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 Kentucky Teen and Pre-Teen attend the 5th annual SHINE Disabilities Formal. Miss Kentucky Pre-Teen Landry Feldmeier and Miss Kentucky Teen Becca Osborne were among the celebrity guests on the red carpet for the 5th annual SHINE Disabilities Formal. They had the pleasure of greeting guests who came from miles around to attend this special night for adults with developmental disabilities. The evening allowed for photos, dancing, dinner, games, karaoke, a salon, and a whole lot of fun designed to help make each and every attendee feel special and have a night to SHINE! Each year the event grows and this year was no exception with over 1000 in attendance. Landry and Becca thought it was such a pleasure to see the smiles on everyone’s faces as they truly had a blast!
North Carolina Queens participated in Martin Luther King parade. Miss North Carolina Pre- Teen Jessica Johnson, Miss North Carolina Jr. Teen Mikayla Smith and Miss North Carolina Teen Sally Hennessee were happy to be involved in the Martin Luther King parade in Charlotte North Carolina.
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 Kentucky Princess Isabel Young, Miss Kentucky Jr. Pre-Teen Caroline West, Miss Kentucky Pre-Teen Landry Feldmeier, Miss Kentucky Jr. Teen Emily Greenwell, and Miss Kentucky Teen Rebecca Osborne spent time at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky. The girls got to meet with Governor Beshear. They had a wonderful time at the Capitol and seeing different ways the government works.
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.
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.
Sally Hennessee, Miss North Carolina Teen, donated school supplies. Sally Hennessee went to Druid Hills Elementary School in Charlotte, North Carolina to donated school supplies. Druid Hills Elementary is a year round school which is part of the Project Lift program. The young ladies pictured with Sally were thrilled to get some new supplies.
Miss South Carolina Teen, Hunter Vaughn donated books to Livi’s Library. Livi’s Library is a book project that is designed to share gently used books who children who otherwise could not afford books of their very own. They collect gently used books that children have outgrown. Donations allow them to hold book fairs at local schools, provide bookcases and stock them monthly in various areas in Lancaster county, provide books to church mission programs, etc.
This project is in memory of Mary Olivia Pettit, 9 year old daughter of Bryan and Lisa Pettit, sister of Jory Pettit, who died March 22, 2009, of viral myocarditis. Livi had a great passion for learning through books. Even more, she had an incredible compassion for living things and her faith in the Lord was sure. The hope is this gift of sharing will impact others so they will know God’s love and grace as well.
Hailey Sturgill, Miss Oregon Teen, received the Alice Hurd Memorial Scholarship. She received the Alice Hurd Memorial Scholarship for $1,000. This was presented to her for her over 1,500 hours of community service she performed the past 4 years. The scholarship was presented to her by Mr. Paul Hurd, the Bellevue School District Superintendent, her school Principal, and the Bellevue PTSA Council. As you can see, community service is a huge part of Haileys life!