Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Princess Cover Girl Ellie Bennett Organizing St. Jude Fundraiser

Your new National American Miss Illinois Princess Cover Girl, Ellie Bennett, has been VERY busy since the day she won her crown. Ellie has created and is helping organize a 5K fun run/walk for St. Jude Children's Hospital. Ellie is all about helping others and we are so proud of her! She was in the newspaper yesterday and will be going on LIVE television soon to promote the event! Even at a young age Ellie has been taking charge and all the activities going on at the event are HER ideas!

NAMily, If you are in the area Ellie would love it if you could come out to the event to support St. Jude! The fundraiser will take place October 11 in Rockford! Below are a few links you will want to check out! 

-Register for the event at Ellie's website called Rockin it for St. Jude
-Check out the Newspaper article that featured Ellie and her work
-Get connected to Ellie's FaceBook page to keep up-to-date with all the work she is doing

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Alena Mascarenas Featured on Cover of Magazine

Your Arizona Princess Queen Alena Mascarenas graced the cover of the North Gilbert Breeze September issue. In addition to being pictured on the cover, Alena had an article published in the magazine that featured her, her family and her experience with National American Miss.

A few of my favorite parts from the article include learning that Alena is the ONLY girl on her Dragons baseball team, that her father is active duty U.S. Army in Louisiana but is still able to make it to nationals in California to escort her on stage, and that Alena wants to be a dolphin trainer and to volunteer with Feed My Starving Children.

Check out the full article and see the cover of the magazine here!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Utah Queens Volunteer at Ronald McDonald House

The National American Miss Utah Queens got together again to give back to their community. Your Utah Teen representative Cierra Everill, Jr. Pre-Teen Miah Green and Princess Alyssa Ray made and served breakfast at the Ronald McDonald House. Love seeing these gals get together to volunteer and make a difference!

Monday, September 22, 2014

AZ sister queens bond over new experience!

All of our reigning Arizona State Queens were honored to be invited for the rodeo queen event at Blue Robbin Horse Shows. Alena Mascarenas (princess), Presley Kern (jr. pre-teen), Katie Schaaf (pre-teen), Nicole Carney (jr. teen), Danielle Fisher (teen), and Elizabeth Riley (Miss) all had a fun and new experience learning what a horse show entails. Even the parents were along for the learning! Our beautiful queens learned how to judge the horses and what to look for. "It's like a pageant for ponies," they all said! It looks like it was a wonderful bonding excursion for the sister queens of Arizona! 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Utah's Miah Green wins "Be The Change" award

Your 2014 Miss Utah Jr. Pre-Teen Miah Green received an outstanding honor from her hometown police department. Miah calls Syracuse, Utah, home and has been spending countless hours volunteering throughout her community. The Police Department, Kade the K-9 dog and Chief of Police, Garret Atkin were in attendance to present Miah with the "Be The Change" plaque for her volunteer spirit.

"I can't stop smiling," Miah said. "It was a pleasure meeting you all and an honor that you would present this token to me. Feeling blessed to be your National American Miss Jr. Pre-Teen, Miss Utah!"

Monday, September 15, 2014

Miss Utah Queens at Honoring our Heroes Day

Alyssa Ray, Miah Green, and Cierra Everill your Utah princess, jr. pre-teen and teen representatives had an amazing experience honoring their local heroes. The lovely ladies spent the day with the fire department at Honoring our Heroes Day. What a fun appearance!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Illinois Pre-Teen Brianna Lewis in the news!

Brianna Lewis, your current National American Miss Illinois Pre-Teen was featured in her hometown newspaper for earning her title. In addition to the press attention, Brianna has been busy volunteering and donating the books and school supplies that were collected over pageant weekend as a part of our Community Involvement.  See below to read the full article or click here to be taken to the link!

Brianna Lewis, daughter of Ce’on and Yvette Barnes of Homewood, has earned the prestigious title of 2014 National American Miss Illinois at the state pageant held August 4. Over 150 finalists from across the state of Illinois competed for this prestigious title. Miss Lewis will be attending the National Pageant to be held in Anaheim, California at Disneyland during Thanksgiving week, representing the great state of Illinois, where she will have the opportunity to win her share of over $500,000 in cash and prizes!
The National American Miss Pageants are dedicated to celebrating America’s greatness and encouraging its future leaders. Each year, the National American Miss Pageants awards 1.5 Million dollars in cash, scholarships, and prizes to recognize and assist the development of young women nationwide. National American Miss has added the ultimate door prize to Nationals 2014. Each girl that qualifies for the national pageant has a chance to win a new 2014 Ford Mustang convertible (for more details visit www.namiss.com/car). National American Miss is dedicated to developing the success of young women across our nation with a program that is designed to be age-appropriate and family- oriented. Pageants are held in each state for girls ages four to eighteen in five different age divisions.
The National American Miss Pageants are for “Today’s Girl” and “Tomorrow’s Leaders.” The pageant program is based on inner beauty, as well as poise and presentation, and offers an “All-American Spirit” of fun for family and friends. Emphasis is placed on the importance of gaining self-confidence, learning new skills, learning good attitudes about competition, and setting and achieving personal goals. The pageant seeks to recognize the accomplishments of each girl while encouraging her to set goals for the future!
Brianna’s activities include participation in Homewood Christian Academy’s Gospel Choir, Art Club, Peer Tutoring, and Student Ambassador Programs. She is also the founder of the healthy kids club, Tiny Temples. Miss Lewis’ sponsors for the pageant were Bernice Barnes, Delores Clark, Debra Boston, The Kimberly Bond Boutique, and Dasia Clark.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

AZ JPT Cover Girl Dani Mixer honored at University of Arizona

Your 2014 National American Miss Arizona Jr Pre-Teen Cover Girl, Dani Mixer, was honored at the University of Arizona! Throughout the month of June, a contest was held where members of UA's kids club could submit their very own ideas for the new name of the club, which was formerly known as Club Arizona. They had over 80 creative submissions! After deliberating on the most creative names, UA narrowed it down to three and let the Club members vote on their favorite new club name. The overwhelming winner was Arizona Kidcats Club!This creative name was submitted by our very own Dani Mixer! She won four tickets to the football season opener against UNLV on Friday, Aug. 29, a display honoring her creativity in the Jim Click Hall of Champions, bragging rights, and was even featured at the football game with the cheerleaders which aired on ESPN! Way to go Dani! 

Dani is 8 years old and just started the third grade at Agua Caliente Elementary School. She enjoys dancing, fashion design, sewing, and pageantry. When Dani is not crafting, dancing, at school, or volunteering her time in her community, you can often find her at events at the University of Arizona. To say that Dani has inherited her mother’s “Wildcat for Life” spirit is an understatement. Dani loves attending athletics events and you can even catch a glimpse of Dani and her sister in Greg Byrne’s end of the year athletics video. In April, Dani entered and won the People’s Choice Award at the annual University of Arizona, “On our Own Time,” Art Exhibit sponsored by the National Arts Program. Needless to say, when the current Club Arizona announced a contest to rename the program, Dani rose to the challenge. Dani has no doubt that she IS a future Wildcat. She dreams of being part of the Stevie Eller School of Dance one day. Here are some pictures of Dani's amazing experience!

Monday, September 8, 2014

NAMily is the best kind of Family!

What a whirlwind these last few weeks have been. We finished the stellar pageant season with our Wisconsin Pageant at the exciting Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells, crowned some fabulous representatives, and went on to the most NAMalicious wedding in the history of weddings!

State Directors Breanne Maples and Ryan Ewing were hitched in Kansas City, Missouri over Labor Day weekend. The messages, posts, sweet gestures, and support from our NAM state finalists, representatives, staff, and friends are above and beyond!! The NAMily is truly the best support team anyone could ask for! Enjoy a few pics from the fabulous wedding :)

Bre and Ry! 

Breanne and Nicole Palmgrean

The Bridal Party - spot any NAM Staff? ;)

The beautiful reception venue-The Midland Theater

Carrying over the threshold

Time to celebrate!!!

Authored by,
Julie Thomas-Director of Marketing & Events