Jeanae Ganther,2013 National American Miss Florida Pre-Teen Queen, gives words of encouragement to this years contestants.

July 9th, 2014

NAM photo 51714Hey Girls, This past year has been unbelievable! I’ve gained so much confidence because of NAM. I’ve met so many talented girls and made some new friends throughout this journey. I’ve volunteered at “Dare to Care” Kitchen, Horizon Assisted Living, donated school supplies to my former elementary school, participated in March of Dimes and Komen’s Breast Walk.I also had the opportunity to travel to Jacmel, Haiti with Hope for Humanity to do mission work and deliver school supplies and personal hygiene items. At state pageant weekend, be yourself, meet as many girls and have fun! At Nationals, you’ll meet more girls and make more friends. We had theme parties each night! We went to Disneyland, Hollywood, and had a Thanksgiving Banquet with the NAM families. Let’s not forget the shopping, dining, mentoring, beauty sleep, and competitions. Enjoy every moment, take lots of pictures. I thank NAM, for the opportunity of a lifetime, especially my State Director, Matt Leverton. Crowned of not, this is a learning experience. Remember, you always take something back with you; it’s up to you to make it positive. To my successor, do not consider winning as the end, but the beginning of bigger and better things.

Good Luck!

Jeanae Ganthier
2013 NAM Miss South Florida Pre-Teen Queen

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2013 Georgia Jr. Pre-teen Queen, Kaitlyn Cole & 2013 Georgia Princess Queen, Summer Hollis were both asked to lead the walk in the Bahamas for Wishes at Sea, a benefit for the Make A Wish Foundation.

July 2nd, 2014

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Georgia Jr. Preteen and Princess Queens.jpg52013 Georgia Jr. Pre-teen Queen, Kaitlyn Cole & 2013 Georgia Princess Queen, Summer Hollis were both asked to lead the walk in the Bahamas for Wishes at Sea, a benefit for the Make A Wish Foundation. The walk consisted of walking around the track 4 times, equaling 1 mile. Approximately 25 people participated in this event hosted by Royal Caribbean Cruises, profiting $250 through the purchase of a t-shirt.

Kaitlyn also wore here sash while visiting various locations in Nassau, Bahamas & Cape Canaveral in Florida.

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2013 National American Miss Georgia Jr. Teen Queen, Olivia Landrum, looks back on her year.

July 2nd, 2014

Abraham Lincoln once said, “It’s not the years in the life, it’s the life in the years.” Believe me when I say that no amount of pageant or interview preparation could have prepared me for the amazing journey this title has taken me on. From the outpouring of love and support from strangers, friends and loved ones, to the countless community volunteer hours I logged, my journey was a fulfilling and rewarding one.
First I collected all of the books and school supplies donated at the pageant last year and distributed them throughout my community. A couple of months later, I was able to collect household supplies from the students at my school and donate them to the troops and their families at the Fisher House in my hometown. Next, I made a trip to the capital to meet out governor. Throughout my reign I also participated in parades with my sister queens, helped out with the NAM staff and traveled 2,052.48 miles across country to compete at Nationals held in Anaheim, California. I cannot help but believe that my overall experience this year was God’s way of truly preparing me for the rest of my life’s journey.
It’s not the crown that defines you, but what you have inside that counts. Remember girls, ‘the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams,’ so dream on.

With Georgia on my mind,

Olivia Landrum
2013 National American Miss Georgia Jr. Teen Queen

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Kaitlyn Connell, 2013 National American Miss North Carolina Pre-Teen cover girl, looks back over her year.

July 1st, 2014

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI can’t believe it has been one year since I have been crowned your 2013 National American Miss North Carolina Pre-Teen Cover Girl. I was so honored to be able to represent my state and help my community. I have had so many opportunities such as traveling to our State Capital and meeting Governor Pat McCrory. Being invited to the Ambassador’s Ball hosted by Mercedes Benz of South Charlotte, where I met The Ambassador of Switzerland, Manual Sager and his wife, former U.S. Representative Sue Myrick and the Mayor. I also had the opportunity to meet Bob Beyer, the Assistant Coach for the Charlotte Bobcats. I volunteered at different organizations such as retirement homes, The Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte, The Allegro Foundation of Charlotte …a Champion for Children with Disabilities, which I hold very near and dear to my heart. I walked with my sister queens in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. I handed out the books and stuffed animals donated by the contestants to WSOC-TV School Tools, Shands School of Matthews, The Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte and Kids-R-Kids. I also had the opportunity of being in parades.
Then it was time for Nationals. Nationals was truly the best week of my life. What an awesome experience! I totally enjoyed hanging out with my NC sister queen, Brandi at Disneyland, sister’s forever! Thank you for showing us around! And also touring Hollywood was so much fun. While I was at Nationals, I won National American Miss National Pre-Teen Cover Girl and got to walk the red carpet.
I have made so many new friends this year and was able to be involved in so many opportunities. I totally enjoyed working at the NC Open Calls and meeting all the new contestants. I also was invited to perform at the Opening Ceremonies of The Special Olympics of NC with The Allegro Foundation.
To my sister queens, Niyah, Skyla, Marindia, Brandi, Alexandra, Shivali, and Megan, I have been so blessed to have shared this journey with all of you. To Alex, Miss South Carolina Pre-Teen, thank you for being so much fun to be around, you are my life-long sister and I love you so much.
To Mom and Dad, thank you so much for supporting my dreams and never giving up no matter how busy this journey was. And to Dad for always making times fun!
To Mr. Matt Leverton, thanks for being the best state director ever and being so supportive of all of us. Thank you and your team for making this organization so much fun.
To my successor, this will be the best year of your life, embrace the moment. Until next time, I am and forever will be your 2013 National American Miss North Carolina Pre-Teen Cover Girl Kaitlyn Connell.

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Megan Ebert, National American Miss North Carolina Miss Queens says farewell.

June 25th, 2014

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Megan Ebert.JPG11My year as the National American Miss for North Carolina is one that I will never forget. I was able to spend time and get to know some of my sister queens and other state royalty at open calls for NC and SC, as well as at Nationals.
Having the privilege of meeting our Governor Pat McCrory and the Burlington Mayor Ronnie Wall. I had a blast volunteering and helping raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure with two of my sister queens, as well as delivering bears and other personal items to the Ronald McDonald house for the families. I was able to enjoy a beautiful summer evening with some of sister queens at a Greensboro Grasshopper Baseball Game at their annual Princess Night. Nationals was an experience I will never forget. Placing in the top 10 at Nationals was a true blessing and the friendships made during that week will last a lifetime!
To my director Matt and his wonderful staff, thank y’all so much for all y’all have done for me and my family. It’s hard to believe that nine years ago I stepped foot on the National American Miss stage for the very first time as a shy pre-teen, and very soon I will stand on the same stage for the last time as a confident, growing young woman!
To every young lady who competes in National American Miss, no matter what age division your in or what state you reside in. Always remember that you are fearfully and wonderfully made, and you are beautiful just they way you are! Never given up your hopes and dreams, because if you can dream than you can achieve it!
I look forward to meeting all the NC contestants this week!!
Much love always,
Megan Ebert
Miss North Carolina

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A warm and welcome word from your 2013 National American Miss Jr. Teen Queen Alexandria Murphy!

June 23rd, 2014

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Miss_North_Carolina_Jr.Teen_Alexandria_Murphy_with_my_state_director_Matt_LevertonI was truly blessed to be crowned the 2013 Miss North Carolina Jr.Teen! This year is one I will never forget. I was fortunate to have been visiting royalty at some of the state pageants, spending time with my sister queens at open calls and workshop sessions throughout North Carolina.

My volunteer opportunities consisted of the American Heart Association, Night the Light Cancer walk, the Little Elf Workshop, Dress for Success, the Ronald McDonald House, Learning Together, Halloween 5K Hustle, The Girls Rising event, and much more! These opportunities also afforded me the chance to meet the mayor of Raleigh, Mrs. Nancy McFarlane and the Governor of North Carolina, Mr. Pat McCrory.

Nationals was a blast! I met friends from all over the Unites States. The day at Disney, Hollywood, Universal Studios and window shopping on Rodeo drive are wonderful memories. I was fortunate to have placed in some optionals. Placing top 10 in the Nation was the icing on the cake and a wonderful blessing from God!

To all the girls competing: Good luck, be yourself, and have fun because the weekend will go by fast! You will have an amazing time and make friends for a lifetime! Make sure to never give up no matter what! This was my fourth try for the North Carolina state title! Just remember the words of Walt Disney: “If you can dream it, you can achieve it!” I am so excited to meet you and spend a great weekend together!

Alexandria Murphy Miss North Carolina Jr.Teen

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Royalty Letter from Brandi Alden, National American Miss North Carolina Pre-teen Queen!

June 21st, 2014

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It’s hard to believe a year has already passed. My experience has been incredible – from the moment I was crowned to each and every day since.
I have had the opportunity to work fun stations for the Easter Seals Foundation, walked for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, made goody bags and candy necklaces for Bright Blessings to support homeless children and families and collected food and supplies for my own charity, B.R.A.Y.S. Love (Bringing Rescued Animals Your Support). I have entertained for many local pageants and was invited to sing the National Anthem for the Charlotte Knights and Davidson College.
Nationals was a blast!!! From going on a Hollywood Tour to visiting Mickey in Disneyland, I made so many friends and memories to last me a lifetime!! I was also honored to have received 2nd RU Naional Casual Wear Modeling and 3rd RU National Spokes Model.
A big thank you to Mr. Matt Leverton, my awesome state director!! You have made this such a special year always making every girl feel special!!
To my successor, the impact you make on the lives of those around you depends on how you utilize the title given to you so wear it proudly and above all make lots of memories and have fun!!!!

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Jeanae Ganthier‏, National American Miss 2013 Florida Pre-Teen Queen, is featured in her local paper.

June 18th, 2014

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Laney Edwards, says goodbye to her year as the 2013 National American Miss South Carolina Jr. Teen Queen!

June 12th, 2014

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SC_Queens_Meet_the_GovernorDear NAMily,

I can’t believe that my reign as SC Junior Teen is already coming to an end; it seems like only yesterday that I heard my name announced as the winner! My year representing NAM has flown by in a whirlwind of traveling (across the country-literally!), volunteering, and making appearances and memories. Being a NAM queen has been a privilege and an honor that I will always cherish, and I am thankful to have had this amazing opportunity. I’m so excited to welcome all the new contestants and look forward (with a smile and tears) to crowning my successor!

A lot of girls have asked what advice I have for pageant weekend, so here goes: Make lists for everything, and check them off as you go. Come prepared; have all your paperwork ready to turn in. Do as many optionals as you possibly can (It’s so worth it!). Don’t be nervous. Smile at the judges and the audience. Speak clearly and use complete sentences during your interviews. Most importantly, HAVE FUN and BE YOURSELF! Be confident in the knowledge that you are unique and beautiful, made in the image of your Creator. And if you’re the girl who is fortunate enough to walk away with the crown— Count your blessings and enjoy every moment of your reign because, take it from me, it will be over sooner than you think. Good luck to everyone, and God Bless!

Pageant Hugs,

Laney Edwards, 2013 NAM SC Jr. Teen

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Kaitlyn Connell, National American Miss North Carolina Pre-Teen Cover Girl has been busy volunteering all around town!

June 7th, 2014

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Kaitlyn.jpg12Kaitlyn Connell, National American Miss North Carolina Pre-Teen Cover Girl has been busy volunteering all around town! She helped at The Ambassador’s Ball, a fundraiser for the Allegro Foundation, a nonprofit that helps children with disabilities. Guests of honor for the evening were Manuel Sager, the ambassador of Switzerland to the United States, and his wife, Christine. Felix Sabates hosted the gala at his Mercedes-Benz of South Charlotte dealership. Highlights included a performance by the children of Allegro dedicated to the memory of the late Allegro supporter Victor George Sayegh and dancing to the Caliente band, Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s house band for their Bongos Cuban Cafe. (Photo by Daniel Coston – Special to the Observer) Kaitlyn and the Allegro students performed a dance at the Ambassador’s Ball, and after the performance, Kaitlyn was invited as a guest by Mercedes-Benz of South Charlotte. Along with the Allegro Foundation she volunteered with a Champion for Children with Disabilities for a total of 9 hours between the dates of August 22nd and September 24th. Her involvement with Allegro Foundation was as a Teaching Assistant for a performance at our 4th Annual Golf Invitational. She was paired with a student living with Down syndrome and assisted him throughout the performance and rehearsals.

Kaitlyn also met with Charlotte’s Mayor Patrick Cannon and with Former U.S. Representative Sue Myrick.

Kaitlyn also enjoyed volunteering and being National American Miss North Carolina Pre-Teen Cover Girl at Matthews Alive Parade.

Kaitlyn was also able to join her sister queens,Branndi Alden National American Miss North Carolina Pre-Teen Queen and Megan Ebert Miss Queen at The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Kaitlyn stopped by the Ronald McDonald House to donate some craft supplies! She wanted to donate to the Ronald McDonald house because when she grows up she wants to be a pediatric oncologist.

National American Miss North Carolina Pre-Teen Cover Girl Kaitlyn Connell visited with Anchor Blair Miller at WSOC-TV Channel 9 on August 15th. She donated school supplies that were turned in by all the National American Miss participants and these will be distributed among the children that can’t afford to buy them. She also met with April Garcia the owner of Kids-R-Kids Learning Academy. Kaitlyn donated books from all the NAM contestants.

NAM North Carolina Pre-Teen Cover Girl Kaitlyn Connell volunteered with Allegro Foundation…a Champion for Children with Disabilities for a total of 9 hours between the dates of August 22nd and September 24th. Her involvement with Allegro Foundation was as a Teaching Assistant for a performance at our 4th Annual Golf Invitational. She was paired with a student living with Down syndrome and assisted him throughout the performance and rehearsals.

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