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:

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.

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National American Miss California Teen Queen - Amanda Starrantino

Your brand new 2010 National American Miss California Teen Queen, Amanda Starrantino, is already out keeping busy! Here are few pics I grabbed of Amanda appearing on a local radio talk show and donating some of the books and bears from pageant weekend. Nice work Amanda!

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August 17, 2010

Megan Alexander's Interview with Pageantry Magazine

Wow! It's been a busy summer and there is a lot of catching up to do here on the blog. Literally so much has been happening with NAM as we travel the country crowning new winners and changing girls lives as they participate in the program that I haven't had a moment to update the blog! So here we go!

If you are a fan of Pageantry Magazine, you should have received the brand new fall issue in the mail last week with Megan Alexander on the cover! We are all so proud of her and the success she has achieved. We are super lucky here at NAM to have her traveling with us during the summers and emceeing some of the programs and working with all of our girls. Remember, she got her start right here at the pageant when she was the Miss Washington Pre-Teen Queen.

Megan Alexander Pageantry Mag Cover

Pageantry just released a PodCast with the full interview they conducted with Megan, there is a link below if you would like to listen. Stay tuned for more everyone, thanks for being a part of our NAM family.

Megan Alexander Pageantry Podcast

Another industry success story! The latest in our industry leading audio releases, it's the exclusive Pageantry PodCast with Inside Edition's Megan Alexander and how a background in pageantry helped prepare her in creating a strong, successful, and positive career in broadcast journalism and entertainment while also holding onto her roots and core beliefs in the strength of the pageant and competition systems. Listen in as Megan relates her journey from small-town-girl to nightly network correspondent. It's a great listen:)

Click here to listen to the Pageantry PodCast interview with Megan Alexander.

The Pageantry PodCast, where you listen behind-the-scenes as your leading Glamour Lifestyle companies and personalities give you their stories... in their own words.