Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Miss Missouri Teen Volunteers at 5K to Benefit Vicki Welsh Fund

Your Miss Missouri Teen, Jessica Hanner, was honored to volunteer at the 5K Whisper Walk/Run in Zona Rosa. She enjoyed setting food out for the runners and being a cheerleader for the them as they ran the course. So many people, including ovarian cancer survivors and their families, participated despite the inclement weather! As Jessica and other volunteers cheered on runners and walkers, her brother and mom walked the 5K. One of her favorite parts was seeing the memory wall which was full of photos and heartfelt tributes to those who have battled the disease. A big thank you is due to Dave Welsh for allowing Jessica be a part of such a great event that generates awareness and helps educate women about the risk factors and symptoms of ovarian cancer. The 5K Whisper Walk/Run benefits the Vicki Welsh Fund by raising awareness of the disease and its symptoms. Please visit vickiwelshfund.org for more information, to find out about upcoming events, and to see how you can be a part of finding the cure. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Mikala Peterson, Miss MN PT, Donates Books and School Supplies

One of the most important parts of National American Miss is the emphasis we put on community involvement. We think it is so valuable to give back, and that's why we make 10% of each girl's overall score based on a simple donation of a book or school supply! We collect thousands and thousands of books and school supplies across the country. Our new State Queens get to take those items donated and personally delivery them to an organization of their choice. Your Miss Minnesota Pre-Teen, Mikala Peterson, chose to donate some of those books and school supplies to her hometown schools! Mora High School was her first stop. Pictured below is Mikala delivering some items to Principal Brent Nelson. Way to go Mikala! 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Miss MO Pre-Teen Abbie Mueller Honors Veterans at Welcome Home Event

Miss Missouri Pre-Teen, Abbie Mueller, was honored to be invited to participate in the Welcome Arrival Ceremony for the St. Louis Honor Flight at Lambert St. Louis Airport, welcoming home veterans from the Korean, WWII, and Vietnam wars. After leaving early in the morning, the veterans spend the day in Washington D.C. visiting the memorials of their respective service locations, and come home in the evening to hundreds of family members and volunteers welcoming and thanking them for their service. Abbie met with the families of the servicemembers, the volunteers of the Honor Flight organization, and most importantly, personally greeted and thanked each veteran for their service. She helped present each veteran with a Challenge Chip (reminiscent of the challenge coins that are presented by national military officials to soldiers in active service), a certificate, a flag, and a Quilt of Valor. 

As the daughter of a retired U.S. Army officer who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and was injured in service, Abbie has a special appreciation for these brave Americans and enjoys hearing their stories of sacrifice and dedication from when they served. You can follow along with Abbie’s year as Miss Missouri Pre-Teen on Instagram at NAM_MO_PRETEEN_2016.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Miss Iowa Royalty Comes Together for Sister Queen Bonding

At National American Miss we absolutely love to see the bonds that grow between sister queens. It is a relationship that lasts a lifetime. As you know sometimes sister queens can live clear across the state, but taking advantage of the time together when you can is important. I just learned of a story about our Miss Iowa Queens that took place earlier this year and it made my heart melt! 

The Iowa Royalty tried participating in the Iowa State Fair Parade in the fall, but were rained out. Instead of letting the rain get them down they decided to make light of the situation. The Iowa Royalty came together to have a fun slumber party in Des Moines and scheduled their royalty photo shoot the very next day. The girls had a blast. In attendance were Miss Iowa Princess Madilynn Mandelkow, Miss Iowa Jr. Pre-Teen Charlotte Lange, Miss Iowa Jr. Pre-Teen Cover Girl Zyrianna Cerna-Koehrsen, Miss Iowa Pre-Teen May Chup, Miss Iowa Junior Teen Kristen Hovda, Miss Iowa Junior Teen Cover Girl Holly Egdorf, and Miss IA Teen Queen Molli Wise.

The friendships that have blossomed are ones to be cherished! 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Miss WI Jr. Pre-Teen Participates in Down Syndrome Awareness Walk

Anyone who knows Miss Wisconsin Jr. Pre-Teen, Maci Williams, knows she has a hear of gold! She is always working hard to give back to her community. Earlier this year Maci joined her friend Katelyn's Team for the 20th Anniversary Down Syndrome Awareness Walk. She had fun walking with Katelyn and bringing awareness to Down Syndrome. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Miss Missouri Teen Honored at Fashion Show and Parades

Your Miss Missouri Teen, Jessica Hanner, had to opportunity to meet designer Tobie Roberts. Tobie presented her new clothing line, Oliviet, which is a branch of her original line Tobie Marie, at the store Natalie M in Overland Park, Kansas.

"She is so talented and the models all looked beautiful," Jessica said. "While I was there, I ran into my sister queen, Laci, who is Miss Missouri Jr. Pre-Teen. I had fun talking and volunteering with her!" 

Jessica had the opportunity to mix and mingle with other royalty, models and designers and enjoyed getting to see some awesome new designs. 

Earlier in the year Jessica was able to be featured in North Platte's Homecoming Parade. Her and her family used to live in Dearborn and it has become a tradition for them to go every year. In addition, she was honored to participate in the Overland Park Parade with one of her good friends. Jessica wanted to give a special thank you to Natalie M and Lisa Carson for inviting her to the parade and making it all happen! And as always, she wanted to extend a thanks to her supportive brother and mother!