August 30, 2013

Miss Indiana and a PILE of school supplies!

Part of being a NAM Queen is getting out and making a difference in your local community.  Here's a great pic of Miss Indiana, Bailey Jaclyn Perez, getting ready to go out and delivery needed school supplies to her community!  Go girl!  #NAMIndy

IN PT Delivering School Supplies

August 28, 2013

NAMiss California - Monique Sheps

NAMily - your Miss California Jr. Teen, Monique Sheps, has already been out keeping busy.  Here's a picture of her at the 5K to raise awareness for breast cancer with the American Cancer Society:  @americancancer

She also took part in the "Buck a Stuff" drive at school and even volunteered on her birthday at a local animal shelter for "Big Sunday".

The crown and banner opens doors, it's up to you to step through.  Nice work Monique!

8-28-13 CA JT Monique Sheps American Cancer Society
Miss California - Monique Sheps and the American Cancer Society

August 27, 2013

Miss California and the Los Angeles Mission

NAMiss California Jr. Pre-Teen, Valerie Estrada, spend the day volunteering with the Los Angeles Mission.  Nice work Valerie!

Visit to learn more about the organization - the website says "the Los Angeles Mission exists to provide help, hope and opportunity to men, women and children in need.  God uses the Los Angeles Mission as a powerful tool to bring about change in lives devastated by substance abuse and poor lifestyle choices"

Our hope through the National American Miss organization is that we can support other organizations like the LA Mission and make a change in our local communities.  Here are some picks from the NAM Flickr feed of Valerie's day with the mission:

8-27-13 Miss CA and the LA Mission8-27-13 CA JP Valerie Estrada with Steve Ruppe PR Director for LA Mission8-27-13 CA JP Valerie Estrada donating toys to the LA Mission8-27-13 CA JP Valerie Estrada donating toys

August 25, 2013

A Message from your NAM State Director

We are so excited for all of the State Finalists from this years National American Miss Pageants.  It's time to start getting ready for Nationals, here's a quick message to our girls!  Keep in touch!

August 24, 2013

NAMiss Indiana & the Hamilton Co Humane Society

Accompanied by her rescue dog, Miss Indiana Jr. Pre-Teen Queen, Olivia Keith, shares the joys of saving and adopting a dog with other kids at the Hamilton County Humane Society's Woofstock event.

IN JP Rescue Dog

Great e-mail from a NAM family

We love what we do here at NAM and just love getting feedback from our families. I wanted to share a great e-mail I just received from the mother of our former Miss Arizona Princess Queen who currently lives in California. Thanks for being a part of the NAM Family!

"Hi! We just wanted to share some news about our daughter. She has been participating with NAM since 2006. She was you Arizona Princess in 2007-2008 and recently 2nd runner up for Southern California Jr. Preteen.

We relocated to California after Jazmine started taking an interest in acting in modeling. In 2006, after she competed with NAM she used one of her prizes to take some classes at a local John Robert Powers. About a month into her classes she was chosen to attend the IPOP convention in Las Vegas, while we were there she met with a number of large agencies for acting and modeling. Shortly after she signed with Abrams Artists for acting and Ford Models. Without NAM Jazmine would have never had the confidence at 5 years old to go in front of these agencies, let alone the casting directors she sees regularly. We relocated to California in March of 2008 and since then Jazmine has been on Monk, My Name is Earl, Eastwick, Worst Week and has done print work for companies like BMW and Target.

Jazmine has not only acceled in her “career” but has also became an upstanding citizen through her acts of community service. Before we left Arizona she was awarded the Humane Society Hero of the year award by the Arizona Humane Society for contributing the single largest donation they had ever seen. Jazmine would spend her weekends outside of our local pet store and pass out wish lists for the Humane Society, she would then collect the donations and turn them into the Humane Society. Jazmine still donates much of her free time to local charities and shelters.

We love being part of the NAM family and our 4 year old daughter will begin competing with her sister next year! The experience and friends made are amazing! Thank you for everything you do for all of the young girls that have been part of the NAM family.

Sonya and Shane"

Juniors Volleyball Coach Community Involvement!!

Name of Organization or Cause *
Juniors Volleyball Coach
KahleeSmith* - National American Miss Florida Teen
Total Time Served* - 25 hours

I have played volleyball for almost ten years and I love to hand my passion down to those who are younger and see them strive toward becoming aamazing players. I have coached for summer leagues and middle school teams, as well as participated in fundraising activities. I have so much fun with the girls, especially in being their role model as a player and individual in society. With coaching I am able to spread my love of the game to others as well as continue playing. Growing up, I learned through volleyball my own qualities of determination, confidence, poise, self-discipline, and sportsman like conduct. These are qualities that I instill into my girls on the court.

NAM Queen's CHALLENGE to participate in Earth Hour

Saturday, March 23rd from 8:30PM - 9:30PM is Earth Hour.  That means people are encouraged all over the world to turn off their lights and use natural forms of light for the hour.  Your reigning NAMiss Florida is challenging everyone in the NAM family to participate.  She made a quick video to explain - check it out:

May 3, 2013

Raising the Sponsor Fee for NAM

I've heard of a lot of different ways that girls go about raising the required sponsor fee to participate in NAM - this one however, is my favorite one yet!!  As you know, the total sponsor fee for NAM is $480.  We encourage girls to go out and talk to local businesses in their community and ask for support as a tax deductive advertising expense for the businesses.

And of course, there's always friends and family to talk to!  We recommend asking 10 people to donate $48 and then you are done!

Here is a video I just found on youtube.  This video was made by the contestant and her family (I'm assuming) and used to e-mail to potential sponsors.  So CUTE!!  Enjoy

April 28, 2013

NAM - Time for Formal Wear

It's that time of year for everyone - choosing your outfits for pageant weekend and practicing for the competitions.  Here is a great video that just got posted on YouTube - it's simply one contestant doing the formal wear competition but it's a good one to watch.  Great dress, great smile, very natural; over all, very nice job.  I'm guessing she received a high score.

Good luck, hope this is helpful!

April 25, 2013

2013 Miss California South Open Calls

The 2013 NAMiss California South Open Calls started last night in San Diego!  Check out the full schedule online at  See you there!

NAM Miss California Open Calls

April 4, 2013

Contestants in the News

Send out those press release flyers that you receive with your NAM State Finalist Acceptance Packs.  Here's an article that was just published for Madison Lee out in Alabama.  See you pageant weekend!

March 31, 2013

Victoria Johnson speaking at a Relay for Life event

Victoria Johnson, last year’s 2nd runner up to California Jr. Teen Pageant, was honored to be asked to be a spokesperson and the featured speaker for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for life. She sent me a link to the video of her giving the speech and her mom gave us a little background on how this all came about.  Thanks for sharing!  

"This has been her project for 8 years now and something she has worked very hard to participate in. Over the last 8 years as a team member her and her team have raised over $8,000 yearly. She was also thrilled to win the NAM Volunteer Service Volunteer award at the pageant last year. Her father and Victoria spend many hours volunteering together for many different originations. Her father is Victoria’s and our families hero by becoming a bone morrow donor giving the gift of life to a young man with leukemia."

It's great seeing the NAM girls out making a difference like this and volunteering their time. Here's the video:

February 18, 2013

National American Miss California Queens, Maile Montillano and Kaysee French (aren't they the cutest in their matching yellow outfits!) helped collect donations for a local goodwill fundraiser.  All of the money raised is going towards an orphan hosting program for the non-profit organization, International Christian Adoptions.

NAMiss California Queens
We love seeing the NAM banners out there at events like this that make a difference in the communities. Thank you ladies for giving your time and energy to a great organization like the International Christian Adoptions Agency.

February 14, 2013

NAMiss Maryland featured on the cover of Action Line Magazine

Action Line Magazine is a teacher's magazine printed in Maryland.  This months cover story is about the ever so hot topic of bullying in schools.  Your former NAMiss Maryland Princess & Jr. Pre-Teen Queen Nya Vasquez was featured in the article as well as on the cover of the magazine!  As we always say, it's so COOL to see where NAM girls are making a difference in their communities.

Bullying has become such a popular platform for girls and a hot topic amongst educators and parents in the past 5 years.  I am always proud to see NAM girls out making a big impact in this area.  My personal belief is that a good dose of self-confidence and a support system made up of true friends is the best defense against bullying.  Girls that know who they are and are not just comfortable with themselves but PROUD to be the way they are, just exactly the way they are, have the foundation to better deal with any bullying situation.  Combine that with true friends that feel the same and you're no match for a bully.

If there was ever a better answer to the question, "why should I participate in a National American Miss  pageant?"  Isn't that the best answer?!  Making friends and gaining the confidence through actions in your own abilities by being on stage for NAM competitions and experiencing the workshop, rehearsals, and friendship building parties.  I love what NAM is doing for girls and am so PROUD of girls like Nya in Maryland and others around the country like Jordan Fowler out in California or Amanda Moreno out in Georgia just to name a few.

Keep it up NAM girls!  See you at the Open Calls happening now and looking forward to the pageants this summer!

You can view the entire article in Action Line Magazine online at:

February 1, 2013

Famous in her Own Mind: B.U.L.L.Y. Presents "Project Media"

Bullying has become such a hot topic these days; many girls are taking it up as a platform and doing some really great things for kids around the country.  This morning I found this program called "B.U.L.L.Y. Presents "Project Media".  It just so happens to be run by one of our NAMiss California State Finalists moms!

Famous in her Own Mind: B.U.L.L.Y. Presents "Project Media": Project Media was born under the direction of Courtney O'Steen to show how the media is one of the largest bullies we face today. With the stigmas media produces to be "unrealistically thin" or that gossip is what we should believe. Students explore tabloid magazines and are asked to look for negative stories, negative phrases and anything that is considered harmful to someone's self esteem. Students work in small groups to determine what is fact and what is gossip, they cut out their examples and create media boards to present to their peers. Not only are students able to identify how gossip can lead to bullying, they are also learning to develop public speaking skills that they can foster for future opportunities. 

January 24, 2013

Miss California is in the new Kia Sorento Commercial

You've probably seen this commercial already and not even realized that your Miss California is one of the girls in the back seat of the car!  Check it out below - NAMiss California Pre-Teen, Ariana Guido.  Ariana has been in quite a few commercials but this is the first one played nationally.

It's always fun seeing where NAM girls pop up.  :-)

Keep up with Ariana - if you can!
Twitter:  @thearianaguido

Miss California - Ariana Guido

January 21, 2013

NAM State Finalist working for Autism Awareness

Great picture we received from the Sterkowitz family - Kacey is out raising money for Autism Awareness.  Great job Kacey - thanks for being part of the NAMily!

Hi guys!  I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed the pageant this year and are already looking forward to next year!  Our daughter, Kacey was featured on your blog from her newspaper articles (Kindergartner excited for first pageant).  She made it to the top ten this year - her first pageant and she is so excited!  I must say that the leadership and communication skills she learned this year are outstanding!  She not only donated 10% of her pageant donations to charity, but also this past month held a charity lemonade sale for Autism!  She is always looking for new innovative ways to give back to the community and is so proud to have been a National American Miss contestant.  It was a great experience and we are so proud of the little lady she has become!!  Thanks !!

NAMiss Indiana Kacey Sterkowitz raising money for Autism

January 18, 2013

National American Miss - Hoang-Kim Cung

Your reigning National American Miss Queen, Hoang-Kim Cung is a senior at the University of Texas in Austin.  Every so often she has been posting video-blog (vlog's) about what's happening in her life during the year of her reign.

One of her first video's is posted in the sidebar of this blog - here's the latest installment!  Thanks Hoang-Kim, it's really nice to get to know you and what's happening in your day-to-day life.  Keep 'em coming!

January 17, 2013

NAM Girls Making Moves in the Music Business

Former National American Miss New York JP Queen - Dylan Collins, now know as Dylan Jenet, is starting to make waves with her music!

She was recently one of 9 out of 11,000 girls chosen to be featured on the Daily Unsigned website.  Here's the write up - click below to hear her music!

Last month, we received over 11,000+ artist submissions (we listen to all submissions) requesting to be featured on Daily Unsigned and out of all those requests….only 9 artists made the cut. Yes, we are uber picky on who gets chosen.
Today’s Fresh Pick on Daily Unsigned, Dylan Jenet is one of the nine artists selected out of 11,000+ submissions and we couldn’t be more proud. Dylan Jenet has a very well developed star quality and her vocal talents are beyond her age.
If you are a fan of Pop music….you need to listen to Dylan Jenet!
- Rob Daily

January 16, 2013

The Brazil Times - Indiana State Finalist Chosen for NAMiss

I saw an article this morning that ran in the Brazil Times out in Indiana.  It's a press release announcing Carlee Ann Lynch as a State Finalist in the National American Miss Indiana Pageant for 2013!  Great job, Carlee - I copied the online article below, here's a link as well:

Carlee Ann Lynch, 10, the daughter of Tara and Jeff McCullough and the late Joe Lynch, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Indiana Pageant (NAM).

The pageant will take place Saturday, July 6, at the Marriott in downtown Indianapolis.
The NAM pageants take place for girls ages 4-18, with five different age divisions. Lynch will compete in the pre-teen division.

The winner of the pageant will receive a $1,000 cash reward, a crown and banner, roses and air transportation to the national pageant in California where she will receive a complimentary tour of Hollywood and two V.I.P. tickets to Disneyland.  NAM Pageants are dedicated to celebrating America's future leaders and equipping them with life-long skills.

Each year, the pageant nationally awards $1.5 million in cash, scholarships and other prizes.
Additionally, these pageants strive to keep activities and competitions age appropriate by not allowing girls under the age of 12 to wear makeup, nor do they hold a swimsuit competition.

Emphasis is on self-confidence, inner-beauty, good sportsmanship and setting and achieving goals.
Lynch is a student at Jackson Township Elementary school where she is involved with many activities.
She enjoys gymnastics, dance, swimming, volunteering with the Special Olympics and competing in NAM pageants.

This will be her second year competing.

January 15, 2013

"Beyond The Spotlight" by Megan Alexander

If you haven't noticed in the last two issues of Pageantry Magazine, there is a new column being written by our very own Megan Alexander!  The new issue just arrived at our apartment in NYC.  I will post a link to the article here as soon as the digital edition is available on Pageantry Magazines website.

Here is a link to last months feature about Jamie Hilton, former Mrs. Idaho, titled "Believe in Miracle".  Online Article

You may remember seeing the story on TV about the accident Jamie suffered while fishing with her husband and her near death experience.  Megan chronicles the story of this mother of 3 overcoming all odds and making a recovery.  Take a look and make sure to pick up your issue of Pageantry!

January 14, 2013

Miss American 2013 Lifestyle & Fitness Winner - Mandy Schendel

First off - Congratulations to the new Miss America, Mallory Hytes Hagan, crowned last night!  She kicks off her media tour today here in NY so I'm sure you will be seeing her on all the morning shows.  

Closer to home for us, I wanted to say a big congratulations to our very own NAM girl, Miss Washington America Mandy Schendel!  Mandy was the preliminary lifestyle and fitness award winner and then during the final pageant, was the surprise judges pick to make it as a semi-finalist.  

We are super proud of you Mandy, way to represent the great state of Washington!!

January 9, 2013

NAMiss Volunteering at the Oakland Childrens Hospital

"Yesterday I had the honor of delivering 26 stuffed animals and 20 barbies to Oakland Childrens Hospital. One of the most inspirational and beautiful moments was delivering a stuffed dog to the girl in the photo, she wants to be a doctor one day.  Her mom, her aunt and her grandma were all nurses and she wants to give back to a place where she was saved.  Thank you NAMISS for giving me this type of opportunity!!"

~Stephanie Behring
NAMiss Danville
NAMiss Oakland Childrens HospitalNAMiss at Oakland Childrens Hospital

December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year NAMily!!

~Brian & Megan Cournoyer
State Directors

December 28, 2012

Get ready for 2013

It's the last Friday before the New Year!  Are you ready for 2013?  We sure are here at NAM; all of next years pageant dates are finalized and posted online at  I will add a link to each of the states here on the blog later today for reference.

Our final state to finalize this year was the Southern California show.  If you are a CA girl, make sure and take a look because we changed the date as well as the location.  We are now at the end of June at the Hilton in Costa Mesa.  There were just too many other groups at the Anaheim Marriott on the same weekend as the pageant, it would have been too crazy and families would have had trouble getting a hotel room at the discounted rates.

For our returning girls, you should have all received your special offers for 2013 by now.  We will be starting open calls in January so if you would like to attend one, please e-mail your director.

This is always one of my favorite times in the pageant season because we don't have a lot of new girls signing up yet and it gives me a chance to catch up with our returning contestants.  It's always exciting to see where life has taken the amazing girls in our NAMily.

Fun pics for the day;  Steve Drury is a photographer out in CA that takes some really great pageant pics.  He posted a few new ones of last years Miss California Olivia Jensen.  Here's a sample but you can see them all on his site or on our Flickr feed: (my favorite is the one in the purple!)

NAMiss California Olivia Jensen recentNAMiss California Olivia Jensen rock starNAMiss California Olivia Jensen competing in TalentNAMiss California Olivia Jensen casual outfitNAMiss California Olivia Jensen 2011

December 27, 2012

NAM Girls Volunteer for the Holidays

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our NAM Families across the country.  I hope that everyone is having a wonderful Holiday Season.

Many of our NAM Queens have been out volunteering over the Holidays.  That's such a great part of NAM to see these girls out giving back to their communities.  These events are not required for the girls and are not set up by their NAM offices; the girls put these together themselves because they love getting involved.

Here are a few pictures I rounded up this morning:

NAMiss Washington Brooklyn Hodge Veteran's Hospital NAMiss Washington Brooklyn Hodge volunteering her time on Christmas Eve at the Spokane Veteran's Hospital.
  NAMiss California singing Chirstmas Carols to the Elderly NAMiss California Athenna Michaels singing Christmas Carols to the elderly at The Carlton Plaza
  NAMiss California Girls volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club in Anaheim NAMiss California Queens Danielle Walker and Amanda Starrantino volunteered their time at the Anaheim Boys and Girls Club and helped serve spaghetti dinner.

November 21, 2012

NAM State Directors - GangNAM Style!

We decided to spice things up a bit for our last orientation of the 2012 National Pageant.  For the State Directors introduction we rolled out...... GangNAM Style!

November 19, 2012

NAM Nationals Check-Ins

NAM Nationals is moving right along!  It's always so much fun to be here at Nationals and meet the families from all across the country.  Here are some pics from check-in - check out the NAM Flickr account to stay up to day by the minute!

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" ~Phil 4:13. Good luck to all of the competitors @NtlAmericanMiss NationalsThe official NAM Queens National competition banners!NAM Directors Brian Cournoyer and Lew Schneider by the Christmas tree in the pageant foyer!

November 17, 2012

NAM National Pageant Begins!

Welcome to Anaheim, California and the 10th Annual NAM National Pageant!  We are so excited to be here with our families from all across the country.  This year marks our 10th birthday as National American Miss.  Stay tuned all week for pictures of all the fun!

Also, make sure and follow us on twitter @namissblog and @ntlamericanmiss.  We just finished our staff meeting and are starting the first check-in!

@NtlAmericanMiss Staff meeting, check-in starts in 70 minutes! 10 year anniversary of NAM!!@NtlAmericanMiss National Directors Steve and Kathleen MayesGetting ready to start NAM Nationals check-in!!