My name is Sadie Preston, I am 9 years old and your current 2020 National American Miss Kentucky Jr. Preteen. I enjoy dancing competitively, reading, spending time with family, and helping to raise awareness for heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, every 40 seconds someone is lost to heart disease. Sadly, I lost my papaw to a heart attack back in 2016. He was my favorite person and would do anything for me. Every time I saw him, he put a smile on my face. His death really had an impact on me and got me wanting to know more about heart disease. I have been involved with Jump Rope for Heart on several occasions to help to raise money and awareness for these silent killers. My papaw always encouraged me to follow my dreams and inspired me to want to become a general Surgeon. I want to be in a position to make a difference in lives of people and one-day find new/better ways to prevent heart disease.
With his passing brought lots of sadness, but only a few months later our extended family was blessed with a foster child. She was only 4 months old when put into foster care because of bad things that had been done to her. What impacted me most was that I learned the majority of foster kids show up with their belongings in a garbage bag. This saddened me and I wanted to change that. For 2018 my National American Miss Kentucky Princess platform was to Help Foster Kids to have something that was theirs to keep, something of their own. I sat out with a mission to raise backpacks to be donated to local agencies so that these kids could have something to carry their belongings in. With the help of social media, friends, family, and local businesses, I was able to raise over 200 backpacks for foster kids. That year I went on to win National American Miss Kentucky Princess and was ecstatic when I placed in the Top 10 at Nationals.
With the help of National American Miss and their pageant structure, my confidence has soared. The above advocacy platforms was greatly impacted by the skills given to me through the pageant system and will last with me for a lifetime. I would encourage everyone to be a part of National American Miss so you too can grow your confidence and enhance your real world skills to succeed in anything you choose to do. I look forward to 2020 NAM Nationals where I can meet new friends and see familiar faces. As always, be a light in this world of darkness. #LetYourLightShine