Tuesday, July 22, 2014

2014 Miss Arizona Queens!!

It seemed like the Arizona pageant just whizzed by, we had so much fun!! Thank you to all of the state finalists who made the weekend so memorable! Here are the lucky ladies who captured the judges hearts:

Miss Arizona Princess
Alena Mascarenas
Age: 6
Hometown: Gilbert
Hobbies: Baseball and Snowboarding
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Food: Grilled Cheese
Ambition: To be a dolphin trainer

Miss Arizona Jr Pre Teen

Presley Kern
Age: 8 
Hometown: Paradise Valley
Hobbies: Swimming and hosting family bingo night
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Food: Uncle Ben's Spanish Rice
Ambition: To become and extreme balloon artist

Miss Arizona Pre Teen
Katie Schaaf
Age: 13
Hometown: Glendale
Hobbies: Dancing and swimming
Favorite Color: Teal Green
Favorite Food: Watermelon
Ambition: To become a professional dancer or physical therapist

Miss Arizona Jr Teen

Nicole Carney
Age: 16
Hometown: Chandler
Hobbies: Hiking the Arizona mountains, and photography
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Food: Sweet Potatoes
Ambition: To graduate from ASU and become a maternal child nurse

Miss Arizona Teen
Danielle Fisher
Age: 18
Hometown: Gilbert
Hobbies: Dancing and working out
Favorite Color: Lime Green
Favorite Food: Bacon
Ambition: To open her own dance studio for deaf students

Miss Arizona 
Elizabeth Riley
Hobbies: Retail Therapy and Volunteering for Feed My Starving Children
Favorite Color: Turquoise
Favorite Food: Sushi
Ambition: To be a world famous large event and wedding planner

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Miss Illinois Teen, Isha Jog's Farewell

Walt Disney once said, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” I fell in love with the National American Miss organization at the age of 12 when I entered my first ever pageant. Lots of hard work and three first runner up placements later, I was honored to be crowned your Miss Illinois Teen. I have had an absolute blast representing the great state of Illinois.

The focus of my year was definitely serving my community, I volunteered countless hours with Feed My Starving Children, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, fund-raised for the Shriners Children's hospital, local food pantries, animal shelters, and more.

The highlight of my year was attending Nationals in sunny California. I was ecstatic to place first runner up to National Talent, Actress, Volunteer Service, and receive the Golden Achievement in Service Award. Best of all I got to spend it with lifelong friends.

From seeing the Stanley Cup to meeting a Victoria’s Secret supermodel to throwing the first pitch at a Schaumburg Boomer’s game, my year was filled with unbelievable memories. I was speechless to have my hometown mayor declare an “Isha Jog Day” for all my volunteer efforts in June 2014!

None of this would have been possible without my incredible support team.
Thank you to my sister queens for the love, laughs, and memories. Thank you to my dad and brother Ishan for being the best escorts, photographers, and biggest cheerleaders. I love you. And of course; to my mom. We did it! You are the true Queen and my biggest role model. Thank you for encouraging me to never ever give up. To the Maples and the entire NAM staff – thank you. The work you do for the young ladies of this nation is phenomenal. To my successor, wow – you are in for an amazing ride. Cherish every moment and enjoy this crazy wonderful journey you are about to start.

For the last time, I am your National American Miss Illinois Teen 2013, Isha Jog.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Miss Arizona Jr Teen, Hannah Munson's Farewell

This past year has been the most rewarding experience of my entire life. Since the night of June 30, 2013, my life hasn't been the same! Hearing my name called as the new Miss Arizona Junior Teen started this unbelievable journey.

My first official act as Miss Arizona Junior Teen was visiting Campo Bello Elementary School, a title 1 school in my community, to donate the books and supplies brought in to my state pageant for volunteer service from the contestants. My passion for volunteering has grown over this past year working for organizations like Operation Christmas Child and Feed My Starving Children. Volunteering at Feed My Starving Children, a food packing organization with a mission to end world hunger, with my sister queens was such a fun and fulfilling experience.

Only 2 weeks after winning the title, I was able to travel to Nevada to help at their state pageant. My Teen and my Princess queen even went, too! I spent the weekend hanging out with the reigning Nevada queens and queens from California, Iowa, and Washington, who I got to see again at Nationals in the fall.
While the entire year has been a surreal and exciting experience, the week of Nationals was definitely the highlight. I travelled to Hollywood with my family for a week filled with excitement, spending a day in Disneyland, touring the city, and more. I met queens from across the country who are now some of my closest friends. Not only did my "NAMily" expand that week, I was able to get closer with my beautiful sister queens.

With Michaela, my Princess, Mariah, my Junior Preteen, Vanessa, my Preteen, Chandi, my Teen, Kelly, my Miss, and Bo and Dawnis, our cover girls, I travelled all across Arizona to participate in parades, attend public events, work at open calls and workshops, and even give out trophies at the raceway. I want to thank Michaela, Mariah, Vanessa, Chandi, Kelly, Bo, and Dawnis for being the most supportive sisters and making this year unforgettable. I never knew how close our NAMily could get!

Thank you Mom, Dad, and Aaron, for bearing with me through my meltdowns and freak-outs and always believing in me.

Thanks to Dylan and Tina for all of your help and support and for introducing me to the world of National American Miss.

Kenn, Lani, Breanne, Brittany, and everyone else working to make the Arizona state pageant the best it can be, thank you for the opportunity to represent your amazing organization.

To all the girls competing this summer, have the most exciting weekend possible! Focus on making new friends and developing new life skills.

To my successor, go out and get involved in your community as much as possible. These next 365 days will go by unbelievably fast, so take time and enjoy all you do.

Thanks to everyone who made my year as Miss Arizona Junior Teen 2013 the most amazing experience of my life.

With Love,
Hannah Munson

2014 Miss Nevada-Utah Queens!!

What and awesome week in Las Vegas! We had a blast getting to know each of the Nevada-Utah state finalists! Check out who captured the hearts of our judges:

Miss Utah Princess

Alyssa Haylee Ray
Age: 6
Hometown: West Jordan
Hobbies: tumbling and arts & crafts
Favorite Color: hot pink
Favorite Food: Salmon and shrimp
Ambition: to be an artist and a singer

Miss Utah Jr PreTeen

Miah Green
Age: 8
Hometown: Syracuse
Hobbies: competitive all-star cheerleading and writing short stories
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Food: grandma's spaghetti
Ambition: to be an olympic cheerleader and police officer

Miss Nevada Pre Teen

Mikayla Gray
Age: 13
Hometown: Las Vegas
Hobbies: singing and dancing
Favorite Color: Turquoise
Favorite Food: Spaghetti
Ambition: earn her doctorate in pediatrics

Miss Nevada Jr Teen

Kailyn Domingo
Age: 15
Hometown: Las Vegas
Hobbies: Cheerleading and volunteering
Favorite Color: every shade of pink
Favorite Food: Mozzarella Caprese
Ambition: to become a sports broadcaster

Miss Utah Teen

Ciearra Everill
Age: 17
Hometown: Salt Lake City
Hobbies: Theater and camping
Favorite Color: purple
Favorite Food: Chicken Fajitas
Ambition: to be a medical scientists and find a cure for cancer

Thank you Nevada-Utah for an incredible weekend! In just a few days we're headed to Arizona for #NAMTeamAZ

Monday, July 14, 2014

Miss Nevada Pre Teen, Blanka Buzas's farewell

Check out Blanka's farewell video here:

We had a blast with her this past weekend and we can't wait to see what incredible things are in store for this incredible girl!

Miss Illinois Pre Teen, Taylor Castro's Farewell

WOW!!!  I can not believe that it was one year ago that I was crowned Miss Illinois Pre-Teen 2013.  This year has been a whirlwind of meeting new people, volunteering, making appearances, and representing NAM, along with the great state of Illinois.

During my reign, I helped pack meals at Feed My Starving Children as well as volunteering at an Alzheimer’s walk, Shriners Hospital fundraiser, Breast Cancer walk, Indian Dance School Recital and a Mother’s Day 5K Run.  My sister queens and I had our picture taken with the Stanley Cup.  We had a kick off dinner before leaving for Nationals and had a great time meeting up again at Open Calls and Pageant Preps.

Nationals was the best week ever!  I had so much fun meeting girls from across the country.  I made friendships that will last a lifetime.  Placing 2nd runner up to the queens title was just the icing on the cake!

To my brother Tyler:  Thank you for being a good sport and cheering me on.  I can’t wait for you to be my escort someday.

To my Mom & Dad:  Thank you for being there for me every step of the way.  I love you!

To Mr. & Mrs. Maples, Breanne and the NAM staff:  Thank you for everything.  It has truly been an honor to represent this wonderful organization.

To my NAMily, especially Hailey, Erika and Tori: I love you! It is great knowing that I have friends to support me across the country.  Even though we are miles apart, our friendships are unbreakable.

To my sister Queens:  I have enjoyed getting to know you throughout this year.  I will miss you!

To all of the contestants:  I hope this weekend you made new friends and tried something new.  Most of all, I hope you had fun.

To my successor:  Congratulations!  You are about to embark on an amazing journey.  Enjoy every 5 hundred, 25 thousand, 9 hundred, and 48 minutes you get with your crown.

No matter what the outcome, remember- Beauty isn’t about having a pretty face.  It is about having a pretty mind, pretty soul, and most of all a beautiful heart.

For the last time, I am your 2013 Miss Illinois Pre-Teen, Taylor Castro.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Utah Princess Cover Girl, Miah Green's Farewell

My mom picked me up from school in December 2012 and said, "You received an invitation to an Open Call for the National American Miss Utah state pageant."  I don't think she thought I would say yes, but I did.  This was the first pageant I ever competed in so it was a learning experience for all.  I practiced sitting, standing and walking with a little help of YouTube and the Pageant Prep workshop.  I was crowned Utah State Cover Girl and placed 3rd runner up in the Queen's Court.  

My reign then began and it has been a nonstop learning experience.  I chose to donate my time to Christmas Box International, which helps neglected, abused and abandoned children.  I still volunteer a minimum of 2 hours weekly and it has not only changed my life, but my entire families.  I have become a Volunteer Ambassador for Christmas Box International and I talk to people of all ages on how they can make a difference in their community.  I have also helped with Food Bank food drives and fundraisers for families in need in our community.

Before going to Nationals in Anaheim, CA I had a blast being visiting Royalty at the Nevada and Missouri state pageants.  It was fun helping girls with the production number, laughing together and encouraging them with my fellow Queen sisters.  

Then my family and I were off to CA!!!  I want to thank Michele Strom for all your coaching!  With your help I placed 3rd runner up in All-American Princess division!  I was also, crowned National Cover Model.

I recently have enjoyed helping with the St. George Open Call and the Salt Lake City Pageant Workshop.  
I was given the honor of being a "Spotlight Performer" with the Utah Jazz!  None of this would have happened without NAM showing me that I had Princess Potential!

Thank you to Breanne, Ryan, Phil and my amazing royalty coordinator, Brittany for being just as excited as I was when new opportunity knocked on my door!  I want to thank my family for being supportive of all my dreams.  My mom and dad have being  great taxi drivers, volunteer partners and my biggest fans!  Thanks to my four siblings and especially, my little brother, Royal, for being the best escort a girl could have!  Thanks to Ryun, my cheer coach, for always keeping my head in the clouds and feet firmly planted!  I love you all and could not imagine this adventure without you all!  I am going to miss my sister queens; Natalia, Alexis, Erika, Kyla and Ariana.  A special thanks to  Shae Smolik, National American Miss Princess for all the fun we had as visiting Royalty and at Nationals!

To my successor, always have fun and remember, "Nothing you wear is more beautiful than a SMILE"  


Miah Green
Syracuse, UT

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Miss Arizona PreTeen, Vanessa Strait's Farewell

"Strive for the best" has always been my motto, and as your 2013 National American Miss Arizona Preteen, I have never stopped striving for the best. One year ago, I was blessed by God to be crowned the new Miss Arizona Preteen. That was just the starting line for the amazing journey I have had through National America Miss. I kicked off my year by donating my school supplies to the Phoenix Rescue Mission. Weeks later, I saw the faces of children light up when handed these supplies as i volunteered at the Phoenix Rescue Mission School Supply Drive. My reign has taken me all over the state, as I have taken part in parades and events in Glendale, Phoenix, Litchfield Park, Scottsdale, Tuscon, Wickenburg, Tombstone, and many other wonderful cities. I have been blessed to work with many organizations and groups, like Miss Amazing, Feed My Starving Children, The Phoenix Rescue Mission, and many others. 
In November, I traveled to sunny Anaheim, California for NAM Nationals. That experience is one that still brings a ginormous smile to my face and floods my mind with warm, happy memories. I met many, many wonderful girls from all over the country who I know will make a impact on our world someday. I got to witness the true magic of National American Miss whenever a smile appeared on anyone's face. These friendships and memories will forever be in my heart and something I will forever be grateful for.
I have had the opportunity to meet hundreds of magnificent people and bring a smile to their face as they bring one to mine. Thank you a million times to those who have been on this journey with me and given me endless love and support. To my mom, I love you so, so very much and I cannot thank you enough for this experience. I would never be where I am today without you. To my dad, I love you so much. Thank you for being the most amazing escort and never failing to give me love, encouragement, and making me laugh! To all my family, thank you for standing by me with love and support and always reminding to smile and keep my chin up, I love you all with all my heart. To my sister queens, I have had the most amazing year with all of you! From our silly selfies and endless hotel cookies, to our never-ending laughter, we have had the grandest time together. I love you all and you will always have a place in my heart as sisters. To the whole National American Miss team and crew, thank you for this magnificent opportunity. Thank you for the friendships and love, and thank you for allowing me to become the best me I can be.  To all preteen contestants, be prepared for a weekend of fun! Always keep your head up high and your smile on. You are all fabulous, no matter who gets the crown. Finally, to my successor, have the most wonderful year, because it sure goes by fast! Never hesitate to be kind and humble, and always reach out to others with compassion. Serve our beautiful state well, and buckle your seat belt for a wild ride full of amazing moments!

Although we part now, we will soon be reunited.

 A kiss and a hug goodbye from your 2013 National American Miss Arizona Preteen,

Vanessa Strait.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

2014 Miss Missouri Queens!!

We had such a blast in Missouri!! There were so many talented girls and incredible state finalists. We are so proud of every single young lady, but the ones who captured the judges hearts are here:

Miss Missouri Princess

Rylee Noel White
Age: 7
Hometown: Troy
Hobbies: Swimming and soccer
Favorite Color(s): Pink and purple
Favorite Food: Grapes
Ambition: To become a doctor and a dentist

Miss Missouri Jr Pre Teen

Emily Ann Burns
Age: 9
Hometown: Lebanon
Hobbies: Dancing and writing children's stories
Favorite Color: Lime Green
Favorite Food: Cashew Chicken
Ambition: To become a fashion designer

Miss Missouri Pre Teen

Sofia Kelly
Age: 11
Hometown: Cuba
Hobbies: Sports and reading
Favorite Color: Aqua Marine
Favorite Food: Steak and potatoes
Ambition: To become a pediatritian

Miss Missouri Jr Teen

Maryn White
Age: 13
Hometown: Lee's Summit
Hobbies: Dancing and helping others
Favorite Color: Sea Blue
Favorite Food: Mangoes
Ambition: To become a pediatric gastroenterologist

Miss Missouri Teen

Kourtney Wahl
Age: 18
Hometown: St Louis
Hobbies: Traveling and painting
Favorite Color: Anything that sparkles
Favorite Food: Chocolate covered strawberries
Ambition: To succeed in medical school and one day become and obstetrician and travel to midwife in 3rd world counties where the need for good medical attention is high

Miss Missouri
Breanna La Rose

Missouri Pre Teen Cover Girl
Madisyn Reid

#NAMTeamMissouri was a weekend to remember. Stay tuned for #NAMTeamNevada and #NAMTeamUtah in just 2 short weeks!