Winning the 2012 National American Miss North Carolina title from a shocking one hundred and thirty six intelligent, talented, and beautiful ladies was a miracle. First, as your National American Miss North Carolina Junior Teen 2011-2012, I gained innumerable opportunities. I had the chance to touch the lives of many, and make a difference in one way or another. I have made lifelong friends that I will forever treasure and honor. I have been able to promote America’s greatness and encourage its future leaders. I have served as an outlet for young women to gain confidence, experience and communication skills as they reach out to their communities and I have become a role model to many by simply living what I profess: “the greatest thing any one person can do is to give unselfishly to others without expectations of any reward.”
I began my year with an appearance at the Georgia State Pageant with the crowning of my sister queens. From there on, there was not a day off from work! I volunteered at Senior Homes, spoke at Alumni meetings, fundraised for Orphanages, participated in walks, lead the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society walk, helped with fitness awareness, and started three personal projects: Shivali’s K’s for Kids for the Methodist Home for Children, Bonds Between Generations, and My Books and Bears Drive inspired by National American Miss itself; and much, much more! I traveled overseas and donated money, books, bears, chocolates, and clothes to various areas and organizations in India as well. Never in my imagination had I dreamed of having so much fun and being able to interact with the world at the same time! Then, before I knew it, it was time for Nationals! I know Nationals held in sunny Anaheim, California is a week I certainly won’t forget. From Disneyland to the Hollywood Tour to the excitement of National Weeks – it was both rewarding and educational at the same time. I was even honored to bring home a spirit stick, 2nd place Academic Achievement, 2nd Place Volunteer Service and 2nd Place overall! It is truly amazing how an experience like this can be both exhilarating and humbling all at once.
This past year has honestly been the best chapter of my life. I would like to take a moment to thank all of those wonderful people who helped to make it possible by supporting me in my endeavors and sometimes as I put it – “dealing” with my bad habits! Firstly, a huge thank you to Matt Leverton for dealing with my habit of submitting things in after the deadline, for organizing this life changing event to start with, and for turning my life into a Cinderella story! Honestly, thank you Prince Charming! Nothing would have been possible if it were not for you. Thank you to the National American Miss Faculty for helping me from day one by giving me tips, selecting wardrobe, and injecting inspiration into me. Thank you to Brittany and Patricia for being the two best bold, brilliant, and beautiful big sisters from another mother I could ever ask for! A shout out to my sister queens – it has been a privilege to know you and to reign with you. See you in 2013! And finally I would like to thank my family and God for blessing me with a happy fairytale life.
Now, as I prepare to turn the page on this chapter in my life, I look back on this experience as one of personal growth, opportunity and a foundation on which I will build my future. As my year comes to an end, I know my journey has only just begun. Riding in parades, making appearances, and doing community service with my embedded crown and banner is something I will miss doing, but I will not forget that this title has opened many doors. I look forward to the upcoming journey with great anticipation. To the people of North Carolina, thank you so much for a wonderful year. I am truly grateful and blessed to have represented you in every step I have taken.
And to the contestants, no matter who takes home the crown this year, remember there is always next year! To my successor, have a wonderful year, use the title wisely, and welcome. Welcome to the (National American Family!!) NAMily(:
Shivali Patel, 2011 National American Miss North Carolina Jr. Teen Queen
What a framing moment it was to be chosen as Georgia’s Jr. Teen Cover Girl! It was so unexpected, but it is a moment that is going to help me to walk stronger through life. I made special memories and met so many people that was such a blessing to me. The National pageant was a wonderful experience. It was a big surprise to be crowned in the Hollywood pageant as Jr. Teen National Cover Miss! I came home with a few trophy’s and I was my age group’s winner of the National Scrapbook competition. This and the art project was so much fun! The Advertising Program opened a window to look through at the endless possibilities of today’s business and marketing world, which helped me to gain so much experience in business. NAM helped me to see myself as I can now walk through doors as future business leader. It humbled me to be part of NAM’s program to build a better world for today’s girls and tomorrows leaders. It helped me to make a small contribution to serve my community.
Sincerest thanks to Mr. Matt Leverton and staff and Ms. Dawn Lee Costa who always helped to answer my “silly” questions! I want to thank my wonderful parents, that has helped me to come as far as I have now, and how thankful I am to them for all the amazing opportunities they have given me to help other through out my life, how they have always been my biggest supporters in whatever I set my heart to; no matter how big or small it was. I also wanted to thank my many friends from the Calvary Children’s Home who helped me to work on the “Kids Give Back” program. With their help we worked on many little projects to serve the community. One of our funest projects was to helping Noah’s Ark. We collected food for this extra unordinary animal habitat and built picnic tables for them. On my 16th birthday all my Calvary friends came together to help cut down hundreds of trees to build a gym. We all worked for months on this project and just laid the last of the grass down. For 40 years the Children’s Home hoped to have a gym – I am so honored to be part of such a project!. During my reigning year I have lost a close friend (that was like a brother to me) in a car wreck. This make me be aware of how precious life is and that we need to go through life with our eyes open for the need of other people and how we must make the most of the time God has given us and live in the moment and not to look back, just keep moving forward. NAM helped me to give back to see the needs of others. Me and my Calvary friends helped with food banks at the American Legion, Elks-club, Youth-clubs, at car shows, parades and worked on the “child trafficking” program. I was honored to be a guest of honor at Food Networks cupcake wars and also at a guest at a new book release.
I want to give all the glory and honor to God, because I know without his love and kindness many of these projects I did wouldn’t have been possible.
Blessings, hugs and Smiles to y’all!
Jr. Teen National Cover Miss (2011-2012)
Jr. Teen Georgia State Cover Girl.
Christina Rubio, the 2011 Miss Kentucky Pre-Teen, has been working hard since she was crowned in July of 2011.
Christina has been busy distributing the stuffed animals and books donated by herself and other fellow 2011 NAM KY pre-teens to places such as Fire and Police Departments, Libraries, and the Louisville, KY Ronald McDonald House. Because of the critical conditions of a lot of the patients at the Ronald McDonalds House, they are not able to accept stuffed animals. So, Christina invested in some new puzzles for the children and families to go along with the books donated to RMHC in Louisville. Christina is continuing her Volunteer work, along with being the State Vice President of Star Events for Future Career and Community Leaders of American in Kentucky.
Christina has met with Congressman Brett Guthrie, Kentucky State Senate Presindent David Williams, as well as Major General Donald Storm. She has also visited Abraham Lincoln’s Birthplace in honor of a great President.
She is making the most of her time as the 2011 National American Miss, Miss Kentucky Pre-Teen and loving every minute of it!
“Wow!” Those were the first words that managed to slip out of my mouth when I won the National American Miss 2011 title of Miss Oregon Junior Pre-Teen Queen. Although the competition was over I knew this was only the beginning of the journey that lied ahead of me!
The summer after the pageant was filled with activities and appearances that helped me to get to know my Sister Queens and Cover Girls better. They are amazing! We participated in many events and parades. It was an awesome way to see the beautiful city of Portland and learn about our great state of Oregon. I also loved meeting all the friendly people in the Pacific Northwest!
As Miss Oregon, I realized that I could use this crown to do something good. My Sister Queens and I cooked dinner for the patients and families at The Ronald McDonald House. We donated stuffed animals and toys to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. I have bagged potatoes and pears for the Oregon Food Bank. Also, I collected clothing, toys and books for the Northwest Children’s Outreach. I even organized my own fundraiser party to help find a cure for Juvenile Arthritis. Thank you so much to my awesome friends Daniella, Alissa, Sophia and the fabulous girls on the Elite Dance Team for making my fundraising party a success!
One of the highlights of my year was the NAM National Pageant. In order to prepare for my competition, my special friends put together a “Ciara and Friends Show”. The support of family and friends was so overwhelming! Thank you Auntie Monica, Auntie Malia, Marisa, Sarina and Ryan for helping me through this journey!
Nationals was amazing! I made so many new friends, toured Hollywood and enjoyed Disneyland. I won the National Essay Contest and came in First Runner Up in the National Spokesmodel Competition with my speech about Juvenile Arthritis. The most exciting moment is when I earned the First Runner up spot for the entire National American Miss Junior Pre-Teen Pageant. I was so proud to represent Oregon!
Thank you so much to my Grandparents, Uncle David, Auntie Jennine, Elise and Nathaniel for cheering me on in California!
Another adventure to remember is the NAM Royalty Reunion at the 2012 Miss America Pageant at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. I was inspired by meeting past Miss Americas including Katie Harmon from Oregon and actress Lee Meriwether. I had the most fun exploring Las Vegas with Peyton Newman, my good friend and the current NAM National Junior Pre-Teen Queen. I will always treasure our friendship!
I want to give a special thanks to Mrs. Takla for her words of encouragement, Mrs. Vick for all the bling on my clothes and Aunt Laura and Bryan for all that you have done for me.
On the Wilson side, I want to thank my Grandparents- especially for riding in their “Orange Pumpkin” car during the Beaverton Parade! Aunt Julie, I had so much fun with you in Las Vegas. Thanks for all your wisdom!
I also appreciate my “Namily.” Mr. Leverton, Mandy and Lacey thanks for your support and guidance during this adventure! My sister Queens: Kyenna, Ariel and Madison- you will always be my role models! To Madeline, Kyra, Isabella and Deja- thank you for all the fun memories! I look forward to making more with all of you in the future.
Most of all, I would like to thank God, my awesome Dad, my very cool and handsome brother and to my mom who is my biggest inspiration because she always tells me to reach for the stars! My family is the biggest supporter of my dreams. I love you!
My name is Ciara Wilson and I will always treasure my amazing year as the National American Miss 2011 Miss Oregon Junior Pre-Teen Queen!
I’ve had amazing time representing NAM this year! It has truly been a remarkable year of service. I have volunteered for several organizations, including The Ronald McDonald House, The Oregon
Humane Society, and my favorite, The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund – where I created my own fundraiser to help mountain gorilla conservation in Africa.
I’ve had so many great opportunities this year, including a live broadcast on “Good Day Oregon”, meeting the top 10 American Idols and interviewing Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina for KUPL radio station, and also meeting all of the American Idols judges during their audition stop in Portland.
In October, I was invited to go to New York to present my check to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. I got to speak one on one with the head primatologists that work for the fund about the gorilla treks and all of their duties. The coolest part was meeting my idol, Sigourney Weaver who played Dian Fossey in the movie “Gorillas In The Mist”. Can you believe of all places, I ran in to my sister queen Madison while there?!
Nationals was amazing! I met some new friends and got to catch up with some old ones too. We toured Hollywood, went to Universal Studios, and of course, Disneyland. I was honored to take home 1st runner up in actress, 2nd runner up in volunteer service (yay!), 1st runner up in the Alumni Association Essay Scholarship, and 1st runner up in the Art Contest with the awesome “Oregon” shirt that my Oma helped me make.
To my sister queens: Kyenna, you have been the best big sister I could ask for and such a great role model for all of us. Ariel, you are so beautiful and I admire your free spirit. Madison, you are so sweet and kind and ALWAYS have a huge smile on your face. Ciara, you are so talented and fun to be around. Deja, where do I start? You are the little sister I always wanted. I love all of our adventures and solving “mysteries” with you. I feel so blessed that our families met. To Kyra, I had alot of fun at the parades with you and our silly stories we made up during the car rides. Isabella, I’m glad I got to know you this year- you are a sweet girl.
Thank you to Matt, Mandy, and the rest of the NAM staff for all you do. Thank you to my family for being so supportive and the BEST cheering section a girl could ask for. To my successor… get ready for the time of your life! The year will go by fast, so remember to make the most of it.
6 years ago, I began my journey with National American Miss. 6 years ago, I never imagined I would be standing here tonight on my 21st birthday, reflecting on my year as your 2011 Miss Oregon. Without God, none of this would have been possible. Ive had an amazing journey filled with so many wonderful blessings. The best blessings of all? 5 beautiful sister queens. We held hands along the way to multiple parades, volunteer events, a blazer game, and even some smoothie making at Jamba Juice! At nationals, I had the opportunity to give a speech about Endometriosis, a disease I was diagnosed with 2 and a half years ago. As I reflect back on my year, there are so many to whom I owe gratitude. Dad, there is nobody else I would rather have on this journey with me. You are my best friend and the worlds best parade driver! Thank you for always believing in me. I love you so much! Eleanor, words cannot express what our friendship means to me. We’ve had an amazing journey together and I cant wait to see whats still to come! Mommy Kim, you are the best surrogate mommy ever! Thanks for all your love and support! Deja, Madeline, and Ciara, I will always love you as if you were my own sisters. Madison, I foresee a sleepover in our future! I love you! Ariel, you are beautiful inside and out Kyra and Isabella, you girls are awesome! . Matt, its been a long journey but ive had the best state director to guide me along the way! Mandy, I hope ive made you proud! This year wouldn’t have been possible without you! Mom and bella, thank you for all your love and support. Michelle, Frank, and the Christellas team, you guys are awesome! Auntie, Rachel, Natasja, Trever, Sue, Alex, Janie, Lakisha, Steve and Kathleen Mayes, Breanna, my wonderful sponsors, Alaina, my sister queen moms, and Jeremy, this year would have been impossible without you. thank you! Finally, to my successor, hold on to this blessing and cherish it. Believe in yourself and make it a year you will never forget! force the last time, I am your 2011-2012 National American Miss Oregon, Kyenna Leedom.
When I was littler, my Momma used to tell me this story about a little girl who lived in a faraway land and who grew up to be a Princess. Little did I know that would actually happen to me!
It has been an amazing year as your 2011 Miss Oregon Princess. I was able to make many appearances with my sister Queens and our Cover Girls. We rode in many parades, volunteered at Ronald McDonald House, helped at a Car Show, Portland’s “Sand in the City” and I even got to go to a “Spaw Day” event hosted by the Oregon Humane Society. Another favorite memory was getting to go backstage at the Grand Ole Opry and taking a tour of Mr. Matt’s offices and meeting all the staff! There are too many to list, but I am forever thankful and so blessed.
Going to Nationals in California was amazing! I made new friends and was so proud to bring home 9 trophies, including 2nd RU Photogenic, 3rd RU Spokesmodel and my very favorite, winning the Volunteer Service award for my many hours of community service.
This year, I started my own program called “Arts for the Ages” and NAM helped me to bring color and creativity to over 600 children; not just in my community, but around the world. Thank you National American Miss … you colored my world this year and made it brighter!
A big thank you to my sister Queens for all of our fun times: Kyenna, Ariel, Madi, Madeline & Ciara and to the Cover Girls Kyra and Bella. I am so glad that we are “Namily!”
And thank you to Mr. Matt and Miss Mandy for helping to make this year so much fun; but most of all, thank you to my Momma who made all my dreams come true when she brought me to the NAM pageant last year, hugged and kissed me and told me to “Have fun and let your sparkle shine!” … I did and it opened a whole new world for me.
My story won’t end here … this Princess plans on living the fairy tale! God Bless us everyone.
Jennifer Mullins, Georgia Miss Queen went to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to host an “Art Party and Toy Give-Away” for some of the patients. She brought with her different craft supplies to do with the children and an assortment of stuffed animals to give out. Jennifer had a blast making puppets and decorating visors with the children anywhere from ages 4 to 14. Then before they all left the party she gave them each the opportunity to pick out a stuffed animal to take with them. One of the coolest parts of the day was that she even got a few of her friends involved with her because she needed a few extra hands to help. It was such a rewarding experience and she really enjoyed spending her time with the kids and they had a great time too!
Deja Fitzwater, 2011 Miss Oregon Princess, donated 10 coats to the Burlington Coat Factory and Good Morning America Coat Drive…. hoping to give those comfort and warmth who would not otherwise have it.