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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June 24th, 2011
Contestants and Families, This year has come and gone so fast! It has been an honor and privilege to represent such a beautiful state as Miss North Carolina Junior Teen. National American Miss has taught me so many valuable lessons and skills to help me through this crazy life! It is truly unlike any other pageant in the country.Throughout my year, I worked with many Diabetes Organizations, Make-A-Wish, and Relay for Life to name a few. I’ve grown so much in my community through my title, and met some extraordinary and inspirational people who have changed my life.I would like to thank Matt Leverton and the entire National American Miss Staff for an unforgettable year. You run the hottest show in town!To my sister queens, from coast to coast, you all are constantly in my thoughts and prayers, and will remain in my heart forever. I love you dearly, and I think the absolute world of you!To all the contestants, I’ve been in your shoes. Take a deep breath! Enjoy this weekend with your family. Grow from this, and make friends and memories I know will last forever! To my successor, let this experience open doors for your future, and cherish every moment of your reign. Congratulations and welcome to the NAMily!
All my love and gratitude, Rachel Earley
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June 22nd, 2011
I cannot believe that my reign as your South Carolina Teen Queen is coming to an end. Time as flown by and I have thoroughly enjoyed representing South Carolina and this incredible organization that makes girl’s dreams come true.
Recently, my family adopted a 12 year old boy from Ukraine. I soon felt compelled to reach out to orphans. Teaching dance to abandoned kids in Children’s Homes in South Carolina has been a huge blessing in my life. I have seen these children given the opportunity to escape their challenges and find a hope in expressing themselves through dance. I have also had the privilege of working with many nursing homes. My life has been blessed as I have spent time building friendships with these elders and children this year.
The National pageant in Anaheim California was an experience that I will never forget. I soon realized that NAM girls are women whose beauty is reflected from their heart rather than just their appearance. I met some amazing girls at nationals whom I respect and know will make a huge difference in this world.
As for my sister queens, you are all amazing and beautiful girls who inspire me everyday. Thank you for partnering with me to help represent South Carolina. Megan and Marissa, Nationals was a blast and I’m so thankful for our friendship. Astoria, thank you for being my other half in this journey and helping me represent the Carolinas. You make me want to be a better queen. Matt, I couldn’t have asked for a better director. You always add so much joy and life to this organization and we are lucky to have you guide us along our amazing journey as queens. To my supportive family, thank you for being my biggest fan club and always cheering me on, especially making the extra trip to California. Lastly I thank my Lord and Savior for giving me the opportunity to bring him glory through NAM.
To my successor, I already know that you will be an incredible queen who will make both NAM and myself very proud. Remember to take every opportunity that comes your way because it will be gone in a flash. Know where your true beauty lies and seek to share that with others. I’m so excited for your new journey!
National American Miss has given me the opportunity of a lifetime and I feel extremely blessed to have been a part of such an incredible organization. Thank you for allowing me to represent NAM and serve you this year as your Miss South Carolina Teen Queen.
Always Your NAM South Carolina Teen Queen 2010-2011,
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June 21st, 2011
This year has gone by so fast! It’s hard to believe that just one year ago, I was named the 2010 National American Miss North Carolina. I began competing in pageants when I was 12 years old, and my very first pageant was NAM. I instantly fell in love with the organization and have become a better person because of it. I owe many thanks to National American Miss and all it has done for me. These past 12 months I stayed very busy with my title doing many things. I have volunteered with the American Cancer Society, New Hanover Girl Scouts, B.R.A.Y.S. Love, and a few other charitable organizations. I have been met so many wonderful people whom I will stay friends with forever. Representing North Carolina at the National pageant in California was a blast! Best of all, I have been able to speak out about a topic that is very near and dear to my heart, self esteem and having a healthy body image. It wasn’t until I competed in National American Miss that I began to gain a healthy body image and I wanted to share that message with other young women. Therefore, I chose to give a speech in the Spokesmodel competition at the National pageant about body image and share my story. I am honored to say that I ended up winning the title of National Spokesmodel! As the outgoing North Carolina Miss queen, it is my last year competing in the National American Miss system and I often reflect on everything NAM has taught me. Aside from the obvious skills one gains in National American Miss (interview, public speaking, poise, self esteem, etc.), I have learned more than that. I have learned that a crown does not make you a winner. I have learned how to lose. I have learned that everything happens for a reason. I have learned how to be a leader. I have learned that no matter how distant a dream may seem, it is always within reach. I owe National American Miss everything and I will forever be grateful. To the NAM staff, and especially Matt Leverton, a million thanks for everything! You all are truly the best!! To the 2011 contestants, you are about to have the time of your life! Take in every opportunity to try something new, make friends, and have fun because it goes by too fast! Come pageant weekend, the most important thing is not whether you take home a crown and banner. It is about the intangible that you take home: memories, new skills, friendships, and a newfound self confidence. Good luck to each and every one of you! Smile and have fun! “To love someone is great. To love oneself is even greater.”
Love, Staci Alden
2010 National American Miss North Carolina
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