On Sunday, January 22nd – Damácia volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House Hot Chocolate 5K/15K Run starting at 6:00am. There were over 20,000 participants.
Damácia had a meeting with the Mayor of Union City, GA Mayor Vince Williams.
Miss Georgia Teen Imani Johnson speaks to students and parents at the 2016 Pastor’s Honor Roll Banquet.
Imani spoke on the topics of the importance of obtaining higher level education, believing in dreams, and never giving on your dreams.
Imani was also presented with the Pastor’s Honor Roll Award for her high academic marks.
On November 12, 2016 Miss Georgia Teen Imani Johnson hosted a benefit dinner theatre to raise money for the Habitudes Leadership Curriculum to go to students in India.
The Habitudes Leadership Curriculum is a series of books written by Dr. Tim Elmore that teach students about setting goals, not giving into peer pressure, and learning from failures.
The dinner was sponsored by RRHS Beta Club, KOTRT, Big Girls Catering, and the Cherokee Theater company who performed a play called “Death by Chocolate.”
2016 Miss Georgia Teen, Imani Johnson, donated school supplies to Yells Organization.
Y.E.L.L.S. stands for Youth Empowerment through learning, leadership and service.
Imani will also be speaking to the students involved with the program in the coming weeks about believing in themselves.
National American Miss Team Georgia was busy serving their community this past weekend by preparing, packing and delivering food to children and families in need with an organization called Meals by Grace.
Spearheaded by Miss Georgia Jr. Pre-Teen, Claudia Fether, this team of queens came together with NAM All-American qualifiers, siblings and parents to feed 45 families. Service activities included unloading food from trucks, sorting cans and dry goods, selecting and packing each family’s food needs, creating personalized encouragement cards and delivering the food to each family.
Books donated by Georgia NAM contestants were carefully sorted by age and hand picked to be placed in each family’s box making sure each child was given an age-appropriate book. Delivery was the highlight of the day as children and their guardians anxiously awaited the arrival of their food which will feed their family for an entire week.
Some children even received birthday cakes to celebrate their birthdays in the upcoming week. It was a day of blessings for everyone involved and these amazing young ladies are already looking forward to the next opportunity to serve together representing National American Miss!
Thursday, January 19th – Damácia participated in the opening ceremony (“Youth on Parade”) for Bounce TV’s 25th Annual Trumpet Awards. She recited a monologue “Staying Power” by D.M. Larson. She also met former New England Patriots player Tyrone Poole.
Saturday, January 21 (her 14th birthday) – Damácia was invited to walk the Red Carpet at Bounce TV’s 25th Annual Trumpet Awards at the Cobb Energy Center in Cobb County Georgia. She was interviewed and met some great people.
Damácia and actress/gospel recording artist Tamela Mann sharing their awesome black need out shoes.
Damácia with award winning actor and family friend, Louis Gossett, Jr.
Damácia with NBA great Dikembe Mutombo.
Damácia with actress Vanessa Bell Calloway.
Damácia being interviewed by Bounce TV.
Dear 2016 Georgia NAM State Finalists,
One year ago, I was completely dumbfounded to be named Miss Georgia Pre-teen! It was my first year with NAM, so I am so excited to be an inspiration to contestants who are competing for the first time, in addition to those who have pursued their dream for years. I learned that with hard work, confidence, and a genuine heart, you can do anything!
A few of the highlights throughout my year have been a super fun rainy-day photo shoot with my sister queens, meeting the band 5 Seconds of Summer, volunteering at my church’s local soup kitchen, and making lasting memories with my family at Nationals, where I was blessed to place in the Top Ten.
I could not have achieved everything I did this year without my incredible support system. Huge thanks go out to Mr. Matt Leverton and his fantastic staff, my sister queens, Daddy and April, Momma and Greg, my sweet siblings, all of my wonderful grandparents, uncles, and most importantly God. It clearly takes a village to raise a child!
National American Miss has taught me about the importance of serving one’s community, and it has been an honor to use my title for that purpose. I have enjoyed every moment of this phenomenal experience; it is one that I will always treasure.
Cinderella’s advice is worth quoting: “Have courage and be kind.” With this, you can achieve your dreams.
Always and forever,
Samantha Sayar, Miss Georgia Pre-teen
To get something you’ve never had, you must do something you’ve never done.
One year ago, I stole the judge’s hearts, and the crown. My year had just started. I volunteered with many organizations across Georgia. I donated school supplies to DFCS, judged local pageants, worked with my platform KARE, and even partnered with the First Lady of Georgia on her ‘Get Georgia Reading’ program.
The saying is true; time really does fly when you’re having fun. Before I knew it I was on a plane to Anaheim, California. Nationals were nothing short of amazing! I toured the famous streets of Hollywood, spend a day at Disney, and eat dinner with my friends from all across the country. The 50 state Jr. Teen Queens were not just competition, they grew to be my best friends.
Thank you Matt and the NAM staff for turning my dreams into a reality. Gracie, Hannah, Samantha, and Chandler, thank you for showing me what a sisterhood is like. The future holds big things for you all. Mom, thank you for being my coach, hair stylist, and makeup artist. Thank you dad for being my, well, bank account.
To all the Georgia Jr. Teen contestants, you don’t realize how far you can grow in just one weekend. No matter the outcome, you’re doing something remarkable. Hold your head up high and be confidently beautiful.
To my Successor, this year will no doubt be one of the best years of your life. You’ll meet people who will change your life forever, cherish every moment, and take LOTS of pictures!
For the last time, I am your 2015 Miss Georgia Junior Teen, Gabrielle Buchan.
Miss Georgia Pre-Teen Spokesmodel Damácia Howard won the 2016 Prudential Spirit of Community Award! Damácia was the state of Georgia Middle Level Winnder. She in turn received several state level awards and recognition from President Obama, Governor Nathan Deal, Senator Donzella James, Secretary of State Brian J. Kemp, Georgia Superintendent of Schools Mr. Richard Woods, Congressman David Scott and Union City, GA Mayor Vince Williams will be honoring Damácia on April 19th with a proclamation declaring April 19th as Damácia Howard. Damácia will be traveling to Washington DC, to be honored with 101 others students at a banquet at the Smithsonian. She’ll enjoy four full days of festivities.