June 18th, 2014
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June 7th, 2014
Kaitlyn 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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April 17th, 2014
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December 26th, 2013
Katlyn Dillard, National American Miss Tennessee Pre-Teen Cover Girl in the newspaper and also a proclamation from the City of Mt Juliet.
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December 12th, 2013
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November 26th, 2013
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November 8th, 2013
Virginia Wyckoff, National American Miss Georgia Teen Queen, volunteers once a month at Project MailCall, an organization committed to sending food and supplies to our troops stationed throughout the world. Here are some pictures from her latest service project and the letter from the organizers, Ed and Mary Ettel. Virginia has enjoyed giving back in her community especially for our service men and women who put themselves in harms way every day for our freedom….Virginia was also featured in an article which appeared in the Marietta Daily Journal, their local paper, on Virginia and the life skills she has learned from being in pageants. Here is the original article, written by Sarah Chambers:
MARIETTA — Virginia Wyckoff of east Cobb — Miss Georgia for the National American Miss Georgia Pageant — never thought she would participate in beauty pageants, let alone hold more that three titles at one time.
But when a pageant consultant approached her after she operated the microphone for a fashion show hosted at her high school, she decided to explore the world of pageantry.
Wyckoff, a 17-year-old rising senior at Walton High School, entered her first pageant, Little Miss Cobb County, in February 2012, and won the pageant in 2013.
“Kim Vaughn, who actually lives just down the street from me, said, ‘You are really great on stage and you should really consider doing pageants,” Wyckoff recalled. “She actually became my coach and helped me to prepare for the National American Miss Georgia Pageant and other pageants I’ve participated in.”
Wyckoff went on to become Miss Marietta in 2013, as well as Miss Georgia for the National American Miss Pageant, which she won in June.
Wyckoff said training for and participating in pageants has helped her perfect many valuable skills, such as public speaking, that she plans to use in the future.
“We do mock interviews, which is definitely very helpful because it helps you to practice talking to interviewers or going on a job interview, which are really great life skills to learn,” Wyckoff said.
Despite being ranked by judges during the pageants, Wyckoff said participating in the pageants has helped her gain self confidence.
“I know pageants have helped me come out of my box and being on stage, having to stand in front of an audience and perform a personal introduction or perform live, I think it’s good practice, and I know that I’ve always had it inside of me, and it has helped me blossom over this year. I would definitely recommend it for any girl,” Wyckoff said.
In addition to her pageant involvement, Wyckoff volunteers in the east Cobb community with a passion for working with children. She works with the children’s ministry at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, serves as president of Walton Community Outreach, and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity. She also participated in a book drive for elementary school students through NAM, which only requested participants donate one book. Wyckoff donated 212.
“I guess I just love children’s innocence, and because they’re so little they still need someone to depend on and it’s nice for me to be a role model and mentor to them,” Wyckoff said.
Wyckoff and her mother are preparing to travel to Hollywood, Calif., this November for the National American Miss Pageant.
“I don’t ever get nervous, but I feel like right before I go on stage, I get really pumped up and I constantly tell myself it’s going to be so much fun,” Wyckoff said of competing. “It’s all about the fun. I don’t go to win; I go to have fun and make new friends and that’s kind of my self goal that I have that I always achieve.”
As Wyckoff prepares to graduate high school in 2014 and attend a college in Georgia to study acting and performing, she said she does not plan to continue participating in pageants after graduation.
Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal – Miss Georgia finds life skills in pageants
However, The reporter misunderstood her or misquoted her in the last line…Virginia wanted to say that she would not be competing in the Teen level after her high school graduation, but would continue at the Miss level. She also stated that pageants were a wonderful opportunity for young girls to earn scholarship money for college…but that was not published either. But it did represent Virginia well, just a bit of a misunderstanding, still glad to have the article written. To view the original you can check it out at their website,
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November 3rd, 2013
Caitlyn Banks, National American Miss Georgia Jr. Pre-Teen Queen, is starting a new campaign, “One Warm Coat” to collect new or gently used coats for people in need to keep them warm in the winter. Coats can be mailed to her at 245 Morgan Ranch Cir, Bonaire GA 31005. Caitlyn was featured in the newspaper for this wonderful mission she has started. What a wonderful way to help others!
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October 2nd, 2013
Delray Beach teenager Rebecca Markert has given her home city something to celebrate. The 16-year-old beat out hundreds of other Florida teens on her way to winning the title of Miss Florida Junior Teen. The “South” State of Florida’s National American Miss pageant was held July 20-21 in Miami, Florida. With her win, Rebecca received cash prizes, the official state crown and banner, a VIP day at Disneyland®, and a complimentary trip to the National American Miss competition in Hollywood, California this November. There she will compete against hundreds of Miss Junior Teen state winners from around the country for the title of National American Miss Junior Teen Queen, including the Miss “North” Florida Junior Teen winner, Haley Asofsky.
“The entire pageant experience was eye opening to me,” said Rebecca. “I am thrilled to have this opportunity and I am excited to bring exposure to my platform charity Little Smiles, learn more about the entertainment industry, and represent the sunshine state as Miss Florida Junior Teen.”
The National American Miss Pageant is based on inner beauty as well as poise and presentation. Its founders say emphasis is put on the importance of developing self-confidence, learning good sportsmanship, as well as setting and achieving personal goals. The State of Florida competition was divided into the following areas: beauty and poise, personal introduction, as well as seven individual interviews with the judges. In addition, contestants, including Rebecca, were recognized in a number of other categories, including Miss Personality, Volunteer Service, Talent and more. Despite being new to the pageant arena, Rebecca impressed the judges with her personality, casual wear, spirit, and acting skills – winning awards in each of those classifications.
Rebecca’s talent during the competition included playing the ukulele and singing. While singing comes natural for the high school junior, who has performed in numerous plays and theater productions, playing the Hawaii-born ukulele is not. Always up for a challenge, Rebecca taught herself to play the small string instrument only months before the Miss Florida Junior Teen pageant and performed it with ease.
One of Rebecca’s more important responsibilities as Miss Florida Junior Teen is to be involved with and champion a charity of her choice. Rebecca has already started partnering with the Florida-based Little Smiles charity, a local organization dedicated to children, which she chose as her campaign platform. Little Smiles is a non-profit volunteer organizations based in Florida that provides toys, movies, computers, celebrity meet-and-greets, concert and sporting event tickets, theme park trips, junk food runs, and much more to children in local hospitals, hospices and shelters throughout Florida. Through the charity, Rebecca has already had the opportunity to spend time at the Miami Children’s Hospital with some of the young patients, Virginia from the KVJ radio show, deliver pizza to the nurses, and shoot Nerf® guns with the kids! Learn more about the organization at www.LittleSmiles.org.
About Rebecca Markert
Rebecca Markert is 2013 Miss Florida Junior Teen. Rebecca is 16 years old and lives with her family in Delray Beach, Florida. She is a junior at Pope John Paul II High School in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is an honors student; National Honors Society member; member of the school’s varsity cheerleading squad; an actor in the fall and spring theater productions; and a member of the school’s Thespians and Cappies “Critics and Awards Program” clubs. Rebecca is a New England Academy of Dance and Boca Ballet Theatre trained dancer with more than 12 years of experience. She also spent two years at the prestigious Stagedoor Manor summer camp in the Catskills.
New to pageants, Rebecca is thrilled to have been part of the entire Miss Florida Junior Teen experience and ecstatic that she won! She is hoping her title will allow her to bring awareness to the Little Smiles organization and help open new doors within the entertainment industry. Her aspiration is to one day be an actor in TV and film.
See the original newspaper article at http://pineapplenewspaper.com/delray-beach-teen-wins-miss-florida-junior-teen-pageant/14487
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August 17th, 2013
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Two local newspapers in the Tualatin Oregon area wrote about Kennedy’s win at NAM in May. Please read the articles about her NAM experience.
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