Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Kailee Jade Jenson, Miss Utah Pre-Teen 2011 gives us the 411 on her amazing year!





Thank You National American Miss for this incredible opportunity to represent my beautiful state of Utah!  I was both shocked and honored when my name was called as the 2011 Ms. Jr. Pre-teen. The year to follow has been nothing short of spectacular with NAM activities that were full of fun, service, rewards, and friendship.

I have had so much fun representing Utah, I got to meet the Lieutenant Governor & visit our State Capitol, serve at the Children’s Justice Center, participate in the “Walk to Cure Alzheimer’s”, volunteered at my schools “PTA walk-a-thon” and my favorite- was being in the USU Homecoming Parade!  I also was able to travel all around Utah to my Sister Queens schools, speaking at assemblies promoting literacy, something that I am very passionate about.

 As Jr Pre-Teen, I was able to gather over 2,000 books to donate to many local schools in Cache Valley.  I will continue gathering and donating books with my foundation “Kailee-Jade's Book Nook",  supporting literacy where ever I go!

One of the Highlights this year was going to Nationals. I met so many outstanding girls and made many new friends. Going to Disneyland, crazy hair day and pajama day and learning new dances were just a few of the great activities we participated in! I think my favorite rehearsal had to be the 70’s party where I was chosen to strut my stuff on stage as a “T.P. model”!

I would like to give a big thank you to all the NAM staff, especially Breanne and Ryan who have made my experiences so much fun! My wonderful Sister Queens, you guys are the BEST, I will love you forever!! I would also like to thank all of my family, who have always been there supporting me; my daddy, big brothers and sis, grandparents, aunts, uncles & cousins, I love you all.  I would like to give a special thanks to my mom and grandma, I wouldn’t be the person I am today without your influence in my life and the help and support you have always given me, especially during this past pageant year.

To my successor, Congratulations!! I know that you will have the time of your life! This will be a year you will never forget! My best advice to you is to appreciate every minute of it, the time will fly.  Take lots of pictures, make the most of your year, never stop smiling, and most importantly HAVE FUN!!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Rachel Wright, Miss Utah Pre-Teen 2011 remembers being shy, scared, and new to pageants.....

 Just a year ago, I was like many of you - shy, scared and had never done anything like NAM before. I had finally gotten the courage to try it, and I've had so many amazing and different experiences this past year. 




NAM has given me the opportunity to go to different schools and be part of assemblies about reading. I've had the fun experience of being able to participate in parades, and I've even met Utah Lt. Governor Hall. It was exciting being in the Capitol Building. We were able to meet county royalty, and girls from different pageant systems. 





 I love helping people, so it was very enjoyable being able to do so many different kinds of service for communities all over the state of Utah. We participated in a "Walk to End Alzheimer's." a tea party with the Mad Hatter to help the Children's Justice Center, we donated lots and lots of books and we helped out with Kailee Jade's school walkathon. 


I had the best time at Nationals! It was a lot of fun meeting different royalty from all over the country! Going to Disneyland with my family, when I didn't have rehearsals/ competitions, was so fun! The last time I had gone to Disneyland was when I was 3.









One of the most unexpected but exciting and fun part of this adventure was having my wonderful sister queens. I loved being able to do all of these fun service projects with them! I don't have any sisters, so being able to meet and get to know these girls was like getting 5 "sisters." I hope to stay in touch with them. They have definitely been some of my best friends. 


 I'd like to thank so many people, especially my family. Rachel Hood is the best photographer ever! Plus she has an awesome name! Brittany Miyahara, Miss Utah, for being an amazing sister queen and coach. I'd also love to thank my sister queens and Tara Heaton and Jen Jensen for being like my 2nd and 3rd moms. I'd also like to thank NAM, Breanne, and the Maples Organization, for helping me get out of my shell and find my place in the world. 


I wish all of you good luck! One piece of advice: smile and be yourself. 



~Rachel
personal NAM blog: www.bellarachel.com