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Photography by Steve Drury, Rod Aberegg, Nicole Renard, Video Memories, and Texas Digital Studios F antastic…Fifteen…and Fabulous! National American Miss celebrated its 15th anniversary in a big way this year at its annual National Pageant held in Anaheim, California. Fifteen years of proven excellence led to NAM having its biggest week yet, where more than $500,000 in cash, scholarships, prizes, and awards were awarded among the national delegates. This year was all about celebrating NAM’s innovative legacy while engineering the future look of pageantry. The 2017 NAM National Pageant was definitely one to remember… three sleek runway stages, a posh outdoor Party on the Plaza, eleven exciting final shows, a Ford Mustang convertible giveaway, and so much more. The week of “Fifteen and Fabulous” celebrations kicked off for the national delegates as they were individually greeted by friendly NAM staff and national royalty. After check-in, the girls attended the spirited Neon Welcome Party held for each of the six age divisions where girls reunited with old friends and made new ones. Dancing the night away in the electric neon and black light atmosphere proved to be an evening the girls will never forget. One of the highlights of the week was NAM’s 15th 84 PAGEANTRY birthday bash. New to pageantry, the Party on the Plaza featured rows of California-cool food trucks lined up between thirty towering LED-glowing palm trees. The expansive outdoor plaza of the Anaheim Convention Center provided the perfect venue for this festive event held exclusively for the pageant contestants and their families. Brimming with festival-inspired activities, with just over 2,000 people in attendance, it was a night of delicious food and fun for people of all ages. A photo booth, bounce-houses, games, dancing, and a high energy DJ kept the party going throughout the evening. More than twenty former NAM national queens came in from across the country to share in the fun with the national delegates and their families. Adding sparkle to the evening was Nia Sanchez, Miss USA 2014, who was on hand to sign autographs, pose for photo-ops, and personally greet the Party on the Plaza guests. The fun and festivities continued throughout the week. The girls took part in a VIP photo shoot in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland. After the photo shoot, they spent the entire day with family and new