April 29, 2009
When these girls see a photographer and back drop they just can't stay away! I hope you will join us for our next event. You can get dates and information on National American Miss Pageants in every state at www.namiss.com/findyourstate.
Check out the National American Miss Prizes & Awards page at http://www.namiss.com/prizesandawards/
April 28, 2009
April 27, 2009
Friday night the VA queens enjoyed helping with a Call-Back training session for new contestants and their families in Norfolk, Virginia. After meeting some great friends from across Virginia, the girls headed out to a late night dinner to visit. "Keeping up with pageant friends is so much fun!" says Natalie Duval, mother of 3 NAM girls.
April 25, 2009
April 23, 2009
Miss CA USA, Carrie Prejean, is feeling the heat over her answer at Miss USA. She needs our support!
For those of you who missed the telecast, here is a video of her question:
As anyone associated with pageantry knows, contestants are not supposed to be judged on their opinions stated in an answer but instead simply on the way they answered the question. In this case, Carrie Prejean was asked a controversial question about gay marriage and has been vilified not only by some of the judges in the pageant, but more importantly, by her own state directors from the Miss CA USA pageant.
In her answer, Carrie was careful to say that she means no offense to anyone out there, but this is what she believes. After all, that is what the question asked was it not? Here is a quote from one of the State Directors for Miss CA USA:
“As co-executive director of Miss CA USA and one of the leaders of the Miss CA family, I am personally saddened and hurt that Miss CA USA 2009 believes marriage rights belong only to a man and a woman,” wrote Keith Lewis on Hilton’s blog. “Although I believe all religions should be able to ordain what unions they see fit, I do not believe our government should be able to discriminate against anyone. Religious beliefs have no place in politics in the Miss CA family.”
A simple google search will bring up the many different blogs with many different opinions on this topic. One that I found that sums up my opinion was the following:
"Whether we agree with Prejean, President Obama and Elton John or not, there is one thing we should all agree upon: All Americans deserve the right to debate issues and disagree with each other without threats, intimidation or ad hominem attacks. — Those who want to convince their fellow citizens about the rightness of their cause can best accomplish that by convincing, not shaming them, into agreeing with them."
On another note, my wife had an opportunity to sit and interview Carrie earlier this week through her job at Inside Edition. Here are two pictures from the interview and a link to the Inside Edition website where you can read about the interview: http://www.insideedition.com/news.aspx?storyID=2861
I encourage girls in my program to not be afraid to stand up for your beliefs. To all of my wonderful representatives for the National American Miss California Pageant, you have my support. I believe in the people we have representing National American Miss all across the country, regardless of whether or not we agree on every different topic.
It's the freedom of choice that makes America such a great country and I will always work hard to make sure National American Miss follows suit.
April 20, 2009
On Saturday, April 18, National American Miss royalty from Maryland, Michigan, and Virginia enjoyed an amazing time at Busch Gardens Europe. The beautiful park reminded VA Preteen Olivia Jimenez of the awesome time she had at Disneyland last November during nationals. The girls enjoyed riding roller coasters and meeting world-class Irish step dancers from the famed "Emerald Beat" show.
April 17, 2009
April 15, 2009
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April 10, 2009
This is what Volunteer & Youth Programs Coordinator, Danny Vong said about Emily:
"She is an amazing young lady with many talents. In such a young age, she has greatly demonstrated her leadership abilities and was able to communicate effectively with the staff, youth and seniors participants.
She showcases her talents by dancing, singing, and playing piano. Her performance was amazing and the seniors loved it. Volunteers are a true asset to our programs and Emily's example will inspire others to do the same"
Here is what Emily said:
"My favorite community service is spending time with seniors at nursing homes and the community center. I love to see their smiles and joy they have when I visit them to sing, dance, and play piano"
Pretty cool Emily. My favorite is the picture of her standing up in front of the room with the microphone and delivering a speech. That is a perfect example of the skills we teach through the Namiss program - it's great to see Emily out there making the most of her skills and her title. Keep up the good work Emily - more activities coming soon!
April 9, 2009
April 7, 2009
April 6, 2009
These pictures show Emily teaming up with firefighters, marines, and the police department to help with various toy drives at her school, the fire station, Knotts' Berry Farm and a few other locations. She is part of the collective effort to donate books and toys for needy children.
Emily got involved and started helping with these local Toys For Tots drives after she was crowned State Cover Girl in 2007 and have been doing it for the last two years. Her mom told me that the NAMiss pageant has opened up Emily's awareness of community service opportunity. Emily said, "Every year I look forward to spending the day with firefighters, marines, and police on working together for a very good cause. I love to spread the holiday spirit to needy families."
April 3, 2009
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