2009 National American Miss Pre-Teen Cover Girl – Briahna Wick – Farewell

Dear contestants and families,

    Congratulations girls, you are now involved in an outstanding pageant system! Just last year I was given the tremendous honor of being crowned your 2009-2010 National American Miss Oregon pre-teen Cover Girl, and what a fun, exciting and truly amazing year it has been! As my state’s pre-teen Cover Girl I was able to do many spectacular things with my title. Such as ride in my hometowns annual Beachcomber Days Parade, go to the Washington state pageant as visiting royalty, volunteered to wrap presents for the South Lincoln County Childrens Christmas Program and volunteered at the 19th annual R.S.V.P. Chocolate Classics. I was very privileged to be able to have such a great time meeting new people and making a difference in my community. It was a great opportunity to be able to represent my state and National American Miss and I thank everyone that has helped me out along the way.
    Thank you so much to my sponsors and to those who gave me all the support. Thank you so much to my family, I cannot even begin to explain how much I appreciate what you have done. You have allowed me to make the most of my year and not only that, but have given me the greatest opportunity to follow my dreams and support me in whatever I choose to do. You are truly the best.
    Believe me when I tell you pageant weekend will be full of long lasting friends and fun memories. You will learn so much about yourself and learn skills that will help you in life with whatever you choose to do. I want you to always remember, no mater what the outcome, that you should always follow your dreams and keep trying, because you can do anything, no challenge is impossible.
        

Good luck and best wishes,


-Briahna Wick

2009 National American Miss Oregon Jr. Pre-Teen Queen Madeline Monlux Farewell

Hi Girls!

 Get ready for an exciting and fun filled pageant!  It seems like only yesterday that my reign began! My year as Miss Oregon Junior Pre Teen has been a blast and an honor.  When they called my name as Miss Oregon, I was so shocked and thrilled at the same time. 

This year I have traveled throughout the state of Oregon, participated in parades and festivals and volunteered for many different organizations and community groups.  One of my favorite activities this year was being invited as a special guest to the Oregon Humane Society “America’s Next Top Dog Model” competition, where I got to sell raffle tickets and talk on the stage.  I also enjoyed volunteering for the Oregon Humane Society by making handmade dog biscuits.

Attending nationals in California was awesome!  I met some great new friends and got to go to Disneyland!!  I spent a day on the Hollywood tour and we went to the Walk of Fame, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica beach!  At nationals, I competed and placed in the top five in the Actress and Spokes model competitions! I had a blast and will never forget nationals!

My year would not have been so fantastic without my sister queens- you girls rock and don’t forget, we are all the “Juicy Couture Girls”!!!  Matt Leverton, thank you for all of your support and kindness- you are the BEST! To the NAM staff- You make everyone feel like a STAR- thank you for putting on such a wonderful program.  Oma and Papa- thank you for your unending support and love. Bailey- Thank you for always cheering me on and making me laugh.  Mom and Dad- You always believe in me and you are the best parents ever!

As my year comes to an end, I take with me a lifetime of fond memories that I will always treasure! As you compete this weekend, remember that the true mark of a winner is she who works hard, tries her best and celebrates the success of all contestants! Make the most of this weekend and be proud of your accomplishments!

Love,

Madeline Monlux,

2009 National American Miss Oregon Junior Pre Teen

2009 National American Miss Oregon Princess Gabriella Torkornoo – Farewell

Wow! Thank you National American Miss, this had been an exciting year!  Being Miss Oregon Princess Queen 2009/2010 gave me so many great memories and changed my life.  Here are just some of my memories: My sister Queens and I served lunch at the Ronald McDonald house.  I was a Greeter for the Oregon State Fair on opening day and in the evening I had the honor of giving out blue ribbons at a horse show.  I also served food to the homeless in Eugene during an event called “Under the Bridge”.  Going to the Nike Campus was a true honor.  I even got to meet Mr. Phil Knight the president and co-founder of Nike, and do my personal introduction for him!  These are just a handful of wonderful experiences I had while representing National American Miss and my great State of Oregon.

 

To all of the Girls at this years pageant, I am so looking forward to meeting you all!  National American Miss is so fun and exciting and the experience is one that can change your life.  Last year I learned a lot through my experience including how to present myself on stage, how to be interviewed, and so many more life skills that have already come in handy even at age 5.  I hope all of the best for you, please remember to have fun, and most importantly be your true self because everyone is made to be unique.

 

Sincerely,

Gabriella Torkornoo

Miss Oregon Princess 2009/2010

Gabriella Torkornoo, Miss Oregon Princess, served food to the homeless

Gabriella Torkornoo, Miss Oregon Princess, served food to the homeless for a project called “Under the Bridge” this past October . It was put on by a local church in her hometown of Eugene, OR. There were close to 200 people that showed up to receive a hot meal, have a haircut, have bikes repaired, and to get clothes that were donated for the event. A local new station covered the story. Gabriella stood in the serving line and handed out big handfulls of chips to everyone who came through. This was a great experience for her, and she looks forward to doing it again next year!

We are in the new office!

I am so excited to announce that we moved into our new office in Nashville!  We are located in the historic Customs House in downtown Nashville.  Our new address is:

National American Miss

701 Broadway

Suite B-14

Nashville, TN 37203

If you in downtown Nashville anytime, come by and say hi!

~Matt

Pageant Scores Are Out!

Dear 2009 National American Miss State Finalists:

We are proud to announce that all of the pageant score reports were mailed this week. That’s for all states produced by the Nashville office: Oregon, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

The last of the score reports completed on October 5, woo hoo!

The National American Miss score reports are like no other to be found anywhere in pageantry. However, they are a lot like the ones you get at home from the standardized aptitude testing you get at school. That is the format after which our score reports were first patterned when statisticians developed the reports for us twelve years ago.

It’s an individualized comprehensive score report prepared for each and every contestant, compiling and displaying, averages, and quartile breaks (based on the bell curve) for each and every age group. That’s a checked and double checked compilation of thousands of individual scores from the judges. Thankfully, the computer programs do all the work.

Watch for your personalized score report in the mail over the next several days!

Congratulations to all the 2009 State Finalists for a job well done

~Matt

Golfing reminds me that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

breast_cancerI love to play golf, if I could I would play everyday.  My dream retirement would be the old man that sits at the first tee with an Arnold Palmer in hand and tells each group that it’s their turn to go.  (That job is called “the starter” for all you non-golfers, and an Arnold Palmer is half lemonade and half ice tea, named for the famous golfer who invented it)

Anyways, this past golf season the #2 golfer in the world, Phil Mickelson, took time off the the tour to care for his wife, Amy, who had been diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  In this tragedy, Phil saw an opportunity to educate a group normally not exposed to breast cancer awareness, so this leads me to pass this information on to you.

The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) program is dedicated to increasing awareness about the importance of the early detection of breast cancer through a nationwide campaign held in October. NBCAM started as a week long campaign in 1985 with 2 founding members. Today the American Cancer Society is one of many national public service organizations, professional associations, and government agencies that form the NBCAM Board of Sponsors. During NBCAM, the member organizations of the Board of Sponsors join forces to spread the message that early detection of breast cancer followed by prompt treatment saves lives. (Credit American Cancer Society)

Many National American Miss contestants, queens, cover girls and families have volunteered at events, participated in walks and spoken at events to raise awareness of this important issue.  Take the time this month to find out how to get involved, find out how to make a difference, find out how to raise awareness!

~Matt

Here’s a good place to get started: http://www.nbcam.org/ or http://ww5.komen.org/

NAM and Ronald McDonald House

NAM Miss Oregon and Ronald McDonald House
NAM Miss Oregon and Ronald McDonald House

The Miss Oregon royalty recently met at the North Portland Ronald McDonald House, bringing and making lunch and dessert for the families that are staying there. After lunch, the girls hosted bingo, and then even got a tour of the amazing facility afterwards. The families were very appreciative and enjoyed eating lunch and chatting with the queens. One family in particular, from Alaska, was so thankful and asked us to take a picture of the queens with their family. Their 13 year old son was rushed to Portland all the way from Alaska for open heart surgery. He had the surgery 3 days before we came and was getting to go home that day! They really enjoyed getting to have a great meal and conversation with some amazing girls. Attached is the picture we took of them, along with a couple others from the day. Pictured are Kelli McBee (Teen Queen), Alexandra Perry (Preteen Queen), Madeline Monlux (Jr Preteen Queen), and Gabriella Torkornoo (Princess Queen).  The girls had a great time spending time together and making plans for future projects, as well as meeting up at nationals.