Sabrina Lercara 2009 National American Miss South Carolina Jr. Teen Farewell

Sabrina Lercara 2009 National American Miss South Carolina Jr. Teen Farewell

I truly loved being a queen. I have had a wonderful year as National American Miss Junior Teen Miss South Carolina. I had the opportunity to meet new people and experience new things. I made a lot of appearances during my year and my favorite ones were going to see Governor Sanford, going to see our soldiers deport for Kuwait from Eagle Aviations and visiting the elderly at Lexington Medical Extended Care Facility. Seeing the smiles on their faces when they saw me made me feel so good; this was truly the most rewarding thing in my life thus far. It has been a privilege to have been able to work in my community. It has given me a sense of accomplishment seeing that I can make a difference. I also had a blast at Nationals in California. We went to Disneyland and toured Hollywood. I even got to meet “Johnny Depp”! I can’t wait to do it all over again soon. I want to thank all of my family members; especially my mom and dad. Mom: I will always love you no matter how big I get for my gowns, so to speak. I know at times I have tried your patience and pushed your buttons. I know now that you are tireless as a Mother and you are my role model. You always encourage me to do my best and when I am disappointed you lift me up. Dad: thank you for always coming to support me and putting up with all the drama and finding a way of getting my gowns bought no matter the cost. From the bottom of my heart I thank you both, you are my heroes. To the newly crowned Junior Teen Miss South Carolina, the next year of your life will be amazing. This title has meant so much to me and I hope that it will find the same happiness that it has brought me. Have fun during your reign and enjoy your pageant family. Chase your dreams, not someone else’s. Enjoy your year because it truly does go by in the blink of an eye. To all the contestants, you are all truly winners. No crown proves that each and every one of you are beautiful in a million ways. Always stay true to yourself and never give up. And finally a huge thank you to Matt Leverton and everyone at National American Miss, you guys are phenomenal!

Tara Nicole Azarian National American Miss North Carolina Jr. Pre-Teen Queen Farewell

Tara-Nicole National American Miss Farewell Speech

Hello everyone,

I am Tara-Nicole Azarian, your 2009-210 North Carolina National Amerian Miss Junior Pre-Teen Queen.  WOW – what a year I have had!  When I heard them call my name last year, as the winner, I nearly fainted! I could not stop crying!  A dream of mine had come true – to be a NAM queen….and I have enjoyed EVERY minute of it!

I have made a gazillion appearances, at Parades, Pageants, Festivals & more!  I was so glad to also be able to use my reign as a way to help support many community service projects I believe in!  Such as, the Salvation Army, The Boys & Girls Club, Operation Homefront & of course, Tara’s Teddys (  I was even recognized by Build-a-Bear Inc as one of their 40 National finalists in the US for outstanding volunteer work in 2009!

My journey to Nationals was amazing!  My favorite moments were seeing Walt Disney’s Star on the Walk of Fame, going to Disneyland with my pageant buddy Miss New York & receiving a Spirit Stick at Nationals!  But the VERY BEST moment for me was when I WON the National Volunteer Service award…which was the event that meant the world to me!

I would like to thank everyone who made my journey possible!  First of all, God – who makes all things possible, my Daddy, my brother Nick & my mommy – who is the person who does all of my pageant stuff with me!  I’d also like to thank Miss Lynn, Misty Carson, my sponsors & my State Director Matt. Most of all, I’d like to thank my Great-Grandmother – who passed away just a few weeks ago.  She was my biggest fan. Without her support, my year would not have been possible.  It is to her I dedicate my year.  I love you Great-Grandma & I miss you soooooo much!

To all of you contestants – SHINE as brightly as the STARS that you are! :o)  To my successor…hold on tightly, you are in for the ride of your life! :o)

My year has been filled with adventures, excitement & changes!  I’ve grown 6 inches, entered Middle School & my acting career has taken off!

Ladies & Gentleman, I am a cheerleader, I am a Girl Scout and I am an actress…but tonight, for the last time…I am Tara-Nicole Azarian, YOUR 2009-2010 North Carolina National American Miss Junior Pre-Teen Queen….Thank you & God Bless.

Riley Yates – 2009 National American Miss South Carolina Jr. Pre-Teen Farewell

Riley Yates – 2009 National American Miss South Carolina Jr. Pre-Teen Farewell

Hello 2010 Contestants & Families!

 Wow, this year has really flown by, it seems like only yesterday that my reign began!   While I am saddened that my reign as Miss South Carolina Junior Preteen has come to an end, I am excited for the opportunities and excitement that awaits the 2010 queen!

This year I have traveled throughout the state of South Carolina participating in parades and festivals and volunteering for many different organizations and community groups.  We participated in the First Ladies Walk for a Cure, and raised over $1500 for “The Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation”.  I also was a principle cast member and featured soloist for “A Nutcracker Fantasy” biannual fundraiser for our local children’s shelter.   My sister queen Stephanie and I also joined up for the “March for Babies” in Columbia, SC this spring. 

My family and I enjoyed our trip to sunny California for the National pageant.   Seeing Disneyland decorated for the holidays really set the mood for a fantastic week!   We enjoyed a tour of Hollywood Boulevard, the American Girl Doll store, and the famous Santa Monica Pier!  It was even more beautiful than in the movies and on TV!   The National pageant was a fantastic experience, well organized and full of excitement. 

My year could not have been possible without the support of my family and friends.  They have always been my number one fans and I am lucky to have them in my life.  Thank you so much for believing in me, I love you!

As my year comes to an end, I take with me a lifetime of fond memories that I will always treasure.  As you compete this weekend, please remember that each and every one of you are winners. Like Walt Disney once said, “All dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”  I hope that you enjoy this week at NAM, and leave with new friendships and memories of a lifetime!


 Riley Yates,

2009 Miss South Carolina Junior Pre Teen

2009 National American Miss Pre-Teen Cover Girl – Briahna Wick – Farewell

Dear contestants and families,

    Congratulations girls, you are now involved in an outstanding pageant system! Just last year I was given the tremendous honor of being crowned your 2009-2010 National American Miss Oregon pre-teen Cover Girl, and what a fun, exciting and truly amazing year it has been! As my state’s pre-teen Cover Girl I was able to do many spectacular things with my title. Such as ride in my hometowns annual Beachcomber Days Parade, go to the Washington state pageant as visiting royalty, volunteered to wrap presents for the South Lincoln County Childrens Christmas Program and volunteered at the 19th annual R.S.V.P. Chocolate Classics. I was very privileged to be able to have such a great time meeting new people and making a difference in my community. It was a great opportunity to be able to represent my state and National American Miss and I thank everyone that has helped me out along the way.
    Thank you so much to my sponsors and to those who gave me all the support. Thank you so much to my family, I cannot even begin to explain how much I appreciate what you have done. You have allowed me to make the most of my year and not only that, but have given me the greatest opportunity to follow my dreams and support me in whatever I choose to do. You are truly the best.
    Believe me when I tell you pageant weekend will be full of long lasting friends and fun memories. You will learn so much about yourself and learn skills that will help you in life with whatever you choose to do. I want you to always remember, no mater what the outcome, that you should always follow your dreams and keep trying, because you can do anything, no challenge is impossible.

Good luck and best wishes,

-Briahna Wick

2009 National American Miss Oregon Teen Queen – Kelli McBee – Farewell

2009 National American Miss Oregon Teen Queen – Kelli McBee – Farewell

Hello Miss Oregon Teen contestants and families! 

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I was crowned Miss Oregon Teen and my incredible journey began. During my reign, I spoke at club meetings and retirement centers, read books to children, rode in parades, hosted a Queen’s Day at our local Children’s Museum, served food at the Ronald McDonald House, helped at the National Night Out, and went to Vegas to watch Miss America with my mom and grandma.

I had a blast competing and meeting new friends at the National Pageant in California! After an exhausting but fun-filled week, I placed third in the Top Model competition and won the prestigious Golden Achievement in Service Award for my Books for Soldiers drive, for which I mailed 1500 books to soldiers overseas.

None of my accomplishments this year would have been possible without the loving support of my family. Mom and Dad, you are the foundation of my life and I owe so much to you. Brian and Patrick, you two are the most supportive brothers a girl could have; thank you for being troopers at all of these girlie competitions. I love you all and appreciate your influence in making me the woman I’ve become.

To my grandparents, friends, and Ben, thank you for making this year so memorable with your love and support. Matt Leverton and NAM staff, thank you for hosting a pageant that truly influences girls’ lives. To my sister queens Summer, Alex, Madeline, and Gabriella: you girls are the best! I’ve had such a blast on all our adventures with each of you this year and will miss our get-togethers!

To all of the contestants, this weekend will bring so many gifts to you. Embrace each opportunity and challenge yourselves to become your personal best. The skills you will learn over pageant weekend will be useful for the rest of your lives! And to my successor, have fun taking advantage of all the opportunities that this honor presents; your year will fly by and fill your life with memories. Keep shining your light on the world!

I have had the time of my life representing Oregon for the past year.

Your Miss Oregon Teen 2009,

Kelli McBee

2009 National American Miss Pre-Teen Queen Alexandra Perry- Farewell Letter

2009 National American Miss Pre-Teen Queen Alexandra Perry- Farewll Letter

Dear Miss Oregon Pre-Teen Contestants,

Welcome to an exciting and fun-filled weekend! All your hard work and planning will soon pay off. The way to make the most this experience is to truly be yourself, and smile! I can’t wait to meet all of you! This past year has been full of fun and amazing adventures. It has been an honor representing the wonderful state of Oregon. My favorite memories include going to Nationals, volunteering with my sister queens, attending Miss America with my friend Miss California, and traveling to California and Washington as visiting royalty. My trip to Nationals in Disneyland was one of the greatest times of my life. I learned so much from the other competitors from all across the country. I was thrilled to win the National Golden Achievement Award!

Disneyland, late nights with sister queens, and making new friends wasn’t bad either. Volunteering with my organization, Cook for Cancer, has been a great learning experience. I have met so many kind and welcoming people. I enjoyed the time I spent preparing, cooking, and delivering the meals. Working with breast cancer patients has made me realize that I can make a difference in the world, but the first step is volunteering.

Thank you to all of my family for their love and support. I realize how lucky I am to have such a great cheering section. A huge thank you to our Oregon state director Matt Leverton for your encouragement and help every step of the way! To my sister queens, it has been a privilege getting to know you. Thank you for being great role models for me and the many other girls who look up to you. I have learned so much this year about myself and how I can make a difference. Remember it all starts with a smile.

Best Wishes,

Alexandra Perry

2009 National American Miss Oregon Jr. Pre-Teen Queen Madeline Monlux Farewell

Hi Girls!

 Get ready for an exciting and fun filled pageant!  It seems like only yesterday that my reign began! My year as Miss Oregon Junior Pre Teen has been a blast and an honor.  When they called my name as Miss Oregon, I was so shocked and thrilled at the same time. 

This year I have traveled throughout the state of Oregon, participated in parades and festivals and volunteered for many different organizations and community groups.  One of my favorite activities this year was being invited as a special guest to the Oregon Humane Society “America’s Next Top Dog Model” competition, where I got to sell raffle tickets and talk on the stage.  I also enjoyed volunteering for the Oregon Humane Society by making handmade dog biscuits.

Attending nationals in California was awesome!  I met some great new friends and got to go to Disneyland!!  I spent a day on the Hollywood tour and we went to the Walk of Fame, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica beach!  At nationals, I competed and placed in the top five in the Actress and Spokes model competitions! I had a blast and will never forget nationals!

My year would not have been so fantastic without my sister queens- you girls rock and don’t forget, we are all the “Juicy Couture Girls”!!!  Matt Leverton, thank you for all of your support and kindness- you are the BEST! To the NAM staff- You make everyone feel like a STAR- thank you for putting on such a wonderful program.  Oma and Papa- thank you for your unending support and love. Bailey- Thank you for always cheering me on and making me laugh.  Mom and Dad- You always believe in me and you are the best parents ever!

As my year comes to an end, I take with me a lifetime of fond memories that I will always treasure! As you compete this weekend, remember that the true mark of a winner is she who works hard, tries her best and celebrates the success of all contestants! Make the most of this weekend and be proud of your accomplishments!


Madeline Monlux,

2009 National American Miss Oregon Junior Pre Teen

2009 National American Miss Oregon Princess Gabriella Torkornoo – Farewell

Wow! Thank you National American Miss, this had been an exciting year!  Being Miss Oregon Princess Queen 2009/2010 gave me so many great memories and changed my life.  Here are just some of my memories: My sister Queens and I served lunch at the Ronald McDonald house.  I was a Greeter for the Oregon State Fair on opening day and in the evening I had the honor of giving out blue ribbons at a horse show.  I also served food to the homeless in Eugene during an event called “Under the Bridge”.  Going to the Nike Campus was a true honor.  I even got to meet Mr. Phil Knight the president and co-founder of Nike, and do my personal introduction for him!  These are just a handful of wonderful experiences I had while representing National American Miss and my great State of Oregon.


To all of the Girls at this years pageant, I am so looking forward to meeting you all!  National American Miss is so fun and exciting and the experience is one that can change your life.  Last year I learned a lot through my experience including how to present myself on stage, how to be interviewed, and so many more life skills that have already come in handy even at age 5.  I hope all of the best for you, please remember to have fun, and most importantly be your true self because everyone is made to be unique.



Gabriella Torkornoo

Miss Oregon Princess 2009/2010

2009 National American Miss Oregon Jr. Teen Queen-Summer Pilcher-Farewell

2009 National American Miss Oregon Jr. Teen Queen-Summer Pilcher-Farewell

Hey Girls!

            Get ready for one of the most exciting experiences of your life!  This weekend opens new doors that hold great opportunities for you.  You will make best friends, have fun, and shine like the beautiful person you are.  I hope this weekend will be all that you dreamed of.  It’s been such an amazing privilege to be Miss Jr Teen Oregon 2009- 2010.  This past year I have had the opportunity to be a positive role model for my younger peers.  One of the highlights of my year was going to Nationals in California.  I met so many new girls and became good friends with many of them.  A day in Disneyland, a tour of Hollywood, and shopping at Rodeo Drive. 

            Representing as Miss Oregon this summer I was able to do tons of community service. I worked with my chamber of commerce and Hands on Portland to clean up local parks and forest. I also feed the less fortunate every other Sunday.  But none of this would have been possible without the support of my family! To my NAM Family, Matt, thanks so much for being an awesome director!  My fellow Queen Sisters thanks for being there for me and always making me feel great.  I love you girls! Finally, to all the contestants: enjoy every part of this weekend, it goes by in a flash.  Be yourself and try new things because this is one weekend you don’t want to miss out on.  Thank you for making me the luckiest girl to have the opportunity to have had this title, to have tried new thingsm and to represent NAM was truly an amazing gift.


 Summer Pilcher

2009 National American Miss Oregon Jr. Teen Queen

NAM Tennesse Jr. Teen Savannah Ivey

Hey Matt!

I hope all is well with you! I just wanted to update you on the 2010 Memory Walk that I participated in. We had a great turn out of people! My team was just as large as last year, which was a great accomplishment considering the rain that we experienced 🙂 All together, the walk has raised $60,000 so far. We are still receiving donations, so I am very excited to hear the final tally of the money that my team raised! I have a attached some pictures from the event. I will keep you updated on our success! I am so looking forward to this summer! Please let me know the dates of your other pageants, whenever you finalize them. I would love to attend and help out in any way that I can! Have a blessed week! God bless!