Hannah Martin, Kentucky Jr. Pre-Teen Queen, participated in the Arthritis Walk.

March 28th, 2014

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Hannah Martin2Hannah Martin, Kentucky Jr. Pre-Teen Queen, participated in the Arthritis Walk. The event was help in Louisville, KY at the Louisville Slugger Field. This event was used to raise money to support Arthritis research. The non-competitive 5K walk (3.1 miles), with a one-mile option, is expected to raise $62,000 to support local Arthritis Foundation programs, services and research that hopefully will lead to a cure. More than one million people of all ages in Kentucky have been diagnosed with arthritis, that’s 32 percent of the state’s adults. Kentucky ranks second in the country for the highest incidence of arthritis in adults. And nearly 4,000 children in the state have been diagnosed with arthritis. Fibromyalgia affects about five million Americans and is a condition associated with widespread chronic pain, fatigue, memory problems and mood changes. Rheumatoid arthritis, a systemic autoimmune disease, affects 1.5 million Americans. Women are two to three times more likely to get RA than men. RA can affect more than joints. The heart, lungs, eyes, blood vessels, nervous system and more can be involved. Juvenile arthritis affects nearly 300,000 children, more than the number of children affected with juvenile diabetes and cystic fibrosis combined. The Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org) is committed to raising awareness and reducing the unacceptable impact of arthritis, which strikes one in every five adults and 300,000 children, and is the nation’s leading cause of disability. To conquer this painful, debilitating disease, we support education, research, advocacy and other vital programs and services.

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National American Miss Kentucky Jr. Pre-Teen Queen and Princess Queen met with Senator Mitch McConnell and volunteer at the Kentucky Breast Cancer Awareness Walk.

February 22nd, 2014

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KY QueensNational American Miss Kentucky Jr. Pre-Teen Queen and Princess Queen met with Senator Mitch McConnell and volunteer at the Kentucky Breast Cancer Awareness Walk. Aanayiah Burnett, Kentucky Princess Queen, and Hannah Martin, Kentucky Jr. Pre-Teen Queen, met with Senator Mitch McConnell to discuss issues concerning youth today. They then were on hand to kick off the Kentucky Breast Cancer Awareness walk. They met Dawne Gee, local news anchor for WAVE TV, she was on hand to encourage everyone to make a difference. The girls had a great time and enjoyed these two events.

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Kentucky Pre-Teen Queen Brooke Halsey at the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure.

January 25th, 2014

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Susan G Komen Race for CureKentucky Pre-Teen Queen Brooke Halsey at the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure. She had a great time racing for the cure, and was so happy to be there with this organization. She got to meet a couple of news anchors from their local news as well as Chad Warrix the lead singer for Halfway to Hazard. Brooke was so happy to be able to support such a great organization and had a wonderful time.

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National American Miss Kentucky Junior Teen Queen Savanah Stevens helps collect food for Harvesting Hope Food Pantry.

January 11th, 2014

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Savanah Stevens2National American Miss Kentucky Junior Teen Queen Savanah Stevens presenting a certificate of award to her local rivalry high school, superintendent Carmen Coleman, of Danville High School. She was also joined by her high school superintendent, Mike LaFavers. This certificate was given to the school that turned in the most canned goods at the cross town rival football game between Boyle County & Danville High Schools in Kentucky. All food was donated to the local Harvesting Hope Food Pantry. The food pantry is the organization that Savanah has chosen to help as her platform for community service. There was a total of 1703 items turned in the night of 9/6/13. Congratulations to the winning school.

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Hannah Martin, National American Miss Kentucky Jr. Pre-Teen Queen, attended the Louisville Mayor’s Hike Bike and Paddle event.

January 4th, 2014

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Hannah Martin5Hannah Martin, National American Miss Kentucky Jr. Pre-Teen Queen, attended the Louisville Mayor’s Hike Bike and Paddle event. This is a bi-annual event to promote health and fitness in her community. She met the Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Heather, Miss Wheelchair Kentucky during the event. The hike along the riverfront and in the downtown area took her past the historic Belle of Louisville Steamboat and the Yum Center!

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Savanah Stevens, National American Miss Kentucky Jr. Teen Queen, meeting the Governor and local judge.

December 14th, 2013

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KY Jr. Teen Queen2National American Miss Kentucky Jr. Teen Queen Savanah Stevens, met her local Boyle County Judge Executive Harold McKinney and Governor Steve Beshear of Kentucky. This was a great experience for Savanah and she was very grateful to have the opportunity.

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National American Miss Kentucky Junior Teen Queen Savanah Stevens volunteering at 2013 Swings for Soldiers Golf Tournament.

October 9th, 2013

Savanah StevensNational American Miss Kentucky Junior Teen Queen Savanah Stevens volunteering at the 2013 Swings for Soldiers Golf Tournament in Lexington, Kentucky. This program is organized in Kentucky each year by NFL Bronco’s player Jacob Tamme and his wife Allison. Each year all of the proceeds raised are donated toward building homes for wounded soldiers.

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Kentucky Jr.Teen Queen Savanah Stevens participates for great events, Relay for Life and Boyle County’s Great American Brass Band Festival!

August 10th, 2013

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R4L & GABBF Parade 022Kentucky Jr.Teen Queen Savannah Stevens participates for great events, Relay for Life and Boyle County’s Great American Brass Band Festival! Savanah was so happy to be participating in the Lincoln County Relay for Life event the evening of Friday June 7, 2013. The first photo is at the event where she was a team member for the DCBS office team. She helped serve the meal that her local team provided and also participated in walking laps around the track that evening to help her team receive the award of most laps completed. Savanah’s team also won for the most money raised by a non-profit organization. All in all that evening there was a total of $107,492.01 raised by the local chapter of the Relay for Life. Savanah also participated in her hometowns parade for the Boyle County’s Great American Brass Band Festival Parade. This was the 24th year for the event which kicked off with an annual hot air balloon race on Friday evening followed by the parade on Saturday morning. This event showcases many different concerts throughout the weekend on the lawn of the well-known Centre College. The theme this year was “Slides Rule”, a celebration of the trombone.

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Alexis Blakely Wise, 2012 National American Miss Kentucky Princess Queen, looks back over her year as Kentucky Princess Queen.

May 23rd, 2013

abw abw1 abw2 abw3 abw4 abw5 abw6 alexiscrown lexi1 mariolopezWhat an amazing year this has been. From the first moment that they said my name, Alexis Blakely Wise as your 2012 National American Miss Kentucky Princess I knew that my life would change forever.  Just a few short hours after crowning, I was so lucky to be able to help crown the girls who would become my big sisters forever.

I am a believer that it is the impact that you make while wearing your crown that is most important so I got to work right away making a difference in my community.  Before my school year started I collected over 800 school supplies to donate to our family resource center to hand out to students in need and in October I founded my very own nonprofit organization called Book or Treat where I collected over 2500 children’s books for my school and Kosair Children’s hospital!  I also got to volunteer my time at the women’s and children’s shelter and do a runway fundraiser for the Lexington Humane Society and Thursday’s Child, a special needs adoption program here in Kentucky.

Over this year I have gotten to meet so many people, and have so many great experiences.   I got to meet the governor of Kentucky, the honorable Steve Beshear and sit in his chair at his office.  He even gave me an official pin to wear on my suit while I was at nationals in California!  My first visiting royalty experience was in Nashville at the Tennessee state pageant, where I met and got to crown the Tennessee princess as well as meet several other visiting royalty that I stay in contact with still today.  But nothing compares to going to nationals in Anaheim over Thanksgiving!  I was so excited to go and represent my home state of Kentucky.  On the first day at orientation I met all of the other princesses from across the country and many of us became fast friends.  We found out that we had so much in common and we stayed together and supported each other all week.   Now that we are home we still call each other and talk over skype!  It’s so cool to be able to say that I have friends from all across the country.   Some of us are even going to Gatlinburg on a weekend reunion trip soon!  Oh!  Did I mention that I met Mario Lopez on one of our outings?   My mom was really jealous!   We got to tour Hollywood, walk on the walk of fame, visit the Chinese theatre, check out Rodeo Drive and go to Disneyland!   It was the trip of a lifetime!   Even though I didn’t bring home the crown this year, I had a blast and I hope to go back again someday.

But none of this would be possible without my wonderful support team that I have backing me the whole way.  To all of my friends at school and my cheer gym Power Cheer, thank you for the send off and for staying up late to cheer me on in California even if it was from watching on the computer and for the cards my classmates sent me at my hotel, they meant so much.  To my grandparents and family- thank you for your undying support, helping to sell ads and do fundraisers and for helping mold me into the young lady I am today.   To my parents, thank you for making this dream come true and  supporting me in anything I want to do and helping to make it happen.  To Mr. Matt and the NAM staff-  You all are incredible.  Thank you for everything you have done for me both here at home and in California.  I could always count on Mr. Matt being somewhere at rehearsal and making me laugh and feel confident. Did you know that he has one of the best cartwheels I have ever seen!  Thank you for this incredible opportunity.

To my sister queens, Brennan, Tyra, Logan, Megan and Morgan- I have had so much fun with you this year, throwing out the first pitch at the Bats baseball game, opening ceremonies of the State Fair and everything in between. You all will be my NAMily always.   Before last July I didn’t have any big sisters and now I have 5.  Thank you for being amazing role models and being such a blessing in my life. I truly look up to each and every one of you.

This has been the best year of my life.   So thank you National American Miss for a journey that I will remember for a lifetime.  Good luck to all of the young ladies competing in the 2013 Kentucky Pageant and all across the country.  One of you are about to embark on an amazing journey.  Make the most of every minute and remember you are a girl with dreams.

This is not goodbye, this is I’ll see you again next year.   I am proud to be your 2012 National American Miss Kentucky Princess, Alexis Blakely Wise.

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Alexis Blakely Wise, 2012 National American Miss Kentucky Princess Queen recently participated in the “Adopt a Child, Adopt a Pet charity runway event held at the Lexington Humane Society.

April 11th, 2013

Alexis-e1365730978488Alexis Blakely Wise, 2012 National American Miss Kentucky Princess Queen recently participated in the “Adopt a Child, Adopt a Pet charity runway event held at the Lexington Humane Society. The participants appeared in casual wear as well as party wear. The fundraiser benefited Thursday’s Child, a special needs adoption program as well as the Lexington Humane Society. Alexis collected monetary donations for each charity as well as over 90 stuffed animals to go to the children of Thursday’s Child so that in her words: “They can always have a best friend with them no matter where they are”. The participants of the fundraiser along with Alexis are featured in the April issue of TOPS in Lexington Magazine for their efforts. The charity runway show is an annual event that she is already looking forward to participating in again next year.

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