Marissa volunteered to help with the pet food drive to continue her dedication to helping animals and their families in need, benefiting the Humane Society.
Marissa volunteered to help with the pet food drive to continue her dedication to helping animals and their families in need, benefiting the Humane Society. Ever since she held her first pet at one year old, Marissa fell in love with animals. Each of her 12 pets she has had in her life has been a rescue animal. She would have never met them if they were not saved by continued perseverance of the Humane Society. Marissa organized a pet food drive in the past and it was such a success and helped so many people and animals that it was an obvious choice when choosing her service project. The pet food she collected will be distributed within the Humane Society where they need it most and among families who are in need. Marissa plans to continue the drive into next year and the future. Her donation of over 100 pounds of food is just a small way to say thank you to the Humane Society for speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves.
In line with Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, Megan’s community involvement centered around encouraging children to become more fit. Today, in America, nearly one in three children is overweight or obese.
In line with Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, Megan’s community involvement centered around encouraging children to become more fit. Today, in America, nearly one in three children is overweight or obese. According to Mrs. Obama, “The physical and emotional health of an entire generation is at stake.” Megan’s experiences as an athlete have taught her the importance of exercise and proper nutrition. Research shows that physical activity stimulates the brain which directly affects success both in the classroom and in life.
She had an amazing time visiting local preschools and reading, exercising and visiting with them. They talked about different ways of exercising and staying fit, and how to eat healthy. She was so pleased to see one center with a vegetable garden! The children were so enthusiastic to tell her all about what they were growing and the different ways they liked their vegetables prepared. Her visits always included some group dancing and tumbling, which they really enjoyed, as did Megan!
She also participated in the local Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation walk for a cure. As juvenile diabeties is sometimes linked with childhood obesity, she felt this was in line with my project. She thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful afternoon, proudly walking with friends and families of those affected by the disease, while raising awareness.
Her efforts will not stop here. She is a girl who is striving to be a role model by making fitness a prioity in my life, for a stonger, smarter and healthier future.
Terricka Holmes, 2010 NAM SC Princess, chose to volunteer her time at the Brian Stokes Residential Care, in Branchville, SC. She devoted her day to the residents and staff at the facility
Terricka Holmes, 2010 NAM SC Princess, chose to volunteer her time at the Brian Stokes Residential Care, in Branchville, SC. She devoted her day to the residents and staff at the facility. She began by introducing herself to each and every resident and staff member personally. The residents had just finished eating breakfast so Terricka jumped right in to work and wiped off the tables. She swept the dining room, kitchen, and porch. Terricka also set the tables for lunch with silverware and beverages. When all of the residents were assembled in the dining room, she led them in grace. After lunch, Terricka invited all residents to play BINGO. The first question she was asked was, “Are we playing for prizes?” of course she said yes. A great time was had by all. The residents enjoyed having Terricka around for the day.
Service-Over-Self is a youth volunteer program that encourages youth to get involved in their community and help others. Brianna chose to participate in their Hugs for Horses program for children and young adults with disabilities
Service-Over-Self is a youth volunteer program that encourages youth to get involved in their community and help others. Brianna chose to participate in their Hugs for Horses program for children and young adults with disabilities. During her service she assisted the participants with horseback riding lessons. Brianna walked along beside the horse with Jenna and Jacob. As she walked with them, she tried to encourage them by singing songs with them, and helping them have fun while they were riding. The really cool thing about her volunteer experience is that she learned that she can be a positive influence on other people. It made her feel good to know that Jenna and Jacob had fun while she was helping them. Brianna enjoyed the hugs, and it was very inspiring to her when Jenna told her Mommy that she wanted to be just like Brianna when she grew up. This experience was very motivational to Brianna to inspire her to be the best that she can be so that she can continue to be a person that Jenna can admire. Brianna had such a good time participating in Hugs for Horses and Service-Over-Self. Two of her friends have decided to become a member as well so that they can participate and join in with all of the fun. This is an experience that Brianna will never forget, and she plans to continue serving others like Jenna through the Hugs for Horses program for a long time.
Through this truly phenomenal program, I have met many friends and have made memories that will last a lifetime. This year as the 2010 NAM NC Jr. Teen has been life changing; I wouldn’t alter one second of it.
Dear contestants, Get ready for one of the best weekends in your entire life. You will never forget this weekend- so take lots pictures, exchange phone numbers, add your new friends on Facebook and take every chance to also thank the ones that brought you here today. Where would we be without our family and friends? Through this truly phenomenal program, I have met many friends and have made memories that will last a lifetime. This year as the 2010 NAM NC Jr. Teen has been life changing; I wouldn’t alter one second of it. From riding in parades and volunteering with various organizations, to going to HOLLYWOOD and wearing tons of heels, I have truly been marked part of the “NAMily”. And so will you after meeting Matt and his amazing staff at the state pageant. As you embark on this journey remember that this weekend is to have fun, make friends, learn how to be poise, talk in front of other people and learn how to do an interview in a way that will make you competitive in the job-industry today. Throughout my reign I have personally learned the life lesson of “cherishing every moment” and being truly grateful for every little thing that I have-even my annoying 10-year old brother. Because of National American Miss, I have gained the confidence to work for and with other people through volunteering. So far, I have calculated around 130 hours of volunteer service. I have also learned that giving to and helping other people is much more rewarding than buying a new pair of shoes, and as the quote says “although I may not be able to do everything, I can do something.” I would like to thank all of my friends and family for being the best support system a girl could ever dream of having, Matt and the rest of my NAMily, for helping me stay organized. To all of my NAM sister queens and friends, I’m sure each and every one of you will achieve anything you dream of and I will always remember those late-night talks when we talked about how “livers are like the shape of jelly beans”, ha-ha. Those were some of my most memorable moments thus far. But most importantly, I’d like to thank my Lord and Savior for helping me fight nerves, and for allowing me the opportunity to win this amazing title, and now hand it over to a new queen. To the new 2011 NAM NC Jr. Teen, remember although you may have the crown, its how you make it sparkle and shine that truly matters.
I am, and will always be, your 2010 National American Miss North Carolina Jr. Teen,Chelsey S. Bennett Thank you and good luck!
Once again Cailee kicked off her “Movies for Military” in the fall and was able to collect over 646 DVDs and 100 puzzle books for our troops.
Once again Cailee kicked off her “Movies for Military” in the fall and was able to collect over 646 DVDs and 100 puzzle books for our troops. In fall of 2009 she collected over 200 DVDs so she was quite proud that she was able to more than triple that in 2010. Cailee and her family do so much with the project on a ongoing basis that they have officially registered the trademark “Movies for Military.” They are just beginning the new year and already have collected over 45 DVDs and 40 puzzle books.
In September 11th Cailee also participated in the Freedom Walk at the Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC where she spoke to over 600 participants about her project and received a standing ovation from the two star Major General Rodney Anderson which he initiated. In October, State Representative Rick Glazier came to her school to give her a special acknowledgment for her project. At Christmas time, Cailee also sponsered a military family.