If you asked me to describe my year as the Miss South Carolina Pre-Teen in one word, it would be astounding. This year was filled with wonderful experiences, inspiring people, and, of course, quality NAM family time. Moments after being crowned, the jubilation settled and I learned of my duties as a NAM queen. I couldn’t wait to start making a difference in my community and state. Months later I was leaving my mark. With the help of a local acting instructor, I was able to film my very own Anti-Bullying PSA, which I used when I addressed my fellow classmates in multiple Anti-Bullying assemblies.
I also joined with my town’s chamber of commerce in local events such as National Night Out and dinner with the local business leaders. I worked with the local library in their Books and Beyond program. One of my favorite volunteer ventures was helping with the local assisted living facility, Generations. Here I met many inspiring, joyful people who changed my perspective on life and daily living. I also tutored the children at Batesburg Leesville Elementary School. These children lifted my spirits with their beautiful smiles and infectious laughter. For more information on these efforts and events more, you can visit my website, https://sites.google.com/site/bellescottnamscpreteen/home.
Of course Nationals in Anaheim, California were phenomenal. Each day was a dream in the Golden State. I was able to spend a day in Disneyland with the National Covergirl, Taylor Mann, travel the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and meet the wonderful Dr. Geek. However, the glitz and glam of Beverly Hills and Hollywood were subordinate to the glow of happy and inspirational fellow NAM queens.
My fondest memory was spending my Spring Break with my NAM family at Open Calls. I was able to travel over the state of South Carolina spending time with Mr. Matt and meeting potential NAM queens. Most teenagers prefer going to the beach, however NAM queens prefer making a positive, lasting impression in the lives of young girls.
To my successor: Prepare yourself. This year will change your life! You will be given multiple indescribable and fun activities and opportunities, and I encourage you to take advantage of each one. Enjoy every second and have as much fun as possible! Welcome to the inspirational and supportive NAM family! To my family: Thank you for all your hard work and support. Without you I would not be the young woman I am today, and I would not know true love. Your encouragement and prayers are priceless. To Mr. Matt: Thank you for all the memories. Our Chick-Fil-A meals and ice creams were the best!! Thank you for your support and guidance. Finally to God, my Lord and Savior: I thank you for the strength you have given me this year and always being my support system. Every time the stress was overwhelming I remembered my favorite verse, Philippians 4:13, “For I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.”
For the last time, with much gratitude and joy, I am your Miss South Carolina Pre-Teen, Belle Scott 2011.