Hannah Reese, Miss South Carolina Jr.Teen queen continues her work with D.A.R.E.

February 1st, 2012

Hannah Reese continues using her title as National American Miss South Carolina Jr. Teen in a positive way. As the South Carolina D.A.R.E. America Youth Advisory Board representative, Hannah has been traveling to different schools’ as the guest speaker at several fifth grade D.A.R.E. graduations and speaking to the students and parents about how to face peer pressure during their middle school and high school years and the benefits of saying “No” to drugs and alcohol. She hopes to continue to make a positive impact on children and teenagers through her motivational speeches and appearances.

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Shivali Patel, North Carolina Jr. Teen Queen works with the town of Cary’s Spruce Program.

January 10th, 2012

Shivali Pate, North Carolina Jr. Teen Queen works for the Town of Cary’s Spruce Program. She also volunteered for two different projects with the town. At Kids Together Park, she helped haul the materials for and resurface a playground for special needs and handicapped children. This included shoveling the mulch-like material, transporting it in wheel barrows, then dumping and spreading the material to resurface the assigned areas. Also for our Town-wide Fall Litter Sweep, she helped organize and lead a litter sweep at her school campus of Athens Drive High School. This included advertising the event, organizing 14 volunteers, picking up the supplies, managing the safety and productivity of the sweep, picking up litter, and then reporting the results. She collected a total of 360 pounds of litter for proper disposal. In everything she has done she has been diligent and dedicated in her service and she is a pleasure to work with.

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Cailee Calabrese, North Carolina Jr. Pre-Teen Queen, works hards for “Movies for Military.”

January 4th, 2012

Cailee with the troopsCailee made her trip to give to the Troops to drop off the DVDs and puzzle books that she collected. She also visited the Warrior Transition Battalion where she distributed some DVDs to put in their movie room. Cailee has donated and collected over 1200 DVDs and 300 puzzle books since she started her own organization 3 years ago. Cailee was also proud to have met General Carpenter on our way to California who was just coming home from Afghanistan who took his picture with her and commended Cailee on her organization because he
appreciated the DVDs he received while stationed there. She also made a visit to Wesley Pines nursing center where Cailee called bingo for the residents. Cailee also adopted a military family for Christmas again this year.

“Movies for Military” is well its under way in that she has already collected 30 DVDs for our troops. Cailee is very proud to in her words “to give a gift back for protecting us.”

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National American Miss Oregon Jr. Pre-Teen Queen, Ciara Wilson, works hard to raise awareness for Juvenile Arthritis.

November 29th, 2011

Ciara Wilson, Miss Oregon Junior Pre-teen Queen, has been busy raising funds to help find a cure for Juvenile Arthritis! Ciara, an active girl that enjoys competitive dance and ski racing was diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis two years ago. This disease affects over 300,000 American children. Currently, she is doing well and enjoying her active lifestyle. Ciara realized that many kids with Juvenile Arthritis suffer with no cure in sight. As a result she has organized her own fundraiser called “Ciara’s Day of Dance” to support CARRA, the Childhood Arthritis & Rheumatology Research Alliance. She organized a dance party with her friends to support this great cause. Ciara raised over $400 to help find a cure for Juvenile Arthritis! Check out the website to see more!


In addition, Ciara attended the Jingle Bell Run Kick-Off Party which benefits the Arthritis Foundation of Oregon. The festivities were held at the Nike World Headquarters on October 23, 2011. The Jingle Bell Run takes place in downtown Portland, Oregon on December 4, 2011 . In the photos, Ciara is pictured with the Grand Marshall for the run, Annise Nassib, and the Youth Grand Marshall, Owen Dye. She looks forward to volunteering at the upcoming holiday event! Check out the website to see what took place!


Ciara plans to continue her volunteering and fund raising efforts in 2012 to help kids with Juvenile Arthritis!

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2011 Kentucky Teen Queen, Stephanie Ramos, works with Dare to Dream.

September 14th, 2011

Stephanie Ramos, 2011 NAM Kentucky Teen Queen, has been working with the Dare To Dream Organization. It is a beauty and talent showcase for children with special needs. In August she went to her local High School to give a speech to children with special needs on the benefits of doing a pageant and how it would help them. As a result many children signed up and the pageant took place on September 10, 2011. Stephanie was a guest of honor, performed her talent and helped with crowning. All proceeds went to SPAN, Special Person’s Advocacy Network. The event was a success and she loves these children!

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Megan Goodson, South Carolina 2010 Jr. Teen Queen works with Fitness For Our Future.

August 26th, 2011

In line with Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, Megan’s community involvement centered around encouraging children to become more fit. Today, in America, nearly one in three children is overweight or obese. According to Mrs. Obama, “The physical and emotional health of an entire generation is at stake.” Megan’s experiences as an athlete have taught her the importance of exercise and proper nutrition. Research shows that physical activity stimulates the brain which directly affects success both in the classroom and in life.
She had an amazing time visiting local preschools and reading, exercising and visiting with them. They talked about different ways of exercising and staying fit, and how to eat healthy. She was so pleased to see one center with a vegetable garden! The children were so enthusiastic to tell her all about what they were growing and the different ways they liked their vegetables prepared. Her visits always included some group dancing and tumbling, which they really enjoyed, as did Megan!
She also participated in the local Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation walk for a cure. As juvenile diabeties is sometimes linked with childhood obesity, she felt this was in line with my project. She thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful afternoon, proudly walking with friends and families of those affected by the disease, while raising awareness.
Her efforts will not stop here. She is a girl who is striving to be a role model by making fitness a prioity in my life, for a stonger, smarter and healthier future.

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National American Miss North Carolina Jr.Teen Queen, Rachel Earley works with S.W.E.E.T. Revenge Diabetes Support Group.

June 7th, 2011

S.W.E.E.T. (Supporting with Education, Encouragement and Togetherness) Revenge Diabetes Support Group has given parents and their children a chance to meet others in the same situation and time to talk about the issues that many families deal with. Each month there is a planned topic and often a guest speaker. Rachel Earley was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes in June, 2005, and has been an active member of the support group since 2007. She has contributed over 200 hours of organizing, planning, and speaking. To recognize her efforts, she was promoted to Youth Director as of January 2010. She was the honorary guest speaker for the month of October, where she shared her troubles and triumphs, and the importance of responsibility with diabetes from the perspective of a patient. She also coordinated and hosted an informative “November is National Diabetes Awareness Month” booth in the Family Network Center of Mission Children’s Clinic in her hometown of Asheville, North Carolina, promoting awareness for the disease. Currently, she is working on a Child Mentoring program that creates a buddy-system for teens and children with diabetes. In doing so, this will provide a trustworthy atmosphere for parents to leave there children with diabetes in the hands of an experienced and responsible diabetic during activities such as babysitting and overall support with the disease.

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