October 19, 2009

Miss California visits the Shriner's Hospital in Sacramento

Our fabulous Northern California Teen Queen, Kylie Kucinski is at it again! Saturday she went to the Shriner's Childrens Hospital in Sacramento and delivered some books and bears from the pageant. Kylie's mom gave me the run down: "This hospital deals with children with various issues/injuries where some Shriners specialize in only certain types of cases. Kylie met children who were almost all in wheelchairs...3 little girls with casts on both legs all under the age of 6...who I think after Kylie's visit, their lives were also changed. If you can imagine 3 little girls (who were from Mexico) bouncing up and down in their wheelchairs and giggling and clapping when they saw Kylie in her crown and banner.

There were also a few adolescent boys who joined her at the table to to decorate crowns...and told her stories about their multiple surgeries. You could well imagine the grins on their faces when they got to all individually take pictures with Kylie in spite of their injuries...and then when the pics were printed and Kylie signed them and gave them to all of the kids they were all so excited.

But the one child that Kylie and I both cannot get out of our minds and hearts is a little boy also from Mexico who was burned beyond recognition. He's about 4 I think, and he also had no hands. This little boy also wanted his picture taken with Kylie but only with his mom there too. So mom was in the picture and when I looked over at them being photographed I could see them from behind and that little boy had his arm wrapped around the back of Kylie's leg...it was the cutest thing I have ever seen in my life. When Kylie and I were talking about it later she said he didn't just wrap it around, he was holding on to her tight. He amazed us with what he could do."

Here are some great pics that Kylie sent over - good job girl! I can't help but smile, I just fielded an e-mail from a parent who was convinced that National American Miss is a scam; (granted this parent has never been to a show and never even so much as filled out an application and received any materials in the mail - she has just watched a few too many episodes of Toddlers and Tiara's!) If I could only get that parent to come over here and take 2 minutes to look through this blog. You rock Kylie, this is the stuff that makes NAM different! Keep up the great work.

NAM Maryland Jr. Pre-Teen Queen's Blog

Your National American Miss MD Jr. Pre-Teen 2009 queen, Isabella Giovanna Cowley, has a great blog of her own!! Check it out: http://nammarylandjrpreteen.blogspot.com/

She has a lot of great things going on. Here's one of the fun video's that she has on her blog. It's her Spokesmodel speech from the NAM National Pageant a few years ago:

October 13, 2009

NAM California Finalist lands a Coca-Cola Commercial

This is one talented 12 year old! Bayli "Ray" Johnston from the NAM Northern California pageant, is an accomplished young lady. In 2009 she finished in the top 5 for all of the optional contests at the state pageant, won the "Most Promising Model" award and took 2nd runner-up overall.

She just e-mailed me a link to a new Coca-Cola commercial that she landed; check it out:

For more on Bayli, you can visit her website: http://baylijohnston.com

Keep up the good work Bayli, we are proud of you! Oh, and someday when you are a famous movie star, remember that we knew you before you made it big!! :-)

Your new NAM Miss Maryland Jr. Pre-Teen Queen

Isabella Cowley, your new NAM Maryland Junior Preteen Queen, is no stranger to the stage. Along with volunteering, singing, and spending time with her amazing family, she enjoys modeling and acting. Signed with several top NYC talent agencies, Isabella has modeled for ToysRUs, Overstock.com, Hecht's, Sesame Street clothing line, JoJo Kidz, The Bon-Ton, and many others. She has been a principle lead in an MSNBC segment, has also been a principle in a national commercial aired on WE TV and believes her NAM experiences have contributed to her blossoming modeling and acting career.

Mom Stephanie says, "Each year at National American Miss, Isabella grows as a person, not just a NAM girl. I love seeing her comfort level on the stage and in the interview go up each year. This has helped her throughout her young life: in school, modeling, acting and life!" Isabella was the Maryland 2007 Princess Queen and placed 1st runner up in Actress and Spokesmodel at the national pageant. She is thrilled to serve the beautiful state of Maryland again and plans to continue her service work to include raising money for an orphanage in Vietnam for HIV/AIDS-infected children. She also credits NAM with pushing her to make a difference.

Here are two great pictures of Isabella; way to go girl!

NAM Miss Arizona sisters on the local news

Check out this cool video of your Arizona NAM queens on the local news. Get those press releases in the mail girls!

Miss California Pre-Teen sings anthem at the Anaheim Angels playoff game

So we all know how talented our NAM girls are right? Our girls have the confidence to get out there and take chances; to be up on stage and perform. Well how about this one - your Southern California NAM Pre-Teen Queen Taylor Longbrake sang the national anthem last night in front of a sold out crowd at the Anaheim Angels playoff game!! http://losangeles.angels.mlb.com/

Here's a pic:

She's been told that if the Angels make it to the World Series they want to have her back to sing again. Way to go Taylor; I've heard her sign numerous times and every time I can't figure out how so much beautiful sound comes out of that little person! :-) We are proud of you Taylor, keep it up!

For more on Taylor, check out her website: http://www.taylorlongbrake.com/

October 12, 2009

Halie Hite - A blessing to all who knew her

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of the passing of Halie Hite, your 2004 NAM Indiana Jr. Pre-Teen Queen. Halie was killed last Thursday evening in a car accident. While NAM was only one part of her life, we, and all who knew her, were blessed by the special young lady she was and feel so honored to have had her with the NAM program. Our thoughts, prayers and support go out to the Hite family.

The family has requested in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to the Northview Band and Guard, 1 Knight Drive, Brazil, 47834.

Here is the write up from the local paper: http://www.thebraziltimes.com/story/1577721.html

Halie Marie Hite Friday, October 9, 2009

Halie Marie Hite, 15, Brazil, died Oct. 8, 2009, at 10:40 p.m., in the St. Vincent Clay Hospital emergency room, following an automobile accident, earlier that evening.

Halie was born Sept. 10, 1994, in Bloomington, the daughter of Anthony Hite and Pam Daugherty Hite.

She attended Meridian grade school and Cornerstone Christian Academy. She was currently a freshman student at Northview High School. Halie took dance lessons since the age of 3 and enjoyed every minute of dance performance. She participated in Miss Indiana, National American Miss Pageants and won several competitions. As a student at North Clay Middle School, Halie participated in Cadet Corp, basketball, track, cross country and was a cheerleader. She had been "drafted" as a seventh-grader into working with the NHS Guard and was looking forward to Regional competition next Saturday. She was also a freshman cheerleader.

Halie had another side to her as well. Yes, she loved dance, pageants and cheerleading, but she also loved riding horses, watching dirt bike racing and fishing. She also baited her own hook and took care of her own catch. She was also one that looked out for the "underdog." She had a soft spot in her heart for those not in a clique or that just were a little shy. She tried not to judge and she loved to have fun!

Survivors include her parents, Pam and Tony Hite, Brazil, her brothers Michael Stuckey, Matthew Stuckey, and Jacob Hite, all of Brazil, grandparents Bill Hite, Bloomington, Joe and Susan Daugherty, Phoenix, and great-grandma Vivian Mercurio, Phoenix, aunts and uncles Lori and Ernie Coscarelli, Phoenix, Jennifer Daugherty, Brazil, James and Cheryl Hite, Ft. Collins, Colo., Calvin and Marsha Hite, Bloomington, and Susan and Brian McIntosh, Brownsburg, Ind., "extra" mom Shelly Lambert, Brazil, many cousins and a huge group of friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandma Alice Marie Hite on Jan. 10, 2009.
Services will be held Monday, at 1 p.m., at the First Christian Church, 1875 W. U.S. Hwy 40, Brazil, with Brother Bill Brock officiating. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, from 3-8 p.m., at the Lawson-Miller Chapel, 1702 E. National Ave., Brazil, and one hour prior to services at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Northview Band and Guard, 1 Knight Drive, Brazil, 47834.

Light a candle in her memory or sign her memorial page at http://www.frenchfuneralhome.com/.

October 11, 2009

Mom sees value in daughter competing in pageants - STLtoday.com#tp_newCommentAnchor

Here's a link to a great article about a young lady that participated in the NAM program; take a look and leave a comment if you feel like it:

"Mom sees value in daughter competing in pageants"

Dawn Lymberopoulos helps her daughter Emily, 13, as she does homework at their home in Maryville.
(John L. White/P-D)By Amy Bertrand

October 1, 2009

New wallpapers on namiss.com

Check out the new National American Miss backgrounds and screensavers for your computer! Enjoy :-)


Miss California Volunteers her time to cheer up hospital patients

Check out Jaylianna Twardecki, your Northern California National American Miss Princess Queen! She spent part of a day visiting the Folsom Convalescent Hospital last week. She helped the residents with bingo, sang to some, visited others, and made cards for several of the patients. Jaylianna said "I just wanted to cheer them up!" Her mom said that they all seemed really happy to have visitors and loved talking with Jaylianna.

That was really nice of you Jaylianna to take time to visit them; I'm sure you accomplished your goal and cheered them all up!