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.

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