December 31, 2010

NAM All-American Teen - Alexandra Curtis

This is a great video made by your NAM All-American Teen 2010 Alexandra Curtis.  See if you can count how many times she was either 1st or 2nd runner-up before finally capturing the title on her LAST possible try before aging out of NAM. 

Never girl up girls!  Super cool video Ali, nice work. 

December 9, 2010

California Girls Claim 2 National Titles!

Big congratulations to all of our girls that competed at the National Pageant!  We are especially proud of our two California girls who won their divisions and claimed the National Title! 

All of the National Pageant award winners will be posted on Namiss.com by this Friday. 

Kaycee French - NAM All-American Princess 2010-2011
 

Alexandra Curtis - NAM All-American Teen 2010-2011



December 8, 2010

National American Miss Nebraska to be honored with a NickTeen HALO Award

Be sure to tune in to Teen Nick on December 10th at 7pm CST for the Teen Nick HALO Awards.  There will also be an encore on Nick at Nite at 8pm CST. 

National American Miss Nebraska Teen 2010, Jordan Somer (who just placed 2nd runner up at our National pageant over Thanksgiving!) is 1 of 4 teens across the nation who has been chosen by Nickelodeon as a NickTeen HALO award honoree - honoring teens for their outstanding philanthropic work.

Jordan created the Miss Amazing Pageant, a pageant that works with girls with mental & physical disabilities, for her National American Miss community involvement project for Nationals 4 years ago when she was the NAM NE Jr. Teen queen. Now Jordan is making a huge impact in the lives of others and is being honored in A HUGE WAY!!!! ( Ry and I were blessed to be part of the event this year and is was sooo unbelievably rewarding to see how much she is touching these girls' lives!)

Also, during the episode, you'll be sure to see other National American Miss sister queens & staff members, who helped Jordan produce the Miss Amazing Pageant.

Be sure to watch as Jordan is honored by some of the biggest celebrities in the country, including Nick Cannon, Mariah Carey, Ashton Kutcher, Wyclef Jean, Rosario Dawson, & more.

For a sneak peak of the show - this is a NAM MUST SEE - http://www.teennick.com/videos/clip/teenick-halo-awards-2010-honoree-jordan.html

December 4, 2010

Pics from NAMiss National Pageant

There are more great pictures added to our Flickr stream every day from the National American Miss National Pageant! Click on the flickr stream on the right side of this blog.

NAM Pre-Teen Opening Number

December 2, 2010

Miss CA Reads at the PDMYoung Actors Workshop

If you don't know about PDMYoung Actors, you've got to check them out!  http://pdmyoungactors.com/  Run by Paul-Dean Martin, this is a fantastic organaization allowing kids of all skill levels to experience acting live on stage. 

National American Miss California Jr. Teen, Casey Fleckenstein, joined them on Tuesday to help with the workshop.  Casey just got back from the National Pageant on Monday, this girl is keeping busy!  Here are some pics:

Casey Fleckenstein Miss California at the PDMA Young Actors workshop

November 30, 2010

NAM Nationals 2010!

Wow!! What an exciting week we just had in Anaheim for the 2010 NAM National Pageant.  Congratulations right off to all of the new winners - especially Kaycee French, the new All-American Princess Queen and Alexandra Curtis, the new All-American Teen Queen who are both from one of the states we direct, California! 

I have so much to share and will do my best to get everything up here on the blog over the next few days. For now, here are a couple great pictures - be sure to check out our photostream on Flickr (you can see it on the left hand side of the blog) and our facebook page for more!











November 12, 2010

National American Miss Connecticut Pre-Teen

National American Miss Connecticut, Alexandria Palmer - GREAT video!

October 29, 2010

NAM State Finalist - Erika Camacho


SPRINGFIELD - Ten-year old Erika Camacho, a fourth- grade student at Sabis International Charter School, will represent the state of Massachusetts in the National All- American Miss Pageant to be held during the week of Thanksgiving in Anaheim, Calif.
"I'm looking forward to meeting new friends. I'm glad that I am going because I live in Springfield and that is like a huge distance from here," Erika said.
Erika was crowned National American Miss Massachusetts Junior Pre-Teen Cover Girl at the state pageant this summer. The state title earned her the invitation to compete in the national pageant during which she'll have the opportunity to visit Disneyland and tour Hollywood.
"I can't wait to go and take my picture where the stars are in Hollywood, and I can't wait to meet Minnie and Mickey," Erika said.
Erika aspires to become an elementary school teacher and a fashion designer. Her hobbies include bike riding, sewing, coloring, spiritual dancing and reading.
For more information about the National All-American Miss Pageant, go online to www.namiss.com Submitted by the Camacho family.

October 27, 2010

National American Miss Ford Mustang Giveaway

The National Pageant is coming up over Thanksgiving week in Anaehim, CA! Each year National American Miss gives out a brand new Ford Mustang at the National show, are you going to be there and have a chance to win????



Read all the details at www.namiss.com/car

October 26, 2010

NAM State Finalist - Addison Graham


LAKEVILLE — She's only 10 years old but Addison Graham — a student at the Burt Wood School of Performing Arts, Rachel Park Dance Center and a fifth-grader at the Austin Intermediate School — has collected more entries for her resume.
At the 2010 National American Miss (NAMiss) Massachusetts Pageant, she scored in the “Exemplary” range for formal wear, introduction, interview, actress, casual wear and talent. She received the highest score of any girl for both formal wear and talent.
She walked away with eight awards in all —Top-5 in the Queen's Court, third runner-up overall and was the sole recipient to be awarded the Volunteer Service Award. The latter reflects the more than 800 hours of volunteering and community service she has done.
Addison also received a number of other awards and her proud parents Justin and Patricia note that she has qualified to compete nationally for the third straight year.
Last month, she was profiled in Scholastics News (she even made the cover) and the article made special note of her extensive efforts to have legislation passed, designating the Northern Red Bellied Cooter as the official Massachusetts State Turtle.
Asked if she had any advice for youths who would like to get more involved with community service or volunteering, she said “don't be afraid to get your hands dirty, you can start in your own community and whatever your age, you can make a difference.”

Miss California Pics from NAM 2010



October 25, 2010

NAMiss Wisonsin Top Model Winner!

I received a fun e-mail this weekend from Carol Uebelaker, check it out: 

Hi-my daughter madison won namiss wisconsin top model jr pre teen-- at her very first pageant this summer.( and-no coach!)  She is very excited to attend the nationals for the optional modelling contests and disneyland of course.

http://www.ocdf.org/orphansupport/index.htm  - this is the site that madison is listed on at lower right---she is fund raising for the kids in china who need surgery like she did.  Click on it and it tells the story of her adoption.

Thanks for sharing Carol - what a great picture of Madison!  Have a great Monday everyone.

October 21, 2010

NAM Miss CA Reporting Live for Chapman News

NAM Miss CA Amanda Starrantino with another story for Chapman News!



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October 20, 2010

NAM Miss CA raising money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation

The National American Miss Pageant is for “Today’s Girl” and “Tomorrow’s Leader.” On Tuesday October 12Th, miss Jennifer Van Den Heuvel will be joining hands with the National American Miss Pageant and the National Breast Cancer Foundation in forming her very own charity fundraising event, called “Jennifer Van Den Heuvel Fights For Breast Cancer Awareness” at the Harbor Café, in Santa Cruz, CA. The event will feature such highlights as live music ft. Hipshake, food and drinks, entertainment, prizes, professional athletes on hand and a special fundraising section for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. “I wanted to start making an impact as soon as possible as the new state title holder for National American Miss. What a better way to show the community of Santa Cruz County a public fundraiser towards a good cause in which everyone can enjoy and leave with smiles on their faces. There are almost 40,000 deaths across the nation from breast cancer each year, and I would love to help save the lives to lower that number with the help of my fundraiser and the communities support,” states Van Den Heuvel. Making some big motions, the event will take place from 5pm to 10pm at the Harbor Café as this California Teen plans on making some large moves and efforts throughout 2010 and 2011. 


Jennifer Van Den Heuvel was in the Santa Cruz Sentinel October 10, 2010 For Doing a fundraiser for National Breast Cancer Foundation Charity Event Held in Santa Cruz CA at The Harbor Cafe Restaurant on September 22, 2010 and will be having another one on October 12Th, 2010.  

October 19, 2010

Former NAM Queen wins title of Miss Washington USA 2011

This year’s Miss Orchards USA, Angelina Kayyalaynen, is no stranger to competing at the national pageant level. In 2008, she represented Washington at the National American Miss Pageant and finished in the top 10.
Kayyalaynen was crowned 2011 Miss Washington USA this month. Her previous experience should serve her well next spring when she competes for the Miss USA title. If she wins, Kayyalaynen will go on to compete for the international Miss Universe title.

October 15, 2010

Megan and Storme backstage after the 2010 ICM Awards

Megan Alexander and Storme Warren backstage after the 2010 ICM Awards talking with the winners!

October 14, 2010

Megan Alexander back stage at the 2010 ICM Awards doing Make-Up!

Megan's personal Make-Up artist Sharla Pruitt at the 2010 ICM Awards!  Check out the award she is presented at the end by Jason Higgins, executive producer of the awards show.

Megan Alexander back stage at the 2010 ICM Awards

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2010 - from www.meganalexanderblog.com

2010 ICM Awards - Megan is hosting!
Last year I had a chance to present Entertainer of the Year along side Guy Penrod for the 2009 ICM Awards. This year, they invited me back to co-host the SHOW with Storme Warren from GAC!! We are back stage right now getting ready for tonights show - here's a quick clip from the dressing rooms as I go over scripts with the fabulous Roxanne, producer/director. The 2010 Inspirational Country Music Awards - from Music City USA! Coming to a TV near you...here's a sneak peak of rehearsals!




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"The Pageant Expert" on NAM

"The Pageant Expert" (http://www.thepageantexpert.com/) recently posted a profile on NAM - click below to read the article. 

http://www.thepageantexpert.com/post/National-American-Miss-Pageant-System-(NAM).aspx

The Pageant Expert is run by Rhona Shappert - here is little bit about who she is:  Rhonda Shappert is an expert pageant coach and an iPEC trained personal development life coach. She created Winning Through Pageantry™, to partner with pageant contestants and their support people to provide complete pageant preparation and achieve winning results in life through pageantry. She was Mrs.Ohio America 2005, and has held multiple titles at the local, state and national levels. Rhonda graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors degree in Musical Theater from The Ohio State University and has performed on stage in 15 countries on the Asian, European and American continents. This mother of three home educates their children and has been married 21 years to her husband Stephen, is the former mayor of her community, and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Virtual Academy. She and her husband perform original contemporary Christian music. Their music CD entitled Cana is available through www.cdbaby.com/cd/shappert or on her website. For more information on Rhonda, visit www.WinningThroughPageantry.com.

October 13, 2010

NAMiss California Ari Eastman at the Chelsea's Hope Fundraiser

Your Miss California, Ari Eastman, was a celebrity guest and gave a speech during a recent event for Chelsea's Hope (https://webmail.ihostexchange.net/owa/redir.aspx?C=82d01b44a67c4247b11d8925b422f2ac&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.chelseashope.org).  Chelsea's Hope is a foundation raising awareness and funds for the devastating disease Lafora, an extremely rare and degenerative form of epilepsy resulting in death within 10 years of symptoms. Chelsea Gerber, who the foundation was started for, is a resident of Ari's hometown Danville who has Lafora.  Ari said "upon hearing about it I had to get involved. I was asked to be a celebrity guest at their fund raising auction and dinner and sold raffle tickets and gave a speech."


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Miss California Ari Eastman

These type of events are what make us so proud of our representative - nice work Ari!

October 12, 2010

St. Charles teen earns pageant cover girl title


St. Charles resident Mercedes Janis, daughter of Martin and Bonnie Janis, was crowned National American Miss Illinois Junior Teen Cover Girl at the state pageant Sept. 6 which was held at Pheasant Run in St. Charles.

She received her state crown, banner and trophy, as well as a special invitation to compete at the national pageant held during Thanksgiving week in Anaheim, Calif.

At the pageant, she received photogenic winner, first runner-up for spokesmodel, actress and best thank you note.
Her activities include singing, dancing, acting, reading and playing the violin.
Each year the National American Miss Pageants awards $1.5 million in cash, scholarships and prizes to recognize and assist the development of young women nationwide.
Each girl that qualifies for the national pageant has a chance to win a new 2010 Ford Mustang Convertible.
Read the full story: http://saxo.dailyherald.com/article/20101003/news/310039985/photos/AR/

October 11, 2010

NAMiss Washington heading to Nationals in California


Kids in the Crowd

Amanda Trent is an indisputably pretty 11-year-old girl at Conley Elementary School.
In May, a panel of judges for the National American Miss Pageant confirmed the sixth-grader's beauty by naming her most photogenic for Miss Arizona Pre-Teen. Her portfolio of photos includes Amanda standing by a tree in a fur-lined jacket and another shot of her wearing a lavender sweater and knit ski cap.
Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/community/chandler/articles/2010/09/15/20100915chandler-kids-in-crowd-amanda-trent.html#ixzz11mtcLqYu

October 10, 2010

October 7, 2010

NAMiss Washington heading to Nationals in California

Gold Bar preteen to represent Washington at National American Miss pageant
Polly Keary
Editor

Of 78 girls competing from all over the state, it was a girl from Gold Bar who was chosen to represent Washington at the National American Miss pageant in Anaheim, Cailf. in November.

Jazmine Morgan, 13, entered her first pageant just two years ago.

"My first pageant was the Gold Dust Days pageant in 2008," said the poised, well-spoken preteen last week at the Sultan Volunteers of America, where she is a volunteer.

She had never thought of entering a pageant before, but a friend talked her into it, and she found the experience a lot of fun, especially because she won it.

Encouraged, Morgan decided to enter the National American Miss Pageant last year, and wound up in the top 10. She also entered the Miss Teen Seattle pageant, and took second place in the preteen category.

Labor Day weekend, Morgan again entered the National American Miss pageant. This time, she won it all, including $1,000 cash and $350 toward getting to the next competition.

The contest is much different than the controversial pageants in which young girls wear makeup and heels, with adult hairstyles and jewelry.

In fact, makeup is forbidden at National American Miss pageants. The focus is on poise, leadership, public speaking, and skills that will be of use to the child as an adult.

That is what eased the mind of Heidi Cate, Morgan's mother.

"I was impressed they did not allow makeup," she said. "They really seem to be about self esteem, experience interviewing, being able to speak in public, set goals, do community service. So I said, 'Okay, this is something I do want my daughter to be able to do.'"

In order to win, Morgan had to do an interview with judges, give a personal introduction in front of a large audience, appear in evening wear to demonstrate poise, and present a resume.

Unlike many of the girls, she wore items either loaned to her or bought for low cost on line.

Her dress was loaned by Karen Howard, one of the Red Hat ladies that put on the Gold Bar pageant. Her suit was found on eBay.

But her fresh and unpretentious personality was part of her winning presentation, as was her history of community service.

Her love of community service is a family trait; her mother works for a non-profit agency that does AIDS outreach and provides assistance to at-risk mothers and babies.

Morgan has helped out a lot at that organization and others, donating stuffed animals and books to children at the Volunteers of America, gift bags for kids whose parents are in drug treatment, stuffed animals for kids at Children's Hospital, and helping out at the food bank.

She also is secretary of her ASB and is involved in soccer, volleyball, Sultan Lip Sync, and other community service projects and events.
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"I really want to help out my community," she said. "I helped out at the Sultan Food Bank for the first time on Tuesday and with showed me how a small thing to me is a big thing to other people."

She hopes to study law, perhaps at Harvard, and use her degree to help people, perhaps in family law.

"My favorite show is 'Law and Order,'" she said.

But for right now, the Sultan Middle School eighth-grader is trying to find sponsors to help her get to Anaheim.

She will need to raise $3,000 to attend a week-long competition there, during which time she will also get to see Disneyland and get a tour of Hollywood.

She has raised $525 so far, she said, and is planning to visit various community groups in the near future to seek support.

National American Miss California - School News Reporter

October 1, 2010

NAM Indiana Teen McKenzie Shevlot

Great pics of your NAM Miss Indiana Teen - McKenzie Shevlot!

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September 30, 2010

NAM Miss California at Childhelp in Beaumont

Teen uses talent, fame to help out at Childhelp in Beaumont

By DIANE A. RHODES
SpeCial to The Press-Enterprise

Taylor Longbrake puts her fame to good use. The reigning Miss California Pre-Teen for the National American Miss organization became a Celebrity Youth Ambassador for the Childhelp Merv Griffin Village in Beaumont a few years ago.

"It means so much to the children here that Taylor comes to visit and donates her time to be with them," said Jennifer Celise-Reyes, the village's Outreach Manager-California Programs. "She makes them feel special and loved. They look forward to seeing her throughout the year."

Childhelp was founded in 1959 by Sara O'Meara and Yvonne Fedderson for the prevention and treatment of child abuse. A national organization, it offers many different services for children including the village's residential child care facility in Beaumont.

Taylor got involved with Childhelp as a result of her performances at Angels' games, where some of the organization's representatives heard her sing.

"I didn't know about Childhelp then but now I'm really into it and I haven't missed a Christmas in four years," said Taylor, 13. "It feels good to help other people and knowing you used your talents to help them out."

Taylor's mom, Melissa Longbrake, said her daughter loves working for the nonprofit organization any chance she can get.

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Special to The Press-Enterprise
Taylor Longbrake, 13, is a Celebrity Youth Ambassador for Childhelp Merv Griffin Village in Beaumont and is also the reigning Miss California Pre-Teen for the National American Miss organization.

"She traveled to Washington with them to be part of Capitol Karaoke, which was a group of congressmen and other Washington big wigs who sang karaoke to raise money for Childhelp. It was awesome."

The city of Beaumont chose Taylor to be the first Jr. Grand Marshal at its annual Cherry Festival parade because of her involvement with Childhelp.

"It was a real honor and really fun," said Taylor, of Corona. "They let us ride on this cool fire truck."

She said one of her favorite things about being involved with the National American Miss pageant was her opportunity to have the organization sponsor a major fundraiser for Childhelp.

"The pageant focuses on what girls are like on the inside and what their hopes and dreams are," said Taylor. "They want to choose a good role model and a well-rounded person."

She said the pageant does not allow girls to wear make-up and doing charitable work contributes to a girl's chances of becoming queen.

"I started singing lessons at 4 because my mom said I sang all the time," said Taylor. "She said when I got time-outs I would sing about what I did that got me in trouble."

In the fall, Taylor will enter eighth grade at the Orange County High School of the Arts in Santa Ana to study musical theater.

"She has been with the Angels for six seasons now and sings about eight or nine games a season with them," said Longbrake. Her daughter also sings for the LA Kings and Lakers.

Taylor has decided to postpone recording and releasing a CD for a while.

"I just want to be a kid," she said.

To hear Taylor sing, visit www.taylorlongbrake.com.

Reach Diane A. Rhodes at 951-763-3461 or dianealease@hotmail.com.

September 27, 2010

NAMiss Colorado Photoshoot

Check out these pics from a recent photoshoot with your National American Miss Colorado. I love the imagery here of a beautiful girl in her dress, crown and banner in the back alleys of real life. These pictures are differnt than anything I've seen before; I was really excited to share them with everyone!

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September 24, 2010

NAM Miss CA Singing "Temporary Home"



Great video of your former Miss CA Queen Taylor Longbrake, singing the song "Temorary Home" at the South Pasadena Relay for Life. Taylor is such an amazing vocalist - proud of you girl!

Love the comment by the host at the end!

NAM Queens Photoshoot


Fun short video of some NAM Queens doing a photoshoot at the State Capital.

New NAMiss California Jr. Pre-Teen Press Release

Temecula girl crowned at pageant

NAMiss CA Jr. Pre-Teen 2010 Robynne FrenchTEMECULA ---- Robynne French, daughter of Temecula residents Rob and Monica French, was recently crowned National American Miss California Jr. Pre-Teen and also earned the Talent and Casual Wear modeling titles in Anaheim.

She will be representing Southern California to compete for the National Title during Thanksgiving week at Disneyland.

Robynne enjoys serving the community and is currently working on raising money for Wigs for Kids and has collected more than 10 ponytails, including her own, over the last year. She visits the Sterling Memory Care Home, helps serve at the Horizon Church Thanksgiving Outreach in San Diego, serves on the praise team and drama ministries at New Covenant Church and is a member of the Wings of Praise ministry.

Robynne's passion is singing gospel and patriotic music.

Her sister, Kaysee French, won first runner-up in the Princess Division as well as Miss Personality and top five in the optional Talent and Modeling competitions.

Kaysee also will be representing Temecula Valley at the National Pageant.

The National American Miss Pageants each year award over $1.5 million in cash, scholarship and prizes to recognize and assist the development of young women. The program is based on inner beauty, poise and presentation.

September 15, 2010

NAM Indiana Pre-Teen featured in NWI Parent Magazine

Your 2009 NAM Indiana Pre-Teen, Bailey Perez, was featured in the last issue of NWI Parent Magazine. Nice work Bailey! Here's the article:

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Bailey Perez is on a mission to help children smile as Miss Indiana Pre-Teen 2009.

Perez, daughter of David and Maria Adams of Schererville, won the title July 4 in Indianapolis. She was Miss Indiana Junior Pre-Teen at age 10 and Miss Indiana Princess at 6. During each of her reigns, she has supported the Smile Train, an international charity that provides cleft lip and cleft palate surgery to children in need. The organization sends her posters and she helps raise awareness and money for the organization.

“I tell people it’s $250 for the operation and then they have a smile like mine and yours,” she says.


“So far, I’ve raised $6,500 for the Smile Train and helped pay for twenty-six surgeries. My goal is to get one hundred surgeries, and I hope the Miss Indiana title helps me get to that goal.”

Perez describes the Miss Indiana contests as “natural’’ pageants, saying they are about inner beauty. In December, she traveled to California to compete in the national pageant. “I didn’t make the top ten, but I had a great time doing it and made a lot of new friends,” she says. Perez did receive first runner-up in Photogenic and Most Promising Model honors.

Perez is a sixth-grader at St. Michael School in Schererville, where she helps with the school newspaper and is a cheerleader. She also is a Tri-Town Raiderette for Pop Warner Football. The squad recently traveled to Florida for the national competition, and placed third in the nation.

http://nwitimes.com/app/parent/?p=5112#more-5112

August 23, 2010

NAMiss Ohio Teen Cover Girl


Lauren Murphy-Zahora, your 2010 NAMiss Ohio Teen Cover Girl, had a great article published on her in her local newspaper. Check it out below. Lauren is also a National American Miss Miss Ohio Teen State Ambassador and was 4th Runner Up for Miss Ohio Teen Title. Congrats Lauren, nice work!

August 19, 2010

National American Miss California - Taylor Longbrake Farewell

At each National American Miss Pageant we take a moment during the final shows to highlight the year of our outgoing representatives. These video's are always a lot of fun! Here's is the farewell video for Taylor Longbrake, the 2009 National American Miss California Pre-Teen Queen.

Make sure and watch the very end - it's worth it!

Great job Taylor, you made the most of your year as queen. You have been, and always will be, a fantastic representative of NAM. (double-click on the video below to watch it in a full window)

August 18, 2010

NAMiss California, Amanda Starrantino, Newspaper Article

Check out the article that was just published about your 2010 National American Miss California Teen, Amanda Starrantino. There are some GREAT pics of her practicing ice skating down below. Here's the link to the original article: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2010/aug/17/simi-valley-resident-crowned-miss-california/

NAM CA Teen Queen Amanda StarrantinoWhat Amanda Starrantino remembers well is being “painfully shy.” She was a figure skater at a young age and loved performing, “but not talking to people. I was pretty awkward,” said the 18-year-old Simi Valley resident.

In her early teens, however, Starrantino set some goals. “I always wanted to be a broadcast journalist and I knew I’d have to come out of my shell,” she said.

With her mom and dad’s encouragement, she joined the National American Miss organization and began to compete in pageants. “I still have the video of my first one four years ago,” she said. “It’s awful. It could be on ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos.’ ”

A recent graduate of Chaminade College Preparatory High School in San Fernando Valley, Starrantino kept plugging away, competing in pageants and working on her poise and performance. The hard work paid off and on Aug. 8 at the Anaheim Marriott hotel. Escorted by her friend and classmate Ben Bryan, Starrantino was crowned Miss California Teen at the National American Miss Pageant. She will compete for the national title on Nov. 22 in Anaheim.

“I’ve been working for this for a long time,” Starrantino said. “I wanted to break out of my shyness and being part of American Miss really did help.”

Starrantino credits the organization with teaching her to speak to an audience and to organize her thoughts clearly. Combined with her recent status as a professional figure skater — Starrantino skates nearly every day — she believes she’s well on her way to accomplishing her goal. “I was accepted into Chapman University’s film school and I’ll start there in the fall,” she said.

The American Miss pageants require contestants to participate in four categories: personal interview, personal introduction, evening wear and community involvement.

“My platform is cancer awareness,” said Starrantino. “I’ve lost some very good friends to the disease and so I got involved with the Avon and Revlon walks against breast cancer and I’ve been asked to be a spokesperson at the Avon walk in Santa Barbara.”

Her friend and Chaminade classmate, Susie Beazley, died of cancer in January. “It was so hard, and I think of her every day,” Starrantino said. “It brought all of us friends closer together and about 20 of them were at the pageant when I won. It meant so much.”

Starrantino’s speech is called, “I believe in pink,” a phrase she adopted from Audrey Hepburn. “It’s really a speech about believing in yourself and respecting who you are,” she said. “I want to be a positive role model. There’s so much that little girls can get into that just isn’t right. I want to keep them from that and show them there’s more.”

© 2010 Ventura County Star. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Read more: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2010/aug/17/simi-valley-resident-crowned-miss-california/#ixzz0wyheRACm
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