2014 Miss Tennessee Jr. Pre-Teen Alajah Gilbert met with Governor Haslam.
Miss South Carolina Jr. Pre-Teen Tymia McCullough collects and donates books! Tymia had been collecting book and had the opportunity to give them to her local pediatric office for the kids. While she was there it was brought to her attention that her local pediatric office did not offer books for a variety of ages, so she decided to make this her mission in giving back. Tymia was able to help children pick a book that they would like. Tymia was able to inform the staff on how important it is in helping children find a book to better their education.
North Carolina Queens participated in Martin Luther King parade. Miss North Carolina Pre- Teen Jessica Johnson, Miss North Carolina Jr. Teen Mikayla Smith and Miss North Carolina Teen Sally Hennessee were happy to be involved in the Martin Luther King parade in Charlotte North Carolina.
Miss Florida Jr. Pre-Teen Carla Lombardo helps create a library and was featured in her local newspaper.
2015 Miss North Carolina Pre-Teen Jessica Johnson attended the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Gospel Choir and Spiritual’s performance of the special concert honoring the nine people killed at the Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, SC. Jessica was instrumental in helping serve lunches to the volunteer choir and musicians prior to the concert. They served about 120 people and Jessica performed duties that involved food service and clean up with her friendly, sweet smile and ease of discussing different topics with our performers. At the appointed time, Jessica stood at the front door with the head usher, welcoming attendees to this very special and somber concert. Her presence and smiles provided such special qualities to those entering the church: hope for the future, welcoming as only a child can do with innocence and love. Jessica added such a specialness to this concert. Jessica performed these tasks with ease and comfort and great poise. She took direction well, understanding immediately what was being asked of her. Choir members, musicians and those attending the concert, were so taken with her. Jessica provided some salve to the wounds of the people of Charleston, something she didn’t even realize she did. The Choir was very grateful to this beautiful young lady and wish her great success in her future endeavors.
Miss Florida Jr. Pre-Teen Carla Lombardo has been busy representing National American Miss. From her appearances at Disney World to her appearance at Miss America Outstanding Teen that concluded with many pictures with the various state queens and Miss America 2014, as well as her picture with Miss Georgia, the reigning Miss America, Carla has done her best to represent her state.
Carla has been active in activities such as Relay for Life at the local community center with senior citizens. She donates baked goods twice weekly to the center where all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society for Relay for Life. These funds were all raised by Carla and her leadership. She baked when she had time and involved sponsors such as Gordon Food Services to donate boxes of cookies to sell. We believe it was a great success!
Carla has also started her own initiative to fight illiteracy through her program that she named “readers make leaders”. Starting with her 10th birthday where she asked for gently used or new books instead of gifts, to a large book drive at her school, she raised over 1000 books. With the collaboration and effort of her brother, a boy scout, his troop, and their family and friends, she achieved her goal of building a small library for the children of an educational center, Tiny Kingdom in Homestead, Florida. This was possible through “We Care of South Dade”, a non-profit organization that presented this center to her. This center accomodates a large number of migrant farmworker’s children. They were very much in need. Carla reads to them for one hour once a week to get to know them better!
She also has participated in a Columbus day festival at a local farm where she appeared with Miss Homestead of the Miss America system and where she supported 4-H, a non profit organization for youth development.
Miss Kentucky Princess Isabel Young, Miss Kentucky Jr. Pre-Teen Caroline West, Miss Kentucky Pre-Teen Landry Feldmeier, Miss Kentucky Jr. Teen Emily Greenwell, and Miss Kentucky Teen Rebecca Osborne spent time at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky. The girls got to meet with Governor Beshear. They had a wonderful time at the Capitol and seeing different ways the government works.
Adventure Bags, Inc. works with organizations that work with displaced children such as DFCS, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters and teen shelters. They provide these organizations with a book bag of important items like: a stuffed animal, toothbrush, toothpaste, under garments, hair brush or comb, socks, coloring books, crayons and a journal for children to write down their thoughts so that when they do have to go to an unfamiliar place the children have some items that are ALL their own. Adventure Bags, Inc. serves counties all over Georgia and it is their intention to help provide children in crisis security and comfort. More information about this organization can be found at www.adventurebags.org.