Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Taylor Castro, Miss Illinois Jr. Preteen shot for the moon...now her year is coming to an end

WOW!!! I can't believe a year ago I was crowned Miss Illinois Jr. Pre-Teen!!! It has been an amazing year.

I have had the opportunity to do so many wonderful things. I began my reign by helping out with Popcorn Days for Lambs Farm and took up a collection for the Huntley Animal Shelter. I donated books to my dentist's and doctor's offices. I also donated the stuffed animals to the Algonquin Fire Department where I was able to check out their brand new fire truck! In October, I took part in the Breast Cancer Walk. I also helped out Toys 4 Tots during the holidays by collecting donations for children.

Nationals in California was awesome! I loved meeting the other contestants from around the United States. Disneyland and the Hollywood tour were so much fun. I had a blast strolling down Rodeo Drive with my sister queens. Someone even stopped us for a picture. To add to all the fun I was one of the top 10 semi-finalist!!!

I also had the opportunity to be visiting royalty. I traveled to Iowa and Pennsylvania- two states I had never been to before. It was great to see Kristen & Hailey, my pageant friends that I met at nationals again.

Thank you to everyone at National American Miss. Being Miss Illinois Jr. Pre-Teen has been an honor and something I will cherish forever. Most of all thank you to my family and friends for coming to all of my events and cheering me on.

To my brother Tyler- thanks for being such a good sport. I can't wait for you to be my escort someday! To Mom and Dad- thanks for being with me every step of the way. I love you both! To Mr. & Mrs. Maples & Breanne- I am proud to be a part of National American Miss- thank you for everything! To my sister queens- I have enjoyed getting to know all of you. Best of luck in all that you do. To all of the contestants- I hope this weekend you made new friends, tried something new but most of all had fun!
To my successor- Congratulations! You are about to begin an amazing journey- enjoy every minute.

Always remember to shoot for the moon even if you miss you will land among the stars!

Love always,

Your 2010 Miss Illinois Jr. Pre-Teen

Taylor Lyn Castro

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Miss Missouri Preteen, Madison Shead makes school headlines for her accomplishment

The Kirkwood, MO school district showcased Madison Shead, Miss Missouri Preteen in their spotlight section of their website for her accomplishment of winning Miss Missouri. So exciting that Madison has not just family and friends, but a whole school district supporting her! To see the article, click HERE!

Friday, August 26, 2011

As she put away her crown, Miss Wisconsin Preteen has a few people she would like to thank.....

What an incredible year I’ve had! From helping out at the Cranberry Festival in Warrens, WI, to representing our great state across the nation, I have really been able to understand what National American Miss is about. I have been volunteering since I was five, and serving as your NAM Pre-Teen allowed me to continue to make a difference all across the state. I have made so many new friends and have learned a lot more about myself and who I want to be.

There are so many people I have to thank for making this year possible for me. To my NAM family, especially Mr. and Mrs. Maples: thank you for always being there for me and for believing in me always. You are the reason that my journey was such a successful and fun one. I was so honored to represent you at nationals this year and will always carry your kindness in my heart. To my family and friends, thank you for all your dedication and support for whatever I do. You truly are the reason I am who I am today.

To all of the contestants: The most important thing we can do in our lives is to believe in ourselves. Every one of us have gifts inside of us that can change the world if we just share them with others. I am so proud of each and every one of you for sharing your gifts by being here. And to my successor: you will have an amazing year. Be the best you can be, take lots of pictures, and enjoy every moment. You’ll make memories that you will never forget.

My best wishes and love to everyone who is part of this amazing program. May God bless each one of you, and may He continue to bless America!

Love, JamieNicole Morelan

National American Miss Wisconsin Pre-Teen 2010

Volunteering and donating the Books & Bears from the Community Involvement Program was rewarding!

Performing at one of the many appearances I made.

Making new friends with girls from other pageant systems was such fun! We all had 1 thing in common - we love pageants!

I have the best support team, especially my big sister Jeanette, who happens to be Miss America's Outstanding Teen! Such an awesome role model!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Miss Iowa Cover Girl continues to make a difference for those in uniform!

Jordan George, Miss Iowa Preteen Cover Girl 2011 was honored to take part in the Windsor Heights, Iowa National Night Out Celebration held August 2nd in Colby Park. Jordan, as the owner of "Jordan's Jeweled Creations" volunteered to offer a children's activity and helped kids make bracelets. Donations were collected and then presented to Officer Ryan Rupiper of the Windsor Heights Police Department. The donations will help pay for the shipping on items collected at the event to be sent to Afghanistan, where another police officer, Hector Arias, and his unit are currently stationed.

Way to make a difference, Jordan!

Jordan presenting the money she earned to Officer Rupiper
Jordan at her table for "Jordan's Jeweled Creations"

Monday, August 22, 2011

It's been a lucky year for a girl who worked hard for it...farewell to Katie Steiger

I have lived my life with this motto "The harder you work the luckier you get." The past year has proven this statement to be true for me. After being crowned Miss Wisconsin Teen I set out on a mission to reach as many people in Wisconsin as I could, which made for a very busy year! I had a blast doing over 75 appearances around Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. Becoming Miss Wisconsin Teen was a dream I am so blessed to have accomplished, but it didn't happen over night! I worked hard for my title and used it to promote my platform of volunteerism.

I volunteered with my favorite organization "The Camo Quilt Project" where we sew camouflage quilts for soldiers over seas. I donated bears to the new Columbia St. Mary's Hospital in Milwaukee and books to the United Way. I cheered on the Packers at a football game where I appeared on the jumbo-tron 3 times, met the announcers of Monday Night Football and was featured on "The Mike McCarthy Show!" I was in many parades and went to the Wisconsin State Fair as well as the Clark County Fair where I honored my Grandpa with the "Howie Sturtz Orchestra." I was also able to meet some famous golfers at the PGA Tour at Whistling Straights. I dedicated most of my time to helping with the Boy Scouts of America and served as the 9033 Venture Crew President by visiting a lot of summer camps. I was invited to attend a National Venture Crew Jamboree, spoke at many Winter Banquets and volunteered as a medical officer for Arrow Power where scouts restored old trails and created new ones for a week in Northern Minnesota. I also judged a loon calling contest for the Mercer Loon Days Festival.

National American Miss has opened many doors for me. Not only have I perfected my speaking skills but I am a stronger and more intelligent young lady all around. I have always felt like National American Miss is an investment into a girls future. Every time the contestants participate in the pageant they are more confident about their future and are closer to achieving their dreams even if they don't come home with a crown. Another dream of mine was made possible because of National American Miss; I was chosen as a top model for Hollister and recently discovered by a Wisconsin modeling agency. I am still working toward my dream of becoming a Physician's Assistant while studying Biology at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.

I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to have lived my dream. I hope that throughout the past year I have touched as many lives as have touched mine. Nationals gave me a whole new opportunity to meet girls from all over the United States and I am proud to say that I now have a friend no matter where I travel! I would like to thank my parents and grandparents for helping along this journey. Mom and Grandma; thank you for traveling to appearances with me. Dad, thank you for your encouragement and advice. Ben and Matt thank you for supporting your little sister. Thank you Travis for your continuous love; I know this past year hasn't been easy. Thank you to all of my friends Brooke, Kristin, Katie, Keisha, Tara, Steph, Tori, Brittany and the entire Mangham and Link families. Thank you to Meyer Motors for the parade cars and Irish Studios for the most beautiful professional pictures a girl could ask for!

To the contestants; if you had the crown what would you do with it? Would you start a non profit organization, raise money for a charity or help someone in need? Now I ask you this, why do you need a crown to do that? A true queen wears a crown in her heart and always puts others before herself. If you can do that, then you are a queen!!!

Thank you National American Miss for helping everyday girls reach their dreams! Remember, "The harder you work, the luckier you get!"

Love always,
National American Miss Wisconsin Teen 2010 Katie Steiger

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Farewell to Sam Triani, Miss Illinois Jr. Teen

The surest way not to fail is to be determined to succeed.

In 2007, I competed for my first time at NAM Illinois State. I was scared because I did not know what to expect. Soon all the jitters went away and I made so many new friends. That year placed 6th overall. I went back in 2008 and was 3rd runner up. My determination did not stop there, because in 2010 I went back and competed for a third time and I was honored and extremely shocked when they called my name as your new Miss Illinois Jr. Teen.

Getting ready for Nationals was a blast with all my sisters queens and my family. I went to many volunteer projects, including Feed My Starving Children where I got to bag food for the starving children of our world. I was in numerous photo shoots and even got to judge my very first pageant! November came around and it was time for nationals in California! I had so much fun there getting to meet the national directors and bonding with state queens who I’d meet throughout the years. I also made new friends with girls from all over the country.
This amazing experience and fully packed year would not have been possible without the people who are always there for me. To my mom, dad, and Nicole- You three are my world. Without you, especially mom, this amazing year and my reign would not have been possible. To my friends and family, thank you for always being the loudest cheering section in the crowd and being the best support system around.
To the NAM Staff, you guys are amazing and so much fun to be around. You run a beautiful program where young ladies can truly be themselves and shine on stage. And to all the wonderful and inspiring young woman, I met throughout the year, especially my sister queens, thank you for opening your hearts to me. You are all beautiful and I know you’re going places.

To my successor, don’t blink. The year goes by so fast. Cherish all the memories you make and remember all the people who helped you get to where you are. Never take a single moment for granted and make the best of your title. Always remember, you have people watching you, especially little girls, so always be the very best role model you can be.

I am your 2010-2011 National American Miss Illinois Jr. Teen,
Samantha Nicole Triani.

Friday, August 19, 2011

NAM state finalist overcoming challenges to reach her goals....

Last week we wrapped up out Pageant Prep Training sessions for our Illinois pageant. During our training session, I had to pleasure of meeting a super cool girl - Devin Davis.

Devin, who is a State Finalist in our Teen division this year in our Illinois pageant, coming up Labor Day Weekend in St. Charles, is such an awesome girl and doesn't let the fact that she comes loaded with a set a wheels stop her! So, when I came across this article (on www.mysuburunlife.com) I knew I had to share it with the rest of the NAM community.....as Devin defines what the NAM motto, being "today's girl, a girl with dreams" is all about!
Click the LINK above to see the full article or read below, but warning: you will be inspired! =)


Devin Davis, 19, was diagnosed with mitochondrial myopathy as a 1-year-old, a rare muscle disorder that confined her to a wheelchair. This March, while in the hospital with pneumonia, Davis was given a new diagnosis — Myasthenia Syndrome — and along with it, “the hope I have always wanted,” she said. “The hope to one day walk.”

In July she was selected as a finalist for the National American Miss Illinois pageant, which will take place Sept. 3 and 4 in St. Charles.

In what ways has the new diagnosis given you hope? What are things you want to

do that now appear possible?

With my new diagnoses of Myasthenia Syndrome Dok 7 there are medicines that can help me become stronger. I would like to be able to walk without a walker, drive, be more independent in my daily living activities, be able to be off my respiratory machines longer and obtain a job in communication and broadcasting so as to be a role model for today’s youth.

It has been with the help of family and friends, the entire town of Elmhurst, my Messiah Lutheran Church Family, Easter Seals DuPage and ECAF that I have been able to receive not only the medical services and medical equipment necessary (to keep) me alive and stable but also for believing in me every step of the way. Without all of these wonderful people, I would not be here today living my dreams and being able to make a difference in this world.

What tasks does the disorder make difficult for you? How do you overcome those challenges?
The more active I am, the more fatigued I feel at the end of the day. Although I am stronger, it is still difficult for me to raise my arms above my head, to walk more then 60 steps and working a full 40-hour work week is difficult. I stay positive that with ongoing physical therapy and the right medication I will continue to strengthen my muscles, making each task easier over time.

What about yourself do you think impressed the judges during your Miss Illinois open call?
The courage to pursue my dreams despite being physically challenged, my upbeat and positive personality, my interview skills and my ability to make people feel comfortable around me.

What do you think other teens can learn from your story?
That despite the challenges you may face in life, if you have a strong mindset, positive attitude and a solid support system you can achieve any goal or dream you wish to fulfill.

What do you think other people with disabilities can learn from your story?
Although we live in a society that may be hard to maneuver around in as a physically challenged person, just because one door is slammed does not mean another one can’t be opened with enough determination and power of positive thinking.

What causes would you like to advocate for, if you win the pageant?
There are two main causes. First, inclusion of disabled individuals in society in every aspect. Second, bullying in schools and judging peers based on outer appearance and stereotyping them versus getting to know them from the inside out.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Pop star Temara Melek says pageants gave her the audience im which to perform that help land her where she is today

Temara Ellinger, Temara Melek, National American Miss winnersYou may know her - to us, shes Temara Ellinger - one of the Ellinger sisters from Colorado who has graced both our state and national stage many times over as a titleholder. But, to the rest of the world - she's up and coming pop sensation - Temara Melek. This spunky tween has transplanted herself to California, where she works as an actor, dancer, and model and is taking the world by storm

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

This year has been "so much of a good thing" for Olivia Lulich, Miss Wisconsin Jr. Preteen 2010

So Much of a Good Thing!

It was July 2007 when I first entered the Wisconsin National American Miss pageant. I was 5 years old, quiet, shy and had no idea what to expect throughout the weekend ahead. At times it seemed overwhelming, but it was certainly exhilarating and fun. And although I did not come home with the crown, I was definitely hooked and very much wanted to compete the following year. And so I did for the next three years – each time becoming more prepared, a little further out of my shell and more focused upon my strengthens.

Then last July, the dream finally became real when I was named the 2010 Miss Wisconsin Junior Preteen!! The excitement and happiness I felt at that moment cannot be described – let’s just say that I couldn’t stop smiling for about two weeks!!
I took to heart all the advice so many past queens had shared – cherish every moment because the year goes by so very quickly.

Throughout the summer and fall I made many appearances at local parades and events. I also focused on my community service project – collecting donations for our local food pantry. I donated over 500 pounds of food and participated in a 5K Walk for Hunger. I donated books to our city library and bears to the area hospital.

My spare time was focused on preparation for Nationals! Wow, what a week – I participated in Spokesmodel, Actress, Casualwear Modeling, Photogenic and the Queens competition. I met so many amazing young ladies from across the nation – many of who I consider very dear friends. My entire family traveled with me and I was blessed to have my Godmother and her family join us for our day in Disney and to cheer me on for the final pageant. That week has so many special memories that I will forever cherish. One particular moment that stands out was seeing the ocean for the very first time in my life! Even though the water was freezing cold – I still had to play in it for a little while!

Throughout winter and spring I made every attempt to wear my crown and banner at a variety of events. My community has little understanding of pageants and often associates it with what they see on TV. I make it my mission to explain the natural side of pageants and emphasize the life skills that pageants provide: self-confidence, communication skills, pose and public speaking. All things that will forever benefit me – no matter what career I choose.

So although it was only five years ago that I was that shy little girl who would hide behind my mother’s leg and forced her to speak on my behalf; I have to credit my pageantry experiences for helping me to become the confident girl I am today!

This year has truly been a dream come true. Special thanks to the Maples for putting together such a fantastic pageant, of which so many young ladies benefit. To Miss Ashley for always seeing the best parts of me and helping me grow as a person. To my little brother Ethan for sticking it out through long pageant events, but always cheering loudest for me. To my parents – thank you for giving me this opportunity and teaching me the importance of hard work, determination and being true to myself. To the many family members and friends who sent words of support and cheered from afar – your love and encouragement mean the world to me.

Looking back – I can proudly say that I have enjoyed every minute and I’m so excited to for the next young lady to have this opportunity. To all the NAM contestants - keep believing your dreams, because they just may come true!

From the small town of Lyndon Station -- I am your 2010 Miss Wisconsin Junior Preteen – Olivia Lulich!

National American Miss Regional Coordinator, Amanda Garrity opens up to WOMEN magazine about what its like to work for NAM

Many of you know her from Open Calls, Pageant Preps, or maybe through modeling, or even pageant competition. But, when Amanda Garrity isn't working runways as a professional model, or competing for Miss America, she's working for NAM as a Regional Coordinator.

WOMEN magazine wanted to sit down with Amanda for their August issue, which is in stores now, and find out what it was like to not only be a part of pageantry, but also to work for the largest pageant system in the world....find out what she said in her 2 page article below:

Sunday, August 14, 2011

It all started with a young girl and a dream....

They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. My journey began in 2005 when I made top 20, continued in 2006 when I made top 15, 2007 when I was 4th runner up, and 2008 when I was 1st runner up. And just when I thought my journey was just coming to an end....

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My journey was just beginning! I began volunteering, making appearances, and attending other state pageants as visiting royalty. Then it was off to nationals where I had the time of my life making new friends, bonding with old ones, and of course making memories that are sure to last a lifetime!

But this year wouldn't have been complete without the people who I love most-

To Mom,Dad,Reggie, extended family and friends-you are the best support group a girl could have! I love you all so much, and I'm so appreciative of all you do for me
and a special shout out to mom, auntie Tammy, and grandma Wendy-thank you so much for being my biggest supporters in anything I do...you are always there to cheer me on!
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To the NAM staff- you all made this year one to remember! You run an amazing program, and you can always brighten anyone's day!

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To my NAMily- you girls made this year amazing and I'm so happy you are all a part of my life!

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And last but certainly not least- Kendra and Cortlyn. You two are the GREATEST friends a girl could ask for. We always kept things interesting when we were together and I'll never forget any of the crazy moments we shared together! I LOVE YOU GIRLS SO MUCH!
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To my successor- you are in for the time of your life! Get ready to meet amazing friends, and make memories that will last a lifetime!

Ladies and gentlemen, for the last time, I am your 2010-2011 National American Miss Wisconsin Jr. Teen, Karlee Nimmer.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Farewell from Miss Wisconsin Jr. Preteen Cover Girl


Thank You National American Miss for making this such a great experience. I was very surprised when I got to the state pageant last year to find out that I had won Cover Girl. Being Cover Girl helped me feel like I could accomplish anything I set my mind to. Winning the Actress competition, being 4th runner up in Talent and finishing in the top 10 felt so amazing. Getting crowned Cover Girl on stage was the highlight of my weekend. I was so proud.

As Cover Girl I chose to volunteer in my community to show other girls what the spirit of NAM was all about. I donated all of the stuffed animals to our local police department in Johnson Creek for kids who were scared or in an accident. I chose Literacy and helping the hungry as my causes. I volunteered at our school helping to read to small children and also at our local library helping with Story Hour. For my birthday, instead of gifts, I asked my friends to bring a donation to the food pantry. We collected more than 20 bags of food to donate. I also had a garage sale and raised $100 to give to the food pantry.

I attended Nationals in California in November. It was one of the best weeks of my life. I met an amazing friend from Oklahoma named Karlee. We went everywhere together. We went to Disneyland and the Hollywood walk of fame. The competition was tough and I learned a lot. I enjoyed hanging out with my sister queens and contestants from Wisconsin. Paige, Felicia, Jamie, Olivia and Erica. Thank you Mom and Dad for giving me that experience.

I want to say Congrats to the new 2011 Cover Girl. You will love the experience. Good luck to everyone and I look forward to seeing you again next year.


Friday, August 12, 2011

Miss Iowa Cover Girl takes center field

Newly crowned Miss Iowa Preteen Cover Girl, Jordan George has already started working hard and making appearances. Last week Jordan took center field at an Iowa Cubs Game and threw the first pitch (it even made it across home plate!) So cool!!!!! Thanks for sharing Jordan!!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

HERE THEY ARE....the 2011 National American Miss Iowa royalty!!

I know you all have been dying to see the results from our Iowa pageant!!!!! It was a fantastic weeekend at the Ramada Hotel & Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo, IA. Each state finalist truly shined on stage and we were so proud of each of them. The judges had a tough job, but here they are.....your Miss Iowa royalty for 2011 - 2012 who will represent the HAWKEYE state proudly for the next year!!!

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Left to Right: Miss Iowa Preteen Cover Girl - Jordan George, Miss Iowa Preteen - Merrill Diddy, Miss Iowa Jr. Teen - Abi Goeser, Miss Iowa Teen - Jenny Jones, Miss Iowa Jr. Preteen - Anna Harrison, Miss Iowa Princess - Tanae Thiravong

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Miss Iowa Teen donates the Community Involvement Books & Bears....says, "we made a difference girls!"

Jenny Jones was just crowned the Miss Iowa Teen only a few weeks ago and is already putting her title to use by reaching out within her community through the books & bears National American Miss Community Involvement competition.

Jenny chose to donate the books and bears that the Miss Iowa contestant's brought to pageant weekend to two different charities.

The first is The Four Oaks Youth Shelter and says she was truly "touched and inspired by her visit, seeing as those that take residence at the shelter are kids her own age and younger."

Also, she donated them to the Ronald McDonald House & also spent quality time with the children being treated at the University of Iowa hospital.

However, making a difference is what we are all about here at NAM and we are so proud of Jenny for bringing a smile to the youth residence's faces with a book or bear and Jenny sends a big "thank you to each of the Miss Iowa state finalist's for bringing such fantastic donations - we made a difference, girls!!!!!"

WIsconsin girl becomes spokesperson for the Blood Center of Wisconsin after surviving 3 heart surgeries before the age of 9

Helen Kraklow is a spunky 10 year old girl who you would never guess was born with a congenital heart defect. She's an ambitious, tap dancing dynamo, who doesn't let anything stop her from achieving her dreams. Helen, who has competed in the National American Miss Wisconsin pageant for the past few year, along with her older sister, Evelyn is now a spokesperson for the BloodCenter of Wisconsin.

Having experienced and survived 3 open heart surgeries (which requires many units of blood) before the age of 4, Helen aims to encourage others to donate blood. After having the opportunity to meet one of her blood donors, the BloodCenter of Wisconsin was eager to make them the faces of their organization.

I don't know about you, but after seeing this video, featuring Helen and her donor - Im inspired to donate! What about you???

Monday, August 8, 2011

MISSOURI girls make a HUGE HUGE difference - aiding in those suffering from the aftermath of the Joplin Tornado

National American Miss Associate National Director, Lani Maples and Missouri titleholders take a moment to pose together with the trailer of items stuffed with donations from Miss Missouri state finalists before getting to work!

We, here at NAM, are always filled with pride when we see National American Miss girls making a difference and serving in the hometowns. But, this time - we are more proud then ever!!!!

For those of you that may not be familiar with NAM, Community Involvement is one of the REQUIRED competitions in our pageant system, and every contestant must bring a children's book or stuffed animal to the pageant in order to get 10% of the score. The young ladies who win the pageant will donate all the books and bears that girls donated to local charities of their choice and spend time volunteering with them.

After a massive tornado hit Joplin Missouri early this summer, National American Miss opened up the community involvement program to our Missouri contestants, allowing them to bring items that would be donated to tornado victims, such a water, clothes, canned goods, etc.
Well, after Missouri pageant weekend, it took us an entire TRAILER and a number of carloads full to transport all the items that each of our 2011 Missouri state finalist donated....phew!

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A few of our titleholders and their family members start unloading the National American Miss trailer, filled with donated items!

This past weekend, our new titleholders traveled to Joplin, along with National American Miss Associate National Director, Lani Maples and delivered a trailer full of items to donate, in hopes of making a difference and putting a smile on those in needs faces!

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Miss Missouri Jr. Teen, Faith Jordan and Miss Missouri Princess Cover Girl, Madison Bentley both work with their moms to fold and sort donated clothes.
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Miss Missouri Princess, Kloey Monthei and her dad use team-work those in need find what they were looking for

National American Miss was so proud to work with the Joplin Family Worship Center and all of our girls (as well as their family members) enjoyed delivering the items and spending the day sorting clothes and other donated goods, as well as helping others shop for things they were in need of (the town doesn't even have a walmart anymore!).

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The Joplin Family Worship Center Tent, where our Miss Missouri titleholders and their families worked to aid other affected by the Tornado

We couldn't be more proud of each of our 2011 Missouri state finalists!! Each of you girls made a HUGE difference in a time of need and we are so inspired by your willingness to give. Our Miss Missouri titleholders are proud to have represented each of you and the great state of Missouri to show that MISSOURI GIRLS DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS & ARE DOING BIG, AWESOME THINGS!!!!!!!!