Saturday, May 30, 2015

Utah Jr. Pre-Teen Takes Kids to the Movies

In January, Utah Jr. Pre-Teen, Miah Green and 2015 Miss Weber County, Lexie Larsen took all the kids from the Ogden Christmas Box House to the Annie movie at the Ogden MegaPlex. They provided each child with a movie ticket and kids movie snack pack! Everyone had such great time!
Due to the sensitivity of the children’s circumstances their faces may not be shown.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Chicago Area Queens Make Valentine's Day Cards for Veterans

In February, 2014-15 National American Miss Jr. Pre-Teen, Tatum Pearlman, was happy to host a Valentine Card making party for a group of queens to make homemade cards for the Hines Veterans Hospital in Chicago. Long time friend and sister queen Cyndee, who's platform is helping Veterans live a happier life, delivered the cards to the vets in the spinal cord unit on February 13th. 2014 Illinois Pre-Teen, Brianna Lewis, is all too familiar with Hines since her Grandfather visits there to help with his PTSD. Together the group of queens made over 100 cards and enjoyed a night of laughter, crafting, snacks, and bonding. Now that's what pageantry is all about!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Nevada Jr. Teen Crowns Mr. AVHS

On April 7, 2015 it was the 2nd annual Mr. AVHS pageant for the Arbor View Aggies of Las Vegas hosted by the senior class! Just like an actual pageant these boys worked hard at many rehearsals! The areas of competition included swimsuit, talent, formal wear and on stage question. Some of the boys wore their best swimsuits and floaties. The talent portion was filled with singing, dancing, yoga, painting, and lots more! The last portion of competition was very breathtaking as the boys looked dapper! They were all required to tell their best pick up line and answer a more serious question, like who their role model is or their most embarrassing moment in high school was. They also had an opening dance number choreographed by the schools dance team! Nevada Jr. Teen, Kailyn Domingo was invited by student council to be apart of this event and even crowned her "successor" at the end of the night! It was a night filled with laughter as Kailyn got serenaded by the newly crowned king during his rendition of "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus. She even was amused as one of the boys painted "Q for Mr. AVHS!" The pickup lines were definitely funny as well! From hearing "Do you work at Starbucks because I think I like you a latte!" To "If you were a vegetable you'd be a cutecumber," the best part of it all was hearing some of the boys say their mom was their role model. That was the tear jerker of the night! Kailyn sure did love being apart of an event with her school for the first time, and can't wait to be apart of many more!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Kansas City NAM Queens Visit Children's Mercy Hospital

Kansas City area NAM queens and their families came together to provide meals at Children's Mercy Hospital Ronald McDonald Family Room. Some of the girls in attendance were Missouri Jr. Teen, Maryn White, Kansas Jr. Teen, Hailey DeWolfe, National Jr. Pre-Teen Ambassador, Ryleigh Patience, and Miss Dearborn Jr. Teen, Jessica Hanner. The girls served about 75 meals to families of patients at the hospital. National All-American Pre-Teen, Erris Pierson, and the National Jr. Teen Actress winner, Gracie Williams were unable to attend, but helped provide food.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Utah Jr. Pre-Teen Adopts Children for Christmas Box International

Each holiday season, The Christmas Box International (CBI) helps to stock Santa's sleigh for more than 2,000 abused and neglected children and teens in the Salt Lake City community. Project Elf offers a fun and meaningful opportunity for groups and individuals to make a difference by fulfilling Christmas wishes for children at The Christmas Box Houses, those in foster care or receiving in-home services through the Division of Child and Family Services, youth aged out of foster care, as well as children being raised by relatives.

Donations of new clothing, toys, supplies for children and teens, gift cards and cash are greatly appreciated and will be used during the holidays and throughout the upcoming year to support our programs serving an additional 2,000 children locally and internationally. Your tax deductible contributions serve our most vulnerable populations, not only during the month of December, but during all seasons of the year. Utah Jr. Pre-Teen, Miah Green adopted 8 kids and also helped organize, accept donations and hand out “wish lists” items. This is the 2nd year that Miah has participated in this amazing program.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

National Jr. Pre-Teen Visits Lake County Haven

On January 21st, after her ice dance lesson, NAM Jr. Pre-Teen, Tatum Pearlman met with Miss Kate at the "Lake County Haven" office to drop off pantry items that had been donated. Some of these items were donated by Missouri Jr. Pre-Teen sister queen Ryleigh Patience, Illinois Pre-Teen sister queen Brianna Lewis, and 2011 National Cover Girl Lily Robinson. Tatum also talked to Miss Kate about what the mission is for and asked questions about being homeless. It was a great and informational visit!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Minnesota Jr. Pre-Teen holds "The Inner Beauty Pageant"

Miss Minnesota Jr. Pre-Teen, Chloe Russo, has been making a BIG difference in her state! After winning the title in June of 2014, Chloe delivered the school supplies to the St. Paul Boys and Girls Club who said they were in dire need of supplies before the first day of school. Upon arrival, the girls from the Smart Girls program were so excited to see Chloe and couldn’t wait to ask her questions about the pageant and to try on her crown.
The Smart Girls program is a summer and after-school program that caters to children ages 6-9 years old and only costs parent $25 a year to attend, giving them a safe and affordable place to go while parents are working. The girls asked Chloe “How can I do a pageant?”  “How much does it cost?”  “Do they give you the dress?” “How can I sign up?”  Trying to be helpful, Chloe tried answering all of their questions and then one little girl said, “My daddy doesn’t even have $20”.
Realizing that not every girl can afford to do a pageant, Chloe decided that she wanted to have a free pageant where every girl could compete and win a crown! She called it “The Inner Beauty pageant” because "it’s not about how you look, it’s about who you are that counts!" says Chloe.

 Chloe collected crowns from her own past pageants, trophies from NAM wins and asked fellow queens to help donate crowns for the pageant. Raising money for pink sashes, Chloe stencil-painted pink lettering that said “Miss Minnesota Inner Beauty Pageant” on them.
The Smart girls were excited to learn about pageants when Chloe held a practice session for them the week before. The girls filled out their questionnaire about themselves for interview, learned how to walk and model for the casual modeling portion and how to introduce themselves on stage. It looked like the girls loved the modeling part the best!

Pageant day came and NAM queens and mothers came to “judge” and interview the girls. When asked, “Why do you want to win the title”, one little girl said “Because my mother pays attention more to my brothers and I hope that she will see that I’m special.” During modeling in their outfit of choice, there was a sassy award given to the girl with the most on-stage personality—the girls shined on stage and had a ball! Their family and friends were there to cheer them on while Chloe crowned each one with a special title from “Miss Personality” to “Miss Kindness” and “Miss Helpful”. After the pageant, one mother approached Chloe saying, “This was so good for my daughters’ confidence! Thank you for doing this!”
Since then, Minnesota’s Jr. Pre-Teen has held another Inner beauty pageant in Minneapolis and has another one planned for the Boys and Girls Club in the Spring. Chloe knows that a “Crown will wipe away any frown” and hopes to crown many more little girls across the state so they too, can feel special!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Wisconsin Teen Visits Children's Hospital

In September, Wisconsin Teen, Victoria Sciborski visited the Children's Hospital and the Robyn's Nest to donate the books from the Wisconsin state pageant. 
Victoria also conducted a clothing and supplies drive to benefit the Robyn's Nest Program (part of the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Charities Organization) which collects items that are provided to foster families in the Milwaukee area. 
At the Children's Hospital, Victoria met with several children that are patients at the hospital. She also visited the Kidney Dialysis area where she spent time with Rachel and Jose, two amazing children.
After visiting the Kidney Dialysis area, Victoria created hearts with the patients so they could decorate their hospital rooms. The hearts also had get well messages them.  
Victoria finished her visit at the Robyn's Nest where she met with their Director and also sorted the clothes and toiletry items for the foster families to pick up for the children they have adopted.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Utah Jr. Pre-Teen Spreads Holiday Cheer

On December 19, 2014 Utah Jr. Pre-Teen, Miah Green and Miss Weber County, Lexie Larsen had a blast spreading holiday cheer. Miah’s dad donated $650 and Hot Dog On A Stick donated 30 meals! Miah was also able to perform random acts of kindness to the lucky people shopping and eating at Layton Hills Mall in Layton, UT. We gave out $15-$50 gift cards to local mall merchants as these unsuspecting recipients were checking out. After we handed out all the gift cards we thought we would go to the food court and start paying for dinners! She wants to make this a holiday tradition!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

We are ending our Open Call season with Wisconsin Open Calls and the National Jr. Pre-Teen queen will be visiting a few sessions! Some people get so discouraged when they don't win their first time competing, but that didn't stop Tatum Pearlman! Tatum started with National American Miss in 2009 as a Princess after her sister had previously competed. While Tatum really enjoyed herself, she didn't win the Illinois Princess title until her 3rd year. Tatum attended nationals that year, but didn't place, so it was time to move onto the Jr. Pre-Teen division. After competing again, Tatum took home the 2014 Illinois Jr. Pre-Teen title, and went onto to take the 2014-2015 National American Miss Jr. Pre-Teen title. Tatum really shows hard work pays off! Enjoy this video from just after she took the national title.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Meet the 2015 Nebraska Queens!

2015 Miss Nebraska Princess
Makayla Snider
Age: 4
Hometown: McCool Junction
Hobbies: Singing & Volunteering for Relay for Life
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite Food: Fruit
Ambition: Wants to become a farmer when she gets older

2015 Miss Nebraska Jr. Pre-Teen
Hannah Lienemann
Age: 9
Hometown: Axtell
Hobbies: Dance & Softball
Favorite Color: Pink & Black
Favorite Food: Pizza & Bacon
Ambition: To become a Husker cheerleader & a pediatrician

2015 Miss Nebraska Pre-Teen
Audrey Eckert
Age: 12
Hometown: Lincoln
Hobbies: Competitive Cheerleading & Baton
Favorite Subject in School: Math
Favorite Food: Orange Chicken
Ambition: Broadcast Journalism

2015 Miss Nebraska Jr. Teen
Kaitlyn Rozeboom
Age: 14
Hometown: Omaha
Hobbies: Running & Playing Piano
Favorite Subject in School: English
Favorite Food: Pasta
Ambition: Graduate high school with an associates degree and then go to college to become a counselor

2015 Miss Nebraska Teen
Katie Bresnahan
Age: 16
Hometown: Stromsburg
Hobbies: Showing Cattle & Running
Favorite Subject in School: Agriculture
Favorite Food: Cheeseburgers
Ambition: To become an agricultural lawyer

2015 Miss Nebraska
Amanda Hayes
Age: 20
Hometown: Lincoln
Hobbies: Cooking & Zumba
Favorite Subject in School: Social Work & Criminal Justice
Favorite Food: Pizza
Ambition: To be a social worker for troubled youth

2015 Miss Nebraska Jr. Pre-Teen Cover Girl
Josie Toro
Age: 9
Hometown: Omaha
Hobbies: Dance & Camping
Favorite Color: Teal
Favorite Food: Pizza
Ambition: To be a teacher

2015 Miss Nebraska Jr. Teen Cover Girl
Geri Smieja
Age: 15
Hometown: Omaha
Hobbies: Soccer & Twirling
Favorite Subject in School: Math
Favorite Food: Chicken Alfredo
Ambition: Psychiatrist

2015 Miss Nebraska Teen Cover Girl
Cheyenne Siems
Age: 16
Hometown: Ames
Hobbies: Softball & Drawing
Favorite Subject in School: Science
Favorite Food: Pizza
Ambition: Vet Tech

Sunday, May 10, 2015

2014 Nebraska Teen, Wellesley Lauren Michael's Farewell

Exactly a year ago today I was standing on this very stage. Little did I know in a matter of minutes my life would change forever.

Once the shock wore off I dove right in and began serving my community. I donated baby items to Assure Women's Center, donated books to Girls Inc., spoke at Bryan Middle, took donations and modeled to benefit the Alzheimer's Association, volunteered at Relay for Life, the Ted E. Bear Hollow Walk, and the Miss Amazing Pageant. I even started my own I Am That Girl chapter to mentor younger girls!

At the end of November I had the chance to compete on the national stage in California. I also went to Disneyland, the beach, ate a lot of pizza, and met the most amazing friends a girl could ever ask for.

This year wouldn't have been possible without all of the people who have helped me along the way.

To my friends and family thank you so much for your constant support. It means so much to me.

Breanne, Ryan, and the NAM staff. Thank you for providing an environment where girls can feel confident and be themselves.

Emerie and robin thank you for letting me join your Springboard family. I wouldn't be up here today if it wasn't for your endless love, support and pep talks. 

Joe thank you for always making me look flawless and talking my mom into buying me lots of gowns. My wardrobe wouldn't be this great if it weren't for you, Billie, and the Black Swan. 

To my number one fan, mom, you deserve this crown so much more than I do. Thank you for inspiring me and believing in me. You're the best pageant mom ever.

To my sister queens I will forever be your sister with or without a crown. I can't wait to see what you accomplish in the future.

Nat, Kenny, Dani, Madi, Sectra, Kali, Tori, and Anne. I never would have guessed NAM would lead me to find eight friends who understand me like you do. I'm so blessed to have you in my life as not only friends, but sisters.

To my successor get ready for the best year of your life. Stay humble and serve as many people as you can.

For the final time I am your 2014 Miss Nebraska Teen Wellesley Lauren Michaels

Saturday, May 9, 2015

2014 Nebraska Jr. Teen, Naomi Snider's Farewell

Raised as a timid, small town, farmer girl, I have been underestimated and discouraged until I found my place, on the stage at National American Miss. It was there when I transformed from a bashful 10 year old to a confident, bold role model for young women just like me. Throughout my year of reign, I have made my dreams into reality.
During the summer, I took charge in many non-profit organizations in my state of Nebraska. To kick off my year of reign, I helped raise over $2,000 for the Red Cross in order to help tornado victims in Nebraska. I was the youngest volunteer for the York American Region with putting up and taking down over 250 flags during Memorial Day weekend and I donated books and toys to Blue Valley Community Action Days. All of these organizations touched my heart but I will never forget the time when I donated over 100lbs. of food to the Can Care-A-Van to support food pantries across Nebraska.
In addition to my community service, I attended parades, had a fabulous photoshoot with my sister queens, visited the State Capital and met Governor Heineman. After a busy summer, I attended Nationals in November, where I met outstanding, young women from across the country, walked the streets of Disneyland, and competed on the National stage.
Thank you so much National American Miss for being such a great pageant system. You have encouraged so many girls to go above and beyond, be confident, and don’t be afraid to chase your dreams. I am blessed to be your Miss Nebraska Jr. Teen 2014, this year has been a wonderful experience!
2014 Nebraska Jr. Teen
Naomi Snider