Monday, March 31, 2014

Illinois Jr Pre Teen Cover Girl, MaKayla Fore's Farewell


WOW!!!  This is the one word that comes to mind when I think of NAM.  I was so honored when I heard my name called to represent National American Miss for another year.  Winning back-to-back titles has been a true blessing for me.  Having held the 2012 Miss Illinois Princess Cover Girl title, and then winning the 2013 Miss Illinois Jr. Pre-Teen Cover Girl title was one of the greatest opportunities that a girl could have.  I can't believe how fast time has flown by.  

I had so much fun this year participating in parades and I got to donate over 300 stuffed animals, books, and school supplies to my school where everything was used for our "Paw Mart" program for good behavior, kindness and helping others, and good grades.  

I was so honored to be able to donate 9 1/2 inches of my hair to "Pantene Beautiful Lengths" where they will add my hair to other donations to make wigs for those who medically need them.  There is no better reward than to know that your one act of kindness can help change another person's life in a positive way. I am already working on growing my hair back out so I can do it all over again.  


I would like to thank all my family, friends, and local businesses. Without all of you this would not have been possible.  Mom and dad, thank you for always taking me where I need to go and believing in me. You always make sure that I reach for the stars but kept both feet on the ground.  Jake and Colvin, you guys are the best big brothers a girl could have. Thanks Jake for supporting me enough to wear that tutu for family look-a-like.... It was so funny, but I am so grateful to have a brother like you!  Colvin, thanks for always carrying my stuff for me whenever I needed help.



To the new Miss Illinois Jr. Pre-Teen Cover Girl:
Make every moment count because it will go by way to fast.  Make lots of friends, laugh often, and always take lots of pictures. This is your time to shine. Remember to always reach for the stars but keep both feet on the ground as my mom and dad would say.  You will do great and good luck!

I am your 2013 National American Miss Illinois Jr. Pre-Teen Cover Girl.....

MaKayla Lynne Fore

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Miss Arizona Princess, Michaela Robbins' Farewell


I will never forget the moment they called my name as the winner of the 2013 National American Miss Arizona Princess! I could not believe how being crowned would change my life forever!  This past year has been filled with wonderful opportunities, special time with my family and making new friendships that I am sure will last a lifetime.


      My first duty as queen was delivering the books and school supplies that were collected by all the generous families from our state pageant to the Homeless Youth Connection.  Then, all the sister queens and I got together to work on Operation Christmas Child which mails Christmas care packages to needy children around the world.

      Working with Feed My Starving Children is one of my favorite places to volunteer. They ship MannaPacks around the world so children and their families won't go to bed hungry.  Then, in January, many of the NAMily royalty joined together for a big FMSC session. What a great cause!

      I had a blast in California at the Nationals Pageant!  It was a fun, crazy week mixed with Disneyland, Hollywood sightseeing, pageant rehearsals and celebrating Thanksgiving with my family.  Even my two aunts from Tennessee flew all the way to California to see my final pageant!

      My winning was just the icing on the cake!    My sister queens, cover girls and I got to be in three different parades across our beautiful state!  We kicked up our boots in glitzy western wear in the Wild West towns of Tombstone, Wickenburg and Apache Junction.  Plus, I got to travel to the Nevada State Pageant where I made a new friend, Lexie, Miss Nevada Princess 2013! And at a Christmas special appearance in Marana, I got to meet Miss Arizona 2013 Jennifer Smestad from the Miss America Pageant!


      To the girl who is crowned the new queen, I hope you make this next year as special as possible.  Always be polite and nice to all the new people you will meet. Just remember that other girls are going to be looking up to you!  Have fun hanging out with all of your new sisters!  You will make memories to cherish for a lifetime!

      To all my NAMily sisters Mariah, Vanessa, Bo, Hannah, Chandi, Dawnis and Kelly, I could not have been more blessed to be with a wonderful group of girls and their families.  You made our time together this past year so special! You will be in my heart forever!

      To my special teacher, Mrs. Mossi, who always believes in me! My year as queen would not have been possible without your support!

      A big huge thank you to Miss Breanne, Miss Lani and Mr. Kenn for making us truly feel like royalty.  They have made all the pageants such a terrific experience!  And finally, to my family, Mimi, Grandda, Mama and Daddy, who have traveled miles on the road for me and have worked so hard getting me put together for all of my pageants, thank you!  I love you so much!

Kisses,

Your 2013 National American Miss Arizona Princess

Michaela Robbins   

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Check out the Nebraska Jr Teen Cover Girl in a Fashion Show!

Caitlin Brisse, the current Nebraska Jr Teen Cover Girl, had the opportunity to model in the Spring Fashion show in her town! The fashion show was conducted to debut the latest spring fashions for Offutt Exchange. "Exchange generates funds that directly support Morale Welfare and Recreation programs."

We're so proud to see Caitlin giving back to her community!






Miss Illinois State Finalist in the News!

Jeannie Large attended an open call in Illinois, participated in an interview and filled out an application. She was selected as a state finalists, beating out 50% of applicants across the state of Illinois. Her local news station took note!

Jeannie overcame a challenge to participate in the interview. Read all about it and how she is confident in her abilities here

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

National American Miss Emcee Started a Blog!!

Joy Suprano is one busy and exciting woman! From emceeing every final show at Nationals this past year, to recently getting married, and being busy from "New York to California and everything in between." there is hardly enough time to start an incredibly successful blog. But that is exactly what she did! Stay up to date with all of the exciting things happening for Joy and learn from her experience and expertise! You might just see her at your state pageant this summer...

Check out the blog here:
http://westsidetowestside.com

Joy interviewing National American Miss Teen queen 2013-2014, Rachel Major, just moments after she won!




Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Show Your Artistic Talents! Have Your Art on NAM Merchandise!

CREATE A NAM APPAREL DESIGN THAT COULD BE SHOWCASED ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND WIN!!!

We are on a search for the next FASHION DESIGNER!!!

It's that time of year to design the NAM apparel you see at your state's NAM boutique and we have decided to give YOU the opportunity to showcase your creativity!! 

IMAGINE seeing YOUR design professionally printed on some NAM t-shirts, sweatshirts, and zip-up hoodies at NAM shows ALL OVER THE COUNTRY!!
HOW IT WORKS:

* Design a NAM t-shirt or sweatshirt that you think represents what NAM is all about and would also be eye-catching to showcase on some of the NAM apparel. 

* All NAM designs must be submitted to namisspalmgren@gmail.com (do not share designs on Facebook) and make sure to include your name, age, and contact information with the design. 

* This contest is open to ANYONE--contestants, parents, family members, and friends!! 

* You can also enter AS MANY DESIGNS as you want!!

* Designs must be submitted by April 1st

* Winning design will be chosen by our Graphic Department.

* Prizes: The winning design will be awarded $100 and your design could be printed on some NAM apparel across the country!!! 

*Review the pictures below of the designs we used last year as a way to start your creative process.

*We will showcase all designs for YOUR moment on the FASHION DESIGN RUNWAY on the Nam Sandy-Nicole Palmgren Facebook page once the submission deadline has passed.

Time to SHOWCASE the CREATIVITY of our NAM families!!!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

UPDATE: Erika Dalton is up to MORE incredible things!

Look who made it in the Utah Valley Magazine! 

Erika Dalton was featured as one of Utah's FAB 40! What an accomplishment! She was featured for her accomplishments in violin and as National American Miss Utah Jr Teen 2013. 

Check out this picture of the first time she saw her picture in the magazine:

Then for photo ops with HER magazine!!

Congratulations Erika, we are so proud of you!!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Is it really already time for farewell blog posts?! The first one of the year goes to... Caitlin Brisse, Nebraska Jr. Teen Cover Girl 2013 and National Jr. Teen Cover Model 2013-2014

Pageant time has come again, which brings out mixed emotions. I don’t know how I’ll be able to put my feelings into words, but I’ll try. Being Cover Girl has made this the most amazing year of my life. I have learned and grown so much throughout this experience, and I have acquired skills that I will carry with me for years to come. Being a spokeswoman for National American Miss has opened so many doors for me.

As a representative for National American Miss, I donated books and my pageant winnings to the Ronald McDonald House, helped with Spring cleaning at the Open Door Mission, participated in two 5K’s to raise money for the Susan G. Koman foundation and Special Olympics and escorted homeless military veterans during Omaha’s Operation Stand Down. I also escorted National Miss Amazing contestants at the Omaha Zoo for the first ever national pageant to showcase the abilities of girls with disabilities.















My sister queens and I participated in several parades around Nebraska and we had so much fun together!



I went to Missouri to help with the Missouri State Pageant and made friends with royalty from all over the US.



In November, my Mom and I packed our bags and headed to Nationals for a week of fun! We went to Disneyland and Hollywood and met some amazing friends. I was crowned National Cover Model and won 1st Runner Up for Best Thank You Note and 4th Runner Up for Best Scrapbook.



To Breanne and her team, you stood with me through thick and thin and treated me like family. You encouraged and empowered me to be strong and confident. Your faithfulness to NAM makes me hope I can be as awesome as you when I grow up!



To my beautiful sister queens, Brookelynn, Emma, Naomi, Alyssa, Megan and Amanda, we have spent so much time together this year, and even after we give up our crowns, we’ll still be sisters. You guys are sweet and sassy at the same time. Thank you for the fun times and amazing memories. I love you all!



To our successors, all of you are in for a year of awesomeness! You have an extraordinary family and team supporting you all the way. Have a great year and don’t forget to smile!

With love and warm wishes,

I am Caitlin Brisse, your Nebraska Jr. Teen Cover Girl 2013 and National Jr. Teen Cover Model 2013-2014.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Miss New York Teen gives back through Project Sunshine! See how YOU can help!



Miss New York Teen 2013 began her journey with Project Sunshine well before she event knew what the organization was. Growing up she spent a lot of her childhood in a hospital. Upon discovering Project Sunshine, she knew there was need for ways to help children like her in the hospital.



Project Sunshine is an organization that provides education, recreational, and social programs to hospitalized children and their families.



Briana is giving back by helping make Surgi Dolls to send to children. Surge Dolls are used by doctors and child life specialists to explain how a child's upcoming surgery will be performed. They use these dolls as models of what the surgeon will be doing, where the incision will be and what body parts are going to be treated. The dolls are there to comfort the child throughout their stay in the hospital.



Check out her video below:







Her fundraising page is here



And to find volunteer opportunities near you look here



Even the former Miss Universe, Olivia Culpo, has volunteered with Project Sunshine!