Saturday, August 24, 2019


...Ms. SOPHIA HELAINA from Perkasie, Pennsylvania!!
The weekend of August 1 - August 3, 2019 ALL Jr. Pre-Teen Contestants from both New Jersey and Pennsylvania gathered for the 2019 National American Miss Pageant at The Hyatt Regency Hotel In New Brunswick, NJ!  It was yet that time again to CROWN the next Jr. Pre-teen National American Miss!!

7 year old Sophia Helaina from Perkasie, PA, had no idea that her name would be called to receive this honor!  All the hard work that Sophia and her parents put in, had paid off!

The NEW 2019-2020 JR-PRE-TEEN National American Miss Pennsylvania is Ms. Sophia Helaina!  All the cheers and tears that were shed at this moment for this 7 year old second grader from Pennsylvania were well warrant and this was a special moment for Sophia at the NAM Pageant!

The National American Miss Pageant was founded in 2003, the NAM Pageant is a pageant that was created to Grow Confidence and Create REAL WORLD SKILLS in girls ages 4 - 16!  ( NAM celebrates America’s greatness and the individuality of American girls. It is a program centered around helping young ladies grow and expand their ideas about who they are and what they want to achieve. (

Sophia was a busy lady at this year's National American Miss Pageant and her hard work was noticed by the judges in the pageant as well.  

Sophia Helaina WON 3 1st RUNNER SPOTS in the Casual Wear Competition, Actress Competition and Most Promising Model Competition.  Sophia also walked away with an AWARD  for BEST THANK YOU NOTE and THE SPIRIT of AMERICA.  She was 2nd RUNNER for the Talent Competition and she WON the MISS PERSONALITY AWARD for being the most outgoing and friendly towards others!  

But Sophia's friendliness towards others started long before this day....

Sophia always knew that she wanted to help others.  It was something that was long ago instilled in her by her parents.  At the tender age of 1 years old, Sophia began volunteering with L'il Angels Consignment Sale.  The L'il Angels is a Community event that takes place twice a year where families sign up to sell their gently used clothing and children's toys, etc. This event gives back to the community also by having food drives and partnering with other organizations that help families in need! 

Sophia has also volunteered at Sunday Mission Breakfast events, which provide meals to the homeless.

She even took the initiative to put together her own "Kindness Bags" as she calls them, and she gave away new stuff animals to the children. Sophia is some kind of special! 

Such a busy little lady, Sophia's heart is big and she's always thinking of others.  Currently this National American Miss Pennsylvania has started collecting crayons, markers and color pencils, to create care packages  for children in near by hospitals. Not to mention, Sophia does this all with her own money! 
Her end goal is to supply the care packages for 4-5 hospitals located in Pennsylvania.  Sophia is the gift that keeps on giving!!  

Sophia's work of helping others only aided her in her quest to become the next NEW National American Miss.  The other 50% came from all her training in the SPOTLIGHT!!

One's stage presence is very important if you chose to live the life in the spotlight.  I believe that the more of something you do the better you get at it and that is what Sophia did!

In February 2018 Sophia participated in Philadelphia's Fashion Week and she walked the RUNWAY for a local designer, by the name of Elizabeth Delgado.  In February 2019 Sophia paired up with Philly Kids Fashion Week and walked in a Pre-New York Fashion Week show and she then turned around in June of this year and walked again in Philadelphia Fashion Week.  She is such a busy girl on the Runway! 

Training outside of Fashion
Sophia does not only participate in Fashion Shows, but she is also a gymnast and a competitive dancer.

Sophia's ability to shine does not stop with dancing, doing flips and walking in fashion shows; Sophia also takes part in the Memorial Day Parade and the 4th of July, Independence Parade in her home town.
This is not Sophia's first time participating in the National American Miss Pageant!  She participated for the 1st time in the National American Miss Pageant in 2018 as a Princess, in the Princess division. Sophia, placed 1st Runner Up in the Talent Competition, 1st Runner Up for "Best Thank You Note" and WON The "Artist Contest" which placed Sophia 4th RUNNER UP over all in the Pageant Competition! This is an amazing honor, considering the fact that this is Sophia's very first pageant! 



Sophia also participated in a "East Coast Pageant" in May of this year and she was 2nd RUNNER Up!  WOW, This is such an remarkable honor for a hard working, photogenic 7 year old going to the Second grade!

"Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
With all the hard work that Sophia and her pageant friends put in, its always great to have a little fun while you work!!  Many of the rehearsals that are held for the young ladies are often themed events!  Don't be surprise if you see the young pageant contestants involved in a "Neon Party" "Rose Gold" or "Pajama Party" Rehearsal event!

Sophia had the wonderful opportunity of attending a "Day At Disney" event with her pageant friends!!  The girls got to meet some of the Disney characters and take photos in front of some of the great scenery located in the Disney park. So this pageant life is NOT all WORK and NO PLAY!! 

Future Plans
Sophia's love for people and helping others goes further than one could imagine.  In the future Sophia plans to become a Doctor.  With her experience of creating care packages with crayons, marketers, etc for children in local hospitals and her future goals of supplying Care-Packages to 4-5 hospitals outside of her hometown area, but within the state of Pennsylvania, Sophia will have  plenty of hospitals to choose from in the future.

WHAT'S NEXT for the NEW 2019-2020 Jr. Pre-Teen National American Miss Pennsylvania
The National American Miss Pennsylvania is headed to The NATIONALS in Anaheim, California to Compete with the other 53 state Jr. Pre-Teen National American Miss Contestants in November 2019!! 
Stay Connected:                    
To learn more about Ms. Sophia Helaina's journey as the NEW 2019-2020 Jr. Pre-Teen National American Miss PENNSYLVANIA, follow her PAGE on Facebook under "Sophia Helaina 2019 National American Miss - Miss Pennsylvania Jr. Pre-Teen". Sophia is also on INSTAGRAM at @sophia_helaina 

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

DRUMROLL Please!!!! The NEW 2019-2020 Jr. Pre-Teen National American Miss Maryland goes to.....

Ms. Sha'Miyae Hinton-Knight from Baltimore, MD!

On Saturday August 10, 2019 at approximately 7:07pm Ms. Sha'Miyae Hinton-Knight was crowned the NEXT Jr. Pre-Teen National American Miss for Maryland at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Reston, VA! The National American Miss Pageant to crown the next Jr. Pre-Teen Miss Maryland and Virginia took place on Thursday August 8 - Saturday August 10, 2019! 

The National American Miss Pageant was founded in 2003, the NAM Pageant is a pageant that was created to Grow Confidence and Create REAL WORLD SKILLS in girls ages 4 - 16!  ( NAM celebrates America’s greatness and the individuality of American girls. It is a program centered around helping young ladies grow and expand their ideas about who they are and what they want to achieve. (

Tears of JOY filled Sha'Miyae's eyes when her name was called to receive the NEW TITLE.  As she took her walk to the front of the stage to receive her flowers, the MISS Maryland Sash and her NEW crown the tears flowed a little more!
Sha'Miyae's family and others yelled and cheered with love for the NEW Jr. Pre-Teen National American Miss for Maryland. All her hard work and the work of her parents had paid off!!  

Ms. Sha'Miyae Hinton-Knight walked away winning several of the Competitions from the August 8-10 National American Miss Pageant.

Sha'Miyae walked away with winning the TALENT COMPETITION where she performed a liturgical dance and a hip hop dance routine! She then won the CAUSAL WEAR COMPETITION, BEST RESUME and Sha'Miyae was 1st RUNNER UP for "MISS PERSONALITY".  Sha'Miyae worked hard and the wins she received were evidence of such!




But the Journey to becoming the NEXT National American Miss for Sha'Miyae began way before this night..........

At the tender age of 3, Sha'Miyae started her career as a dancer and today she performs liturgical dance, jazz dance, modern dance, ballet dance, lyrical and musical theater dance!

At the tender age of 4, Sha'Miyae began her quest to help the Homeless.  Her "1st Act of Kindness" was giving her own food away to someone she saw one day that was hungry and less fortunate than herself.  Her passion to help the homeless has continued and has also been recognized by her hometown. 

Sha'Miyae currently attends Baltimore International Academy French Immersion School; International Education for Global Leaders.  The mission of the Baltimore International Academy includes a commitment to providing an academically rigorous, international orientated and socially responsible learning environment that challenges all students to achieve and develop the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills necessary to participate responsibly in a changing world. (

 The Baltimore International Academy has helped shape the NEW National American Miss into the Leader that she is today!

The school that a child attends and the activities that a child participates in are very important and play a huge role in a child's development and their ability to navigate the world around them.  

Speaking of activities, This is not the first time that Sha'Miyae Hinton-Knight has participated in the NAM Pageant.  She began participating in the National American Miss Pageant in 2015 at the age 5 and she has been recognized for her work in those pageants as well. 

To go to the next level Sha'Miyae's parents knew that they needed to make an investment in something more that would help Sha'Miyae in her pageants.  Sha'Miyae began working with Pageant Coaches from "Be Victorious Prep" in 2017 to get her to that next level!  
Sha'Miyae with her Coaches

In 2018 Sha'Miyae won"Miss Heart of Charity Sweetheart Queen" and received recognition from the Mayor and Baltimore City Councilmen for being a Good Citizen of Baltimore and for volunteering many hours of her time to the people of Baltimore.  

Sha'Miyae wants inner city youth to know that they can achieve their dreams if they work hard and stay focus.  No matter how young you are, you can still make a difference in your community.

There is so much that one can do in this life and for others.  Being young can't stop you from making an impact on the world and the people around you. 

Sha'Miyae started her own business called "Gifted Hearts" and with the money that she makes from her business, Sha'Miyae buys food for the homeless and gifts for children who have lost their parents.  Sha'Miyae's gift for helping others is refreshing.  It is a splendid joy to see someone so young, be so caring towards others. 

In the future Sha'Miyae has big plans and wants to win Miss Universe and become a Professional Dancer in Paris!  With her experience as a dancer, this will be an easy goal to accomplish!  With her business "Gifted Hearts" Sha'Miyae, plans to begin a program where she will purchase gifts for patients in the hospital, who aren't able to leave the hospital due to illness, etc. 

WHATS NEXT for this 2019 National American Miss.........
The National Miss Maryland is headed to The NATIONALS in Anaheim, California to Compete with the other 53 state Jr. Pre-Teen American Miss in November 2019!! 

To learn more about Ms. Sha'Miyae Hinton-Knight's journey as the NEW 2019-2020 Jr. Pre-Teen National American Miss Maryland, follow her PAGE on Facebook under "Ms. Sha'Miyae Hinton-Knight".  

For interest in sponsorship opportunities, donations and inquiries to contact Miss Maryland please contact Ms. Wanda Knight at or dial 667-207-4728 or dial Ms. Barbara Knight at 667-207-4722.  Cashapp, is also available in the event you would like to make a donation through this portal; $ShaMiyaeHintonKnight! 

We want to see the New 2019-2020 National American Miss Maryland, Ms. Sha'Miyae Hinton-Knight reach the stars**and accomplish everything she sets out to do!  We in Maryland are rooting for you and will push to get you to the next level!

For More from The Savvy Event Guru check out and check out my next Story on The 2019-2020 JR. PRE-TEEN National American Miss Pennsylvania, Ms. Sophia Helaina. 

~Stephanie White

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