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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Alexandria Murphy, National American Miss North Carolina Jr. Teen Queen volunteered and had fun around town!

June 4th, 2014

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WP Halloween 5K 7Alexandria Murphy, National American Miss North Carolina Jr. Teen Queen volunteered and had fun around town! Alexandria, assisted at the V Foundation – Halloween Hustle event by working the registration table, cheering on runners at the end of the race and assisting with the children’s 100 yard dash.The Jimmy V Foundation is in honor of North Carolina State University State Basketball coach, Jim Valvano, who was diagnosed with cancer and established the foundation to find a cure for cancer. He unfortunately passed only a few months after establishing the Foundation however it continues to live on strongly.
She then volunteered at Light the Night Leukemia Walk in Raleigh, NC. Niyah Smith, Miss North Carolina Princess Queen and Alexandria Murphy, Miss North Carolina Jr. Teen Queen, volunteered time at the event and then participated in the walk in honor of Kim Calabrese, mother of Cailee Calabrese (former Miss NC Princess and Miss North Carolina Jr PreTeen). Kim is currently battling leukemia. The red lanterns are carried for when you are walking in honor of someone you know with leukemia and the white lantern is for those currently surviving leukemia.
Alexandria Murphy, Miss North Carolina Jr. Teen Queen and Donielle Kube, former 2011 National Cover Girl Pre-Teen, show that National American Miss is about making friends for life. The two girls met almost 3 years ago at NAM Nationals and have been great friends ever since! The girls were able to have fun at a Green Bay Packers Game!While Alexandria is a North Carolina girl she is a Green Bay Packer girl at heart!

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2013 National American Miss South Carolina Princess Queen Jia Patel donates time to help the troops and their families.

May 29th, 2014

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SC Princess2When the holidays were approaching Jia Patel 2013 South Carolina Princess Queen took to heart the mission of the American Red Cross’ Holiday Mail for Heroes Campaign . This past holiday season Jia helped to host a holiday party to make cards to show gratitude towards our troops, veterans and military families. This was Jia’s second year helping to host this wonderful family event. During the holidays many of us make plans to spend times with our families and loved ones however many of our service members are unable to do this because they are overseas. The Holiday Mail for Heroes Party was a heart-warming event that got everyone into the holiday spirit! Jia enjoyed donating colored paper, stickers, markers and pens and had had even more fun making cards with her friends! A night of making cards of thanks and support to those who have made sacrifices and who have served our country was a great kick-off to the holiday season!

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National American Miss 2013 Oregon Jr. Pre-Teen Queen Alexandra Skordal shows highlights of her year as Queen.

May 21st, 2014

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2013 South Florida Pre-Teen Queen Jeanae Ganthier walked for Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk and donated supplies at Renaissance Charter.

May 17th, 2014

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2013 National American Miss Kentucky Jr. Pre-Teen Queen out and about in Kentucky.

May 14th, 2014

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Voice Tribune2013 National American Miss Kentucky Jr. Pre-Teen Queen out and about in Kentucky. Hannah was photographed by the Voice Tribune while visiting the Kentucky State Fair. She also proudly represented National American Miss in her community at the Gaslight Festival Parade and then hosted a bake sale to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness. Hannah raised $375!

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2013 National American Miss Kentucky Jr. Pre-Teen Queen Hannah Martin says farewell to her year as Queen.

May 7th, 2014

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Hannah_Martin_KY_Jr_Preteen_Governor_BrashearAfter five years of hard work and dedication, I was overwhelmed with emotion to be crowned your 2013 National American Miss Kentucky Junior Preteen Queen. It has been an incredible year with many wonderful experiences. I was truly honored to represent my state for National American Miss.
I had the opportunity to meet several community and state leaders. Touring the state capital with my sister queens and meeting Governor Brashear was a great experience.
I loved supporting my community at festivals, parades and fundraising events. I was excited to raise over $1,000 for breast cancer awareness with my NAM bake sale. I also collected books and helped comfort children at the Volunteers of America emergency shelter.
The national pageant in California was amazing. I had so much fun with the contestants and their families at Disneyland. I think my parents had fun too! Seeing the stars on the Hollywood walk of fame and shopping in Coconut Grove was a blast!
I was honored to place second runner up in casual wear modeling and first runner up as the most promising model at nationals.
I made so many new friends this year. Olivia, Miss Indiana, and Maddie, Miss Kansas, you will be my life-long friends. To my sister queens, Aaniyah, Brooke, and Savannah, I am so blessed to have shared this journey with you and you will always have a place in my heart.
A very special thanks to my mom and dad for supporting my dream. You are always encouraging me to do my best and never give up. Thanks to my friend, Gracie, who is more like a big sister. You are always there and even made the trip to California to cheer me on.
Thanks to Matt Leverton for being a wonderful state director and role model for so many young girls. I will remember this year forever.
To my successor, embrace this year and enjoy every moment.
Until next time, I am your 2013 National American Miss Junior Preteen Queen Hannah Martin.

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Aaniyah Burnett, National American Miss Kentucky Princess Queen, looks back fondly on her year as Queen.

May 1st, 2014

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NAM Royalty 2013 Miss KY Princess Queen Aaniyah!Hi everyone!
My name is Aaniyah Makay Burnett and I am your 2013 Miss Kentucky Princess Queen! Being crowned Miss Kentucky Princess was a dream come true for me. Just like some of you, it was my very first pageant too! Since receiving that amazing honor, I have learned so much like, being confident in who I am, getting to meet some amazing people, and giving back to my community. I have been blessed to meet the Governor of Kentucky, Steve Beshear and Senator Mitch McConnell. I’ve made friendships with other girls from all over the country at NAM and met my wonderful new friend Hannah Martin, my sister queen! Throughout the year I also visited other NAM pageants as royalty, flew for the first time to Anaheim, California for Nationals, had a blast at Disneyland with my mom, and even placed Top 10 at Nationals!
This May, I will be crowning the 2014 NAM Princess Queen and I look forward to a weekend of NAM fun! Even though my reign is coming to an end I will continue to volunteer and use the tools National American Miss has taught me. This is just the beginning for me and you will see me again!
I would like to say Thank you to National American Miss, Matt Leverton, and all the staff for this amazing experience. And Good luck to all the new princesses that are going to be competing this year..

Yours Truly,
“2013 National American Miss Kentucky Princess”
Aaniyah Makay Burnett

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Hannah Martin, National American Miss Kentucky Junior Pre-teen Queen, raised $1,000 for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

April 23rd, 2014

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