Sophia Takla, All American Pre-Teen Queen, starring as Ariel in West Sylvan Theater’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

Sophia Takla All American Pre-Teen Queen starring as Ariel in West Sylvan Theater’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

Sophia as Ariel!Sophia Takla, our newly crowned All American Pre-Teen Queen, is starring as Ariel in West Sylvan Theater’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. It’s a big show and she is having a ball! What a great time and a wonderful experience she is having.

Marindia Humbert, Miss North Carolina Jr. Pre-Teen visits the Wounded Warrior Family Support Organization.

Marindia Humbert, Miss North Carolina Jr. Pre-Teen Queen visits the Wounded Warrior Family Support Organization.

woundedwarriorMarindia Humbert, Miss North Carolina Jr. Pre-Teen Queen visited with the Wounded Warrior Family Support Organization and made a donation to help our Vets. The Wounded Warrior Family will auction the car off at the end of its 48 State Tour and use the money to build houses for Military Vets in Illinois and North Carolina.

Kentucky Jr.Teen Savanah Stevens participates for great events, Relay for Life and Boyle County’s Great American Brass Band Festival!

Kentucky Jr.Teen Queen Savanah Stevens participates for great events, Relay for Life and Boyle County’s Great American Brass Band Festival!

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R4L & GABBF Parade 022Kentucky Jr.Teen Queen Savannah Stevens participates for great events, Relay for Life and Boyle County’s Great American Brass Band Festival! Savanah was so happy to be participating in the Lincoln County Relay for Life event the evening of Friday June 7, 2013. The first photo is at the event where she was a team member for the DCBS office team. She helped serve the meal that her local team provided and also participated in walking laps around the track that evening to help her team receive the award of most laps completed. Savanah’s team also won for the most money raised by a non-profit organization. All in all that evening there was a total of $107,492.01 raised by the local chapter of the Relay for Life. Savanah also participated in her hometowns parade for the Boyle County’s Great American Brass Band Festival Parade. This was the 24th year for the event which kicked off with an annual hot air balloon race on Friday evening followed by the parade on Saturday morning. This event showcases many different concerts throughout the weekend on the lawn of the well-known Centre College. The theme this year was “Slides Rule”, a celebration of the trombone.

Katylin Sweeney, Miss Ohio Junior Pre-Teen, won first runner-up honors in the University of Akron Polymer Academy’s Young Inventor Contest.

Katylin Sweeney, National American Miss Junior Pre-Teen Queen, won first runner-up honors in the University of Akron Polymer Academy’s Young Inventor Contest.

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OhioKatylin Sweeney, Ohio Junior Pre-Teen, won first runner-up honors in the University of Akron Polymer Academy’s Young Inventor Contest. This is a national contest with more than 600 gifted students from 24 states in grades 5-8 participating. The objective is to use your creativity and scientific know how to invent something that incorporates rubber bands and can make a significant and positive impact. Katylin’s entry was a life size sculpture of a girl in a dance stretch. She named her sculpture Stretcharella. Here is her essay to accompany her invention.

Katylin Sweeney – Grade 5 – Stretcherella

Rubber bands are the perfect metaphor for becoming your best self; they stretch to reach their full potential but always remember their original shape. Said more simply, I believe you should stretch to reach your dreams but remember who you are! Spreading this message is Stretcherella’s mission. I created her so together we could make this statement to the world in a very memorable way. Stretcherella is covered in rubber bands. They are perfect because they are a significant symbol in the overall meaning. Stretcherella is meant to be an inspiration, an unforgettable image that pulls at your heart and urges you to stretch for whatever you dream of but still be yourself.

From a science standpoint Stretcherella’s anatomy matches that of the human body, a balloon skeleton, a newpaper musuclar system and rubber band skin.

National American Miss JR. Pre-Teen Miss Ohio and nationally recognized inventor – that is one well rounded young lady!! For more information on the contest you can visit www.rubberbandcontest.org.

Carter Brown, 2012 North Carolina Jr. Pre-Teen, looks back on her year as National American Miss Royalty.

Carter Brown, 2012 North Carolina Jr. Pre-Teen Queen, looks back on her year as National American Miss Royalty.

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“2012 was THE BEST YEAR OF MY LIFE!”… and I pray 2013 will be the same for YOU!  June 30, 2012 was completely life changing!  My family was so proud I was afforded the privilege of serving as the 2012 Miss North Carolina Jr. Pre-Teen!

This year, I have served with my church, the Ronald McDonald House, the Get Heeled 5K, the Great Glow Run and made appearances throughout NC.  At NCCU, I escorted the Chancellor onto the football field at a nationally televised football game and announced the winners at the “Eddie” awards.

In addition to serving the community, I met 45 of the nations Jr. Pre-Teen superstars at the National Pageant!  I proudly represented NC and made new friends from all over the U.S.  I’m not sure who had more fun at Disneyland, me or my brother, but I will always have the “bragging rights” that I was the reason our family was able to experience Disneyland!

I am so appreciative of my loving and supportive family, Mr. Matt Leverton, the NAMily and my sweet “blonde bombshell” sister queens!  I have loved spending time with ALL of you this year!

The life skills I have learned through NAM are PRICELESS!  I encourage you to enjoy this weekend and EVERYTHING it has to offer!  There can only be one winner on Saturday, but if you listen and learn, you will leave improved in ways you never could have imagined!  NAM will be one of the best experiences of your life!  Enjoy EVERY moment!

Carter Brown

Miss North Carolina Jr. Pre-Teen 2012

 

Abigail Satter, Miss North Carolina Jr. Teen at Race for the Cure.

Abigail Satter North Carolina Jr. Teen Queen at Race for the Cure. She was very happy to be able to help with such a worthy cause.

Abigail Satter at Race for the CureAbigail Satter North Carolina Jr. Teen at Race for the Cure. She was very happy to be able to help with such a worthy cause.

Jaymason Mease, Miss South Carolina Princess, has started off her year with a bang!

Jaymason Dru Mease, National American Miss South Carolina Princess Queen, has been busy volunteering around town. In her first two weeks of being queen she has realized it is going to be a busy and exciting year.

Jaymason Dru Mease, Miss South Carolina Princess, has been busy volunteering around town. In her first two weeks of being queen she has realized it is going to be a busy and exciting year. This past week she delivered stuffed animals to Helping Hands Home and the Collins Home which cares for foster children. She loved seeing the kids faces light up with their new stuffed animals. She was able to spend some time playing with the children and enjoyed her time with them.
After leaving Helping Hands and the Collins Home she went to the Sheriff’s office and gave some stuffed animals to them. They will be distributed to the trunks of other deputies to hopefully bring some comfort to children who may be caught in a bad situation.

Jaymason and her mom also went to Foxnest animal shelter and helped out with the dogs and cats there. She love animals so this was a lot of fun for her. There are so many animals that need good homes. While they wait for that perfect home to come along Jaymason plans to be there for them as much as she can. She has already begun setting up fundraisers to help out the local animal shelters. She looks foward to helping out and trying to make a difference over the next twelve months and years to come.

2011 Miss Kentucky Pre-Teen Farewell

2011 National American Miss Kentucky Pre-Teen Queen Farewell

 
I just wanted to say to everyone that it has been my pleasure representing the great state of Kentucky.  I have had many wonderful adventures, met many wonderfule people, and visited many wonderful places.  This year will always hold a special place in my life.  Getting to know the NAM Nevada Pre-Teen Queen, Allison Garcia and her family is especially dear to me and will never be forgotten.  My volunteer work, as well as the organizations that I had the great pleasure of meeting with, was an experience that I will hold softly in my heart.

Just remember, that if you dream it, you can achieve it.  Beauty is within each one of us, and it is up to us on how we choose to show it.   Give from the heart, and get so much more in return.

Love,

Christina Rubio
2011 Miss Kentucky Pre-Teen

Jennifer Mullins, 2011 Miss Georgia Farewell

Jennifer Mullins, 2011 National American Miss Georgia Farewell

In 2004, I decided to be in my first pageant ever. I had no idea what I was doing and I told my mom “whatever happens, happens.” That year I was 3rd runner up to Miss Georgia. I competed in the pageant for 6 years. Then in 2011 when I turned 20 I knew it would be my last chance. I put everything I had into it and was overjoyed to hear I would be going to the National Pageant to represent Georgia as the Miss Queen. I had been told that Nationals would be the time of my life but didn’t fully believe it till I was there.  I made friendships I’ll never forget, got to do things I never thought I’d do, and being called in the top ten contestants for the national title was the cherry on top of a perfect Thanksgiving week.

Being Miss Georgia has been such a blessing. From riding in parades in my hometown to walking in a 5K for breast cancer, I was able to donate stuffed animals to the children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, help the police department with their “shop with a cop” Christmas fundraiser, and attend the UMDF Christmas breakfast for children with mitocondria.

There are so many people I want to thank for this opportunity. To all my friends, family, and sponsors, to Matt and my NAM-ily, to Amanda for being my pageant bestie and believing in me, to Jacob for supporting and never letting me forget im beautiful, to my best friend Megan for always being there chearing me on, to my Nana and and all my grandparents in heaven for giving me confidence, and to my parents Mom and Dad, thank you for everything you do and for loving me completely, I couldn’t have done it without you.

To all the wonderful girls who are contestants today, I want you to know you are unique,  beautiful, and you can do anything you put your mind to. All you need is to be confident. Henry Ford once said, “whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.” Believe in yourself and remember it’s not the crown makes a princess. It’s who you are that makes you royalty.

National American Miss Ashley Thompson Farewell

National American Miss Ashley Thompson Farewell

I could not believe I had won Miss Kentucky 2011-2012 in the Miss division. It was my first pageant and I thought nothing would come of it, but I was wrong!

My name is Ashley Thompson, and I am not an ordinary pageant queen; I am a soldier. I joined the Kentucky National Guard in 2010 and since then, I have loved trying new things. I am a tomboy and have never learned how to use make-up or fix my hair, but I had an amazing journey learning that and more during the national competition in Anaheim, California.

I started my journey with a letter in the mail, open calls, phone interview and a phone call that I had won state queen! I almost thought she was joking! I did not get crowned because of Army training, but I did get to go to nationals and that was amazing! It was my first time going west, my first time going to Disney, and my first pageant! I met some really nice people there. They all helped me, even the other competitors. I originally tried this pageant because it was so different from all the others and anything I have done before. Military training is totally different from the runway, but this pageant has the same values, like integrity. The pageant requires community service, goal setting, and interviewing/speaking skills. These guidelines made for some fierce competition, but great friends! I will never forget going to Disneyland or being on stage, but the best part of it all was that I set a goal and I met it!

One thing that stuck out to me most was during our Thanksgiving banquet, they took the time out to play a slideshow of pictures of the U.S. military and thank them for everything they do. It is amazing to know that there is a beauty pageant that is not all about dresses and swim suits, but caring about the future of its competitors, individually and in the big picture.

I am still meeting new people as I prepare to crown my successor at the state competition and I love every minute of it. Thank you, National American Miss for a wonderful experience and for supporting our troops!

Ashley Thompson, Miss Kentucky, 2011-2012