Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Former Miss New York Junior Pre-Teen Dylan Jenet Collins Signs Major Record Deal!

Former NAM winner Dylan Jenet Collins just signed with Universal Republic Records! Stevie Wonder is her Executive Producer! Dylan moved from New York to California and is making her dreams come true. We are so excited for her!

"Just wanted to stop in and THANK NAM for helping to give me the FOUNDATION I needed to succeed. Now at just 16, I signed a Major Recording Contract with Universal Republic Records and Stevie Wonder is my Executive Producer! He just sang Happy Birthday to ME at my Sweet 16 in California where i recently moved. THANKS NAM!" - Dylan Jennet Collins 

Monday, October 28, 2013

NAM Royalty featured at the 75th Anniversary of Nevada Days

Our Nevada National American Miss Royalty participated in Nevada Days in Carson City on October 26th. This was a HUGE event and the Nevada NAMily gave us a ton of pictures to see all the fun that took place! NV Jr. Teen winner Paris Regan, Hayleigh Green the NV Teen Queen, and your NV Princess Queen Lexie Lehan were able to join in the parade. The queens were also able to meet and mingle with Nevada state leaders at the Governors Mansion during the pancake breakfast. Paris is pictured with Governor Brian Sandoval, Senator Dean Heller, State Senator Mark Hutchinson, and State Senator Ben Kieckhefer.

It was Nevada Days 75th anniversary and our royalty represented National American Miss and their wonderful state with poise and grace. The queens also participated in the chili feed at the Golden Nugget.  It was sponsored by Lt. Governor Krolicki. Many local people were out and about and wanted to take advantage of the photo opp. with our beautiful queens! 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

MN Princess Grace Nester works with Twin Cities Pet Rescue

Your Minnesota Princess, Grace Nester, has been working for a cause that is near and dear to her heart, pet rescue!!! She has been wording hard to put together fundraisers for Twin Cities Pet Rescue. 

Grace recently hosted an event at ‘Pet Evolution‘ in Woodbury, MN. People who stopped by for their pet supplies at the location were helping the cause. A portion of the stores proceeds went directly to saving animals in need. Pet Rescue's mission is to give homeless, neglected, and abused animals a permanent and loving home. 

At the event Grace raised $200 for Twin Cities Pet Rescue and helped with five animal adoptions! Way to go Grace!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Illinois royalty volunteers with Feed My Starving Children

Some of our wonderful Illinois Queens came together to volunteer with the Feed My Starving Children organization. Your IL representatives packed 74 boxes of food that will feed 44 children. It was a total of 15,984 meals packed which cost $3,516. Keep up the good work ladies!!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Miss Minnesota attends Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk

In honor of breast cancer awareness month your 2013 Miss Minnesota, Stephanie Phillips, recently attended the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk around Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, Minnesota. There she walked, and was able to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Stephanie met many amazing women, with truly inspirational stories, and greeted survivors. Take a look at some pictures of the event!!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Former National Jr. Pre-Teen winner models for American Girl

The 2011-2012 National American Miss Junior Pre-Teen, Peyton Newman can be found all through out the new American Girl Magazines! Keep your eyes open for this amazing rolemodel as she smiles for the camera and models the latest trends in AG fashion. We are so proud of our Illinois native Peyton! 

Friday, October 18, 2013

You could win a brand new Ford Mustang Convertible

Each year National American Miss gives away a brand new Ford Mustang ConvertibleAt the NAM National Pageant you have the chance to drive home in style! Tune into this Thanksgiving to see the lucky young lady that gets to take home a 2013 Mustang! You don't want to miss it... YOU could be NEXT! 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

NE Jr. Pre-Teen headed to world famous gymnastics training center

Your Nebraska Jr. Pre-Teen winner Emma Strom has not only been preparing for the National pageant in November but tumbling her way to the top in the gymnastic world. Just last week Emma was on the news for her amazing accomplishments. 
Emma is pictured on the right 
Emma competes for Premier Gymnastics in Omaha and this summer tested along with some 1,700 other gymnasts nationwide for an opportunity to showcase her talents at the national level. Emma secured one of the 303 spots for testing at the national level, the first stop to her ultimate goal of competing in the olympic games. She recently left for Houston, where the National Team Training Center is located.
“This is where we actually bring up all of the Olympians, and World Champions we had this last weekend, came from this camp,” said Bob Matthews, Emma's gymnastics coach.
This past weekend Emma faced hours of testing at the camp, hoping to be selected for one of two teams.  Less than 30 gymnasts will make the cut.
Emma has ‘outstanding focus’, according to Matthews, and makes tumbling look easy on both the floor and beam.  
Congratulations to Emma for being selected for this prestigious and worldwide recognized camp! 

Make sure to watch the video that aired on the news here so you can see Emma in action! 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

MN Royalty works together at Carter Store Toy Drive

The National American Miss Minnesota Royalty combined forces to put together a Toy Drive at the Carter Store in Woodbury, MN. The four hour event had fun kid activities and refreshments, while benefitting the Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. 

The Minnesota Royalty all worked together to make sure the event went off without a hitch! The employees of Carter's loved meeting the queens and were very excited to work with NAM representatives. 
Each of the queens had their own special duties during the event but your MN Jr. Pre-Teen Queen, Natalie Engh, took the lead to make sure everything was running smoothly being she was the one that set everything up. 

Your MN Pre-Teen Cover Girl Madelyn Hohenstein was helping young kids color their very own crowns. Jeralyn Ree, your MN Jr. Pre-Teen Cover Girl handed out cups of animal crackers and bottles of water. Grace Nester your MN Princess Queen, Savannah Buck your MN Jr. Teen Cover Girl and Stephanie Phillips your MN Miss Queen were greeters and handed out fliers and shopping bags. 

"Us parents just sat back, watched, and enjoyed the smiles of the kids showing their color crowns off," Madelyn's mom said. "The parents who came to the event loved it because they could shop in peace. Overall it was fun, and this group of sister queens love each other very much, it shows in how great they work together."

What a wonderful example of sister queens working together to make a difference! 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Zoephia Decker-Knealing partnering with Pajama Program to make a difference

Zoephia Decker-Knealing placed third runner-up in the princess age division at this year's Arizona State Pageant and will be competing for the All-American Princess title this coming November at our National Pageant. As a part of National American Miss Zoephia has caught the community involvement bug and decided to partner with an amazing organization called the Pajama Program.

The Pajama Program was founded to help children who have been removed from their homes, and who are often shuffled between temporary homes. The pajamas have come to represent people who care, and they offer security and love for a child abandoned in a shelter or waiting for a foster home.

As a spunky five and a half year-old Zoephia got started by viewing the Pajama Program website, learned what was required to host a drive and has been contacting friends, family and community members in her neighborhood. She made a goal of collecting 250 books and 250 pajamas by October and the response to Zoephia's hard work has been GREAT! So much so, that some have offered to host larger events like a classic car show for the purpose of collecting donations. 

The Arizona Chapter of the Pajama Program was started in 2007 and has 37 Receiving Organizations throughout the state. To date, the program has collected 23,278 pairs of pajamas and 11,646 books because of the generosity of people like Zoephia and her family.

The President of the Arizona Chapter, Lucia Wheele, recently e-mailed the Decker-Knealing family after hearing about all of their wonderful work!

"Your daughter seems to be an amazing young lady, wanting to serve the community at such a young age," Lucia said. "We are getting ready for what we call Danger Season, the time we really need help in giving the children comfort and warmth in the way of new pajamas and new books, so your drive is right on target. Your gifts will mean a lot to them."

Click here to learn more about the Pajama Program 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Past Post Update!! Check out Michelle Bergh's speech at We Day

Last week we highlighted Michelle Bergh, the 2012 National American Miss Minnesota Pre-Teen in a blog post. She was chosen to speak at We Day by the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The event took place on Tuesday, October 8th, at the Excel Center in St. Paul, MN. Michelle spoke in front of more than 18,000 teens about her involvement with Susan G. Komen while spreading the word about utilizing your skills to give back! 

Michelle got to meet celebrities like the Jonas BrothersFifth Harmony, Martin Luther King III, Carly Rae JepsenDessaDebby RyanBridgit Mendler, and more. 

Watch Michelle's speech here!!!!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

MO Jr. Pre-Teen Shae Smith chosen for anti-bullying campaign

Shae Smith, this year's Miss Missouri Jr. Pre-Teen Queen, has recently been honored by Sears to represent an important platform to her, anti-bullying. Shae was chosen as one of three spokesmodels for Sears' Anti-Bullying Pledge and is busy encouraging others to take this pledge with her to put an end to bullying. Because of her involvement with this pledge, Shae recently was asked to take photos for a short documentary for an anti-bullying campaign called "Little Miss Victim."  

Her anti-bullying platform is not the only thing Shae has been focused on during her reign. She has been a busy bee since winning the crown and started off by donating the books collected from the NAM MO pageant community involvement project to a group of children in her hometown known as Club Liberator. She has been in two parades, made appearances, helped with the crowning at four local festival pageants, and has raised $500 in her first fundraiser for the Trisomy 18 Foundation.  

Friday, October 4, 2013

2012 NAM MN Pre-Teen Michelle Berg chosen to speak at We Day in front of 18,000

We always are so proud to hear about former National American Miss Titleholders continuing to volunteer throughout their communities. Michelle Berg, your 2012 National American Miss Minnesota Pre-Teen, is still making a HUGE difference by giving back.

Michelle was featured live on the Minneapolis CBS affiliate, WCCO-TV, this morning talking about her volunteer work with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, other organizations and about her upcoming speech at We Day!

It all started when Michelle was notified by Susan G. Komen that she was selected to speak live on stage on Tuesday, October 8th, at the Excel Center in front of 18,000 teens at the We Day event.  Her speech will be about her involvement with Susan G. Komen, and will encourage the audience to use their gifts to help others.

To learn more about We Day and see the list of speakers and performers click here.  It will be a HUGE event! Many celebrities will perform or speak, including The Jonas Brothers, Demi Levato, Martin Luther King III and Mia Farrow!

Michelle wanted to send a special thank you to anyone who made donations to her page for the annual Susan G. Komen Mother's Day walk at Mall of America or walked on one of her Komen teams!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Former NAM National Titleholder is on TeamXtina on NBC's The Voice

Holy moly!!! Has everybody seen this??? Former National American Miss National Titleholder Olivia Henken in now on #TeamXtina on NBC's The Voice! She rocked it on Tuesday night's show during her blind audition turning two of the judges chairs! Can't wait to cheer her on this season :)

Olivia also had a full feature on her local news station where she sat down for an interview! Check it out here.