Thanksgiving at National American Miss

Happy Thanksgiving from sunny southern California.  Nationals is in full swing and things couldn’t be going smoother.  Tonight are the first of the pageant finales and by 2:30pm we will have our first new national queen for the year.

During the Red Carpet Awards Ceremony, Steve Mayes, my national director, asked me to say a few words to the audience.  And the words couldn’t be more applicable than now.  Please remember that nationals and even the pageant is about so much more than crowns, banners and trophies, it’s about letting these kids know how special we all think they are.  It’s about taking every opportunity to applaud these kids..to celebrate them.

I read a great quote the other day on the internet that really brought it home for me.  “Kids are the living messages that we send to a time that we will not see.”  How true that is, they really are our legacy!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Matt



Nationals is almost here!

Wow, it’s really here, by this time next week, nationals will be in full swing!  I can hardly believe that I leave this Friday for California.  I am so excited that I will get to see so many of these amazing families that I meet at the state pageants and meet so many from all over the country.  Stay posted to the blog once nationals starts.  I will be writing a lot to keep everyone informed on what is going on! 

~Matt



National Pageant

The national pageant is 1 month away and I am so excited!  This is going to be the best one ever, I mean, hello, we’re giving away 5 Ford Mustangs.  The national pageant is always such a great event.  Every year I am blown away by you guys.  I am always so proud when I see people set goals and get involved in their communities.  I can wait to see you there!