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Hi! My name is Libby and I am 10 years old. I am so honored to be the face of the state of Alabama! I am a huge Alabama fan and want to play softball or do gymnastics at the University of Alabama. I have been modeling and acting for almost 3 years now. I am represented by Talent Trek, East Coast Talent, and Z-1 Models and Talent. I love being in front of the camera and have the most awesome photographer ever, Back Roads Photography! One thing I love about our state are the places you can visit. I love the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, where they hold Space Camp. Ourbeautiful beaches, are some of the beast places to visit!! We love our sweet tea down here, and are very friendly to everyone. Did you know that Helen Keller's home is here in Alabama? Did you know Rosa Parks lived in Alabama? So much history has happened in this wonderful state! I was born here, and I am proud to live in Alabama!!


Fact 1 Alabama is commonly referred to as the “Heart of Dixie”, although it is not the nickname on official records. Other nicknames that the state is known by, are “Yellowhammer state” and “Cotton state”. Fact 2 The popular phrase “Stars fell on Alabama” came about after a night in 2002, when there was a spectacular shower of meteors that lit up the night sky. Fact 3 “Alabama” is the title of the official state song of this state. Fact 4 The state flower of Alabama is the Camellia while the state tree is the Longleaf Pine. The state nut is the Pecan and the state bird is the Yellowhammer. Fact 5 It is illegal for any person in this state to place common table salt on a railroad track. This is a law that if violated is punishable by death as of 2013. Fact 6 The largest city in the state of Alabama is Birmingham. The second largest city is Montgomery, which is also the state’s capital. Fact 7 The exact date on which Alabama got its statehood is December 14, 1819. Fact 8 Lots of Famous People come from Alabama. Hank Williams, Taylor Hicks & The Country Group Alabama are just a few. Fact 9 One of the strangest laws on record in 2013 in the state of Alabama is a law that prohibits wrestling matches between humans and bears. Fact 10 Out of all of the states in the US, Alabama is the only one that can make iron and steel with natural resources that are found in the state. They have also been heralded as the number one producer of cast-iron products and steel pipe products in the world.


Rihana Jordin Crowl was born in Chandler, Arizona, on Sept. 1st, 2007. At 6 years old, Rihana is the reigning Jr. Petite Little Miss USA for Triumph Over Tragedy Pageant. During her reign she has volunteered and made numerous appearances in the community. Her favorite part of volunteering is helping the children in the hospital. She also said that when she gets older, she wants to get a job so that she can give all the money to those in need. Any time she sees someone in need, she wants to help them in any way she can. With a fashion photographer as a mother, Rihana was instantly introduced to the fashion model world where she quickly fell in love with the art. She loves to dress up and do photo shoots with her little sister, Davina who is also a model. Rihana has modeled for numerous boutiques nationally and internationally. She has walked in many fashion shows including Barrett Jackson & Old Navy. She's been published in multiple magazines and books and loves every minute of it. When she's not modeling, she's dancing. She's a member of the SNS Dance Performance Team where she performs in half time shows, parades and events throughout Arizona. Her recent performances were at the Phoenix Suns Game and at West Coast Fabulous Faces Pageant, where she made up her own dance routines and was crowned the Queen in her division. She has created a collection of crowns and awards during the last month and a half. Her favorite awards so far, are her two 6 foot trophies & 20 inch crown. She has a very friendly competitive spirit. While she enjoys competing, she also just enjoys the experience and loves to learn from every moment. Her favorite part of all of her hobbies is spending time with friends.


Rihana also loves to travel. During her 6 years, she has enjoyed places like Mexico, Puerto Rico, New York, Washington D.C., Virginia & San Antonio. She loves to collect snow globes from different places she's visited. Since her daddy travels for his career, she has him pick up snow globes on his ventures as well. Rihana's favorite part about living in Arizona is the swimming. Almost every person who lives in Arizona has a pool in their backyard. Because of the extreme heat in Arizona, she is able to enjoy her swimming for the majority of the year. Another reason she loves Arizona is because California is only 5 hours away. She loves to go to amusement parks such as Disneyland, Knottsberry Farm and Sea World.


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Fact 1: More than 35 movies have been filmed in the Monument Valley, Arizona, featuring its stunning sandstone formations. Fact 2: The Capitol building of Arizona has a copper roof. The amount of copper that was utilized to make the roof is equivalent to that used in 4.8 million pennies. Fact 3: Grand Canyon's Disaster Falls got the name to commemorate the location of a previous explorer's wreck. Fact 4: Carefree, Arizona is home to the world's tallest Kachina doll made of concrete and stands 39 feet tall. Fact 5: Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, which is located almost 55 miles west to Phoenix, is the largest power plant in the US. Fact 6: The Parker Dam which is located in western Arizona is the deepest dam (around 320 feet) in the world. Fact 7: Arizona has the largest percentage of Indian lands than any other state in US.


Areya Gabrielle lives in San Diego county and is honored to be the Face of California! She lives with her mom, dad, big brother, and grandpa in a house with a pool that she loves so much. Areya loves the outdoors and enjoys the sunny weather California brings. When she is not busy modeling or acting, she enjoys her time dancing, singing, swimming, hiking, ridding bikes, roller skating, and playing soccer. In addition she just took up the sport of basketball. Her and her team were able to play at half time during the women’s SDSU college basketball game in January 2014. Not only does California have the most beautiful weather it also has some of the most enjoyable places to visit. Areya lives minutes away from the beaches and she is only an hour and a half away from her favorite place; Disneyland. Her and her family like to go there quite often with their yearly passes. Some other places that she loves to go with her family are Magic Mountain, Knotts Berry Farm, and Hollywood of course. Because of Areya’s modeling and acting she spends a lot of time traveling to Hollywood. She likes to visit the walk of fame and hopes that one day her star will be there. Living in San Diego county allows Areya to visit some of the most beautiful places. One of them is Balboa park where you can find just about every museum. This is where “Attitude" by Lady X, was filmed. This was a music video that Areya stared in that focused on the horrible ongoing issue of bullying. The video was important to Areya, since one of her goals in life is to be a positive role model to kids of all ages. She has started to achieve her goal by receiving the Wilson's Peace Pale of the Year award in 2012 and 2013 at her school.


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Living only minutes away, Areya loves to spend her days and summer nights at the World Famous San Diego Zoo and Sea World. In addition to everything she can do in San Diego, Areya has had the chance to travel to Northern California to walk in Fashion on the Square in San Francisco; one of the largest fashion shows on the west coast. While traveling there for all her rehearsals she was able to visit some of the most popular places in California. She was able to visit Fisherman's Warf see Alcatraz, drive down the famous crocked Lombard Street, walk around in China town, and drive over the famous Golden Gate Bridge. Being signed with Oneworld Models has left her with a busy schedule. While proudly modeling for Threaded Creations 2014 Fall/Winter line March 30, in Dallas Texas, she was also getting ready for the upcoming Kiddie Kouture Fashion Event April 12, 2014 where she will model for 3-4 designers in Los Angeles, CA. In addition she was selected to model for an upcoming Paper Doll couture photo shoot in Sacramento CA, April 26, 2014, which she will be wearing a design by Tymeless Kr8tions. California has given Areya the most perfect place to model and act. There are so many opportunities in California that other states do not have. She loves to travel while modeling and acting but her heart will always be in California. Even being as busy as she is, she makes sure to find the time to participate in the community by joining in on different walks that help raise awareness and funding for many causes. Two of the causes that she is passionate about are Cancer and Mitochondrial disease, which both have affected her family and friends. Areya Gabrielle is a 7 year old living out her dream, and looking forward to what the future brings. She truly is a Cali girl!!!


Fact 1: California is the USA's most populous state with almost 40,000,000 residents, more than Canada as of 2008. Fact2: California is a "minority majority" state, with 58% of its population Asian, Hispanic, Native American or other groups. 26% of its people were born outside the U.S. Fact 3: Only Alaska and Texas have more land than California. Fact 4: Three out of the ten largest U. S. cities are in California: Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose. Fact 5: California was the country's top state in cash farm receipts in 2008, growing nearly half of all fruits, nuts and vegetables. Almonds are the biggest export (in dollars), followed by dairy products, wine, table grapes, cotton, walnuts, pistachios and rice. Fact 6: California contains the lowest and the highest points in the continental U. S. You can travel from 282 feet below sea level in Death Valley to 14,494-foot Mt. Whitney in less than a day. Fact 7: California is home to the world's largest tree (General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park)6 and the tallest (a coastal redwood whose identity is withheld).

Fact 8: Invented in California: fortune cookies, Apple computers, theme parks (Disneyland), blue jeans and the Barbie doll.


Zavier is an 8 month old Cutie who loves the sand & sun of Florida.

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Fact 1: Florida averages 10 deaths and 30 injuries a year from lightning. Fact 2: Orlando attracts more visitors than any other amusement park destination in the United States. Fact 3: The largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the world is in Lakeland. Fact 4: Florida means "Feast of Flowers" in Spanish. Fact 5: Haines City is known as ‘The Heart of Florida’. Fact 6: Crystal River is the only place in North America where it is legal to have a supervised swim with gentle manatees. Fact 7: The world's deepest freshwater spring is Wakulla Springs near Tallahassee.

Fact 8: Saint Augustine city of Florida is the oldest European settlement in North America. Fact 9: Annual Mug Race of Florida is the longest river sailboat race in the world. Fact 10: There are more than 30,000 lakes and over 1000 golf courses located in Florida.


Ashlyn Bella is 2 1/2 years old. She was born in Georgia. She lives with mommy, daddy and two big brothers. She has two dogs, that she loves to play outdoors with. She thinks she is a princess and tells you so. Being the youngest and a girl, she rules our household. She is a little diva that demands attention from everyone. She loves to sing and dance. Georgia is a great state to raise children. We love it here. We live in the country with lots of space to run around in. Ashlyn is a country girl and loves the outdoors. She can dress up prissy or run around in a diaper and boots.


Fact 1: Georgia leads the nation in the production of paper and board, tufted textile products, and processed chicken. Fact 2: Georgia is the largest producer of peanuts in the US and produces twice as many peanuts as the next leading state. Fact 3: Georgia, through its pine forests, produces ½ of the world's resin and turpentine and 74.4% of the US supply.

Fact 4: Georgia's state flower is the Cherokee Rose, and the state bird is the Brown Thrasher. Fact 5: Georgia's nicknames include "The Empire State of the South," "The Goober State," and "The Peach State." Fact 6: Georgia's highest point is Brasstown Bald at 4,784 feet above sea level. Fact 7: Georgia's Aquarium is the world's largest indoor aquarium with more than 8 million gallons of water, 100,000 animals, and 500 species. Fact 8: Georgia serves as the home to CNN, the federal Centers for Disease Control, and Coca-Cola.

Fact 9: Georgia last hosted a national group of testing professionals when the PACT conference (a joint effort of MPACT, SETA, and TACTP) met in Atlanta in 1998; it was at that meeting that the idea of the National College Testing Association took shape.


Yazlene, AKA Yazzie (born October 8th) is a spunky 6 year old who lives in a suburb about 40 miles outside of Chicago. Currently she participates in Girl Scouts as a Daisy and competes in both live and online pageants. She represents both Yayaa's Reflections Royalty and Spreading Sunshine for the state of Illinois. And has dreams to become a doctor or an artist. She enjoys art and draws really well for her age. She also loves dancing, singing, competing in pageants, girl scouts and being, as she likes to put it, a fashionista. She is currently an only child, but has a numerous amount of cousins. She loves being around people and making them laugh and smile in any way that she can. She is very helpful and very friendly. She loves helping her mommy out at work every time she visits. And enjoys sharing anything she has with her mom's co workers. As of now her daddy is currently in the army and deployed to Kuwait. She misses him dearly as she is a daddy's girl and has sent him girl scout cookies and little things just to make him feel as he if was still home.


Yazlene is very selfless and enjoys giving to others when they don't have something she does. It bothers her when she sees disasters both natural and man made. She likes donating items to places such as the Amvets association. She also works on raising money for different causes. Like this year she will be participating in Jump Rope For Heart and a pageant for the Shriner's Hospital. She also likes to make both girls and women know that they are beautiful. And is part of the Pretty Brown Movement. An organization that encourages beauty and empowerment amongst all beautiful brown girls. There are many reasons why Yazlene loves living in Illinois. Being close to Chicago is a perk. Chicago has a rich history and is full of life. With a beautiful lake front, museums, a long standing baseball rivalry between two great teams, amazing shopping locations and much more. Visiting Chicago is also a great experience every time you go no matter the day. But let’s not forget the city she lives in. Yazlene is from a town called Joliet. And while not as well known as Chicago, it has it's history as well. Well known for The Joliet Prison, which was featured in both The Blues Brothers and Prison Break. Joliet also has some more wonderful gems. You can catch a show downtown at The Rialto Square theater, play a slot or two at either Harrah's or Hollywood Casino, watch a ballgame that the Joliet Slammers play, catch Nascar at the Chicagoland Speedway, or maybe even pretend that Joliet Central High School is a castle. There's always something to see or do around town. Illinois is a beautiful state. With it's many different landmarks both man made and natural, such as Rt. 66, Starved Rock, Adler Planetarium, the I & M canal, Carson, Pirie, Scott, and Company Store, the Mazon creek fossil beds, and so much more. We also have had four different presidents coming from Illinois, Ulysses S. Grant and Ronald Reagan; who was actually born and raised here. But more commonly known are Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama. Illinois is also home to a city known as Metropolis. Yes, the home of Superman!! While a small town, it packs a big punch. A 15 foot bronze statue of Superman sits in the middle of Superman Square. It also has it's annual Superman celebration. Metropolis is home to Fort Massac State Park, the first state park of Illinois, and gives a beautiful view of the Ohio river. If that isn't enough for you, visit our lovely capital, Springfield. You could visit two of Springfield's best known parks, Carpenter Park or Washington Park as well as Botanical Gardens. Yazlene is very proud to be the Face Of Illinois for Shining Faces Children's Magazine. So come out and visit The Land Of Lincoln. There is never a dull moment.


Fact 1: Ottawa, Freeport, Jonesboro, Charleston, Galesburg, Quincy and Alton hosted the famous LincolnDouglas debates that stirred interest all over the country in the slavery issue. Fact 2: The first Aquarium opened in Chicago, 1893. The world's first Skyscraper was built in Chicago, 1885. Fact 3: Home to the Chicago Bears Football Team, Chicago Blackhawks hockey team, Chicago Bulls basketball team, Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox baseball teams, & Chicago Fire soccer team. Fact 4: The first Mormon Temple in Illinois was constructed in Nauvoo. Fact 5: Peoria is the oldest community in Illinois. The Sears Tower, Chicago is the tallest building on the North American continent. Fact 6: Metropolis the home of Superman really exists in Southern Illinois.

Fact 7: Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site--most sophisticated prehistoric native civilization north of Mexico.


Hi My Name is Summer Lynn Konerding. I am 12 years old from Lamar, Indiana. I will tell you little bit about the town I live in, then I will tell you about myself an my family as well as a few highlights of the State of Indiana . Lamar Indiana is about 5 minutes away from the famous theme park called Holiday World & Splashin' Safari , it is a family owned and operated combination theme park and water park. If you haven't visited this park it is a must. It is one of the cleanest parks I have visited an there is free parking & free drinks . Down the road from my house there is also a business called Candy Castle it is an awesome place to visit. The Santa's Candy Castle offers a festive magical experience for believers of all ages. You can also chat with the north pole where you will be connected with the elves. Their frozen hot chocolate is great; its just a neat place to visit.


I am a sixth grader an attend Lincoln Trail Elementary School. It is a great school, an this is my last year before I head to the middle school. I am involved in several activities such as Dare, Student Council, & Choir at my school. As far as my hobbies I take dance classes and tap classes throughout the school year once a week. I really enjoy these classes. I also play Volleyball, which is my favorite sport. This will be the first year I get to try out for Middle School Cheerleader. I am looking forward to giving it a try this year, and hope I make the squad. I am also involved with 4-h, and I love showing my creativity with this as well. I also attend several local county pageants as well as out of county pageants too. I really like doing pageants. They have really helped me with gaining more self confidence and talking in front of a crowd. I love meeting new kids, and seeing their talents as well. When I participate in these pageants. Its not always about winning, it’s more about learning and becoming a more confident person. I believe this will help me throughout my journey in life. This year I participated in a polar plunge in January. This was my first attempt to take a run into freezing lake water to show my support for special needs. I am so glad I did, and could support my friends that I go to school with that have special needs. I am looking forward to a 5 k color run that we are running to support cancer. It’s called Queens for the Cure, I truly like being involved in my community and trying to make a difference. I have two great parents Phil & Shelly. They are very supportive in everything that I have done or want to do . I cant thank them enough for everything they do for me and our family. I have one sister named Chloe, she is 16 . I have 2 dogs one named Buddy an one named Eddie. I also have some fish too. Here are some highlights about the State Of Indiana. The Capital is Indianapolis the flower is a Peony, the state bird is the beautiful Cardinal. The nickname of our state is The Hoosier State. Our Governor is Mike Pence and the Lieuntant Gov. is Sue Elsperman. Sue lived about 20 minutes away from Lamar ,so we saw her appearances often. I am excited that I have been chosen as the face of the State of Indiana. Hopefully you have learned a little bit about me and the wonderful state I live in.


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Tomato juice was first served at a French Lick Hotel in 1925. Fact 2: The world's largest orchid species collection is found at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Fact 3: The first regulated speed limit on Indiana roads was initiated in 1921. 25 mph!! Just Cruisin'! Fact 4 Purdue is Indiana's land grant college.

Fact 5: An average of 400 funnel clouds are sighted each year in Indiana. Fact 6: The exteriors of the hit movie Hoosiers was filmed just 25 miles from the Purdue campus at New Richmond, Indiana. Fact 7: Remember another hit movie - Breaking Away? Well, it was filmed in Bloomington, Indiana and partially on the campus of Indiana University. Fact 8: Much of the movie A League of Their Own was filmed in Indiana. Fact 9: The city of Gary, Indiana was built on fill brought from the bottom of Lake Michigan through suction pipes.


Maylee is a very active little girl who loves to be the center of attention. While Maylee is only a year old she has a very unique and loving personality that people fall in love with. She loves to play, especially outside. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends. "United we stand, divided we fall" is our state motto. Kentucky is the 15th state and the capital is Frankfort. While, many people know Kentucky for the Derby, University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball, and even Kentucky Fried Chicken, there is more to this state. Maylee likes to go play at Old Fort Harrod State Park, the park is in Harrodsburg. This is where her grandparents live. Harrodsburg is the first settlement in Kentucky. Another tourist site in Harrodsburg is Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. Many famous people have came from Kentucky; President Abraham Lincoln, actors George Clooney and Johnny Depp, singers Naomi and Wynonna Judd, and broadcast journalist Diane Sawyer, just to name a few. Kentucky produces a lot of things. The nation's best tobacco, horses, and whiskey are produced here. I bet you didn't know the largest amount of gold is stored right here too. Fort Knox has it stored in vaults underground. Lexington is where Maylee lives. This town is known as " The Horse Capital of The World," because of Keenel race course. Red Mile race course, and the Kentucky Horse Park are both located here. Many people know Lexington because of the University of Kentucky and it's basketball program. Maylee loves to watch them play. Maylee loves living in Kentucky. She gets to go to the country and see all the animals and farmland. She lives in the city, and can go downtown to all the events. Maylee gets to enjoy the best of both worlds!


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Fact 1: The Kentucky Derby is the oldest continuously held horse race in the country. It is held at Churchill Downs in Louisville on the first Saturday in May. Fact 2: Cheeseburgers were first served in 1934 at Kaolin's restaurant in Louisville. Fact 3: The first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant owned and operated by Colonel Sanders is located in Corbin. Fact 4: Kentucky is the state where both Abraham Lincoln, President of the Union, and Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, were born. They were born less than one hundred miles and one year apart. Fact 5: Teacher Mary S. Wilson held the first observance of Mother's Day in Henderson in 1887. It was made a national holiday in 1916. Fact 6: Post-It Notes are manufactured exclusively in Cynthiana. The exact number made annually of these popular notes is a trade secret.

Fact 7: The public saw an electric light for the first time in Louisville. Thomas Edison introduced his incandescent light bulb to crowds at the Southern Exposition in 1883. Fact 8: More than $6 billion worth of gold is held in the underground vaults of Fort Knox. This is the largest amount of gold stored anywhere in the world. Fact 9: The song "Happy Birthday to You" was the creation of two Louisville sisters in 1893.


Daisy Grace is a sweet Southern Belle from the great state of Louisiana. She is 4 years old, has blonde hair and brown eyes. On a beautiful day here you will find Daisy outside enjoying the weather. She loves to play basketball with her brother, swim, ride her bike, and play soccer and baseball. On a nasty day here in Louisiana you will find her in a mud hole or splashing in puddles! She loves to do Modeling and Pageants as well. Daisy loves so many things about living in Louisiana. On a Saturday in Baton Rouge during football season you can bet she is watching the LSU Tigers play.. GEAUX TIGERS! She also loves her New Orleans Saints. The food in Louisiana is the best. Her favorite food is a yummy rice and gravy or a home cooked gumbo. During Crawfish season, you can always expect us to be boiling bugs with our friends and family! Daisy is very honored to represent the state of Louisiana.


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Fact 1: Louisiana has the tallest state capitol in the nation, at 450 feet high. Fact 2: The Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans is the largest enclosed stadium in the world. Fact 3: Louisiana hosts more than 600 festivals each year. Fact 4: Louisiana is the only state in the nation divided into parishes, not counties. Fact 5: Louisiana was named by French explorer Robert de LaSalle for Louis XIV, King of France. Fact 6: The first bottler of Coca-Cola, Joseph Biedenharn, lived in Monroe. Fact 7: Lake Charles is named for Spaniard Carlos Sallier, credited for building the first home there. Fact 8: Streetcar Named Desire was filmed in New Orleans. Fact 9: Elvis got his start playing at the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport.

Fact 10: There are 117,518 oyster reefs in Louisiana waters.


Madeline was born in the great state of Maine on September 11,2012. She started online photo contests when she was ten months old and soon won her first crown. She participated in her first live Natural Pageant in November of 2013. To date Madeline has won twenty seven crowns, two ribbons, one trophy and one medal. The following month she started online Boutique modeling and is currently listed with three online modeling groups and one Modeling Agency locally. Madeline enjoys playing outside whenever the weather allows. She likes to run around outside and always stops to enjoy flowers and even bugs. In the Winter she loves being pulled in a sled or just watching it snow out the window. She can always find something to enjoy in nature, whatever the season. Her favorite toys are balls and bubbles. She loves to be read to and her favorite TV shows are Dora the Explorer and Bubble Guppies. Madeline loves animals of all kinds, and always wants to kiss them. She has a Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix named Sami, a turtle named Timmy, three cats named Momma, Baby and Kitty and a Chinchilla named Rico. In the coming months Madeline will be getting to visit some of our states great attractions like the Maine Wildlife Park, Fort Williams and several lakes and beaches. She will also be participating in her second live Pageant and hoping to be booked for her first local print ad. One thing for sure is, you will always find Madeline with a smile on her face that can brighten anyone's day!


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Fact 1: Maine is most famous for... Lobster and harvests the majority of the lobster in the United States. Fact 2: The Vikings are believed to have discovered Maine 1,000 years ago.

Fact 3: Maine is the only state in the U.S. with one syllable. Fact 4: Maine produces 90% of the country's toothpick supply. Fact 5: Maine is rich in gems -among the biggest zinc and copper deposits in the country plus tourmaline, amethyst, topaz and garnet Fact 6: Eastport, Maine is the eastern most U.S. city, and the first in the country to see the sun. Fact 7: Nelson Rockefeller was born in Bar Harbor, Maine. Fact 8: Former President George H. W. Bush and his wife Barbara summer at Walkers Point in Kennebunkport. Fact 9: Freeport is the home to the L.L. Bean Company, the first retail clothier to be open 24/7/365. Fact 10: Maine's coastline has so many deep harbors it could provide anchorage for all the Navy fleets in the world.


Danielle is a very outgoing, funny & well rounded young girl. She is honored to be chosen as the Face of Maryland. She is 10 years old and attends Edgemere Elementary School, in Sparrows Point, Maryland. Danielle loves school, and is proud to be an honor roll student. She has lived in Maryland all her life, as most of her family has. Some of her favorite things about Maryland are the great Steamed Crabs, Going to the beach in Ocean City and going to see the Great Baltimore Ravens! Danielle is the oldest of 3 children, she has a 6 year old brother (Austin), and an 8 month old baby sister (Isabella). She also enjoys competing in Pageants, Modeling, Cheerleading, Softball, Shopping and spending time with her friends and family. Her ambition is to one day become a Doctor, specializing in Cancer Treatment.


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Fact 1: The United States Naval Academy was founded on October 10, 1845 at Annapolis. Fact 2: In 1830 the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company built the first railroad station in Baltimore. Fact 3: The first dental school in the United States opened at the University of Maryland. Fact 4: Babe Ruth, the Sultan of Swat, was born in Baltimore and attended Saint Mary's Industrial School. Fact 5: On June 24, 1784, in Baltimore, 13-year old Edward Warren went airborne in the first successful manned balloon launch in the United States.

Fact 6: The Mason-Dixon line was drawn between Pennsylvania and Maryland in the 1760s to end a border dispute. The line is traditionally thought of as the division between America's North and South. Fact 7: Swallow Falls State Park near Oakland showcases Muddy Creek Falls. At 63 feet it is the largest waterfall in Maryland. Fact 8: Notorious gunslinger Doc Holliday was called "Doc" because he was a dentist. Holliday learned his trade at the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery. Fact 9: America's first umbrellas were produced in Baltimore, beginning in 1828.


Fact 1: Basketball was invented in 1891 by James Naismith in Springfield, Massachusetts. Fact 2: It’s illegal to make clam chowder with tomatoes in Massachusetts.

Fact 3: Volleyball was invented in 1895 by William Morgan in Holyoke, Mass. Fact 4: Massachussetts actually has a state polka, it’s called “Say Hello To Someone From Massachusetts”. Fact 5: The official state dessert of Massachusetts is Boston cream pie. Fact 6: The first subway system in the US was actually in Boston and not NYC. Fact 7: Whirlwind I, the world’s first computer that operated in realtime, was invented at MIT.

Fact 8: There is a state law that forbids snoring unless all of your doors and windows are locked. Fact 9: Have a thing for greenery? Boston Common was the first public park in America. Fact 10: The first Dunkin Donuts ever was opened in Quincy, Massachusetts.


“Sawyer Alessandra is an energetic, smart, loving and witty little 5 year old! Very active in Kindergarten, Russian Vaganova Classical Ballet, Alvin Ailey Tap, Hip-Hop, Gymnastics, French & Spanish lessons, Pageants, Print Model Work and lots and lots of photo shoots! She loves raspberries dipped in chocolate and being a “mommy” to her three American Girl Dolls. Born in New York City, she is officially a New Yorker, but moved to MI with her parents before her first birthday so they could be near family. As much as she loves the fast paced lifestyle of NYC during her many visits, she knows her home is Michigan! From playing in chest high snow drifts and sledding down giant hills to swimming in the great lakes and walking the vast nature trails of central Michigan. If you ask her what she wants to be when she grows up, she will tell you – “I’m not sure yet. I am only 5 mom! But once I figure it out, I will let you know. And I will do the best I can at it too! Cause that’s what Sawyer’s do!” Yes it is little Sawyer Bean…..Yes it is!


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Fact 1: Michigan is the only state that touches 4 of the 5 Great Lakes . Fact 2: In 1879 Detroit phone customers were 1st in the nation to be assigned phone numbers. Fact 3: The State Motto translates to: "If you seek a pleasant peninsula ,look about you.." Fact 4: Detroit is known as the car capital of the world. Fact 5: Michigan is the only place in the world with a floating post office. Fact 6: The name Michigan is derived from the Indian words "Michi -gama" meaning large lake. Fact 7: Michigan is America's number one state for producing pears. Fact 8: Michigan's state slogan on its license plates is "Land of 10,000 Lakes." Fact 9: Michigan has more public golf courses than any other state. Fact 10: The Kellogg brothers, who made Battle Creek the Cereal Capital of the World, accidentally discovered the process for manufacturing flaked cereal.


Home is where the heart is and this heart loves Mississippi! Ashlynn Bagley Abbott has lived all over the world in her 9 years of life, including India and Bahrain, but is 110% a Mississippi girl. Ashlynn's favorite foods include Mississippi's famous fried chicken, sweet tea, and Granny's sweet corn. Ashlynn loves spending her summer afternoons riding 4 wheelers on the back roads, fishing, and eating Southern snow balls. Mississippi summers are the best!


I'm from MiSSiSSiPPI where: We don't have fireflies we have "lightnin bugs" "Taters" are mandatory while shoes are NOT "Ya'll" is a proper noun "Aint" is a word Chicken is fried Biscuits come with butter and molasses Sweet tea is the BEST! You NEVER disrespect your elders We always talk to strangers We wave a lot We love pearls, big hair and even bigger hair bows!


Fact 1: Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, on January 8, 1935. Fact 2: The first female rural mail carrier in the United States was Mrs. Mamie Thomas. She delivered mail by buggy to the area southeast of Vicksburg in 1914. Fact 3: The first nuclear submarine built in the south was produced in Mississippi. Fact 4: Mississippi is the birthplace of the Order of the Eastern Star. Fact 5; The largest Bible-binding plant in the nation is Norris Bookbinding Company in Greenwood. Fact 6: The first football player on a Wheaties box was Walter Payton of Columbia. Fact 7: Pine Sol was invented in 1929 by Jackson native Harry A. Cole, Sr.

Fact 8: Root beer was invented in Biloxi in 1898 by Edward Adolf Barq, Sr. Fact 9: The Mississippi River is the largest in the United States and is the nation's chief waterway. Its nickname is Old Man River. Fact 10: The oldest game in America is stickball. The Choctaw Indians of Mississippi played the game. Demonstrations can be seen every July at the Choctaw Indian Fair in Philadelphia.


Hi my name is Temprance but most people call me, Tempi. Thank you for all who voted for me to be your "Face of Missouri." I LOVE modeling and I've been doing it for a year now. I would love to take it further one day but for now I will do a little and continue enjoying being a toddler. My mama does my photos and I also have a great photographer who has been doing my photos since I was a baby and that is Olivia Andrew Photography. Why I love Missouri? I have lots of reasons. I have lived in Missouri with my family for almost 6 years. We moved from Michigan and that's where my family was originally from but I was born here 16 months ago, so this is all I know.


I noticed how friendly EVERYBODY is here. Neighbors constantly wave hi and bye they also always offer help with anything, even if you don't ask for it. When riding along in the car people you pass that you know and don't know always wave. If your out in your yard, people will wave or role down their window and say hi. We had a neighbor that used to bring us pies and make meals for us just because and she is very, very sweet. So caring, friendly, helpful people are here in Missouri. The weather, it's usually always beautiful here. This year has been the only exception. This has been the worse drawn out winter that people have seen in years. The summers however are hot and sunny, which I have no complaints about. My family and I are able to take mini vacations to places like Branson quit often, because the weather is always perfect in the summer. Although it did reach 100 degrees last summer for weeks in a row, I still love it. We can enjoy sports. I have two brothers; Brenden and Talan who are active in sports, so I can go and enjoy every game. We enjoy the water whether it be a water park, pool or lake. The climate is also good for photographers taking outdoor shoots. We are always doing something outdoors because of the beautiful weather here in Missouri. We live very close to one of the most popular tourists places around, Branson. Branson is a great spot for vacationing or just going there for the day with family, as we do often. You have places like: The Dixie Stampede, White Water, The Wax Museum, Ripple's Believe it Or Not, lots of shows, shopping, and great dining all in one place. We moved here to open our own business... Springfield Gold and Sliver Buyers which my dad runs with a couple of great employees. We also checked out the school system here for my brothers before we made it official. Which is another reason we love Missouri....the school system. This has been the best school my mom could hope for. The teachers are highly qualified and are the most caring teachers my mom has ever known. They really take the time to work with each student’s needs as individuals instead of a whole. That has been a huge success in our lives. They do not leave any child behind and they will work with any individual for as long as it takes to get them on track. My brother, is the perfect example. He has struggled all of second grade but they don't give up, they come up with new solutions and techniques to get him where he needs to be. We could not have asked for a better school system. These are a few of the reasons why I love Missouri. The only thing missing here in Missouri is my family from Michigan. I miss them everyday but stay in contact through phone and frequent visits. I hope one day you will get the chance to visit Missouri and see for yourself why this place is so great!


Fact 1: Missouri is known as the "Show Me State". Fact 2: The 'Show Me State' expression may have began in 1899 when Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver stated, "I'm from Missouri and you've got to show me." Fact 3: At the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904, Richard Blechyden, served tea with ice and invented iced tea. Fact 4: Missouri ties with Tennessee as the most neighborly state in the union, bordered by 8 states. Fact 5: The tallest man in documented medical history was Robert Pershing Wadlow from St. Louis. He was 8 feet, 11.1 inches tall Fact 6: Harry S Truman, our nation's 33rd President, hails from Independence, Missouri. Little known fact: the S actually stands for miSsouri. Fact 7: Sliced bread was invented in Chillicothe, Missouri. "Greatest thing since Missouri" was the original saying. Fact 8: Walt Disney is from Marceline, Missouri. The full tagline for Disneyland is "The Happiest Place on Earth (Aside from Missouri)." Fact 9: Eight states touch Missouri: Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois. We can't share most of the texts we've received from the other 41.


I'm proud to be a NJ girl. Why? It’s the best state in the nation, where everything is within walking distance, people are friendly , it’s the home of several national parks and one of the wealthiest counties in the nation. I love my state , it's wonderful place to live and go to school. I hear that people never stop talking about how great New Jersey is. Some of the most famous people have come from our state. Just to name a few ...Tom Cruise, Frank Sinatra , Bruce Springfield , Jon Bon Jovi, and many more. We rank in the top 10 of smartest states every year. In summer time I like to watch the sunrise on east coast, and watch it set on the west from our beautiful beaches and seaside boardwalk . Also my teacher always says NJ is great, because you can clime a mountain in the morning and swim in the ocean in the afternoon.


I was born a 7 years ago in Hamilton. I'm learning a lot of stuff about my hometown. For example the first people to live in Hamilton were the Lenni Lenape Indians, there were a peaceful group of people who worked and lived together. My town is residential community, some people make their living by farming grains, fruits and vegetables. That is my favorite place to go from school or with my family. In spring I buy some flowers with my mom to make our property beautiful, or pick fresh blueberries , strawberries or corn. In fall on Halloween I go on a field trip from my school to pick pumpkins. In December we get our Christmas tree there. There are many ways to have a fun in NJ, like going to parks and having a picnic, playing soccer and football , or tennis. Inn winter time my favorite activities are ice skating and sledding. We might be small, but we are mighty. We are home to Six Flags great adventure which holds the worlds largest and fastest roller coaster. Every girl love shopping. My parents take me to the mall all the time. I love to play dress up and wear high-heeled shoes. Shopping is my favorite thing to do. Justice is my favorite store and pizza is my favorite food. Most people in Jersey have respect for New York and Pennsylvania. We aren't trying to compete with them. We enjoy the large cities and they enjoy our clean sandy beaches. A lot of people move here for our public and private schools. My dream is going to Princeton University and becoming a successful young lady one day. Right now I'm doing everything I can to make my parents proud of me. I'm a Jersey girl living in a world full of dreams and possibilities. Last year I was chosen to be a State Finalist in the National American Miss pageant, and represented my state of NJ, where I won 2nd place in the Top Model Search optional. I was happy to have had the most amazing opportunities to travel and represent NJ, and make so many friends. I'm also creative girl who loves to paint and draw, make crafts and build Legos. I also love to dance. I'm always excited to go to my dance classes. I enjoy ballet and tap. Hurricane Sandy caused a lot of damage in NJ. It destroyed homes, beaches and business properties. We were away from home for one week , it was very scary. Everybody from my family was fine and safe, and I was happy to go back to school to see all my friends again. I've also enjoyed volunteering at my school. We donate warm winter clothing, coats, shoes, blankets and also fun projects for kids. We also raise money for affected families. My family always likes to help somehow, and do everything we can. I'm proud of my family and my school to be a part of making things better. I'm happy to be a New Jersey girl. I love my home state. It describes me and my feeling about everything. Thank you Shining Faces Children's Magazine for choosing me to be a The Grand Supreme Face of all States. I'm proud and honored to represent New Jersey. My goal is to be a good role model for young girls and teach them everything is possible, if you just believe yourself.


Laurie Tomaszek -Photogenic Images


Fact 1: New Jersey is a peninsula. Fact 2: New Jersey is the only state where all of its counties are classified as metropolitan areas.

Fact 3: New Jersey has the highest cost of living. Fact 4: New Jersey has the highest property taxes in the nation. Fact 5: Jersey tomatoes are known the world over as being the best you can buy. Fact 6: New Jersey is home to the Miss America Pageant held in Atlantic City. Fact 7: The first baseball game was played in Hoboken, NJ, which is also the birthplace of Frank Sinatra. Fact 8; The first Drive-in Movie theater was opened in Camden, NJ, (but they're all gone now!) Fact 9: New Jersey is home to both of "NEW YORK'S " Pro Football Teams! Fact 10:

New Jersey natives include Sal Martorano, Jack Nicholson, Bruce Springsteen, Jason Alexander, Queen Latifa, Susan Sarandon, Connie Francis, Shaq, Judy Blume, Aaron Burr, Joan Robertson, Ken Kross, Dionne Warwick, Sarah Vaughn, Budd Abbott, Lou Costello, Alan Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, Marilynn McCoo, Flip Wilson, Alexander Hamilton, Whitney Houston, Eddie Money, Linda McElroy, Eileen Donnely, Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson, Walt Whitman, Jerry Lewis, Tom Cruise, Richard Wojewodzki, Joyce Kilmer, & Bruce Willis– Just to name a few!


Simone is little star from NY, with a big dreams. Simone began her journey in 2013 experiencing the life of a pageant girl. She gained confidence with stage and performance and began to like being in front of cameras and the spotlight. Simone's dream is to become successful model and actress. She signed with a modeling agency, which was an exciting and ambitious direction .She has been successful in a number of photo contest. Her face has appeared across many pages of child model magazines. She has had the opportunity to experience the set of editorial photo shoots with Nancy Vuu , this was an incredible experience. She also did an editorial photo shoot for Young and Fabulous Magazine by Toddlewood. Simone was selected as one of the models for Atlantic fashion week. Along with modeling she loves acting. She was a part of the movie Tom's Dilemma as well as a student movie called "Scales"‌ Her dreams are slowly becoming reality., She hopes to become a famous and successful model and actress.


Simone loves living in NY, she enjoys big city life with the many opportunities that she has here. NY has a lot of parks where she likes to spend her free time. She especially loves Manhattan with all the tall buildings and museums. During the summer Simone enjoys local beaches. NY really is a Big Apple, and there are so many things to do here. Simone was crowned Miss NY Coed princess for 2014. She is proud of this accomplishment. She represented her state in Florida at National competition. Simone loves her state and wants to make it big one day; as big as her state is.....


Jess Pereira & J.Pereira Photography


Fact 1: The first American chess tournament was held in New York in 1843. Fact 2: New York City has 722 miles of subway track.

Fact 3: The first international sports hero, boxer Bill Richmond of Staten Island, was born August 5, 1763. Fact 4: The first railroad in America ran a distance of 11 miles between Albany and Schenectady. Fact 5: The Big Apple is a term coined by musicians meaning to play the big time. Fact 6: The Genesee River is one of the few rivers in the world that flows south to north. Fact 7: The Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan is the only school in the world offering a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing.

Fact 8: Rochester is known as both the Flour City and the Flower City. The community is home to the first abolitionist group, bloomers, marshmallows, Jell-O, French's Mustard, baby shoes, gold teeth and the mail chute. Fact 9: On July 28, 1945 an Army Air Corps B-25 crashed into the Empire State Building at the 79th floor level.


Autumn Lindsey is from a rural small town in Eastern North Carolina. She is a very outgoing, independent, down to earth, kind, sweet but also strong 11 year old. She is a 5th grade honor student with a vivid imagination. Autumn definitely considers herself a country girl. She loves God with all her heart and is not ashamed to tell you. She loves being outside with all types of nature as well as modeling, singing, swimming and scuba diving. When Autumn was asked what did she like about in living in North Carolina, her reply was, “its southern hospitally�. If you are nice to the people here, they will be nice to you. Everyone waves at everyone else as they drive by, walk by, or pass through on farm equipment. Folks still refer to you as Mister, Mrs. or Miss. There's nothing like looking up at the Carolina blue sky, sitting on the deck with a glass of sweet tea or eating a big bowl of grits for breakfast. North Carolina is a great state to live in, with so much to do. She never has to leave our state for fun vacations. Some of the things our family enjoys doing is going to the beach to climb to the top of lighthouses. One of her favorites is seeing the different types of wildlife at the North Carolina Zoo.


NORTH CAROLINA GIRL (adj.) - a female from NC; who carries a sweet southern charm and accent no matter where she is; who has great respect for: herself, family, friends, and most importantly God; polka dots, flip flops, & sundresses are always in style as long as sweet tea is cold it’s drinkable. You should be so LUCKY to meet one! Carolina Girls are THE BEST in the World!!!


Fact 1: The largest home in the United States, is located right here in North Carolina. It’s called The Biltmore Estate, and it’s located in Ashville, North Carolina. Fact 2: If you love Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, you can thank our state for gracing you with those sweet doughnuts! Fact 3: We grow more sweet potatoes in North Carolina, than in any other state in the country. The sweet potato is also the state vegetable of North Carolina.

Fact 4: In 1914, Babe Ruth hit the first home run of his professional career in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Fact 5: Pepsi Cola was invented in North Carolina in 1898.

Fact 6: The first English settlement in the New World was in NC The Lost Colony that no one knows what happened to! Fact 7: NC was the last state to secede from the Union during the Civil War. Fact 8: Fontana Dam is the tallest dam in the Eastern United States, at 480 feet high. Fact 9: The first powered flight by the Wright brothers happened at Kitty Hawk, NC. Fact 10: Esse Quam Videri - To Be, Rather Than To Seem - our state motto.


Trinity is a sweet little beauty queen– who is living and loving life in Ohio!


Fact 1: Ohio is an Iroquois word meaning “great water.” Fact 2: Only State with a burgee as a flag. Fact 3: State Pledge: I salute the flag of the state of Ohio and pledge to the Buckeye State respect and loyalty. Fact 4: Rock and Roll hall of fame, Pro Football Hall of fame, and the original Inventors Hall of fame are all in the northeast part of the state. Fact 5: The Wright Brothers invented the Airplane in Dayton, Ohio. Fact 6: 8 presidents are from Ohio: William Henry Harrison, Grant, Hayes, Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, Taft, McKinley, and Harding. Fact 7: Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. He was from Wapakoneta.

Fact 8: Steven Spielberg was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on December 18th, 1946. Fact 9: The first gas mask was invented in Ohio. Fact 10: The popular television sit-com, “The Drew Cary Show” is set in Cleveland ,along with “Hot in Cleveland”.


Abigail Ann is a sweet 9 month old baby girl. She currently holds the title of Personality Pageants Greater Pittsburgh Infant, Personality Pageants Ohio Valley Ultimate Grand Supreme Regional Sweetheart, and Spirit of Kindness Queen. She loves to be on stage at her pageants and has lots of fun. Abigail loves to promote supporting animal rescue leagues and collect donations to support them. Abigail has 4 cats and 2 dogs that are all rescue animals and she loves them all. Abigail most recently participated in her city’s big St. Patrick’s Day parade representing her title and supporting the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank Abigail loves to spend her days exploring new things and most recently trying to learn to walk. She also loves the outdoors and going to the park to play Abigail is now starting to talk and say mama, dada, and nana (for her dog Nala). Abigail loves to laugh and smile.


Abigail Is from the Keystone State of Pennsylvania. Several of our country's most important documents were written in Pennsylvania, including the Constitution of the United States, the American Declaration of Independence and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Abigail lives in the Second largest city in PA Pittsburgh (340,520). There are many historical adventures and even sweet places to visit in Pa. Including Gettysburg, Erie and Hershey. One of Abigail’s favorite places to visit is the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. She loves looking at all the animals and even playing with them through the glass. At her last trip to the zoo she got to play will a young tiger that came right up to the glass. She also loves to spend time in the Aquarium. In the winter weather they do a penguin walk outside so everyone can see the penguins up close. This year Abigail was able to attend this event twice. Abigail also likes to visit the local Aviary to see all kinds of rescued birds. This spring Abigail is taking her first road trip to Harrisburg, Pa to compete in the large Sunburst State Pageant. While there she is going to visit the Hershey Chocolate factory as well as Hershey Park Abigail will also be competing in Personality Pageants State In June to support her furry friends of the animal rescue league, and plans on collecting donations to help them out. Abigail will celebrate her 1st birthday on July 3rd with her family and friends. She is a very lucky little girl and gets to celebrate her birthday with fireworks. Speaking of fireworks Zambelli Fireworks one of largest firework companies is located in New Castle, Pa. where a lot of Abigail’s family is from. New Castle, Pa is known as the Firework Capital of America. Abigail’s mom and grandparents are from a Small town called Mars which is known for its Alien spaceship in the center of town. There is also a Moon, Pa as well. Oh and that town Punxsutawney were Phil the Ground hog tells us all if there’s going to be 6 more weeks of winter or not. Pittsburgh, Pa is the only place where three rivers meet at one point. Abigail enjoyed a site seeing tour on the Gateway Clipper fleet and loved being able to see the great city she lives in. Abigail loves her state and all the great history it holds. Abigail would not want to live anywhere else and is proud to be the Face of Pennsylvania.


Photo: Anneliese McDonough-Gehris

MKM Photo Edits


Fact 1: Pennsylvania is the first state of the fifty United States to list their web site URL on a license plate. Fact 2: In 1909 the first baseball stadium was built in Pittsburgh. Fact 3: Bob Hoffman of York is hailed the world round as the Father of Weightlifting. Hoffman started York Barbell Corp. in 1932 and preached the gospel of physical fitness throughout his life as an U.S. Olympic coach, businessman and philanthropist. Fact 4; Philadelphia is the site of the first presidential mansion. Fact 5: Betsy Ross made the first American flag in Philadelphia. Fact 6: Benjamin Franklin founded the Philadelphia Zoo, the first public zoo in the United States. Fact 7: Little League Baseball's first World Series was held in 1946 in Williamsport. Fact 8: The first daily newspaper was published in Philadelphia on Sept. 21, 1784. Fact 9: Philadelphia is home to the cheesesteak sandwich, water ice, soft pretzels, and TastyKakes. Fact 10: The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia in 1776.


Emma is 11 years old, and is in the fifth grade. She lives in Goose Creek, SC. Emma enjoys living in South Carolina because she loves history and nature. South Carolina has the best of both. She enjoys visiting downtown Charleston and looking at the architecture, visiting museums, and the shops, of course. She enjoys spending time at the beach or at the many state parks that South Carolina has to offer.


Fact 1: Campbell's Covered Bridge built in 1909, is the only remaining covered bridge in South Carolina. Off Hwy 14 near Gowensville.. Fact 2: The City of Myrtle Beach is in the center of the Grand Strand, a 60-mile crescent of beach on the South Carolina coast. In the last 25 years, Myrtle Beach has developed into the premier resort destination on the East Coast. Fact 3: The state dance of South Carolina is the Shag!

Fact 4: Before being known as the Palmetto State, South Carolina was known as, and had emblazoned on their license plates, the Iodine State. Fact 5: Tyler Brothers Work Shoe and Boot Company in Wagener produces 8 major brands of OSHA approved safety footwear, including such famous brands as Redwing, Georgia, Northlake, and Wolverine. Fact 6: On Nov 2, 1954 Strom Thurmond became the first US senator elected by write-in vote. Thurmond received 139,106 write -in votes to win his seat. He defeated Democratic nominee Edgar Brown, who received only 80,956 votes. Fact 7: Beginning Labor Day and running through the following weekend, the South Carolina Apple Festival celebrates the beginning of apple harvest season in Oconee County, the largest apple-producing area in the state. Fact 8: The Board of Public Works in Gaffney built an elevated water storage tank in the shape of a peach in 1981.


Kaidance is your typical country bumpkin. She loves riding the 4 wheeler with her brother and spending time with her horse Abby. Kaidance enjoys anything to do with modeling but loves to walk the runway.


Fact 1: The name Tennessee was not the first name given to the state. Franklin was first chosen to be the name of the state. Fact 2: The famous railroad engineer Casey Jones, who was killed when his train crashed on April 30, 1900, lived in Jackson, Tennessee. Today there is a museum in Jackson to honor Jones. Fact 3: Elvis Presley had his home Graceland in Memphis, TN. Fact 4: When Tennessee first became a state the population was 77,000. Fact 5: FedEx which holds roughly about 50% of the U.S. ground shipping market has it's headquarters in Memphis, TN Fact 6: Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee is 500,000 acres and is home to 1,400 flowering plants. Fact 7: The first ever combination candy bar was invented in Nashville at the Standard Candy Company in 1912 by Mr. Howard Campbell. His delicious combination candy bar was the Goo Goo Cluster.

Fact 8: Bristol, TN is known as the birthplace of country music.


Texas became the 28th state to join the United States of America in 1845. Today, Texas is the second largest state in land area, measuring more than 260,000 square miles, and second largest population, with 25 million citizens. Of the 1,215 cities in the state, 29 have populations exceeding 100,000. Each of the five larges cities have more than 700,000 people, with the three Largest topping 1 million. Texas is known as the Lone Star state because of its 1 star on it's flag, which we wave proudly as Texans. Our flower is the bluebonnet, state bird is the mockingbird, and our State Motto is Friendship. The major cities that have tons to see include, Houston, Dallas which is our Capital, Austin, San Antonio, and Forth Worth. There are lots of fun things to do in Texas, it all depends on what you want to do and how far you want to drive. We live in Willis, with a population of approx. 7,000, a small town between Houston, and Dallas. We are about 2 hours from Galveston beach, where we spend a lot of our time during the Summer. From Galveston Beach we ride across the ferry to Bolivar where we usually spend a week or two, sometimes we drive there a few times during the month and just spend the day. Either way, anytime at the beach is a fun time.


The big city of Houston, home of the Rockets is home to Major League Baseball's Astros and National Football League's Texans, is about 45 minutes from me. It is a very busy city with a population of approximately 2.1 million. From Space Center Houston (home to NASA's Mission Control) to the largest Fine Arts Museum in the Southwest. Visiting Houston you will always find something fun to do. My name is Erin Paxton Edwards, I am 3 yrs old, and I live in the great state of Texas. I live in Willis, Texas with my parents Aaron and Ruthie Edwards, and my little sister Madison. I also have 4 older brothers, but they live in Belize with their mom. I have been modeling and entering pageants since I was almost a year and a half, and I love being in front of the camera. I have lots of trophies, crowns, and sashes that fill the walls of my room. A little about me, I love modeling and being in front of the camera. I enjoy taking pictures with my own camera as well. My favorite color is purple, my favorite fruits are apples, bananas and grapes. We have 3 pear trees and when they are in season, they become my favorite, I could eat them everyday. We also have 3 Pecan trees, and I love to help bake pies when they are in season. Some of my favorite characters include Sophia the First, Thomas and friends, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, and Peg the Cat. I have a multitude of animals that I have to help tend to on a daily basis, I help water, feed, and my favorite petting. My parents bought me and my sister ponies for Christmas 2 years ago. Their names are Patches and Diamond. We also have goats, chickens, a donkey, 6 cats, and tons of fish. We have quite the farm at our fingertips. I have not started school yet, but my mom set up a little school in our house where my sister and I learn daily. We write, draw, and my favorite, painting. I know my shapes, most letters, numbers, and I can write my name. We learn new things, and I hope to be able to read when I start school next year. When I am not inside learning, I am outside exploring. I enjoy playing outside, whether its swinging, driving my little cars, or playing in the dirt. I enjoy fishing, and swimming and during the summer it's hard to keep me out of the pool. I also love playing dolls with my little sister Madison, we do most everything together. She is not only my sister, but my best friend as well .I love the State of Texas, and if you ever visit Texas, I am sure you will love it too.


Fact 1: World’s first rodeo was in Pecos, July 4, 1883. Fact 2: The Heisman Trophy was named after John William Heisman who was the first full-time coach at Rice University in Houston.

Fact 3: The worst natural disaster in U.S. history was in 1900, caused by a hurricane, in which over 8,000 lives were lost on Galveston Island. Fact 4: Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. There is no period in Dr Pepper. Fact 5: The name “Texas” comes from the Hasini Indian word “tejas” meaning friends. Tejas is not Spanish for Texas . Fact 6: More species of bats live in Texas than in any other part of the United States. Fact 7: Amarillo has the world’s largest helium well. Fact 8: Tropical Storm Claudette brought a U.S. rainfall record of 43″ in 24 hours in and around Alvin in July of 1979. Fact 9: The first word spoken from the moon, July 20, 1969, was “Houston…” Fact 10: The state’s cattle population is estimated to be near 16 million.


"I love Virginia because of the great scenery - - from Shenandoah Valley to the mountains, Virginia Beach to the farm land, Lurray Caverns and numerous old towns with southern charm," says La'Chi of her home state. There are so many picturesque places - including Mount Vernon and the battlefields are everywhere! I'm between two military bases and just outside of the Nation's capitol." Eleven-year-old Laura Chioma, who chose the moniker La'Chi for her modeling work, is a six grade honor roll student. The oldest girl in a family of five children, La'Chi is the family's gentle-spirited creative loon. "I think I'm a helpful person and I care about others," she said. And indeed, she is a considerate and compassionate young lady who can read people's moods (and respond to them) without fail. Her sensitivity and drive to help others is just part of her beautiful spirit. "I'm not perfect, but I try my best." She loves to write and draw. She’s been a recognized dramatist since K -5, when she was named “Best Actor.� Last year, she won first place for a self portrait she penciled. She also sings and dances at happy random. And her sense of humor? Both witty and ridiculous.


She's never afraid to try anything at least once - a personality attribute that often pays big dividends. She successfully completed a season of cheer, spent several years as a gymnast, and is now pursuing Girl's Track & Field. She is also a budding actress, currently in rehearsals for "Annie Jr!" at her school. An "America's Next Top Model" addict (like her mom), she’s fascinated with the fashion and advertising industries. One look at how she puts her experimental outfits together and you’d know she’s a fashionforward diva pushing the limits. "I've always been dramatic, and modeling lets me become somebody different each shoot," she said. La’Chi began boutique modeling in summer of 2013, but has been in front of the camera since toddler hood. She’s a natural poser and brings life and fun to any shoot. Having served as a lighting assistant on several of her mom’s client shoots, she uses her experience to make her modeling sessions stronger. She is always a professional and loves pleasing those who book her with consistently strong images showcasing their products. Most recently, she was named Pose Magazine's "I Model for My State" representative for Virginia. She was also Angel In Glitter Magazine's Best of 2013 cover model. And in March, she had the opportunity to shoot with Nancy Vuu Production & Design for the Nancy Vuu Design 2015 Spring Collection in an amazing styled session at Miami's Viscaya Museum and Gardens. Each new opportunity has been a blessing.


Fact 1: Virginia is known as "the birthplace of a nation." Fact 2: Virginia is the home base for the United States Navy's Atlantic Fleet.

Fact 3: Over 2,200 of the 4,000 battles fought in the civil war were fought in Virginia. Fact 4: The first Thanksgiving in North America was held in Virginia in 1619. Fact 5: Virginia has been dubbed the "Internet Capital of the world". Fact 6: Bristol is legally two cities but they share the same main street. One in Virginia and one in Tennessee each with its own government and city services. Fact 7: Virginia Grows tobacco and many residents make a living from the tobacco industry. Fact 8: Virginia is the birthplace of the United States First Ladies: Martha Washington, Martha Jefferson, Rachel Jackson, Letitia Tyler, Ellen Arthur and Edith Wilson. Fact 9: Virginia is the birthplace of United States Presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor and Woodrow Wilson.


Lakyn is a vibrant 9 year old that loves life! She is from the Great State of "West Virginia" and is very proud to be a WV Mountaineer! Lakyn is the former National American Miss ( NAM) Jr Pre-Teen Miss WV and got to spend the year representing her great state. There are so many wonderful things to do and see in my great state, but what I love the most is right here in my own home town, "The Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park". Taking a Stern wheel ride over to the Blennerhassett Island for the day is so much fun! There is so much to do once you get to the Island, but my favorite would have to be the horse and carriage rides around the Island. One thing I also look forward to all year long, is going to the WVU Mountaineer Football games. The best experience I had during a season was getting to go watch our WVU team play in the Orange Bowl and WIN! That was so much fun! " Lets GO"....Mountaineers! One of my very favorite songs to sing is "Take me Home, Country Roads" by John Denver. If you ever get a chance to visit my great state of "Wild and Wonderful" West Virginia, I know you will love it!!!


Blissful Life Memories Photography


Fact 1: Brad Paisley - Country music star and actor, born in Glen Dale. Fact 2: The border of the state of West Virginia is 1,365 miles flat (as the crow flies).

Fact 3: West Virginia was the first state to have a sales tax. It became effective July 1, 1921. Fact 4; The first electric railroad in the world, built as a commercial enterprise, was constructed between Huntington and Guyandotte. Fact 5: "Paws-Paws," nicknamed the "West Virginia banana," originated in the state and took their name from Paw Paw, Morgan County. Fact 6: Declared a state by President Abraham Lincoln, West Virginia is the only state to be designated by Presidential Proclamation. Fact 7: Mother’s Day was first observed at Andrews Church in Grafton on May 10, 1908. Fact 8: The first post office in West Virginia was established on June 30, 1792, at Martinsburg.

Fact 9: Coal House, the only residence in the world built entirely of coal, is located in White Sulphur Springs. The house was occupied on June 1, 1961.


Imani is 8 years old and has been a professional child model since 2012. She loves drawing fashion, wearing nice fashion and walking the runway. She also loves school and taking professional dance lessons. Imani loves traveling, but is always happy to come home to Wisconsin!


Fact 1: Wisconsin has over 14,000 lakes and 7,446 streams and rivers. Fact 2: Milwaukee is home of Harley Davidson Motorcycles.

Fact 3: Noah's Ark in Wisconsin Dells is the nation's largest water -themed park. Fact 4: The original Barbie is from Willows. Barbie's full name is Barbie Millicent Roberts. Fact 5: French explorer, Jean Nicolet, landed at Green Bay in 1634. In 1660 a French trading post and Catholic mission were established near present-day Ashland. Fact 6: Wisconsin earned the nickname “Badger State,” not because of its proliferation of badgers, but because its earliest white inhabitants were itinerant lead miners who burrowed into the hills for shelter rather than waste time and resources on a more permanent structure. Fact 7: In 2011, Wisconsin’s more than 1.2 billion dairy cows produced over three billion gallons of milk. Fact 8: In October 1871, Wisconsin was the site of the most destructive forest fire in American history: Twelve hundred people were killed and 2 billion trees burned in what became known as the Great Peshtigo Fire. Fact 9: Each year Milwaukee hosts an 11-day event dubbed the “World’s Largest Music Festival,” which features more than 700 bands on 11 stages along the shore of Lake Michigan.


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