By Jamie Larsen
Breanna Chavez, 8-year-old daughter of Darwin and Alma, competed in the National American Miss (NAM) 2015 Miss North Carolina Junior Pre-Teen Pageant on June 26-27, 2015, at the Convention Center in Winston-Salem. Out of 65 state finalists, Breanna finished in the Top Ten for the Overall Competition and earned the opportunity to attend the national pageant at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, in November.
Her qualifiers in June included placing as fourth runner-up for the Optional Casual Wear Contest, fourth runner-up for the Optional Talent Contest, and second runner-up for the Optional Actress Contest. Breanna will have the opportunity to represent Rolesville and the state of North Carolina in the three optional contests.
An active fourth grader at Sanford Creek Elementary School, Breanna has participated in the school chorus and ball-handling group and is part of the Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) program for both language arts and math. Breanna earned her deputy black belt and is a member of the Demo Team at J Tiger Tae Kwon Do in Rolesville, and enjoys studying tap and hip hop at Nan’s School of Dance in Wake Forest.
With Rolesville pride, Breanna finished first for the second year in a row in the females-19-and-under group in the 2014 Road to Rolesville 5K Challenge. Breanna attends Faith Formation, is an altar server, and participates in the Brown Bag Ministry at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Wake Forest.
When asked about her future career goals, Breanna said she wants to be a pediatrician because she wants to help people, especially children.
In 2014, Breanna won 1st place in her first pageant and was named Miss Junior Pre-Teen Raleigh (ages 7-9). Her favorite part of the competitions is, “getting to meet new girls you don’t know from all over North Carolina.”
The NAM pageant program is based on inner beauty, as well as poise and presentation. Emphasis is placed on gaining self-confidence, learning new skills, and setting and achieving personal goals. The pageant seeks to recognize the accomplishments of each girl while encouraging her to set goals for the future.
Pageants are held in each state for girls between the ages of 4 and 20 in six different age divisions.
As she and her family prepare for the national pageant, Breanna said that she likes the optional actress contest the best. She enjoys selecting an unfamiliar topic and preparing an impromptu commercial to deliver to the judges.
For more information about the National American Miss Program, visit www.namiss.com.