Saturday, September 18, 2010
Nebraska Teen, Jordan Somer, has "amazing" plans to make a difference, and the news is taking notice
Now the 16-year-old Papillion resident has again won a title, the 2010 National American Miss Nebraska Teen, and will be heading to nationals in Anaheim, Calif., in November.
More than 100 contestants competed in the 2010 National American Miss Pageant held on July 3 and 4 at a Holiday Inn in Omaha. Somer will represent the state at nationals and have a chance to win more than $500,000 in cash and prizes.
The National American Miss Pageants are based on inner beauty, as well as poise and presentation, according to a news release from the organization. The program awards cash, scholarships and prizes to recognize and assist the development of young women nationwide.
The National American Miss Pageant consists of four main competitions: formal wear, personal introduction, interview and community involvement. There also are various optional contests, including casual wear modeling, photogenic and spokesmodel. Somer won the casual wear and photogenic competitions.
Aomer said the introduction competition was the most difficult part of the pageant because she was the third-to-last person to speak and had already waited through the preteen and junior divisions.
“I was just sitting there, getting antsy,” she said. “It's listening to a bunch of people who are really nervous and that's exactly what you're going to do. … So you just have to sit there and psych yourself out.”
The easiest part of the competition was the formal wear, Somer said.
Somer said she started doing pageants “just for fun” and has participated in American Coed, National American Miss, America's National Teenager and Miss America's Outstanding Teen pageants.
“I was never one of those girls who was in pageants every month,” she said. “It was just something I did for fun to meet friends.”
In 2006, at the age of 12, Somer tried out for America's National Teenager and won the state title. The next year she won National American Miss Junior Teen, and said she gained confidence, calmed down and remembered to just be herself while competing.
“You kind of just get caught up in everything that you have to do … when in actuality pageants are about finding what your biggest potential is,” she said.
And Somer has done just that.
At the 2007 National American Miss Pageant, she won the Golden Achievement and Service Award for her own event, the Miss Amazing Pageant. After becoming involved with the special needs community and pageants, she created the first Miss Amazing Pageant in 2007 for women ages 10 to 30 with disabilities.
During the first two years of the pageant, there were 15 Miss Amazing participants. Last year it doubled to 30. Somer is hoping the number continues to rise.
Now Somer has been running the Miss Amazing Pageant for four years and hopes, with the help of National American Miss, she will be able to expand it.
“I really want to keep it going for the rest of my life no matter where I live,” she said.
The only duty she has through National American Miss is to go to nationals and return for the state pageant, but Somer plans on doing much more than that.
“It really kind of frustrates me when people go to nationals and consider their year over after that when in actuality there's so much more that you can do,” she said.
Besides being involved with pageants and the Miss Amazing Pageant, Somer has continued to stay involved in other areas of the community.
As president of the Diversity Club and secretary of the Key Club, the Omaha Central High School senior has taken both clubs to volunteer at the food bank. She also donates items throughout the year to the Siena-Francis House and, along with her family, donates to the Stephen Center in south Omaha.
At nationals, Somer said she is looking forward to hanging out with her other Nebraska queens and representing Nebraska. She said she is also glad to be going again because she regrets not trying her hardest at nationals during her junior teen year.
“I was just ecstatic to be there. … Now I want to go there and I really want to put my best foot forward,” Somer said.
Oh my goodness what a great year it has been!!!! I couldn’t believe it when they called my name for winning Talent and Casual wear, then on to crowing. I made it in the top 10, then top 5 then they said our new 2009 Illinois princess is…. Imani Muse! Again, I couldn’t believe it! Then Nationals… oh my goodness, what can I say about Nationals! It was first time ever going to California and it was an adventure! One of the best memories from there, was the crazy hair day, seeing Michael Jackson’s Star and winning Top 5 in Spokesmodel!!!!
We did all kinds of volunteer service this year. We volunteered at the Cancer Walk on the lake, spent the whole night at the Relay for Life, was part of Chole’s Team for Special Needs, walked for the March of Dimes and I helped feed the children at the Easter Project. Those were only some of the project that we did! We were also part of the St. Patrick Day, Columbus Day and the 4th of July parade where we rode on the fire truck! I didn’t know how much work it was to be a Queen!
I met a lot of new friends this year from Nationals, the open calls and from being visiting royalty in different states. I not only had my very own sister Isis to share this year with, but I gained 5 more big sisters: Kaylyn, Emily, Cat, Lynzi and Heather! I also can’t forget about Alex, my Cover Girl Sister, you rock big sister number 6! I love you guys and I will always remember my year with you! To my dad, I love you and you are the best dad & escort ever! To my mom who is always there, I thank you for everything you do and for being my personal chaffuer! To the Maples and Breanne thanks for allowing me to represent Illinois well!
I am truly blessed…Your 2009 Miss Illinois Princess Imani Muse!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Being crowned the National American Miss 2009 Miss Minnesota Junior Pre-Teen was a dream come true. This year has been full of fun, new opportunities and memories that will last forever.
I received a warm welcome from my hometown and I was asked to be in the Austin 4th of July parade. My Dad drove me in a convertible while my mom and brother passed out candy. My first duty was to donate books and bears from pageant weekend. I chose Catherwood Home Child Care, the Parenting Resource Center and Austin Medical Center Pediatrics. I also spent several days working with the children at Catherwood. I raised money and walked in the March of Dimes March for Babies.
In early August my sister queens and I had a photo shoot together in Minneapolis. What great fun we had taking pictures in our formal wear, interview suits and our pj’s. I had a blast getting to know everyone!
In November my mom and I traveled to California for the National Pageant. Going to Disneyland and the Hollywood Tour were amazing. I will never forget getting to do a ballet dance for Tinkerbell! My grandparents flew in from Missouri and my grandpa escorted me to the Thanksgiving ball. I was very fortunate that I got to compete in Talent as well as Casual Wear on the National stage. My favorite part of going to National’s was all the friends I made. I met girls from all over the country as well as reconnected with friends I made right here at the Minnesota pageant.
Throughout this extraordinary experience I came to realize the tremendous love-filled support from my parents. I really want to send out a special thank you to my mom. Don’t get me wrong, I really appreciate my daddy’s support, because when he could not make an event his wallet could – kidding. But my mommy has been with me every step through this wonderful journey. She has been my coach, teacher, fashion consultant, and best friend through it all, and I could never thank her enough. Mommy, thank you for putting up with my moods, fears, and uncertainties and being my rock, keeping me focused, and being my strongest advisor.
I was privileged to have the honor and the opportunity to represent my state and the National American Miss this past year. I want to thank all of those at the NAM organization that guided us through the entire process. I will take this experience with me throughout my life. The National American Miss is an outstanding organization, aside all of the pageantry, it helps teach young ladies confidence and a focus to go out and volunteer your time and try to bring a little sunshine to those who may need it the most. Again, much love and thanks for allowing me to represent you this past year.
Thank you and God bless.
Laney Lee Hoag
Donating Books & Bears to kids was soo much fun! I love making a difference.
I loved getting dressed up and being in the spotlight!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
It has been a year since I was crowned your Illinois Jr. Pre-Teen Cover Girl and what a year it has been! I not only won the cover girl title, I also won 1st runner up in Actress, Talent and best resume! I have soo many memories that will last me for a lifetime!
Because of my passion for education, I started my journey by volunteering with the United Negro College Fund and their walk to help raise money for African American students to attend prestigious colleges and since then my volunteering hasn’t stopped. I was a member of Chloe’s Team for children with special needs and walked in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in honor of my grandmother who died of cancer. On Easter, I helped put a smile on the face of children by serving them lunch and handing out cups filled with candy from you know who; the Easter Bunny! I participated in several parades throughout the state and even got to ride on the fire truck and meet with the Mayor of Elmwood Park.
I have met soo many people and made so many friends from all around the country from Open Calls, being visiting royalty in several states (where I was always in charge of the younger finalists) and of course “Nationals in Hollywood!” Speaking of Nationals, I had a blast participating in the 60’s party, crazy hair day, receiving the National Cover Girl Title and placing 1st Runner up in the Spokesmodel Competition.
I would like to give thanks to some of the people who made this year possible and rewarding. Mom, thank you for always there and pushing me to let my light shine. A special thanks goes out to my sponsors and the NAM family for always making me feel like a Queen. To my fellow Queens and Covergirls, I am truly blessed to have represented Illinois with the best of the best! Last but not least, to my little sister Imani, it was great sharing this opportunity with you (I love you!) To all the contestants, remember no one can fulfill your destiny but you!
I am proud to have represented National American Miss this past year. For the last time I am your 2009-2010 IL Jr. Pre-Teen Cover Girl, Isis Graham.
I had so much fun being the Jr. Preteen Cover Girl
Saturday, September 11, 2010
I started off my year at the Columbus Day Parade with my sister queens. Made build-a-bears for the children in the hospital, Trick or Treated for canned goods for our local food pantry, donated gift boxes to the Samaritans Purse and before I knew it I was off to Nationals in Anaheim, California. I made new friends, spent time with family, traveled to Hollywood, Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica Beach, and got to visit Disneyland for the very first time. I loved everything about Nationals and I am so grateful for what I learned from this experience.
To my Sister Queens, you guys are the best! Heather: You’re beautiful inside and out! Lynzi, thank you for all the events you and your mom planned, you’ve taught me so much. Catherine, you’re amazing I’m going to miss you! Kaylyn; Someday I know you’ll be famous and I can say I had the privilege of being your sister queen. Imani you are the most adorable Princess ever! I’ll never forget your smile. I love you all so much! Sisters forever! To my cover girl, Alex, you are my best friend, I will never forget you! I love you!
Mom: The time we spent together will never be forgotten. “Life is an adventure”; as you would say, each experience shapes us and molds us into the person we become. I would never trade this time with you for anything! Thank you!
To my Dad, a wonderful example of a man who loves God and his family with all his heart, your support means so much to me. Thanks for allowing me to live out this dream! Billy and Brian, thanks for sharing mom’s time, I love you guys! Jimmy, for a big brother, you’re the best! I admire so many things about you. Grandma, Thank you for all your help and prayers and the laughter we’ve shared! Andy, you are my favorite! I was so glad when you could come to California with us! It wouldn’t be the same without you!
I was fortunate enough to travel to several State Pageants like Oklahoma, Iowa, and Missouri. Sydney, Peyton, Faith, Grace, and Michaela… we have so many good memories together! I love you all!
To my successor, remember to enjoy every moment. Look for an opportunity to make a difference and go after all your dreams with a passion. For with God, all things are possible. For the last time, I am your National American Miss Illinois 2009-2010 Pre teen Queen, Emily Lymberopoulos.
Friday, September 10, 2010
This year has been incredibly rewarding, and it is hard for me to see it come to a close. It was only a year ago when I was crowned the 2009-2010 IL Teen Cover Girl, and every second of it since then has been a blessing to me. I am so pleased to have had the opportunity to travel throughout my year of reign and be of service to people in so many ways. One of the most memorable service activities I participated in with my Sister Queens was the 2009 American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Walk. This activity gave me a chance to walk for those who have endured the pressures of breast cancer in hope that a cure will be sought out as they continue to persevere. Throughout my year, I was also able to serve primarily at my church, Living Word Christian Center, in several capacities such as assisting as a Leader in their “Go Hard for Christ” Youth Ministry, donating toys and books to their “Kids for Christ” Children’s Ministry, and putting together school supplies and backpacks for members in need in their Member Care department. I am truly blessed to have been a blessing in so many ways.
I must declare that the highlight of my year was the National American Miss National Pageant in Orange County, California. This was my chance to have a completely new and exciting experience in a place, which I had never been. While I was in California, I won several rewards including the 2009-2010 National Teen Cover Model Title, 3rd Runner Up for National Community Service, and the National Spirit of America Reward. I had always dreamt of going to Disneyland and touring Hollywood, and thanks to NAM, I had a chance to fulfill it with my loving friends and family. Seeing the famous Disney Castle is a memory that I will never forget along with going to the famous Chinese Theater Show and Universal Studios in California. It was truly a beautiful experience as well as life changing.
I am so thankful that National American Miss exists as an organization that sets out to help girls fulfill their most ambitious and beautiful dream, which is what it has done for me. Nevertheless, I could not have even pursued my dream if it were not for my mom, the rest of my family, friends, Illinois Sister Queens, the National American Miss Family, and My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. God has done a miraculous work in me as a National American Miss Queen, and put an ambitious dream inside of me that I may let my light shine on others to help them realize their life’s purpose and pursue it. Thank you National American Miss Organization for all of the wonderful opportunities you have granted me. I Love NAM!
Wishing You Infinite Blessings,
Miss Illinois Teen Cover Girl 2009-2010
Miss National Teen Cover Model 2009-2010