,
Wow, what an amazing three years as your Iowa Cover Girl! Being involved with National American Miss has made my dreams come true. Singing the National Anthem at fairs and hockey games has been an honor. I rode in parades and did community service including organizing a Christmas Gift Toy Drive which provided over 200 gifts for the residents of Hills and Dales in Dubuque. I also spent time visiting hospitals and reading with children.
Opportunities to meet new people popped up around every corner. I have enjoyed meeting and making friends with other pageant participants and royalty and I got to meet Bette Midler, Raven Simone, Papa Roach and George Lopez. Attending Phantom of the Opera in Las Vegas was exciting! The chance to sing on the stage and meet the Phantom, made the trip even more memorable.
The highlight of my year was traveling, once again, to California to compete in the National Pageant and being crowned National Cover Model. Being named 1st Runner Up for the title of National All American Miss Pre Teen and earning the Volunteer Service Award was exciting. I had a fantastic time meeting all of the other queens and made many new friends as we traveled together to Disneyland, through Hollywood and on our promenade down the Walk of Fame.
I would like to thank Kenn & Lani Maples, Breanne and the National American Miss Pageant Staff for the opportunity you have given me. Special thanks to all of my sponsors, the community of Dubuque, and my family. It has been with pride that I have represented the state of Iowa as the Pre-Teen Cover Girl.
Good luck to all of the contestants! Remember to smile, have fun, and believe in yourself! You are all winners!
Your 2009 Pre-Teen Cover Girl,
Remembering Katleyn Soat's year as Miss Iowa Preteen Cover Girl:
Getting 1st Runner up to the NATIONAL ALL AMERICAN MISS PRETEEN was an amazing experience!
Winning National American Miss has been the most exciting time of my life! I have made so many friends and gained self-confidence. I know that you will have more than fun this weekend!
My year has been busy, but awesome. Nationals was a very good experience. Mickey, Minnie, and all the queens too, Nationals was a dream come true! This year going to California, I met so many people and also loved competing at a higher level!
I have been a busy Pre-Teen involved in lots of community service this year such as, feeding families at the Ronald McDonald, helping and donating money to the Ronald McDonald run, helping out with some sister queens at the 5k run by handing out water to the runners, and I was also in several parades last summer.
Pageant girls, just remember to have fun and smile. Feel confident! We all get butterflies, but it is ok. Girls, NEVER give up in ANYTHING. You can achieve if you believe. My motto is: You get what you work for NOT what you wish for!
National American Miss 2009
Miss Iowa Pre-teen
Highlights from Grace's year:
Being Crowned 2009 National American Miss Iowa Preteen!
Representing Iowa at the National Pageant in Hollywood, CA was a huge honor!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I can’t believe how fast this wonderful year has passed. I have made a lot of great friends and I will cherish the memories we made together forever. I was very fortunate to get to visit other state pageants and I saw many of my NAM friends when we attended the Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas.
I had SO much at nationals, visiting Disneyland and touring Hollywood. I was so busy having fun, I was always entertained. I was excited and proud to represent the state of Iowa and I was especially thrilled when I won a coveted spirit stick at rehearsal and Miss Personality in the National Pageant.
During the year, I rode in many parades and sang at city celebrations. I got to sign autographs and meet new people. I want to continue to encourage girls to reach for their dreams. I was a special guest at the National Miss You Can Do It Pageant in Dallas, TX and I got to help girls with special needs make their pageant dreams come true. I met a new friend named Taylor. She has Cerebral Palsy and we found that we are more alike than different. She borrowed my dress and won the formal wear competition so we were thrilled to have our picture taken together. I also met Miss USA contestants and a former Miss America.
Thank you to my sister queens for our fun times together. I would like to thank all of the people who made this opportunity possible, I want to thank my state director, Kenn and Lani Maples, and of course my "pageant sister" Breanne for all of their support. Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Mayes and the National American Miss staff, as you were all energetic and encourage girls like me to always smile and feel confident about ourselves. This experience has helped me build confidence and find courage to reach fro my dreams of being a singer, dance, and actress.
To my successor, Congratulations! I hope you have a great year just like me and remember to take lots of pictures. Always smile and know you are a role model to your little queens and girls out there hoping to wear a crown someday.
Whenever I am nervous about trying something new, I will always remember what Breanne and the NAM staff taught us – “I look good” – and I feel good about myself too. Thank you National American Miss for encouraging me to be the best person I can be. This is an opportunity I will treasure forever.
With Love from your 2009 Iowa Junior Pre-Teen,
A look back at Merrill's year:
Merrill with National Royalty in California
Monday, June 21, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
WOW! What an amazing year I’ve had. I am so honored and blessed to have had the opportunity to represent Iowa this year through the National American Miss Organization. Looking back on the last year has made me realize how positively NAM has affected me. I have become an active volunteer, a positive role model, a confident public speaker, and a courageous young woman. I thank National American Miss greatly for all it has done in my life.
Everything about this past year has been an incredible experience, and it has, by far, been the best year of my life. I remember, just a year ago, standing on stage among Iowa’s Top Ten Junior Teen finalists and not even being able to think straight. Hearing my name called as the 2009 Miss Iowa Jr. Teen was a moment that will live in my memory forever. I knew, in that instant, that the next year was going to be an adventure, one that I was absolutely and positively ready for.(Alicia photographed with one of many new friends she made through National American Miss)
Nationals was a great week to get to spend with my family and the many new friends from around the country that I had the privilege to meet. It was so inspiring to see so many bright, beautiful, and confident young ladies. The 70’s Party, Hollywood Tour, Day at Disneyland, all the crazy rehearsals, and especially getting to compete in California was fantastic. All the friends I made and pictures taken will keep that week in my memory for the rest of my life. (Photographed left: Alicia enjoying Nationals in Hollywood!)
Throughout my year as the Miss Iowa Jr. Teen, I have participated in many state and local events. Getting to be water girls at the Ronald McDonald Run with Keirstin and Grace was so much fun and selling Fight Like a Girl apparel and walking at the Dubuque County Relay for Life was an eye opening experience. As winter came into full swing, I created my own special project, Blankets for the Homeless. With a grateful donation and the help of my family I made countless tie blankets for the Dubuque Theresa Shelter and Dubuque Rescue Mission. (Alicia photographed donating blankets) Parades were also fun events to participate in because I was allowed to share my achievements with my community.
As my year as the Miss Iowa Jr. Teen comes to an end, I would like to thank everyone who has helped me become the confident and fearless young woman I am today. Thank you Mom, for always encouraging me to do my best and to never give up. Without you this year would have never been possible, I love you. Thank you Dad, for teaching me the importance of respect and hard-work. I think after this year everyone should know that even Queens mow the lawn! To my twin brother, Andy, and my two younger sisters, Christina and Emily, thank you for being patient with me all year and assisting me with all my volunteer work. You all helped me to make this year one that will never be forgotten.
Thank you to my lovely sister queens, all the laughter, the smiles, and the friendship are things I will always remember. You girls ROCK! And to Ken and Lani Maples and the NAM staff, thank you for welcoming me into your pageant family and always greeting me with a smile.To all the beautiful contestants, congratulations, this weekend will be an experience you will always remember. I hope you all work hard for what you want and deserve and never give up on your dreams. I wish you all the best of luck not only this weekend but also in your futures. You are all beautiful and confident young women, and I respect all of you for having the courage to compete for such a prestigious title. To my successor, get ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. And to all the contestants, no matter what happens, always TREASURE every moment, CHERISH every new friendship, and REMEMBER every experience. May God bless you all as much as he has blessed me!
Alicia Marie Ney
2009 Miss Iowa Jr. Teen
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Throughout my reign, I volunteered with the organizations that were near and dear to my heart such as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Make A Wish Foundation. In November, I represented the great state of Iowa at the national pageant in California. At the pageant, I was fortunate enough to win Best Resume, 1st runner up Top Model, and 3rd runner up Academic Achievement. I also made friends with incredible girls from across the nation.
However, I could not have been successful without my “dream team.” Thank you from the bottom of my heart to my parents and my younger brother, Eric. Mom, thank you for being my “pageant judge” and listening to every speech and personal introduction thousands of times. Eric and Dad, thank you for being incredibly supportive and cheering me on in the audience. Thank you to my pageant coach, Faith Schway, you have helped me grow so much as an individual. To my directors, Lani, Ken, and Breanne Maples, thank you for always producing a first class pageant. Lastly, thank you to Courtney, Heather, Becca, Nicole, and my Pi Beta Phi sisters for letting me be “your princess.”
To the Iowa contestants, today is all about you and enjoy every moment. To the next National American Miss Teen Iowa, have fun, make a difference, and remember, you are a role model to girls across the state of Iowa.
For the last time,
I’m your 2009 National American Miss Teen Iowa
Ellen Marcia Dahlquist