These are some of the photos of the 2016 South Carolina Queens. We were able to get together and make a variety of different cookies in Greenville, SC for 25 guests at the house Ronald McDonald House. I had a lot of fun organizing this and everyone had such a fun time.
Jia Patel (Miss South Carolina Jr. Pre-Teen) spent the past year proudly
fundraising with her family. She helped raise over $20,000 to build a
clean water well in her grandfather’s birth village in India. They also
used these funds to build a drinking water facility for the animals in
this very hot and dry farming village.
Jia was very grateful to have been able to take her South Carolina NAM
title to India this past December 2016 to see her fundraising efforts in
person. Jia plans to continue to promote awareness about the need for
people worldwide to have access to clean safe water.
It’s truly hard to believe an entire year has already elapsed. My reign has been remarkable – from the second I was crowned to each and every day since. I have had the opportunity to partner with various charitable organizations and schools such as Livi’s Library, HOPE, United Way, Women’s Enrichment Center, and Erwin Elementary. I have attended many parades and I also participated in Salkehatchie Summer Service. Salkehatchie is a pioneering ministry at selected sites in South Carolina centered on youth as they upgrade houses, motivate community involvement, and personally grow in their faith. The highlight of my reign was Nationals in Anaheim, California. There, I stepped out of my comfort zone and found self-confidence and courage to be bold in all that I do. Being a NAM queen has allowed me to come out of my shell. I now take on all aspects of life with pride and gratification – two qualities I have gained through NAM. To all the contestants, best of luck during pageant weekend! Always remember – BE YOURSELF, let no one shape you into something or someone you aren’t. Radiate with confidence, make memories, and have fun!
Miss South Carolina Princess Saylor Porcaro met the stars of Entertainment Tonight! Saylor met Kevin Frazier from Entertainment Tonight and got a shout out from Nancy O’Dell his co host and former Miss South Carolina.
South Carolina Princess Saylor Porcaro met with Congressman Mark Sanford. He sent Saylor a really nice letter congratulating her before she competed at Nationals. Saylor also had a chance to meet with all of the Florida Queens when visiting Orlando. They met during a visiting royality appearance and have been friends since! That’s what NAM is all about…making new friends and experiences.
Miss South Carolina Jr. Pre-Teen Tymia McCullough collects and donates books! Tymia had been collecting book and had the opportunity to give them to her local pediatric office for the kids. While she was there it was brought to her attention that her local pediatric office did not offer books for a variety of ages, so she decided to make this her mission in giving back. Tymia was able to help children pick a book that they would like. Tymia was able to inform the staff on how important it is in helping children find a book to better their education.
Miss South Carolina Teen Hunter Vaughn helps the Woman’s Enrichment Center of Lancaster. Hunter
used part of her winnings to purchase items for the Woman’s Enrichment Center of Lancaster. The Women’s Enrichment Center ministry provides a safe and caring environment for women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy. They offer practical alternatives to abortion and support the sanctity of human life. They educate clients on all options available to them. They also offer referrals for continued education and job assistance. All services are FREE and confidential. The Women’s Enrichment Center is funded by the generous contributions of churches, individuals, businesses, fundraising events and grants.
Miss South Carolina Teen Hunter Vaughn volunteers with United Way of Lancaster. United Way of Lancaster hosts a Bed Race Fundraiser each year. Local businesses, civic organizations and churches form teams. Each team modifies a hospital bed into a car. The teams compete by pushing the beds 100 yards. The beds race in heat races to determine the 2 teams that will face off in the championship race. Hunter was one of the judges for this year’s event.
2015 National American Miss South Carolina Maryanna Hatcher volunteered with a summer school program. Maryanna was able to work with some students in a summer school program in Yemassee, South Carolina. She was able to teach them music using sign language and movement.
Hunter Vaughn, South Carolina Teen Queen, has been busy volunteering around town. Hunter used a portion of her winnings to purchase food to donate to the food pantry of HOPE in Lancaster. HOPE- Helping Other People Effectively, provides help to residents of Lancaster and Fort Lawn, South Carolina, who are coping with short term financial emergencies. HOPE offers assistance with rent, heating fuel, electricity, natural gas, water and food.
Hunter also donated the school supplies she received at the state pageant to Erwin Elementary School in Lancaster. The majority of Erwin’s student body are children from low socioeconomic backgrounds. The supplies donated were greatly appreciated and will be distributed to students as needed throughout the school year.