Sunday, October 30, 2011

Madeline Morgan, Miss WI Jr. Teen encourages others to "think they can" through her own charitable organization

About a year ago, Madeline Morgan - Miss Wisconsin Jr. Teen - started her own community service project, the Little Engines that Can (L.E.T.C) Project, where she collect books, stuffed animals, and toys and then donates them to kids in hospitals, homeless shelters, and disaster areas.

Of course, this is absolutely perfect for Madeline! Since becoming the WI Jr Teen Queen - she took all the books and bears our Miss Wisconsin contestants donated pageant weekend for their required community involvement competition and was able to use them to donate through L.E.T.C. Along with other books and bears, she herself at collected - she was recently able to make a large donating to the Family Children's Hospital in Wisconsin.
Breanne Maples, Madeline Morgan, National American Miss,  Wisconsin, a scam? pageants,  Little engine that could, winners, Ryan Ewing,  Lani MaplesMadeline had this to share regarding the experience, " I was even able to meet some patients who would be recieving the books, whose excitement and joy over the books taught me to be grateful for all that I have and to cherish even the little things that can bring a smile to our faces!"

Many young ladies involved in the NAM organization have started their own organization that are near and dear to her heart. Madeline started L.E.T.C because, "One of my favorite books to read as a kid was The Little Engine that Could. The well-known story of how perserverance, persistence, and believing in yourself always inspired my to go out and accomplish all of dreams! Bringing this message to children who deserve, but do not get a normal childhood, by sending Books, Stuffed Animals, and gently used toys, is one way that I hope to inspire them that no matter what situation they may be in, they can accomplish any dream they may have!"
Breanne Maples, Madeline Morgan, National American Miss,  Wisconsin, a scam? pageants,  Little engine that could, winners, Ryan Ewing,  Lani MaplesTo become more involved or to find out about L.E.T.C - visit their website HERE, which lists where you can send donations and more info about the Project.



Madeline's next goal is to donate 500 items to hospitals and homeless shelters in Wisconsin by Christmas time!
Together WE can make a difference!

Friday, October 28, 2011

NAM shapes lifelong friendships...


It is absolutely no secret that the National American Miss organization is a program that truly encourages girls to gain self confidence, learn new life-skills.....and make lots of new friends....and here is no exception.

Recently, I was honored to be a bridesmaid in the NAM wedding of the year. National American Miss choreographer and entertainer, Brooke Pope, wed National American Miss DJ, Nate Hughes. The two met 6 years ago at a National American Miss pageant and a wonderful friendship grew...eventually leading into a special kind of lifelong friendship, marriage.


Their wedding was a true NAM event, as the wedding party alone consisted of NAM staff, state directors, DJ's, and even former contestants and queens....not to mention the NAM-tastic guest list.

Congrats to Brooke & Nate as they embark on their own "Namily"

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Miss Nebraska Preteen featured in print ad as model....gets ready for Halloween

It's that SPOOKTACULAR TIME OF YEAR AGAIN....Halloween!!

Cassandra Salas, Miss Nebraska Preteen, recently shot an ad for Pamida where she really got to step out of character and into a new one...as a witch!




Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Minnesota Princess shares the year with her mom....another Minnesota Titleholder


Minnesota Princess, Chloe Russo, Wendi Russo, ShopNBC, Breanne Maples,  Lani Maples,  NAM, NAmiss,  ronald mcdonald house, mom.comSome girls dream of growing up to become a "beauty queen." Some girls dream of growing to become a "mommy." For Wendi Russo....both came true. Wendi Russo who you may be familiar with as the on air host for ShopNBC, has been competing in pageants for the past few years and is currently a Mrs. Minnesota titleholder for a Mrs. pageant organization. So, it was no wonder that her daughter, Chloe would want to follow in mommy's footsteps!

Chloe, whose a spunky tot, choose the National American Miss Minnesota pageant as her first pageant experience, and captured the judges hearts by taking home the title of 2011 Miss MInnesota Princess.

Now Mom and Daughter are having a year of a lifetime, both traveling and making appearances together - becoming the ulitmate faces for mommy and me organizations and giving back across the country changing lives of girls of ALL ages!

Check out some of the stuff that the Russo girls have been up to.
Being featured and special guests at a mom.com event in minneapolis


Donating Books from the NAM community involvement competition to Marias Readindeedforkids.org. Maria is a 10 year old girl who has a goal of distributing 1 million book by the age of 18.


Selling raffle tickets, helping host, and making a special guest appearance at the Emerson Golfing fundraiser to benefit the Ronald McDonald House
Chloe hosted a local community, charity pageant and Wendi took part as judge


Both mom and daughter struted the catwalk, modeling for Mainstream Boutique at the Rudabega Festival in Wisconsin

Monday, October 24, 2011

What REALLY happens with those books and bears you donate??

Sooo...you brought 1 or maybe even 50 childrens books & stuffed animals to your state pageant this year. And for doing so, you received 10% of your score, covering the Required Community Involvement portion of the pageant competion.

BUT....what happens AFTER you drop of your books & bears at pageant check-in & get your 10% towards your score?

Well, like we told you - the newly crowned state titleholders will take ALL YOUR donations and choose a children's charity of their choice. They donate the books and bears that YOU brought to pageant to that organization and volunteer with them throughout the year of their reign as National American Miss. Together, WE make a difference.

But, to see it all in action - check out this TOTALLY AWESOME video of Jordan George, Miss Iowa Preteen Cover Girl making YOUR donations and REPRESENTING YOU!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

It takes a village to raise a child...

Vernon Hills, Illinois, Miss Illinois, peyton newman, Tatum Pearlman, cassidy raasch, Breanne Maples, National American Miss, NAM, Breanne Maples, Lani Maples,  beauty pageants,  natural pageants, toddler and tiaras,
You often hear the saying...."it takes a village to raise a child." Well, let me share with JUST how true this is.

This year, over 500 young leaders from all across the state of Illinois competed for the title of Miss Illinois Princess, Jr. Preteen, Preteen, Jr. Teen, & Teen.

And 3 of 5 of this year's winners are from the exact same city and have all attended the exact same elementary school!!!

Of course, the town of Vernon Hills, IL is proud, proud, proud of their hometown girls - Miss Illinois Princess, Tatum Pearlman; Miss Illinois Jr. Preteen, Peyton Newman; and Miss Illinois Preteen, Cassidy Raasch!

Clearly the town of Vernon Hills, IL is doing something right in the way they are raising the future leaders of America and National American Miss is proud to be part of that growth & personal development!

Recently, all 3 girls were spotlighted in the news for their awesome achievements, as well as the charities and community organizations they will be dedicating their year to, as Miss Illinois - check it out by clicking the photo below
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Checking in with Miss Wisconsin Preteen Cover Girl, Rebecca Dowe....


Miss Wisconsin Preteen Cover Girl 2011, Rebecca Dowe, recently shared with us, here at the NAM HQ some of the things she has been up to since becoming official royalty.


Rebecca Dowe, Mequon-Thiensville, Fox 6 news, Tom Pipines, National American Miss,  NAM, Breanne Maples,  Operation Write Home, Lani Maples,  Miss Wisconsin, Above & Below, Rebecca and Fox 6 News Milwaukee sports reporter, Tom Pipines(photographed with Rebecca, above), were both the special quests at the Mequon-Thiensvile Optimimst Club's annual event. During her guest appearance, Rebecca enjoyed selling "oz-opoly" games (a version of the Monopoly game, but with local Ozaukee County businesses). The money raised will help fund the Honor Flights for WWII veterans.
Rebecca Dowe, Mequon-Thiensville, Fox 6 news, Tom Pipines, National American Miss,  NAM, Breanne Maples,  Operation Write Home, Lani Maples,  Miss Wisconsin,

Rebecca Dowe, Mequon-Thiensville, Fox 6 news, Tom Pipines, National American Miss,  NAM, Breanne Maples,  Operation Write Home, Lani Maples,  Miss Wisconsin, Above and Below, Rebecca spends lots of of her spare time making cards for Operation Write Home, which sends cards to the military serving overseas. Unlike, most military card making organization, this one is a little different. The men in the Military receive these cards free of charge and then can use them to send to loved ones back home. So far, Rebecca has made hundreds and isn't going to stop!
Rebecca Dowe, Mequon-Thiensville, Fox 6 news, Tom Pipines, National American Miss,  NAM, Breanne Maples,  Operation Write Home, Lani Maples,  Miss Wisconsin,


We love seeing what YOUR doing to make a difference in your community! Thanks for sharing, Rebecca!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A blog you MUST MUST MUST follow....everything a NAM girl should be...with a few rough living conditions.


The saying is, "old queens never die, they just become staff." But, it takes a very special queen to do just that. Shannon Meador, 2 time former Miss Illinois is exactly that. This next year, Shannon will be taking a FULL year off from her NAMily (where she works as a TEAM MAPLES choreographer)...her family...and basically everything.

Shannon left in September to go on the biggest Missionary trip I think you can ever go on. That's right - shes traveling the world, and doing the Lords work.

While this sounds fulfilling. I haven't told you ALL of it. For the next year, Shannon will be living with 4 shorts, 5 shirts, 1 sleeping back and a few hygenic items....and thats it....FOR A WHOLE YEAR!!!!!! No phone, no ipad, no facebook...nothing. Not to mention, shes on her own (well, with a small group of people) away from all of us who know and love her most! HOW MANY OF YOU CAN DO THAT.

This is her journey on the "WORLD RACE," and doing the Lord's work international style.

Shannon had to endure a week long training camp, where World Race staff members sent her out into the middle of nowhere and observed her stamina, mentality, and emotional abilities. She survived. But, now Shannon is taking on the Phillipines (yes, in the wake of the typhoon), China, South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland, Bulgaria, Easter Europe, Serbia, Nicaragua, Hondurus, Guatemala. While she's in these places, she will be serving at the feeding programs, teaching kids in church, helping at kids clubs, speaking at youth groups, helping at a youth drop center, prayer walks and house visitations, mural projects, general practical help with buildings and repairs, working with creative arts programs, and community cleaning. She will face sickness, devastation, and disaster on a daily basis. And, lets not forget the language barrier she'll endure. This isn't a short term, fun, life-changing missionary trip. This will be her LIFE, her job, for the next year.

Every once in a while, when her team of Missionaries is an area where there is a wifi computer shop, she logs on to blog about her journey. Log on to and see if you have what it takes to be "everything a NAM girl should be....with a few rough living conditions." Do you have what it takes to go on the WORLD RACE....I'll be honest and say I don't...I like my slanket too much =)

Follow Shannon's WORLD RACE at: http://shannonmeador.theworldrace.org

This journey is sooo inpirational.....a blog you MUST follow!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Kaylyn Slevin is......RUPUNZLE????


As Halloween time draws close, we all start thinking about what costume we'll head out in this year as we go door to door in search of delicious candy!

However, if you are thinking about being Rupunzle from the hit movie Tangled, then look closely at the tag.....you might recognize the face!

Kaylyn Slevin, NAM, NAmiss, toys r us, costume, Lani Maples, Breanne Maples, Miss Illinois pageant, Ford modeling agency, tangled, rupunzle, halloween costumes, kids  , Princess,
Kaylyn Slevin, NAM, NAmiss, toys r us, costume, Lani Maples, Breanne Maples, Miss Illinois pageant, Ford modeling agency, tangled, rupunzle, halloween costumes, kids  , Princess,


That's right, 2 time former NAM titleholder, Kaylyn Slevin who since participating in NAM, has signed with FORD models in LA is the face for advertising and packaging for Rupunzle dolls and costuming. Basically - if you head into Toys R Us and look for a Rupunzle doll or for the costume, youll see her face!

Kaylyn Slevin, NAM, NAmiss, toys r us, costume, Lani Maples, Breanne Maples, Miss Illinois pageant, Ford modeling agency, tangled, rupunzle, halloween costumes, kids  , Princess,

Pretty cool to go from a NAM prince to being a real life fairy tale one.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Wonder what its like to be a NAM titleholder....


Ever wondered what it would be like to be in the shoes of a National American Miss state titleholder?

Well....lets find out! And for this experiment....lets use our 2011 NAM Utah Royalty.

July - Your dreams just came true... your crowned Miss Utah and get acquainted with the National American Miss staff, state directors, and your sister queens....AKA your NAMily! Then...before you even get home, you are calling everyone you know to tell them the good news! You have quite the year a head of you!
Miss Utah pageant, National American Miss a scam?, National American Miss winners,  Breanne Maples,  Lani Maples,  Brindee Heaton, Ryan Ewing,  Brittany Miyahara, BYU, Aubree Williams, Kailee Jade Jenson, Salt Lake City,
Miss Utah pageant, National American Miss a scam?, National American Miss winners,  Breanne Maples,  Lani Maples,  Brindee Heaton, Ryan Ewing,  Brittany Miyahara, BYU, Aubree Williams, Kailee Jade Jenson, Salt Lake City,

Early August - you travel to California to make your first official appearance as visiting royalty at the NAM California pageant and join up with other sister queens from across the country to get to know the author of "How to be a True Hepbun in a Hilton World"
Miss Utah pageant, National American Miss a scam?, National American Miss winners,  Breanne Maples,  Lani Maples,  Brindee Heaton, Ryan Ewing,  Brittany Miyahara, BYU, Aubree Williams, Kailee Jade Jenson, Salt Lake City,


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Mid August - you take some time out for a Fun Photoshoot and take some time out to say thank you by spending a day with the local Sheriffs'

Miss Utah pageant, National American Miss a scam?, National American Miss winners,  Breanne Maples,  Lani Maples,  Brindee Heaton, Ryan Ewing,  Brittany Miyahara, BYU, Aubree Williams, Kailee Jade Jenson, Salt Lake City,
Miss Utah pageant, National American Miss a scam?, National American Miss winners,  Breanne Maples,  Lani Maples,  Brindee Heaton, Ryan Ewing,  Brittany Miyahara, BYU, Aubree Williams, Kailee Jade Jenson, Salt Lake City,


Late August - attend a BYU volleyball game as a celebrity and show your love for aquatic animals through a fun appearance

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Early September - you are the special guests and volunteers at the Walk to End Alzheimers
Miss Utah pageant, National American Miss a scam?, National American Miss winners,  Breanne Maples,  Lani Maples,  Brindee Heaton, Ryan Ewing,  Brittany Miyahara, BYU, Aubree Williams, Kailee Jade Jenson, Salt Lake City,
Miss Utah pageant, National American Miss a scam?, National American Miss winners,  Breanne Maples,  Lani Maples,  Brindee Heaton, Ryan Ewing,  Brittany Miyahara, BYU, Aubree Williams, Kailee Jade Jenson, Salt Lake City,

Mid September - you speak to a group of children about the importance of education and reading, followed by a day of reading to tots, and donating the Community Involvement Books.

Miss Utah pageant, National American Miss a scam?, National American Miss winners,  Breanne Maples,  Lani Maples,  Brindee Heaton, Ryan Ewing,  Brittany Miyahara, BYU, Aubree Williams, Kailee Jade Jenson, Salt Lake City,


Late September - you spend some time with the Marines ( showing them YOUR more then just a pretty face) followed by a full week of making appearances, judging competitions, and autograph signing at the Utah State fair...oh and be interviewed LIVE on your local FOX news station
Miss Utah pageant, National American Miss a scam?, National American Miss winners,  Breanne Maples,  Lani Maples,  Brindee Heaton, Ryan Ewing,  Brittany Miyahara, BYU, Aubree Williams, Kailee Jade Jenson, Salt Lake City, Miss Utah pageant, National American Miss a scam?, National American Miss winners,  Breanne Maples,  Lani Maples,  Brindee Heaton, Ryan Ewing,  Brittany Miyahara, BYU, Aubree Williams, Kailee Jade Jenson, Salt Lake City,
Early October....meet a political official and discuss with him your platform and views!


Mid October...start preparing for Nationals...afterall its only a month away....and then you'll be home, hopefully with the national crown and continuing to make appearances, while keeping up with your grades in school until you give up your crown in June!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Books and bear and politicians...oh my!



Miss Iowa Princess Queen Tanae Thiravong has been up to quite a bit since capturing the crown in July. Check out how busy this tyke has been!!!

First, Tanae made an appearence at the Iowa Straw Poll and was able to meet state rep Tom Lathem and also met US Senator Chuck Grassley. She also toured the CSPAN bus and had her pics taken with staff.
Tanae Thiravong, Miss Iowa princess, National American Miss,  National American Miss winners,  a scam?, NAM, Breanne Maples,  helping hands, Hear of Iowa, ASAC, CSPAN, Senator Grassley
Tanae meets Senator Grassley

Tanae Thiravong, Miss Iowa princess, National American Miss,  National American Miss winners,  a scam?, NAM, Breanne Maples,  helping hands, Hear of Iowa, ASAC, CSPAN, Senator Grassley
Touring CSPAN
Later on that month, Tanae and her mom able to go up to Heart of Iowa to meet with mothers who suffer with addiction who are at residential long term treamtment and have the opprutunity to take their children with them instead of losing their children to the system. Tanae gave each child a bear and donated the books to their children's library. Tanae also took a disposible camera to leave after having her pic taken with each child....there were 45 children up there. She also met with the mothers and answered questions and was able to read her favorite book Green Eggs and Ham to the children....she had an awesome time, as it was such a humbling experience and the children were mesmerized and really enjoyed the book reading as well!!!
Spending quality time with ASAC was one of the highlights so far of being Miss Iowa Princess
Not to mention, Tanae traveled to Illinois as visiting royalty at the Miss Illinois pageant!

And, in her spare time, Tanae has also been volunteering at her local food and clothing outreach center the Helping Hands in her hometown of Albia Iowa where she hangs clothes, cleans, and sorts shoes for Disabled American Vetrens association.
Tanae Thiravong, Miss Iowa princess, National American Miss,  National American Miss winners,  a scam?, NAM, Breanne Maples,  helping hands, Hear of Iowa, ASAC, CSPAN, Senator Grassley With one of her favorite administrators at Helping Hands!

Now for someone who is under 4 feet tall, thats a lot of miles! Way to go TANAE - you are one rockin' NAM girl! PHEW!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Pageant Planet is impressed with NAM...and shares it with the world


Recently, National American Miss asked Steven Roddy, founder of The Pageant Planet (an online pageant 411 on everything - advice, tips, coaching, whos who in the biz, etc website), www.thepageantplanet.com to serve as a judge in our NAM New York pageant.

As an expert in pageantry, check out what he had to say about his experience.......click on the icon below!
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Illinois royalty spares no time at all....


Our Illinois Royalty has spared NO time at all! Almost a week after being crowned, these girls were already getting to work, striving to make a difference in their homestate!

Navy Pier, Chicago,  Half Marathon, illinois pageants, National American Miss,  Lani Maples,  Breanne Maples,  winners, a scam?,  NAM, natalie swieca, cassidy raasch, valerie stokes, peyton newman


On Sat., September 10, the IL Queens spent the afternoon at Navy Pier in Chicago checking in 15-20 thousand runners for the annual Chicago Half Marathon. The girls and their moms took registration forms, checked ID's, gave out runner's packets with number bibs, shirts and a goodie bag. It was a busy afternoon that was non-stop, but the entire group had a ball getting to know one another while meeting people from all over the country!

The IL girls next event is on September 25 at The Alzheimer's "Walk to Remember" on the beautiful Riverwalk in Naperville. Each of the girls, along with family members, are working in advance to raise funds for the event so that research can be done to cure this tragic disease.

WOW!! What an AMAZING group of representatives the great state of Illinois has!!! Soo proud of these NAM girls!!!Above and Below, Cassidy Raasch( Miss Illinois Preteen), Natalie Swieca ( Miss Illinois), Valerie Stokes ( Miss Illinois Teen) take the lead on the check - in process!

Navy Pier, Chicago,  Half Marathon, illinois pageants, National American Miss,  Lani Maples,  Breanne Maples,  winners, a scam?,  NAM, natalie swieca, cassidy raasch, valerie stokes, peyton newman
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A few of the girls taking a a quick break during a jam packed day!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

2011 NAM Cover Girl, Jordan George presents to Des Moines City Council

Jordan George, Miss Iowa Pre-Teen Cover Girl is extremely passionate about volunteerism. However, shes not just volunteering herself, she's taking political action to make a stand on her platform!! Encouraging others to get in on the volunteer act, as well, she made a presentation ( which was also televised on local programming) to the Des Moines City Council regarding volunteerism. The City Council was soo inspired by her presentation, they presented her with a book called "The Heart of a Volunteer" However, after watching the video - I am soo impressed with Jordan's presentation and speaking skills...and her ability to hold her own against all the adults who serve on the City Council!!! This is a girl who is on her way to doing BIG things!!!!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Toonfest takes over Marceline and Miss Missouri Jr. Teen gets in on the action!

Just got this in my email box, from Tina Jordan - mom of Faith Jordan, our 2011 Miss Missouri Jr. Teen. Lets see what Faith has been up to:
Miss Missouri Jr. Teen, Faith Jordan, Breanne Maples,  Lani Maples,  NAM, toonfest, Walt, Disney, Marceline,
"Faith Jordan, Miss Missouri Jr. Teen, attended the annual Toonfest Symposium held in her hometown and the Boyhood Home of Walt Disney, Marceline, MO. Toonfest is always a great day of fun including a parade, a princess tea in Disney style, and a cartoonist's symposium. Faith was very proud to represent National American Miss at this event."
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Thanks for sharing!