Friday, January 31, 2014

Congratulations, Demi King for being featured in a book!!


Demi King is a long time competitor for NAM in the great state of Missouri! She recently attended a launch party for a book she was featured in, Happy Stories. She was noticed for how happy she is, even through the challenges she has faced in her life. Demi is truly an inspiration to us all!

Check out her Red Carpet interview:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjM0ndlJxEE

Demi is one of the happiest girls I have met. This last year her peers noticed her as well when she received the award of Miss Personality 1st Runner-up.

Congratulations Demi!!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Having fun at Arizona OPEN CALLS!

The last few days we have been in Arizona, enjoying the warmth and sunshine! We have had so much fun meeting all of the potential Miss Arizona state finalists! All of the girls we have met are so impressive and we really do wish we could get to know these girls better over pageant weekend.

Four of the Miss Arizona queens have been helping out and meeting the girls with us! I think they agree that any time with the sister queens is the best ever!

Check out all the fun pictures we got today!

Micky is guarding our adorable new pen boxes

Ready to meet the potential state finalists in Sedona

Miss Arizona Pre Teen, Vanessa Strait, anxious to meet the potential state finalists in Scottsdale

Miss Arizona Jr Teen, Pre Teen, Jr Pre Teen, and Princess posing with some of 
the next queen's prize package 

The beautiful Arizona queens helping out during the open call

Taking pictures with some potential state finalists from Scottsdale

Thank you parents for all you do!! We had such fantastic helpers in Scottsdale! 

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Check out Mady! The Wisconsin JPT Cover Girl and National Cover Model

Mady has had a busy year this year promoting National American Miss and some important causes to her!


Throughout her year she has been involved with the the Central Wisconsin Christian School, she's so lucky to have such supportive class mates! In her class she had the opportunity to talk about her experience at Nationals and her year as the Wisconsin Cover Girl! Check out these awesome pictures!







Mady donated a Susan Barton Reading Program to Central Wisconsin Christian School for kids in the school that "learn differently".  This reading program specializes in helping children with dyslexia learn to read.  American Transmission Company supported a matching funds donation with her parents to purchase this program for the school.


She also got to attend the Miss Green Bay pageant with a fellow pageant friend.



Madyson has partnered with Mrs. Midwest International to appear at an event at 1st National Bank in Berlin, WI on February 22nd. 
see the article for 1st National Bank Partners with Mrs. Midwest International to Tackle Financial Literacy

Mrs. Jayne Black wrote a book in honor of Mady for these events that is used during the events to teach kids about the importance of saving.  Jayne is such an inspiration to Mady.




Thursday, January 16, 2014

Miss Utah Pre Teen Erika Dalton Performs at NBA Jazz Game

National American Miss Utah Pre Teen, Erika Dalton, has been playing the violin since she was 4 years old. Most recently she was asked to play the national anthem for the Utah Jazz. 

Check out the video here: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmsMvTpzha4

Erika won the talent optional competition at the National American Miss Utah pageant, where she won the title of Miss Utah Pre Teen. She went on to place 3rd runner up at the national pageant and took 1st runner up for talent. 

Erika is a Carnegie Hall soloist and the 1st place winner of the International American Protege Romantic Music Competition. She has also soloed with the Oquirrh Mountain Symphony and the Utah Valley Symphony and at the Park City Music festival in 2012 and 2013. 

Erika also enjoys dance, drama, and serving as spokesperson for the I'm Against Bullying movement. She is the founder of the Golden Harmony organization where musicians perform for seniors (specifically those with Alzheimers and Dementia) not only to entertain but to lift there spirits and bring back lost memories.

When asked about her favorite musician Erika told me, "A musician I admire is my cousin, Megumi Gass who is the reason I started violin. I've always wanted to be just like her because not only is she a fabulous violinist but a humble and giving person who taught me how to serve long before I ever even dreamed of becoming Miss Utah Pre-Teen."

(Utah Jazz fans with her dad)

(After placing 3rd runner-up to the national title)

(Performing the violin on the national stage)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

National American Miss Minnesota Queens Hard at Work

The Miss Minnesota Queens have been busy in their communities. They even donned hair nets and crowns while serving at Feed my Starving Children:


They visited the 133rd Airlift Wing Minnesota Air National Guard (well before the snow!) and learned all about life in the Air Force, its not an easy life!:
And dressed up in their green for the Harriet Island Regional Park Irish Fair:
We are so proud of you girls! Keep up the hard work, and keep working together as sister queens. The friendships you make with your sister queens will last a life time!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Where will we see YOU this summer?


We are so excited for all of the state pageants this coming summer! The official schedule is here! We kick off the year in Iowa on May 2nd. Let us know what state you'll be at!


Not sure when you'll be competing? Check out http://www.namiss.com/findyourstate/#.UtBlsXn7XFI and find your state.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Miss Iowa Jr Teen in the news

National American Miss Iowa, Hannah Bockhaus, was highlighted in the news about her qualifications to compete in the National pageant this past November in Anaheim.

Check out the story:

http://www.communitynewspapergroup.com/waverly_newspapers/news/article_ab171874-7943-11e3-8285-0019bb2963f4.html?mode=story

Congratulations Hannah!

Do you have a news article about you that you want featured on the NAM Rocks blog? Send the link to brittanykeiko@namiss.com We would love to see them!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Meet The 2013-2014 National All-American Miss Jr.PreTeen Makenzie Scroggs!






Tiffany: How did you get involved in National American Miss?
Makenzie: A very good friend of mine had already competed at the NAM Louisiana State pageant, I saw how much fun she had and I wanted to give it a try.  So, I entered the Princess pageant and my memories began.
Tiffany:How did you prepare for the National Pageant?
Makenzie: My younger sister and I practiced, practiced, practiced and practiced.  We even played NAM so we could practice.  I would say my intro every day and practice my formal wear walk.  I would make my mom and anyone else that would help me, ask me interview questions.
Tiffany: What is the best advice you have ever received?
Makenzie: Never give up, follow your heart, and have fun!
Tiffany: What quote, motto, or scripture best describes you?
Makenzie: Dancing with your feet is one thing, but dancing with your heart is another.
Tiffany: What are your plans for the future?
Makenzie: Since I was five, I wanted to open my own dance studio, Moves by Makenzie. Now, I want to attend LSU (Louisiana State University) major in business and be a LSU Golden Girl (dance line).  Then open my studio.


First walk as the new National All-American Miss Jr. PreTeen!
Tiffany: What activities are you involved in?
Makenzie: I am involved in competitive Dance, acting, and modeling.
Tiffany: What do you like to do for fun?
Makenzie: Dance (Tap, Ballet, Jazz, and Technique), drawing, painting, and I love to go camping with my family.
Tiffany: What is one item you can’t live without?
Makenzie: My jazz shoes, without them that means I am not dancing. That would be a tragedy!!!!
Tiffany: Who is your role model?
Makenzie: My Nana! When she had cancer she never gave up, even in the end.  I want to never give up and be like her.
Tiffany: What is your favorite TV show?
Makenzie: Good Luck Charlie on Disney.


Having fun at the NAM National Pageant! Beach Time! 
Tiffany:  What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?
Makenzie: I was learning how to knee board and when I fell off the board I didn’t know to let go of the rope! Oops!
Tiffany: If you had three wishes what would you wish for?
Makenzie: I would wish there was no more CANCER, every kid would have a home and food, and to open my own dance studio.
Tiffany: If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
Makenzie: I would go to Paris, France! My great great grandparents were form France and I would love to see different places there and learn the language!
Tiffany: What is your definition of a NAM girl?
Makenzie: A NAM girl is someone who is confident, honest, and positive, caring, smart and a great role model.
Tiffany: If you were stranded on a deserted island what three things could you not live without?
Makenzie: If I was stranded on an island I would have to have a phone to call home or 911 with, food, because I love to eat, and my toothbrush, I hate dirty teeth!


Having fun with my little sister! She is Miss Louisiana Princess 2013!
Tiffany:What is your most prized possession?
Makenzie: My picture of my Nana, I miss her so much!  Also her rosary, I know how much she believed in the power of prayer from the rosary.
Tiffany: How would your friends describe you?
Makenzie: My friends would say I am sweet, smart, dedicated, and the shortest in my class.  Oh, the also would say I am a crazy about dance.
Tiffany:How are you making a difference in your community?
Makenzie: I donate my time to several organizations, like local nursing homes, the local autism network, but my passion is helping with the local Relay for Life! I want to find a cure for CANCER!
Tiffany: If you could go back in time and be at any historical event what would it be?
Makenzie:I would go back to see when JFK was president.
       Tiffany: If you could go back in time and meet one person, who would it be?
Makenzie: I would go back to meet George Washington, the First President. 


Making life long friends is what NAM is all about!
 Tiffany: If you could be famous for something, what would you want to be famous for?
Makenzie: I would be famous for my dancing, my dance studio and my dance students.
      Tiffany: What is your favorite book? and why?
Makenzie: The Little Princess is my favorite book. It makes me laugh and cry every time I would read it,
Tiffany: Where is your favorite place to shop?
Makenzie: I love Dillard’s and small unique boutiques.
Tiffany: Who is the most influential person in the world now?
Makenzie: Pope Francis, he ROCKS!
    Tiffany: Who or what inspires you most?
Makenzie: My dance teacher, Mrs. Stephanie, inspires me the most.


NAM National Queens at the national pageant!
Tiffany: What have you learned about yourself since competing in pageants?
Makenzie: That with hard work and determination, dreams are possible.  Also, I am my biggest competitor!
Tiffany: What advice do you have for future NAM girls?
Makenzie: I would tell them to always be yourself, have fun, and make new friends.  They should also need to have confidence and believe in yourself.
 Tiffany: What things do you hope to accomplish during your year of service?
Makenzie: I want to travel to as many places I can, meet new people and make tons of friends.  I just want to enjoy every moment, because I know time flies when you are having fun!
Tiffany: What would you like to be doing 10 years from now?
Makenzie: Wow, I will be 20!!  I see myself as a member of LSU’s Golden Girls cheering    for my Fighting Tigers.  Working hard on my business degree and competing for Miss America.
Tiffany: If someone could live your life for a week, what would they find most interesting?     
Makenzie:That dance is not my passion, it is my obsession!  
Tiffany: What is the best compliment you have ever received? 
Makenzie:That I have a big heart and that I am truly honest.


Dance Time!


Having fun during rehearsals at nationals!


The 2013-2014 National All-American Miss Jr. Pre-Teen!


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Meet The 2013-2014 National All-American Miss Teen Phoebe Yankowsk



Your 2013-14 National All-American Miss Teen Phoebe Yankowski sat down for a Q&A with our Choreographer and Emcee Tiffany!  Phoebe is currently a senior at Immaculata High school in Somerville, New Jersey. She enjoys photography, shopping, and tennis. Her favorite school activities are participating in campus ministry and the International Business Club. Next year Phoebe plans on going to college to peruse her dreams of studying fashionmerchandising. Keep scrolling down to read all Phoebe and Tiffany's talk!

First Walk as The 2013-2014 National All-American Miss Teen! 

                Tiffany:  How did you get involved in National American Miss? 
 Phoebe: My first time competing in National American Miss was in 2012. I decided to participate in the pageant because I had received a letter in the mail and wanted more than anything to try something new and exciting. After my first pageant weekend I knew NAM was for me. I came back this year and placed 1st at my state pageant which was such an honor then I was blessed with the opportunity of winning the National All American Miss Teen title!

Tiffany: How did you prepare for the National Pageant?
 Phoebe: PRACTICE! I would say my introduction day in and day out, I think my family knows it by heart now too! I also prepared myself for interview by studying questions and keeping up with the latest current events. And I cannot forget how many hours I walked back and forth in my high heels, it is crucial to be comfortable in them so you can shine in evening gown. 

Tiffany: What is the best advice you have ever received? The best advice I have ever received is 
  Phoebe: “Sometimes you win, and sometimes you learn” This expression has become a mindset for me because I do not believe you can ever really lose, you will always learn something new. These are great words to live by because you will always take away something good from any situation life throws at you.

Tiffany: What quote, motto, or scripture best describes you? 
Phoebe: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

Tiffany: What are your plans for the future? 
Phoebe: My plans for the future include attending college to study fashion merchandising  and one day working for a major department store. I also hope to further my modeling career as I get older.

Newly Crowned Sister Queens! 

Tiffany:What activities are you involved in? 
Phoebe: I work closely with numerous charities such as Big Brother Big Sister, National Diabetes Foundation, Restore the Shore and the Special Olympics. I LOVE doing photography for my school and displaying my favorite pieces.

Tiffany:What do you like to do for fun? 
Phoebe: Shopping is my absolute favorite thing to do in my free time. I can pretty much explore the mall for hours and never get bored!

Tiffany: What is one item you can’t live without? 
Phoebe: My 10 year old dog, Charlie! He is my best friend and cuddle buddy! I don’t know what I would do without him.

Tiffany: Who is your role model? 
Phoebe: My Memere. For those of you who do not know, Memere is French for grandma! She is my role model because she fought Breast Cancer and won the battle. She is one of the bravest and strongest woman I have ever met.

Tiffany: What is the biggest misconception about your generation? 
Phoebe: Growing up in a digital age I feel that our generation is categorized as disconnected with the real world and only communicating through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, ect. I have found this to be untrue because I am around many teens everyday who do socialize and having meaningful conversations offline. 

Walking in a Fashion Show!

  Tiffany: What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you? 
 Phoebe: The funniest thing that’s ever happened to me was probably when I was having my family over for my moms birthday and I had the honors of carrying the birthday cake out. Being my clumsy self, I tripped and that delicious chocolate cake was all over me. I must say it took a long time to get all that icing out of my hair.

Tiffany: If you had three wishes what would you wish for? 
   Phoebe: My first wish would be for everyone to have somewhere to sleep. It breaks my heart to know that some people do not have a warm bed to crawl into at night. My second wish would be for meet and greet tickets for my little sister to meet One Direction. She is absolutely obsessed and I would love to have her meet them! My last wish would be for a Jeep Wrangler, its my dream car!

Tiffany: If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go? 
  Phoebe: I would go to Hawaii, that has always been my dream vacation and hopefully I will make it there one day. Maybe even if I’m lucky I’ll take a few surfing lessons.

Tiffany: What is your definition of a NAM girl? 
Phoebe: A girl who won’t stop at anything until she achieves the wildest of her dreams!

Tiffany: If you could be on the cover of any Magazine what would it be? 
   Phoebe: I would be on the cover of TIME magazine. So many influential faces were on the covers of TIME and one day I hope to make a difference in the world. So who knows maybe one day you’ll be seeing my face on there.

The crowning moment! 

Tiffany: If you were stranded on a deserted island what three things could you not live without? 
 Phoebe: I would have to bring my camera. What’s a more perfect place for still shots than a deserted island! I would bring my IPod, I’m always listening to music so this would be an essential for me. Last but not least I would bring my little sister along in case I get lonely.

Tiffany: What is your most prized possession? 
Phoebe: My most prized possession is my camera because I can capture every moment by the click of a button.

Tiffany: How would your friends describe you? 
Phoebe: My friend would describe me as bubbly. I always have a smile on my face no matter what and laugh at just about everything.

   Tiffany: How are you making a difference in your community?
   Phoebe: I love participating in community service, I spend time helping numerous charities which are very dear to my heart. I hope I am a role model for other young teens and inspire them to help out as much as possible.

Tiffany: What is your favorite childhood memory? 
   Phoebe: My favorite childhood memory would be when my little sister was born. I was four when she was born and I remember being so excited because I finally had a built in best friend who I could play with everyday.

Walking the Runway!

Tiffany: If you could go back in time and be at any historical event what would it be?
Phoebe: I would go back to August 28, 1963 to Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech “I Have a Dream” This moving speech about freedom and equality is still something that is quoted till this day and is such a huge part of our history.

       Tiffany:If you could go back in time and meet one person, who would it be and why? 
Phoebe: I would go back in time and meet Diana, Princess of Wales. Princess Diana was a celebrity and fashion icon in her own right but she was also very well know for her notable work for international charities. She was someone who was truly beautiful inside and out.

      Tiffany: If you could be famous for something, what would you want to be famous for?
Phoebe: I would want to be famous for creating art. I think art is the greatest gift a person could give to the world because art can be interpreted in so many ways and spark creativity and imagination.

    Tiffany:What is your favorite book? and why? 
Phoebe: My favorite book is The Kite Runner. The story is of a boy Amir who is trying to find out his place in the world after a tragic childhood in Afghanistan. I enjoy this story because it shows the way people live in other cultures and that there is hope, even when you think there isn’t.

  Tiffany: Where is your favorite place to shop? 
Phoebe:Urban Outfitters, all of the clothing is just so different and unusual. I like to keep my wardrobe interesting!


      Tiffany: Who is the most influential person in the world now? 
Phoebe: I believe our everyday teachers are the most influential people because they are who help shape us and prepare us for the real world. 

Tiffany: Who or what inspires you most? 
Phoebe: My Memere inspires me most because she taught me that when life throws you curve balls you keep your head up. She fought breast cancer with such grace and bravery. She stayed positive and fought until she was back to her healthy self.

     Tiffany: What have you learned about yourself since competing in pageants? 
Phoebe: I’ve learned that I’m not this shy person I always thought I was. Because of National American Miss I can stand up and talk to large crowds of people, I can carry myself gracefully, and I can be comfortable in an interview setting and answer questions about myself and things I am passionate about. Ultimately pageants have taught me that if I have a dream, I should chase it because anything is possible if you believe in yourself.

   Tiffany: What is your definition of success? 
Phoebe: Sometimes when you ask people what is success the first thing that comes to mind is a big house, an expensive car or even fame. To me success is when you have inner contentment, when you are able to see what you have and not focus on what you don’t have.

    Tiffany: What advice do you have for future NAM girls?
Phoebe: I know that this phrase is over used but please BE YOURSELF!!! Sometimes you maybe searching for what is the right answer for these interview questions or what would the judges want to see me in for evening gown. The judges want to get to know you, not someone you are trying to be. If you are yourself pageant weekend you will walk away learning so much more and benefit from the whole experience.  Stay true to yourself and everything will fall into place.

The 2013-2014 National All-American Miss Teen! 

   Tiffany: What things do you hope to accomplish during your year of service?
Phoebe: I hope to inspire people to be the change they want to see. Volunteer work is such a big part of my life and I want to share this passion with others to inspire them to get out there and help their own community because every little bit helps.

Tiffany: What would you like to be doing 10 years from now? 
Phoebe: I hope to be successful in the Fashion industry.  Also a mother who gets to spend a lot of time with her children and future husband and of course I’d love to have a few dogs.

Tiffany: If someone could live your life for a week, what would they find most interesting?
Phoebe: I think people would find it interesting that me and my sister are complete opposites but we get along so well. We are best friends and do pretty much everything together.

Tiffany: What is the best compliment you have ever received? 
Phoebe: Someone once said to me that my laugh was contagious. I thought that was great because I can make someone laugh just because I’m already laughing!