May 2nd, 2013
July 17th, 2012
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.
2011 National American Miss
Miss Kentucky Pre-Teen Queen
July 17th, 2012
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.
July 17th, 2012
2011 North Carolina Jr. Preteen Cailee Calabrese’s Farewell
Being part of the National American Miss system has truly been an honor. I was so surprised when my name was called as the 2011 NC Jr. Preteen out of so many beautiful girls. I started out my year with taping a commercial for Communities in Schools and then being able to volunteer for such a worthy event was very special. I had so much fun volunteering with the American Red Cross, Give 2 the Troops, Wounded Warriors, March of Dimes, local nursing homes, and many more. I love to help others and that is what inspires me to volunteer. Nothing makes me happier than to be able to put a smile on someone’s face. I have learned that sometimes it is not what you say, but what you can do to make a positive impact on someone else and to always be a good role model. I was so proud when our State Representative came to my school to present me with the Gold Level Volunteer Award. I also got to meet our U.S. Congressman who also serves on the committee in Washington, DC for armed services.
Going to California was so much fun and I enjoyed getting to know other girls from other places. I have made so many good friends. The week was so much fun going to Disneyland, The Hollywood Tour, and the party was a great way to kick off the week. I was proud to have received the Community Achievement Award, Photogenic Award, 1st runner up Most Promising Model and 2nd runner up volunteer out of so many girls. I want to personally thank Matt Leverton and his staff for always being supportive. Matt, being a part of the NAM family has been such a pleasure and I have grown so much just being part of this wonderful organization. I have been blessed with opportunities that would not have been possible without being a part of the National American Miss organization. I truly feel that I have learned things that will only help me in the future. To the new queen, enjoy your year because it will go by so fast.
July 17th, 2012
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
June 25th, 2012
If you asked me to describe my year as the National American 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 National American Miss South Carolina Pre-Teen, Belle Scott 2011-2012.
June 25th, 2012
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
May 18th, 2012
NAM 2011 Miss Oregon Junior Pre-Teen Queen
“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!
May 18th, 2012
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.
Miss Oregon 2011 Preteen- Madeline Monlux
May 17th, 2012
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.