Thursday, July 29, 2010

Brittney Sears expresses gratitude towards National American Miss for her journey this past year as the 2009 MO Jr. Teen

God makes three requests of his children: Do the best you can, where you are, with what you have, now. I did just that, on this stage, a year ago as I was crowned the 2009 Miss Missouri Jr. Teen. Words will never express my endless gratitude towards National American Miss and the journey I have had with them.

To kick off my reign, I took part in quite a few fashion shows, actively volunteered with The Sons of the Legionnaire, and donated books and bears to Shriners Hospital. But going to the Illinois state pageant was the first major highlight of my year. I met girls I know will always be dear to my heart.

In November I was on my way to nationals in California! After 30 hours of nonstop driving, I was so ready for Disneyland. Reuniting with my best friend, Fiona Miss Connecticut, was the perfect way to start the week.

Next up on the list, Hollywood and Disney! By far my favorite part. Driving home was bittersweet but I was more than thrilled to continue representing as the Missouri Jr. Teen.

To this day, I have continued my volunteer work and visited the Oklahoma and Iowa state pageants. My most memorable times though, were at the open calls & pageant preps helping you girls prepare for this very weekend.

Ken and Lani, I wish to thank you along with Steve and Kathleen for creating this program and helping me achieve my dreams. Breanne, Ryan, and Phil, I have had so much fun getting to know you guys and create many unforgettable moments. Teaka, Sarah, and Anna...we would have never had so much fun without each other to share this experience with. Grandma, Grandpa, Mom, Dad, and Brandon, thank you for the ever lasting support and belief that I can accomplish anything I set my heart on. My sister queens, I have had a blast with you this year! I love you all.

Jr. Teen contestants, remember you've given it your all. A crown and banner does not define who you are. Its what you've learned this weekend that creates the true you.

Finally, my successor, I cannot stress enough how quickly your year will go by. Make the most of your time, take LOTS of pictures, and make your state proud at the national pageant.

With a kiss and wave goodbye, we only part to meet again.

I am your 2009 Miss Missouri Jr. Teen,

Brittney Nicole Sears

HIGHLIGHTS FROM MY YEAR!

After 9 years of competing, hearing my name called as the 2009 Miss Missouri Jr. Teen was unforgettable!
Being crowned by my good friend, Madison Hill was the icing on the cake

I have used my crown as a key to open doors and give back within my community!
This has been the most spectacular year and one that I will never forget!

Monday, July 26, 2010

2010 National American Miss Arizona Royalty - welcome to the NAM FAM


While the temperature in Arizona is HOT, our new queens are super COOLl! We loved getting to know all the contestants and their families and were sad to say farewell to the 2009 royalty. However, welcome to the NAM FAM 2010 royalty - you will do an amazing year representing NAM and AZ.

Amber Scholl
2010 National American Miss Arizona Teen
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Elizabeth Riley
2010 National American Miss Arizona Jr. Teen
Kiana Brown
2010 National American Miss Preteen
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Gabby Arcilla
2010 National American Miss Jr. Preteen
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Alexis Springer
2010 National American Miss Princess poses with her court and the judges
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2010 National American Miss WISCONSIN queens!


Excited to introduce the 2010 National American Miss Wisconsin Royalty! All the contestants did AMAZING and we can't wait to see everybody back next year!

Katherine Steiger
2010 National American Miss Wisconsin Teen
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Karlee Nimmer
2010 National American Miss Wisconsin Jr. Teen
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Jamie Morelan
2010 National American Miss Wisconsin Preteen
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Olivia Lulich
2010 National American Miss Wisconsin Jr. Preteen
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Miss Wisconsin Princess 2010
Marissa Nielsen
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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Faith Jordan can not believe its already been a year since she was crowned Miss Missouri Preteen


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I can’t believe a year has already gone by. While I will be passing on the Pre-Teen crown and banner, I will be keeping all the friends and memories I have made over the last year. They are priceless and have been the best part of my experience with National American Miss. I would like to say to the contestants, enjoy the journey. Remember all the fun you’ve had over the weekend and keep in touch with new friends.

I also enjoyed going to California for Nationals. Besides Disneyland and having Mickey and the band play for us, there were a lot of fun rehearsals, we had Thanksgiving dinner with some of our Missouri family, and went to the ocean. But the most excitement was being the first of five numbers drawn for a chance to win a Ford Mustang convertible. I didn’t win the car, but it was a lot of fun and I won a $100 gift certificate.

Right after Nationals I was able to donate books and bears to a local Toys for Tots collection.

The rest of my year was spent visiting other state pageants in Illinois, Oklahoma and Iowa. I had a great time helping out, going to the get acquainted parties, meeting the contestants, and spending time with friends.

I want to thank all the Missouri royalty. We were able to spend a lot of time together at the Illinois and Iowa pageants, and our trip to the state capitol was amazing. Abigail, Tiffany, Allison, Serene, Brittney, and Megan; I will miss you.

Thank you to National American Miss, Steve and Kathleen Mays, Ken and Lani Maples and all the staff; and to Breanne, the girl who puts the glam in NAM.

Last, but not least, thank you Mom, Dad and Tim. It’s been a great year!

Good luck and God Bless.

Faith Jordan, 2009 Missouri Pre-Teen


I will never forget the friendships I made this year. I loved all the other Preteen state queens!

Visiting the Missouri State Capitol with my sister queens was a highlight!
I almost won the FORD MUSTANG CONVERTIBLE at Nationals - made it into the bottom 5!


Sunday, July 11, 2010

Miss Arizona Jr. Preteen, Raina Donati cant believe 1 year has already passed - looks back!


Raina Donati, Donna Donati,  national anthem, Scottsdale,  Arizona,  Miss Arizona, miss arizona pageant, Pageants in Arizona, National American Miss, luke air force base, Make A Wish Foundation, I can't believe a year has already passed since I was crowned 2009 National American Miss Arizona Jr. Preteen!

I have had so much fun doing many events, including the City of Hope breast cancer walk, performing at the Autism Speaks fundraiser, the tea party for Child Help USA, the SSBTR walk, several events for Make A Wish Foundation, going to the Miss America Pageant in fabulous Las Vegas, the Cinco de Mayo celebration in Globe, Arizona where I was asked to sing the National Anthem, NAM Nationals, and several parades. And so much more...

I also donated 11" of my hair to Locks of Love and baked cookies for our country's air men and women, and I can't forget my amazing tour of Luke Air Force base.

Even though all of my experiences have been so wonderful, I would have to say the best part of all was gaining my "Royal Family", my beautiful sister queens Vanessa, Dylan, Kelly, Jessica and Gia. Those young ladies mean so much to me. Without them this year would not have been the same.

National American Miss has taught me so much and I would like to thank everyone who is involved in this organization.

Blessings to you all,

Raina Monique Donati
National American Miss Arizona Jr. Preteen
National Top 10 Semi-Finalist

Touring Luke Air Force Base was awesome!
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I loved making cookies for others with my sister queens over Christmas
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We participated in sooo many parades and walks! I loved giving back to my community!
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Gia Donati, Miss Arizona Princess, is excited to crown the new Arizona Princess!


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Hello Everyone,

I have had such a wonderful year representing our great state as your National American Miss Arizona Princess!

My sister queens and I have done so many events for so many wonderful organizations, such as the Make a Wish Foundation, the City of Hope, Operation Homefront, and Childhelp USA. My sister, Raina, and I even cut 11" of our hair for Locks of Love!

I love helping out in my community. It makes me feel so good inside.
Nationals was an absolute BLAST! I won lots of trophies and lots of money too. My mom was right. Practicing really did pay off.

I know my year is over, but I am excited to crown the new Princess for 2010.
Thank you to National American Miss, my sister queens, and my amazing friends and family for making my year AMAZING!

Hugs and kisses,
Giavonna Donati
National American Miss 2009 Arizona Princess and your
National Actress and Spokesmodel

Being CRAZY with my sister queens at the MISS AMERICA PAGEANT in VEGAS!!
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I was soo excited to win 2 National Titles at Nationals that I wanted to wear all of my banners!
Students supporting Brain Tumor Research walk was a lot of fun, too - I loved volunteering and helping make a difference! Thats what being a princess is all about!
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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Brielle Shortreed shares her year with us as she says farewell

Hello Everybody,

I can’t believe that it has been one year since I was crowned the 2009 Miss WI Jr. Pre-Teen. My year was filled with excitement, opportunities, and so many wonderful people.

I had a blast representing WI at the National Pageant! Placing 2nd Runner Up over all to the National Queen will be something I will NEVER forget. Disneyland, Hollywood and playing in the Pacific Ocean for the first time was so much fun!

I learned so much while working with the Special Olympics and special needs people through out my year. Being a part of the Special Olympics Torch Run, walking with my team in the 1st Annual Walk and Roll, and bowling for the Special Olympics Bowl-a-thon… It was an honor participate in all of them.

The life long friends that I have made through out the years at NAM mean the world to me. Tiffany, Tori, Destiny, Elise, Mary , and Paige, I love you all like sisters. To my “Pageant Moms” Tonya, Celine, Bridget, and Carla, you not only mean the world to me, but support my mom in countless ways. I have the best pageant family a girl could ask for!

National American Miss is not just a pageant, but a place that allows young girls to grow, be themselves, and a place where dreams not only come true, but where new ones are made!

Good luck to all the Wisconsin state contestants, and to the one girl who is lucky enough to represent WI this next year, remember to cherish every minute and to keep dreaming big!

Love your 2009 Miss WI Jr. Pre-Teen 2009,


Brielle Shortreed

Placing 1st in the Special Olympics Torch Run was so much fun!
I will never forget when the emcee announced my name as the new Miss Wisconsin Jr. Preteen
What a year this has been!
Placing 2nd Runner up in the Nation was an experience I will never forget and I was honored to represent Wisconsin with such PRIDE!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Shelby Reukauf, Miss Wisconsin Preteen, has lived the dream this past year - lets take a look!


Dear Family, Friends, and Contestants,

Being crowned the National American Miss 2009 Miss Wisconsin Pre-Teen was a dream come true. This year has been full of excitement and new opportunities. I received a warm welcome home from my community with signs, radio spots, and even a TV interview. My first duty was to distribute all of the bears and books to our local Woman’s Abuse Shelter offering comfort to displaced families. I made several guest appearances at charity events such as our “Woman’s Night Out” campaign with famous author Mary Pierce and our Men’s Health Expo with former Milwaukee Brewer Jimmy Ganter. I was honored to be the guest speaker at our Rally For A Cure golf outing speaking out on breast cancer and early detection.

The skills I have gained have given me the confidence to star in one of the lead roles of our community theater production of “Bye Bye Birdie”. This was a big accomplishment for me as I have never sang on stage before.

In November I had the chance to attend Nationals in California. This was a special time for me as I was able to re-connect with old friends and make many new ones. I had a blast on the Hollywood tour and day at Disney.

I was honored to have some of the best sister Queens ever. I was able to meet up with them throughout the year and got to know some of their families. I will cherish my new lifelong friendships. I look forward to all the new friendships I will make this weekend.

A huge “Thank You” goes out to Ken, Lani, and Brianne Maples for giving me this opportunity of a lifetime. I also want to thank my family for making my memories all that more special.

To my successor – Enjoy your reign. It will fly by quickly. Cherish each moment and have the time of your life.

Love,

Shelby Reukauf

2009 Miss Wisconsin Pre-Teen


Right after being crowned Miss Wisconsin Preteen - a moment that changed my life and one I will never forget!


With my handsome dad and escort at nationals in California!


Volunteering and making appearances with my sister queens with sooo much fun!

Making friendships that will last a lifetime - with other preteen state queens!
Working with kids and donating books and bears has helped me to become a positive role model and leader in my state and has showed how much of an impact just one person can make on the world!


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Wisconin Princess Cover Girl, Nia Skenandore will always cherish this past year...


Dear NAM contestants and families,

Hi! My name is Nia Skenandore. Last year I was crowned the 2009-2010 National American Miss Wisconsin Princess Cover Girl. I am so proud that I earned the honor to represent NAM and Wisconsin. I am also very proud that I had achieved my goal and followed my dream. What a fun, exciting and truly memorable year it has been for me!

As the state Cover Girl I was able to do many spectacular things with my title. Such as ride in my hometowns annual Fourth of July Parade and the annual Pulaski Polka Days Parade. I also got to ride in other fun parades such as the annual Wisconsin Dells Wo-Zha-Wa Parade and the annual Warrens Cranberry Festival Parade with other Wisconsin Royalty sisters.

I was very privileged to be able to have such a great time meeting new people and making a difference in my community. I visited the elders at the Anna John Nursing Home where I met some remarkable people. I also got to meet with Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt. I also have been volunteering at the Oneida Nation Library and at Saving Paws Animal Rescue where I like to help out in anyway I can. Because of my love for helping people and animals I have had the opportunity to begin raising money for area Law Enforcement K-9’s to use for training items and other uses.

My family and I traveled to Anaheim, California for the National pageant where I was also crowned the National Cover Girl. It was so fun driving through the different states getting to see all the beautiful sites and landmarks along the way. At Disneyland I had a blast meeting all the different characters, watching the parade and seeing it all decorated for the holiday was amazing. We enjoyed a tour of Hollywood seeing the stars and playing in the Pacific Ocean near Santa Monica Pier and later again at Huntington Beach. The trip to the National pageant was a fantastic experience full of excitement and memories.

I am grateful for the honor and the opportunity to have been able to represent my state and National American Miss and I thank Kenn, Lani, and Breanne Maples and everyone at NAM that has helped me out along the way. I want to send a heartfelt thank you to all my sponsors, and to those who gave me all the support and encouragement. Thank you so much mom, dad, my brother Sean and sister Savannah, I appreciate all that you have done for me and all that you had to put up with. My grandparents Roy and Deb Tilleman and the rest of my family I thank you and love you all. You all have given me support and encouragement to follow my dreams and achieve my goals in whatever I choose to do

I will always remember and cherish this experience. I am honored to have been able to serve as your 2009 Miss Wisconsin Princess Cover Girl.


Always follow your dream.


Sincerely,


Nia Skenandore.



At California Adventures in Hollywood- the NIA in California spelled my name - NIA - how cool!

Hollywood walk of fame - someday my name will be on one of these stars!
With Mr. Ryan - hes my favorite person on the NAM staff because he makes it sooo much fun for the families!
I love Miss Breanne. She is the best Asst. Director ever. I want to be just like her when I grow up

Monday, July 5, 2010

Mariah Steiner has had the time of her life as Wisconsin Jr. Preteen Covergirl - sad it must come to an end

Dear Contestants,

What a year it has been, a year I will never forget! The moment I was crowned Miss Wisconsin Junior Pre-teen Cover Girl, to the moment I write this letter I think of all the fond memories I have! The time has gone by so fast, yet I have felt I have accomplished so much! In 2008-2009 I was the National American Miss Junior Pre-teen State Ambassador; I started Operation Teddy Bears and Books where I gave speeches at area schools and collages about what happened to my five year old brother, when I came home from the pageant in 2008.

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Hunter was attacked by a pit bull dog. He had to have many hospital procedures over a six week timeframe. The hospital had given him a teddy bear to try to make it a little easier! We have brought in over 1500 stuffed animals and 500 books. We have distributed them in the surrounding counties to hospitals, clinics battered women’s shelter, and nursing homes! They really love the beanie babies!

In July I got to ride in a red convertible in my home town parade. I was the cover girl queen for Boscobel, Wisconsin; I made the front page of the paper! In August I worked with a team of people to help raise 42 thousand dollars with the Walk with Grace. This is a walk to help support cancer victims! I helped in the kiddies section with face painting because I love to draw! In September I stated a new program called Queens for Preemies! This program is aimed to help mommies and daddies that didn’t expect to have their babies so soon. I contacted and collected cute new and or gently used clothes for babies! I have collected and donated over 200 outfits. My mom was a 2 lbs 2 oz, 11 inches long preemie in 1975, and was in the Madison hospital for 9 months. This has become a family project, together we can help make a difference!

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I have sung the National Anthem at Five events. I have sung for the High Bred Rednecks of Richland County, tractor pulls, mud bogs, snow mobile drag races and the high school rodeo.

Through all my community involvement I feel even if you are small and live in a small town you can make a difference. I love getting to share National American Miss with them because there is NOTHING like that and it NOTHING like that pageants you see on TV. It is about being who you really are, the age that you are, public speaking, poise, and getting to know what life is really about!

Being a part of National American Miss pageant the past few years has made me who I am today! I am not shy, scared, intimidated and I have all the self confidence in the world. I feel there is nothing that I can not accomplish with out hard work and dedication!

All though I was not able to go to California for nationals this year, two days before the national pageant my baby sister Remington Elizabeth Louise Steiner was born!

I want to say thank you to Breanne, Lani and Kenn Maples for making NAM so much fun. I also want to say thank you to my NAM Family, and Kim and Brielle Shortreed, for all the invites to the parades and to her house for a cookout. I want to thank my family and friends for all the time and determination to get me to all my events on time and keep my schedule straight!

As I say good bye to my sister queens and the NAM family I will never forget being your Miss WI Jr. Pre-teen Cover Girl! To the new Miss Wi Jr Pre Teen cover girl take the reins with both hands You are the only 2010 2011 National American Miss Wi Jr. Pre teen Cover Girl. God Bless you all, I love you!

Mariah Steiner




Thursday, July 1, 2010

Brianna Nelson, Miss Nebraska Princess 2009 looks back to remember her year as royalty

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Dear Pageant Friends and Families,

I can’t believe the year has flown by so quickly, and my time as 2009 National American Miss Nebraska Princess is about to come to an end. The past year has been amazing, truly a dream come true.

I have been so honored to have the opportunity to represent our state and the National American Miss Organization. As soon as I received my title, I got right to work. I delivered Books and Bears to the Gretna Angel Tree, and volunteered with the Nebraska Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I appeared in several parades and events, and I met Governor Dave Heineman on National American Miss Day.

The highlight of my year was traveling to California for Nationals. I had such a great time with my family! We had lots of fun at Disneyland, the beach, and touring the streets of Hollywood. But the best part was meeting all the other state and national queens. I made lots of new friends from all over the country. My new BFF Alyssa from New York was the winner of the Mustang Convertible, and I even got to sit in it with her! I will cherish my memories of that week for the rest of my life.

I would like to thank National American Miss, and especially our state directors, Kenn and Lani Maples for this wonderful opportunity and for all your help and support throughout the year. To my sister queens, thanks for everything, I wish you all the best! To my Mom, Dad, Devon, Grandparents and friends, I love you all! Without your endless love and support this year wouldn’t have been possible.

To the 2010 Nebraska State Finalists, the best of luck to all of you. I can’t wait to meet you all! As pageant weekend approaches, remember… have fun, make LOTS of friends, and most importantly be yourself. It’s your time to shine! Love Always,

Brianna Nelson, Your 2009 Miss Nebraska Princess

CHECK OUT THESE HIGHLIGHTS FROM MY YEAR:

With my sister queen, Sarah Summers, after she won the National Title - she is such a great role model!

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Getting right to work as Miss Nebraska Princess and volunteering to fight against Cancer!
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With my family at Disneyland - National Pageant - so much fun!
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With my BFF, Alyssa, Miss New York - she won the MUSTANG CONVERTIBLE at nationals and I got to sit in it with her!
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