July 26th, 2013
Just one short year ago, I started the most amazing journey when I was crowned your National American Miss Tennessee Preteen queen. I had no idea at that special moment how much fun and what an honor the following year of service would be. Meeting Governor Haslam, and volunteering over 700 hours with Boys & Girls Clubs, Second Harvest, The Multiple Sclerosis Society and my own organization, Queens for a Cure and making appearances all over the great state of Tennessee with my sister queens have been times I will always cherish. Nationals in California were a fantastic experience where I walked the famed streets of Hollywood, met Mario Lopez at the Farmers Market, enjoyed Disneyland with my NAM Preteen besties, Lauren, Claire and Gracie and of course competed for the National American Miss Preteen title. All the rehearsals and parties were so much fun and Mr. Matt, you truly are the most fun and awesome state director EVER! You don’t know how much I appreciate you dressing to match my formal dress at nationals (even if it wasn’t planned) and I will never forget seeing you dance on stage at nationals! Ava, you are my cute little Princess. Taylor, I love to watch you dance, and our spontaneous swim parties are so much fun. Alex, you are such an inspiration to me and I love singing, volunteering and just hanging out with you. Sarah, you are an amazing role model. You are all amazing and fun sister queens, and you all inspire me to do more in my community and be a better person. I love you all! I am thankful for the best parents, grandparents and sisters a girl could have. Thank you for always supporting me and cheering me on at everything I do. Mom, you are my biggest inspiration because you are always there encouraging me to reach for the stars and you do so much to help others. Olivia, Macie, Kate, Kelsie, Sarah, Cade, Tyler, Ms Christa and Mrs. Jennifer, you are such wonderful friends and inspirations to me. I am blessed and love you all! Most of all I thank my Lord and Savior because I could not do any of this without Jesus Christ. It is through Him that all things are possible. To my successor – enjoy every minute of your year of service and remember that it is an honor and a privilege to wear this crown. You are a role model and an inspiration to everyone you meet. You will make many new friends and have experiences you will remember always. Take lots of pictures because this next year will go by faster than you can blink. You have the most awesome director and team, so take all the advice they offer. Have fun! Thank you Mr. Matt and the whole Tennessee NAMILY and staff– you are all so much fun and I have truly had the time of my life this past year. For the last time, I am your 2012 National American Miss Tennessee Preteen, Anna Grace Smith.
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July 23rd, 2013
When I heard my name called as National American Miss Tennessee Jr. Pre-Teen Queen 2012, I was so excited. This year has gone by way too fast! During my reign I have volunteered at my church, collected food for Second Harvest, donated school supplies to my school, hosted a “Walk for A Cure” for Susan G. Komen, made cupcakes for police appreciation week, visited local nursing homes, Relay for Life, and rode in parades. Giving back to my community and volunteering was truly rewarding and taught my to be truly grateful for what I have. Going to Nationals in California was a blast! I rocked the stage with my clogging routine and brought home the National Talent Title! Disneyland, the Hollywood Tour, and Thanksgiving banquet were amazing experiences. I met new friends and now have friends from all across the U.S.
I want to thank God for giving me this amazing opportunity, Matt Leverton for being the best director in the world, Steve and Kathleen Mayes and Kenn and Lani Maples for a wonderful pageant system. To all my sister queens, Ava, Anna Grace, Alex, and Sarah, you are beautiful and I love you all. Mom and Dad for all your unconditional love and support, Grandma, Grandpa, Mamaw, Alex, Zack, and Averielle for always cheering me on and believing in me. You are the best family a firl could ask for and I love you all!
Best of Luck to all the girls competing this year. I can’t wait to meet each of you. This will be a weekend you will never forget! Make new friends, believe in yourself, do your best, and most of all have FUN!
Your 2012 National American Miss Tennessee Jr. Pre-Teen Queen,
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July 5th, 2013
As I look back over my year as Miss Tennessee Teen, I can’t help but feel so blessed by this wonderful opportunity. Thank you National American Miss for creating a system that has made me into the young lady I am today. Without this system I would not believe in myself, dream as big as possible or have the confidence I have. After competing for this prestigious title for seven years I was in disbelief when I had finally captured the crown this past September. In those seven years, I had planned out just how I wanted to be the perfect title holder. But boy, I did not know what a whirlwind of a year it would be.
After being crowned in September I donated the school supplies and books, given by my age division at last year’s pageant, to numerous schools in McNairy & Madison County. I continued my work with Soles4Souls by donating over 300 pairs of shoes during my reign. I appeared in many parades from Christmas to Independence Day. In addition, I had the opportunity to volunteer with The Health Fair, Imagination Library and Healthy Women. In the fall, I met my city and county mayors and in the spring met Tennessee Governor, Bill Haslam. The title of Tennessee Teen has blessed me with many travels as I have appeared at five Open Calls and Visiting Royalty at the Kentucky, Georgia, and North Carolina pageants. One of my favorite opportunities, as Tennessee Teen, was being the Honorary Duck Master at The Peabody Hotel to celebrate my 20th birthday followed by being interviewed by WPTY channel 24. I was honored to be able to throw out the first pitch at the Jackson Generals game. Finally, during my reign I was able to use one of my favorite talents NAM instilled in me, public speaking. I spoke to the Rotary Club about how NAM had changed my life and at a Dollie & Me luncheon about etiquette. Finally, my title made it possible to grow my program, Creating Confidence. I was able to hold a Community Wide Workshop as well as speak to many schools about true beauty, poise, and etiquette. Most importantly, I got to teach young children the importance of being confident in who they are and embracing that to make their dreams come true.
One of the biggest adventures of my reign was Nationals in Anaheim, California. I enjoyed competing in Casual Wear Modeling and Actress. I met so many wonderful young ladies who shared the same dreams as I did. My day in Disneyland was such a dream, and yes it really is the happiest place on Earth. I also enjoyed a Hollywood Tour where I truly felt like a celebrity. Most importantly, I got to spend Thanksgiving with my family. Although I did not walk away with the crown at the end of the week, I did get to see my best friend, Megan Webb crowned. What I did walk away with was friendships and lessons that will last a lifetime.
I want to thank my family for coming on this extraordinary adventure with me. Mom thank you for always being there to calm me down when I was nervous and being right by my side during the most exciting moments. Thank you for organizing all my appearances and making sure I had the most fun-filled year possible. You are the true Miss Tennessee. Jodie thank you for always helping with my wardrobe selection and driving me everywhere I needed to be. To Jacob and Josh, thank you for being such supportive brothers of my dreams and always motivating me to “knock ‘em dead!” To my state director, Matt Leverton and his team, thank you for letting me have this opportunity and assisting me whenever I needed it. Finally, I want to say a big thank you to everyone that has supported me through this journey and has made it literally the greatest year of my life. I have absolutely loved being your 2012 National American Miss Tennessee Teen.
With Blessings and Love,
Sarah Ford, 2012 National American Miss Tennessee Teen
“Patience and persistence make an unbeatable combination for success”
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June 11th, 2013
2012 was a year I will never forget. I was about to turn 7 yrs old, I had just entered my first pageant and my grama had just found out that she had Breast Cancer.
As the pageant grew closer I knew my grama would not be able to attend. She would be having her second chemo treatment the weekend of the pageant. I would miss her terribly, but she gave me an added strength I would carry with me through this journey. Being only 7 years old, I really didn’t understand the meaning of cancer but I was on a different journey to find out and help as many people as I could. I spoke about this in my personal introduction speech and added how important this cause is to me. During pageant weekend I often thought of my Grama when I got a little nervous and she helped me through.
When I was crowned both CoverGirl and Miss NC Princess I could not believe it! My heart jumped. I was overjoyed and could not wait to call my Grama.
Being crowned Miss North Carolina Princess Queen was a dream come true. I have gained so much more confidence and pride in myself. The crown does not give me this confidence its being involved with National American Miss and the wonderful friends and Families surrounding it. The support system in NAM is wonderful. My sister queens have been exactly that sisters. I love them all!
Throughout this past year I have visited and helped local charities and organizations. I always try and bring a friend with me to share in these experiences.
Nationals was a great experience. I learned so much and made lifelong friends. There are so many people that made this happen for me. Thank you to my Family for your support and love. All of my sponsors who generously support me,Grama and Papa, Aunt Tiffany,Grandma and Grandpa Yeley, Star Coach Race Tours, Tony Stewart, Dooling Machine, Rockwell Security, ASCS and of course, Mommy and Daddy!
To all of the girls getting ready to go to their first pageant or maybe thinking of trying it, do it! You will not regret it for a moment. It has been the best time in my life. Be confident, strong and proud.
Faith Anne Yeley
Miss NC Princess 2012
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May 30th, 2013
I can remember being crowned as the 2012 National American Miss South Carolina Pre-Teen Queen as if it was only yesterday. What an amazing journey it has been. I got to start off my reign by donating all the books and bears that the contestants donated to the Sister Care Foundation. It felt wonderful to know that all of the donated items would put a smile on a child’s face. Then, to prepare for nationals, my mom and I got to volunteer as traffic guards in a 5K run. My whole life wearing one of those orange vests was my dream, and I actually got to live it while helping others. Before I knew it, we were on our way to Anaheim for Nationals! My family and I had the time of our lives! We got to go to Disney World, walk the Hollywood walk of fame, and I made life lasting friendships with girls from all over the country! When I got back, I had the privilege of riding in my town parade and representing NAM. Before I knew it open calls were around the corner, and I got to meet lots of beautiful girls who were beginning the NAM journey like I had two years ago. Through this experience, I have not only been blessed with such a supportive family, but awesome sister queens. Most importantly, I could not thank God enough for this life changing experience! I am blessed to say: I am your 2012 National American Miss South Carolina Pre-Teen Queen, Felicia McGill.
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May 14th, 2013
Dear Miss Oregon PreTeen Contestants,
It’s hard to believe that just one year ago, I was crowned Oregon’s Preteen Queen. The time has gone by so fast. There have been many exciting opportunities for me because of NAM and I am so grateful for them all.
My year has been filled with parades, volunteering for community organizations and having fun with all the
Oregon Royalty. We spent hours decorating for parades, collecting donations for local charities like the Teddy Bear Parade, Toy and Joy, Oregon Food Bank, making a meal at the Ronald McDonald House and more. I could not imagine a greater group of girls to spend the day at the pumpkin patch, share a holiday sleepover, support Mr. Matt at open calls and representing the entire NAMily.
A funfilled week in California at Nationals where I got to meet some amazing girls from all across the country. The highlights of my week was winning the National Spokesmodel title, being 1st runner up in Talent and Actress and in the Top 10 overall.
Cheiska, Sydney and Alexandra are such amazing role models and I know they will be the best women of this Century. Stacey, Tia and Jeanneil, no one could have asked for more amazing Cover Girls! You are all so supportive and just fun to hang out with. Lily and Ilyarah, you are the most special little Sister Queens a girl could have. National Cover Girls Kyra and Isabella rounded out our crew and added a lot to the mix.
Mr. Leverton, Brittany Clute, Lacey Fitzgerald and the rest of the staff at NAM, I love you and thanks for putting up with me for the last year. I sure appreciate everything you have done for me.
No matter who goes home with titles and crowns this weekend, you are all smart, special and most of all, beautiful. The best advice I can give you is to just be yourself, make new friends and enjoy the every moment because the weekend goes fast, but your memories last forever.
To my successor, cherish these moments like they could disappear any second and love every person that becomes a part of your journey. You’ve got an exciting year ahead of you!
Your 2012 Oregon Preteen Queen,
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July 22nd, 2011
I am Caitlyn Hooks, your 2010 Miss Kentucky Princess. Wow! I have had a great year representing NAM. I have made so many new friends along the way. When I am not running around the farm or hitting the dance floor you can find me volunteering with my Sunday school class and my Girl Scout Daisy troop.
Last year I traveled all the way to California to compete at National American Miss. First stop Disneyland, I loved meeting all of my favorite characters although Minnie Mouse was my favorite. The 1970′s party was so much fun, I even brought Elvis to the party. Rehearsals were alot of hard work but they sure were fun, I made so many friends that week from all over the United States even Alaska. I also attended my very first formal dinner for Thanksgiving. National American Miss did an awesome job helping us celebrate Thanksgiving so far away from all my family.
Competing was my favorite!!!! I was crowned the NAM National Photogenic Queen. I placed in all of my events and even walked the Red Carpet with my Top 5 Casual Wear. When my name was called out in the Top 10 I was ecstatic, what a huge accomplishment after all I was only 5. I know the magic of this year will stay with me forever.
Thank you Mr. Matt for a wonderful and fun State pageant and for your time and support. A big Thank You to everyone behind the scene that makes it possible for such a wonderful program to continue every year. My favorite quote is ” ARE YOU READY?” Ready to have fun, Ready to help others, Ready to have the time of your life!!! I’m Ready, and I can’t wait to crown the next Miss Kentucky Princess.
Hugs and Kisses,
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July 20th, 2011
What an incredible honor and journey I have had as the 2010 National American Miss Kentucky Junior Teen! This year has held more opportunities for me than most experience in a lifetime!
My whirlwind year began shortly after winning the Junior Teen crown and title with a fantastic key-note speaker opportunity for the Northern Kentucky New Hope Center’s “A Knight To Remember” Father/Daughter Dance Fundraiser. I spoke to over 75 young ladies and their fathers about how they are beautiful and special just the way God created them! I encouraged them to believe in themselves, to pursue their talents, and to always dream big!
Throughout the year, I had many opportunities to set a positive example as a role model for girls of all ages. I was interviewed on Cincinnati’s Fox 19 Morning News Xtra program, featured in the Northern Kentucky Enquirer, the Kenton County Recorder, and was featured in the cover story of Fort Living Mitchell magazine. I have also had the opportunity to share my platform, “A Heart for the Arts, Using the Creative Arts to build Self-Esteem and Confidence in Today’s Youth” and to performance at local churches and non-profit organization events. I was also emcee and a guest performer at the Miss Northern Kentucky Scholarship Pageant. These were all exciting, rewarding, and fun experiences!
One of the biggest highlights of my year was the trip to Nationals in Anaheim, Calfornia! I loved spending a day at Disneyland and finding all my favorite stars down the streets of Hollywood! Seeing the landmark “Hollywood” sign in person was thrilling! I also loved walking on the Santa Monica beach and stepping foot into the Pacific Ocean for the first time!
The national pageant experience was unforgettable! I met so many wonderful girls from all across the United States, and gained so much confidence through the competitions. I also enjoyed the banquets and learning the fun choreography numbers, it was truly a once in a lifetime experience!
I am so thankful to have made long lasting friendships with my sister queens that I will always cherish. I love you girls and together we make Kentucky proud!
This year would not have been possible if it weren’t for some very special people that I would like to say thank you to: Miss Shelia and Bryce, you are so sweet and so supportive of everything I do! You are like a second family to me, and Miss Shelia…I will always remember “the eyelashes”! Thank you Matt, my awesome State Director, and Michelle and the entire NAM staff! You are all wonderful and I have thoroughly enjoyed spending time and working with you at nationals, call-backs, and workshops throughout the year. I will miss you! To my mom and dad, thanks for everything! If it weren’t for your love and support, I would not be the young woman I am today and I would not have had this amazing opportunity to go after…thanks for letting me follow my dreams! Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! He truly is my everything and I give Him all the glory and honor of this year!
To all of the Junior Teen contestants, take a deep breath and enjoy every moment of this pageant experience! The fact that each of you has made it to this level is phenomenal! You are all beautiful and have much to be proud of. To my successor, enjoy your time as Miss Kentucky Junior Teen 2011! It will go by quickly; Remember that all eyes will be on you everywhere you go! You are a role model, so do your best and you will gain so much from this amazing year of your life! Congratulations and enjoy!
One year has come and gone very quickly, I never imagined myself winning the Kentucky Junior Teen title and it has truly been a dream come true. When I look back over the past year, what I realize is that it is not the crown that is important, it’s what you do with it on your head in efforts to make a difference and make a positive impact in the lives of others.
I will always cherish the memories and be grateful for my year spent as NAM royalty!
Lydia Blaise Allen
National American Miss Kentucky Junior Teen 2010
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July 13th, 2011
Dear contestants, Get ready for one of the best weekends in your entire life. You will never forget this weekend- so take lots pictures, exchange phone numbers, add your new friends on Facebook and take every chance to also thank the ones that brought you here today. Where would we be without our family and friends? Through this truly phenomenal program, I have met many friends and have made memories that will last a lifetime. This year as the 2010 NAM NC Jr. Teen has been life changing; I wouldn’t alter one second of it. From riding in parades and volunteering with various organizations, to going to HOLLYWOOD and wearing tons of heels, I have truly been marked part of the “NAMily”. And so will you after meeting Matt and his amazing staff at the state pageant. As you embark on this journey remember that this weekend is to have fun, make friends, learn how to be poise, talk in front of other people and learn how to do an interview in a way that will make you competitive in the job-industry today. Throughout my reign I have personally learned the life lesson of “cherishing every moment” and being truly grateful for every little thing that I have-even my annoying 10-year old brother. Because of National American Miss, I have gained the confidence to work for and with other people through volunteering. So far, I have calculated around 130 hours of volunteer service. I have also learned that giving to and helping other people is much more rewarding than buying a new pair of shoes, and as the quote says “although I may not be able to do everything, I can do something.” I would like to thank all of my friends and family for being the best support system a girl could ever dream of having, Matt and the rest of my NAMily, for helping me stay organized. To all of my NAM sister queens and friends, I’m sure each and every one of you will achieve anything you dream of and I will always remember those late-night talks when we talked about how “livers are like the shape of jelly beans”, ha-ha. Those were some of my most memorable moments thus far. But most importantly, I’d like to thank my Lord and Savior for helping me fight nerves, and for allowing me the opportunity to win this amazing title, and now hand it over to a new queen. To the new 2011 NAM NC Jr. Teen, remember although you may have the crown, its how you make it sparkle and shine that truly matters.
I am, and will always be, your 2010 National American Miss North Carolina Jr. Teen,Chelsey S. Bennett Thank you and good luck!
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June 24th, 2011
I am so excited to meet all of you! This weekend will be one you will never forget. Last year I stood in your shoes, in awe of this whole situation, and even more, that I was a part of this amazing adventure. And yes, oh so excited and more than a little nervous! Relax and enjoy every minute. NAM is truly the experience of a lifetime! If there is something I can do to help make this weekend more pleasant for you, please don’t hesitate to ask.
To my successor, you are going to have a blast this year. Get ready for the best year of your life! Serving as NAMiss South Carolina Jr Teen has been absolutely amazing! It was such an honor and a privilege, an experience I will never forget. The opportunities to show God’s love and bring smiles to so many faces was such a blessing to me. I was able to visit with the elderly, see our brave soldiers off as they went to fight for our freedom in Afghanistan, ride in parades, meet the Governor and encourage pre-school students to eat healthy and exercise, promoting my platform “Fitness for the Future”. It is truly magical to see their excitement when meeting a “princess”. You will find it a blessing to reach out and make a difference in someone else’s life. Traveling to Nationals in California and representing our great state was truly an honor. I met an amazing group of new friends. Girls who were a lot like me……smart, enthusiastic, kind and beautiful inside and out!
To all my North and South Carolina sister queens, I know we will always have a special NAM bond. Mr. Matt, you are the best, and Chick-Fil-A will always make me think of you! Ms. Michelle thanks for making open calls so much fun and yes, I did bring my tide to go pen with me this weekend! To my friends and family, thanks for being such an awesome support system. I love you all!
2010 NAMiss South Carolina Jr Teen
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