Friday, August 28, 2015

Meet the 2015 Wisconsin Queens!

2015 Miss Wisconsin Princess
Ella Wallenfang
Age: 6
Hometown: Appleton
Hobbies: Allstar Cheerleading and Ice Skating
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite Food: Strawberries
Ambition: Compete at the Olympics in ice skating and become an art teacher

2015 Miss Wisconsin Jr. Pre-Teen
Tiernee Harper
Age: 9
Hometown: Menomonie
Hobbies: Dancing and Four-Wheeling
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Food: Wendy's Frosty with French Fries
Ambition: To be a lawyer an adopt a child

2015 Miss Wisconsin Pre-Teen
Shelby Hohneke
Age: 11
Hometown: Hudson
Hobbies: Watching Full House and All-School President
Favorite Subject in School: History
Favorite Food: Easy Mac
Ambition: To attend Juilliard and own her own dance studio

2015 Miss Wisconsin Jr. Teen
Nicole Harrington
Age: 16
Hometown: Winthrop Harbor
Hobbies: Community Service and Singing
Favorite Subject in School: Chemistry
Favorite Food: Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Ambition: To be a child psychologist

2015 Miss Wisconsin Teen
Paige Kassner
Age: 17
Hometown: Kewaunee
Hobbies: Competitive Dance and Founder of the Warm Hands and Warm Hearts Project
Favorite Subject in School: Spanish
Favorite Food: Sushi
Ambition: Create and co-own a motivational speaking business with her brother Logan, traveling the US while sharing their story of hope, survival, and resilience.

2015 Miss Wisconsin
Jade Strick
Age: 20
Hometown: De Pere
Hobbies: Directing the Wisconsin Miss Amazing Pageant (for girls & women with disabilities), modeling, and volunteering
Favorite Subject in School: I am a fashion business major, so I love art and fashion classes!
Favorite Food: Macaroni and Cheese, especially from Panera or Noodles and Company.
Ambition: I am working to become a retail buyer or maybe even own my own store!

2015 Miss Iowa
Larissa Henecke
Age: 20
Hometown: Anamosa
Hobbies: Reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends
Favorite Subject in School: German
Favorite Food: Pineapple
Ambition: A career as a dental hygienist and oral health advocate.

2015 Miss Wisconsin Pre-Teen Cover Girl
Brandy-Lyn Plummer
Age: 12
Hometown: New Auburn
Hobbies: Collecting porcelain dolls and spending time with her animals
Favorite Subject in School: Social Studies
Favorite Food: Pizza and Spaghetti
Ambition: To be a doctor and help out at care centers

2015 Miss Wisconsin Jr. Teen Cover Girl
Alexandria Uszler
Age: 15
Hometown: Mukwonago
Hobbies: Volunteer at the Humane Society and writing on her blog
Favorite Subject in School: Criminal Justice
Favorite Food: My Aunt's homemade cheesecake
Ambition: To graduate from Marquette University and become a criminal profiler

2015 Miss Wisconsin Teen Cover Girl
Jillian Sesing
Age: 16
Hometown: Fond Du Lac
Hobbies: Running & Modeling
Favorite Subject in School: Criminal Justice
Favorite Food: Hummus
Ambition: To be a marine animal rehabilitator

Saturday, August 15, 2015

2014 Wisconsin Pre-Teen, Helen Kraklow's Farewell

My name is Helen Kraklow and I am the 2014 Miss Wisconsin Pre-Teen Queen.  This year, I have made several appearances which include visiting local schools to donate school supplies, participating in various walks to raise money for the American Heart Association and the Alzheimer's Association, speaking and dancing at a Make-A-Wish Gala and raising over $4000 for the Children's Miracle Network at a silent auction my family and I organize at the annual Milwaukee Autumn Elegance Ballroom Dance Extravaganza.
The highlight of my year so far was my trip to nationals. In November, my entire family flew to California to cheer me on as I represented Wisconsin at the national pageant.
I had a great time meeting my sister queens, making lifetime friends and enjoying visits to Hollywood and Disneyland.  I will treasure memories of that trip forever.
Currently, you will find me in the 8th grade where I love english and art, competitively dance 15 hours a week for the Accent on Dance dance team and spending time with my friends shopping and enjoying sleepovers.
I want to thank Breanne Ewing and the entire WI NAM staff including the choreographers, tech crew and ladies in the boutique. You all work so hard to make WI NAM special. Each and every girl always feels like a winner.
I want to give a special thank you to my parents. Mom and Dad, you support my every dream and I will always love you for that. I have truly enjoyed making the most of every minute I have had, but I can't wait to see who will be the next WI NAM Pre-Teen Queen.
I am Helen Kraklow sending love and best wishes to all of the girls heading to NAM this August!

Friday, August 14, 2015

2014 Wisconsin Jr. Pre-Teen, Lupe Begovatz's Farewell

Can you believe that it’s been almost a year since I was crowned? So much has changed in that time, like my name! I was crowned as Lupe Pena-Nigh, but I will be giving my title up as Lupe Begovatz, because in December 2014 I was adopted by my then foster family (now my forever family)! This has been such a great year as a NAM Queen!
Since winning my title in August, I have gotten to do so many great events. Some of my favorites include working with the Special Olympics, Run from the Cops with PADA (People against Domestic Abuse), and the Color me Great run with the Big Brother, Big Sister Organization.
Getting to go to Nationals was a dream come true. There I met my new best friend, Tatum Pearlman! I was so happy when she won the national title! We’ve even gotten to meet up together after nationals. I am so honored to be able to say that I won the title of National Jr. Preteen Spokesmodel with my speech, “I am”.
During my reign as the 2014 Miss Wisconsin Jr. Preteen, I used my title to further my work with my charity HUGS, Helping underprivileged girls succeed, by donating games and books to local schools, collecting stuffed animals for my local Fire Department, sending hats, headbands, bows, tutus and more to the Children’s Hospital in Madison and Milwaukee. This year I also got to meet the Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker and his wife, Tonette, at the Annual Easter Egg hunt at the Governor’s Mansion with my family.
I would like to send a HUGE hug out to all the amazing people who made this possible. Breanne and Ryan Ewing and of course the whole NAM staff for such a great pageant for girls. Jefferson County Human Services for helping fundraise my journey and find me a perfect home. Last but not least, my Mom and Dad for their never ending love and support for me and my siblings, Heidi (my personal secretary, event planner and everything else!) , Jacob for handling all the glitter in the house and Jeffery, Amanda and both of their families for always being there for me.

Sending lot of love, joy and sparkle your way, I am your 2014 Miss Wisconsin Jr. Preteen Lupe Marie Begovatz. XOXOXO

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

2014 Wisconsin Jr. Teen Cover Girl, Alexandria Uszler's Farewell

Over the course of my reign as the 2014 Miss Wisconsin Jr.Teen Cover Girl, I had so many great opportunities to do so many great things. Only weeks after I received my crown, I got to volunteer at a festival called Wag Fest that supports my local humane society. I helped raise tons of money and got to meet so many great people!
Next, I got to go all the way out to Anaheim, California with my family to compete for the National All-American Miss Jr. Teen title! And while I didn’t win that, I did become a National Cover Model!
That week was by far the most incredible week of my life. I got to meet some amazing people and spend time at all of Disney parks with them and my family.
Within days of getting home, I got to be apart of my hometown's annual Christmas Parade! It might have been freezing outside but it was worth it.
As my reign was coming to end, I got to travel to different state pageants and meet so many incredible and inspiring girls along with making friendships and memories that I know will last a lifetime!
This past year has been amazing and I am so thankful to my family and friends for supporting me. For the last time, I am, your 2014 Miss Wisconsin Jr.Teen Cover Girl,
Alexandria Uszler!

Monday, August 10, 2015

2014 Wisconsin Jr. Pre-Teen Cover Girl, Tiernee Harper's Farewell

What an amazing, thrilling, crazy, busy year! I kicked off the year by donating the school supplies to my school. It made me feel good knowing that NAM helped kids at my school who wouldn’t have had what they needed. My story was covered on Channel 13! Wow!
Things got crazy after that!  My platform is a charity I created called “Tiernee’s Toys from the Heart.” I spent a lot of time doing things like having booths to sell bracelets to make money and/or get toy donations. I had a box at a local Credit Union that filled up with toys. I went around and placed bags on mailboxes with notes explaining the cause. I used donated money to buy winter jackets, hats and gloves. 
I was invited to hand out trophies at the 2014 National WI Horse Pull – holy smokes the horses were huge! Then, my aunt, Nikki, asked me to help emcee a High School musical event called “Harmonics Showcase.” We told the audience about NAM, I helped announce some acts, and performed my personal intro.
I was part of the Walk for Wishes, I helped create meals for “Food for Kidz” and the story was featured on the news!
I held a lemonade stand for the Grace Oughton Cancer Foundation and raised more than $500! Nationals was next and it rocked! I was honored to be Top 10 for All-American! I also had a lot of fun helping out at NAM Open Call and Pageant Preps….gosh, so much to remember!
Thank you to my grandmas and grandpas for always showing your love and support. Aunt Nikki, thanks for all you have done - every year, every pageant – since my very first pageant! Mary, you are such a special friend, I don’t know what I would do without you! Family, thanks for showing your support by being here and by listening to me talk endlessly about NAM! Mom and dad… I love you both. Thank you for everything you’ve done and continue to do. You’ve made it possible for me to dream big.
To my sister queens…I hope you consider your 2014 reign one of the greatest experiences of your life. To my successor…take every opportunity this title presents. Remember to dream big. Last, but definitely not least, always, always….SMILE and wear your crown with pride.

Love, your 2014 Miss Wisconsin Jr. Pre-Teen Cover Girl
Tiernee Harper

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Help Marisa Follow Her Dream!

We are always glad to hear NAM girls are following their dreams! That holds true for Marisa Pace and her dream of dancing professionally!!!  Marisa has competing in National American Miss in Minnesota for three years, placing 1st and 2nd Runner-Up overall. In just a few days, Marisa is leaving for Arizona where she will be training with a pre-professional ballet program under the Phoenix Ballet. She will be there for the school year so she use your help! Marisa has set up a website that is linked to her blog. During her journey, Marisa will be updating the blog so her supporters can follow her progress. As a part of that, she had the idea to sell business card size ad space on the website to help offset some of her tuition. Ads are $30 a month or $300 a year. If you would like to contribute, go to her website for more information. Great job Marisa!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Minnesota Jr. Teen in the Kaposia Days Parade

2015 Miss Minnesota Jr. Teen, Michelle Bergh, rode in the Kaposia Days parade! The parade was held Friday, June 26th, in South St. Paul. Michelle enjoyed waving at over 1,500 visitors at the parade!

Monday, August 3, 2015

National Jr. Pre-Teen Models for MacDuggal

2014-15 National American Miss Jr. Pre-Teen, Tatum Pearlman, was very honored to be asked to walk in the MacDuggal "Sugar" fashion show on June 30, 2015 in Oak Brook, Illinois. She fell in love with every dress she modeled and even some she didn't! Tatum was excited to be with some of her friends that also graced the runway and was honored to wear her NAM National crown the entire time!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Iowa Jr. Teen Meets the Governor

Miss Norwolk (Iowa Jr. Teen 1st Runner-Up), Jordan George got the chance to meet with Governor Terry Brandstad. Governor Brandstad was presenting Jordan with the Governor's Volunteer Service Award for Jordan's many hours of work to help raise funds for the Rider Foundation and for the school therapy dog's surgery. The Rider Foundation pays for kids who could not otherwise afford to participate in sports. The picture was taken at an Awards Ceremony held on June 8, 2015. Thanks for all your hard work Jordan!