Douglas’ own Caitlyn Kramer has been selected the new 2019-2020 National All-American Miss.
Kramer said in a telephone interview Sunday night, hearing her name announced as the new National All-American Miss was surreal.
“When I heard my name called, I felt so relieved and also so thankful,” she said. “As I was in the final two standing there and all I was thinking about was all my hard work and all the people who had sent me encouraging messages and I was thinking about them and wanting to make them proud. I’ve seen this dream happen for so many other girls. This is something I have dreamed of since I was about 7.”
She adds she is “super excited” to be National All-American Miss and describes it as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to be able to not only represent NAM, but also all the girls from Douglas as well.
At the national pageant that was held this past weekend in California, Kramer was judged on her resume, community service project, poise and presentation in formal wear, on-stage personal introduction, and personality during an interview. Prior to leaving for nationals, Kramer donated school supplies to all the elementary schools in Douglas and donated supplies to the House of Hope Domestic Violence Shelter.
She did this through her non-profit organization, Project Happiness Arizona, which last year was voted Douglas’ Best Nonprofit organization.
Since becoming involved in the NAM pageant system in 2005, Kramer has won three state titles with this organization.
“This recent time I went as Miss Douglas,” she said.
Caitlyn, 21, is a senior at the University of Arizona, studying psychology with a minor in leadership studies and practice, will graduate in May.
With the new title of National All-American Miss, Kramer becomes pretty much the “face of the organization” and will represent not only NAM, but also Douglas, all over the United States.
“I will have the opportunity to travel all across the country,” she said. “I will be making appearances in Douglas, all across Arizona, as well as the nation, and then I also get the opportunity to go to New York Fashion Week to walk in a fashion show, as well as visit over there. In January I will be traveling to Houston, Texas for a national photo shoot. I will pretty much be traveling all throughout the nation the entire year, making appearances, meeting young girls, and supporting them in their journey for the pageant.”
Caitlyn’s mom, Susan, says she is really thrilled for her daughter.
“I’ve seen how hard she has worked for this,” Susan said. “She sleeps, eats and breaths National American Miss. All of her hard work has paid off. I know she’s going to have an amazing year traveling and bonding with her sister queens.”
“I’m super proud to be from Douglas,” Caitlyn added. “Many people don’t know about Douglas and now I have this amazing opportunity to talk about Douglas on a national level is incredible. Something I said in my final question that I got, I talked about being from Douglas, and being adopted and being from a small border town and I think that is really unique. I think it’s something that needs to be shared and especially in these times. Just because I come from such a unique place, I really want to promote Douglas because I’ve grown up there. It’s made me who I am. I’m proud to be from Douglas and I’m really hoping that more people can learn about Douglas and maybe even want to come visit now that I get this national platform and can promote Douglas even more.”