National American Miss 2013 Oregon Jr. Pre-Teen Queen Alexandra Skordal shows highlights of her year as Queen.
Deployed mother watches daughter, Alexandra Tiek, win National American Miss South Carolina Pre-Teen Queen title.
Deployed mother watches daughter win pageant
By Airman 1st Class Krystal M. Jeffers
20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Written and posted by the base public affairs department.
SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — While deployed, Senior Master Sgt. Lenora Tiek, 20th Communications Squadron programs flight chief, was able to witness her daughter, Alexandra, compete in the 2013 South Carolina National American Miss Pageant in the pre-teen division, held in Columbia, S.C., June 14 and 15.
At the pageant, Alexandra earned the prestigious title Miss South Carolina Pre-teen and qualified to compete at the national level which is scheduled to take place in Anaheim, Calif., in November.
Alexandra also received top honors for most photogenic and promising model in her division.
Unfortunately, her mother couldn’t physically attend the event due to her deployment at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. She is currently assigned with the 455th Expeditionary Communications Squadron as the unit’s chief enlisted manager. However, with technology being what it is, Lenora was able to watch the entire competition through Face Time.
“I was just as excited and nervous as if I was sitting right there,” Tiek said. “Thank goodness for Apple and the morale network. It was not the same as being there, but I was thankful to have the opportunity to watch. I was up at 3:15 a.m. and it was worth every waking moment!”
Morale network is free wireless internet that is provided to deployed service members to increase and maintain morale.
During the entire competition, Alexandra was unaware that her mother was watching her perform.
“I was totally surprised and ecstatic,” Alexandra said. “I didn’t know that was possible. I was so happy to see her. It meant a lot to me. I miss her terribly.”
Chief Master Sgt. Jason Tiek, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Tiger Aircraft Maintenance Unit superintendent and Alexandra’s father, didn’t tell her because he didn’t want to make her nervous or get her hopes up in case it didn’t work, Jason said.
At the end of the competition when she received her crown, Alexandra also received the phone with her mother who was on Face Time.
“When my dad handed me the phone while I was standing with all the other girls that won my mother told me she was very proud of me and couldn’t wait to see me,” Alexandra said.
“This is an amazing moment in her life,” Lenora said. “I am proud of her and her accomplishments. This was something that she worked very hard towards.”
Tiek left for Afghanistan at the end of April which was when Alexandra began preparing for the competition. For about two months, Alexandra prepared with the assistance of her family and spent approximately an hour every night practicing.
“We rehearsed a lot,” Alexandra said.
Some of her practice included walking as if she was on stage, reciting the two commercials she was going to perform for the actress event, and reciting her introduction.
Despite being about 7,500 miles away, Tiek still supported her daughter. Every Sunday she would Face Time with Alexandra and they would practice her entire performance for at least half an hour.
“Having her practice with me (through Face Time) definitely helped a lot,” Alexandra said.
Though Tiek supported her daughter by helping her practice, she also tried not to be a distraction. Instead, she relied on her husband to take over her usual roles, like regularly running through the interview questions and introduction, practicing proper posture and how to communicate effectively, and doing Alexandra’s hair.
“I tried to not bother my husband and daughter while the pageant was going on,” Tiek said. “I made lists and prepped them both before I left and before they headed to the pageant. I had to trust that they were ready and they were. I just needed to stay out of the way and let them do their thing. The pageant runs a tight schedule and sometimes there are quick changes, so I definitely didn’t want my e-mails or face time interruptions get in the way. It was hard but I knew it was best.”
The experience of having her mother deployed during the competition taught Alexandra important lessons and helped her grow.
“It helped her become more self-dependent and self-reliant,” Jason said.
In addition to becoming more independent, participating in pageants helped Alexandra grow in other ways.
“Pageants are very fun,” Alexandra said. “They turn me into a leader, increase my confidence and (give me the chance) to make new friends.”
The National American Miss Pageants are dedicated to celebrating America’s greatness and encouraging its future leaders which is why the winners are not chosen based on beauty.
“The pageant doesn’t judge you on your beauty,” said Alexandra. “It judges you on your poise, your confidence, and how you stand and represent yourself.”
The program is based on inner beauty, as well as poise and presentation. Emphasis is placed on the importance of gaining self-confidence, learning new skills, learning positive attitudes about competition, as well as setting and achieving goals.
“This pageant is not like what you see on Toddler’s and Tiara’s,” Tiek said. “She is not allowed to wear make-up. It is all based on how she presents herself, speaks in front of a crowd and (performs during) interviews with multiple judges. National American Miss is preparing our daughter for college and her future.”
Tiek is scheduled to return home before her daughter competes at a national level in California. However, when Alexandra competes for the 2013 National American Miss, she might once again have one of her parents deployed, as Jason is scheduled to deploy during that same time frame.
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2012 National American Miss Jr. Teen Queen Alexandra Wallace looks back on her year of service!
Wow. What a crazy but fun year I had as the 2012 National American Miss Tennessee Jr. Teen. I am so excited to share with you all some of my favorite memories throughout this year. When my name was called I was in shock. I remained completely composed however until I saw Anna and remembered what a great group of sister’s I’d have to reign with. It was that moment when I started to cry and couldn’t compose myself for pictures after. There truly are no words to describe my national’s experience. I made some amazing friends and caught up with old ones. From crazy rehearsals, our day in Disney, and competitions we always had a great time. I even met my personal favorite Disney character Winnie the Pooh! I was able to help at Anna Grace’s queens for a cure charity pageant in October. She did a fantastic job and it was awesome to see and catch up with the other queens she had present, including Miss Tennessee Teen USA Emily Suttle. I participated in the Jingle Bell Run walk for arthritis by passing out water cups to the runners and met the governor with my fellow sister queens! However, the greatest blessing throughout this year has been furthering my platform, the American Heart Association. I spoke at various elementary schools throughout my area on the importance of keeping active and healthy through the Jump Rope for Heart program. I spoke at the state capitol and met with my local representative and senators as a high level advocate. My favorite event however was the Red Out in my high school. This was something new this year and as a school we raised 3750 for the AHA! It was so cool to see my classmate working for a cause so near to my heart. As mentioned earlier, I was truly blessed with a great group of sister queens. Ava, Taylor, Anna Grace, and Sarah what a privilege it was to reign with each of you. You all brought smiles to my face and I am so thankful for each of you. I know you will all go far wherever life takes you. I’d like to say thank you to my family; Mom, Richard, Taylor, Granny and Tate for always being my biggest support system. You all mean the world to me and I love you all. Most importantly I’d like to thank God for this amazing opportunity. This year would not have been possible without his many blessings. To the girls competing be yourself and have the time of your life! You are all beautiful and winners and I can’t wait to meet all of you. Best of luck!!
National American Miss Tennessee Jr. Teen 2012, Alexandra Wallace
Newly crowned South Carolina Pre-Teen Queen Alexandra Tiek does her first radio interview.
First off, congratulations on being a state finalist. What an honor! This weekend has a lot in store, from rehearsals to competitions and even a party. Get to know the other contestants and make new friends. I can’t wait to meet each and every one of you this weekend!
Nationals were amazing. While I was honored to be second runner up, one of the funnest things we did was tour Hollywood. And what fun we had at crazy themed rehearsals!
As you compete this weekend, never forget to have a smile on your face and your shoulders held back. No matter what the outcome this weekend I know God has a plan for each and every one of you. While at times it might be hard to know this, it’s very true. We must be patient and wait. Remember this weekend is but one step along the path God has chosen for you.
My sincere wish for each of you is that you will make memories that you can share all your life. I hope you know you are a winner simply for being here, so hold your head high and take with you experiences that will help shape you into the person you can be.
In God’s love,
2010 Tennessee Preteen
2009 National American Miss Pre-Teen Queen Alexandra Perry- Farewll Letter
Dear Miss Oregon Pre-Teen Contestants,
Welcome to an exciting and fun-filled weekend! All your hard work and planning will soon pay off. The way to make the most this experience is to truly be yourself, and smile! I can’t wait to meet all of you! This past year has been full of fun and amazing adventures. It has been an honor representing the wonderful state of Oregon. My favorite memories include going to Nationals, volunteering with my sister queens, attending Miss America with my friend Miss California, and traveling to California and Washington as visiting royalty. My trip to Nationals in Disneyland was one of the greatest times of my life. I learned so much from the other competitors from all across the country. I was thrilled to win the National Golden Achievement Award!
Disneyland, late nights with sister queens, and making new friends wasn’t bad either. Volunteering with my organization, Cook for Cancer, has been a great learning experience. I have met so many kind and welcoming people. I enjoyed the time I spent preparing, cooking, and delivering the meals. Working with breast cancer patients has made me realize that I can make a difference in the world, but the first step is volunteering.
Thank you to all of my family for their love and support. I realize how lucky I am to have such a great cheering section. A huge thank you to our Oregon state director Matt Leverton for your encouragement and help every step of the way! To my sister queens, it has been a privilege getting to know you. Thank you for being great role models for me and the many other girls who look up to you. I have learned so much this year about myself and how I can make a difference. Remember it all starts with a smile.