February 18, 2013

National American Miss California Queens, Maile Montillano and Kaysee French (aren't they the cutest in their matching yellow outfits!) helped collect donations for a local goodwill fundraiser.  All of the money raised is going towards an orphan hosting program for the non-profit organization, International Christian Adoptions.  www.4achild.com

NAMiss California Queens
We love seeing the NAM banners out there at events like this that make a difference in the communities. Thank you ladies for giving your time and energy to a great organization like the International Christian Adoptions Agency.

February 14, 2013

NAMiss Maryland featured on the cover of Action Line Magazine

Action Line Magazine is a teacher's magazine printed in Maryland.  This months cover story is about the ever so hot topic of bullying in schools.  Your former NAMiss Maryland Princess & Jr. Pre-Teen Queen Nya Vasquez was featured in the article as well as on the cover of the magazine!  As we always say, it's so COOL to see where NAM girls are making a difference in their communities.

Bullying has become such a popular platform for girls and a hot topic amongst educators and parents in the past 5 years.  I am always proud to see NAM girls out making a big impact in this area.  My personal belief is that a good dose of self-confidence and a support system made up of true friends is the best defense against bullying.  Girls that know who they are and are not just comfortable with themselves but PROUD to be the way they are, just exactly the way they are, have the foundation to better deal with any bullying situation.  Combine that with true friends that feel the same and you're no match for a bully.

If there was ever a better answer to the question, "why should I participate in a National American Miss  pageant?"  Isn't that the best answer?!  Making friends and gaining the confidence through actions in your own abilities by being on stage for NAM competitions and experiencing the workshop, rehearsals, and friendship building parties.  I love what NAM is doing for girls and am so PROUD of girls like Nya in Maryland and others around the country like Jordan Fowler out in California or Amanda Moreno out in Georgia just to name a few.

Keep it up NAM girls!  See you at the Open Calls happening now and looking forward to the pageants this summer!

You can view the entire article in Action Line Magazine online at:  http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f91c92f8#/f91c92f8/14

February 1, 2013

Famous in her Own Mind: B.U.L.L.Y. Presents "Project Media"

Bullying has become such a hot topic these days; many girls are taking it up as a platform and doing some really great things for kids around the country.  This morning I found this program called "B.U.L.L.Y. Presents "Project Media".  It just so happens to be run by one of our NAMiss California State Finalists moms!

Famous in her Own Mind: B.U.L.L.Y. Presents "Project Media": Project Media was born under the direction of Courtney O'Steen to show how the media is one of the largest bullies we face today. With the stigmas media produces to be "unrealistically thin" or that gossip is what we should believe. Students explore tabloid magazines and are asked to look for negative stories, negative phrases and anything that is considered harmful to someone's self esteem. Students work in small groups to determine what is fact and what is gossip, they cut out their examples and create media boards to present to their peers. Not only are students able to identify how gossip can lead to bullying, they are also learning to develop public speaking skills that they can foster for future opportunities.