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:

baileyperez - NWI Parent Magazine
Bailey Perez, 12

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.

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