On our way to Fresno!


On my way to Fresno and telling you a little bit about me and why I am competing in the Miss California.
by: J.R. Nessary – Miss Southland

Three Months as Miss North Valley

Sara_Beth_Arroyo-Miss-North_Valley_blog2-optSometimes I still find myself in awe that three months ago I was crowned Miss North Valley 2017 and given the opportunity to compete later this month at Miss California, but I will be forever grateful for the life changing experiences which my involvement in this organization has offered.

I began my journey in the Miss California program when I was 14 years old. Shy, awkward, and bumbling through my teen years, I participated in the local pageant of my hometown and instantly fell in love with our organization and everything that they stand for. My time as a contestant, and now as Miss North Valley, have given me an opportunity to improve both my life and the lives of others around me.

During my years as a contestant, I have been able to earn scholarship money so that now, one year after graduating with a Bachelors of Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo I have completely paid off my education. Because of this program, I have been able to begin plans to further my education at law school, in pursuit of my career aspiration to become a trademark law attorney.

Since crowned three months ago, I have volunteered at service events, like the Rady Children’s Hospital March of Quarters in San Diego, seeing first hand the incredible impact which the Miss America partnership with Children’s Miracle Network holds. Something which is incredibly important to me, is that I have been able to bring light to my platform, The Grateful Garment Project, a non-profit which offers aid to victims of sexual assault; I feel incredibly fortunate that my title as Miss North Valley has not only spread the mission of the organization but has also aided in collecting supplies and in-kind donations for their cause.

Sara_Beth_Arroyo-Miss-North_Valley_blog1Beyond these enrichments which the Miss America and Miss California programs have offered, the relationship which I have formed with my fellow Miss California sisters have truly affected my life for the better. Being surrounded by so many intelligent, passionate and talented woman continues to motivate me to achieve my best self. I am excited to be reunited with all of our 2017 contestants in just a few short weeks and to hold friendships with these amazing young ladies for the rest of my life.

You can follow my journey through the Miss California program my following the Miss North Valley Instagram account (@missnorthvalley) and Facebook page (@missnorthvalleyca).

Always,
Sara Beth

How to make a healthier version of one of my favorite sweet treats!


I’m Miss Delta Valley 2017, and I want to show you how to make a healthier version of one of my favorite sweet treats!
by: Nicole Hornaday – Miss Delta Valley 2017

Q&A with Miss Desert Southland, Raena Ramirez


I’m answering questions that you all asked me! Find out everything from my experience last year at Miss California to what kind of pets I have.
by: Raena Ramirez – Desert Southland 2017

Take Miss Fresno County out to the ball game!


Take Miss Fresno County out to the ball game. Come join me on this summer night for a night full of home runs, hot dogs, and as we root root root for the home team.
by: Hannah Huyck – Miss Fresno 2017

“1 in 150 million” the story of an orphan with Dream

Abby_Omolafe-Miss_Hollywood_2017_1And your new Miss Hollywood for 2017 is….. Contestant number 15 Abby Omolafe!!!!!! March 11, 2017, was one of the happiest days of my life! Because it was the day I was crowned Miss Hollywood 2017 I began a journey that would change my life forever. Being crowned Miss Hollywood 2017 has given me a voice to continue talking about a subject that is very important to me; my platform. My platform is Until They All Have Home; Supporting the Orphan Epidemic All Over the World.

Abby_Omolafe-Miss_Hollywood_2017_7-optAs you can tell from the title of my platform, working with orphanages is very dear to me. That’s because I am an orphan; I lost my parents when I was 10 years old. Unlike most orphans, I was lucky because my brothers and I were adopted by my maternal grandmother, and brought to America from Nigeria Africa. With over 150 million orphan worldwide and 17.5 million orphans in Nigeria alone. I understand firsthand the plight orphans have to face in Africa, like lack of access to basic necessities, Healthcare, education and a home to call their own. With no one to turn to and not having the resources to take care of themselves these children are the easiest targets for child laborers Human traffickers, and child sexual exploitation. And this happens all over the world. It is especially worse in places like India and China, the countries with the largest group of orphans. So, my grandmother and I decided to create an orphanage in the same home I grew up in, in Nigeria. We use creative fundraisers like fashion/talent shows, galas, and silent auctions, to raise money to provide for the orphans we take in, and the people hired to take care of them.
Abby_Omolafe-Miss_Hollywood_2017_4
Abby_Omolafe-Miss_Hollywood_2017_8I have begun the same efforts here in America. When I first started to progress my outreach here in America I was amazed to find out that there is no official orphanage system in America and that we only have the foster care system. And with over 400,000 foster children in America, with very minimal resources.

I partnered with organizations like Together We Rise, and Olive Crest Agency, to help provide basic necessities for foster children. When I found out that foster children are given trash bags and have to pack their things using those trash bags it broke my heart, to think the things that we take for granted, some children don’t even have it. So I set out to change it by helping collect suitcases. This past

April I collected 44 suitcases, duffel bags, diaper bags and backpacks filled with toiletries, stuff toys, blankets and sanitary products for teen girls. Each and every suitcase was personalized to the age and gender of the child. I donated these items to the olive crest agency in Los Angeles County.

Abby_Omolafe-Miss_Hollywood_2017_5The suitcases personalized to age and gender of the child
Abby_Omolafe-Miss_Hollywood_2017_6The No More Trash Bag Suitcase Drive on April 8th

I know I can’t rescue all orphans and I certainly can’t give comfort to all foster children. But every time I think about the second chance I was given to be able to live like a normal kid and grow up without having to worry about where my next meal is coming from or how I have to sleep on the street. And to be able to even compete with Miss America Organization. I know it is my duty to help others like me and I will never relent from trying my best at helping as many of these children as I can. It really does take a person to say “we can” to make a difference. Helping these children is one of the biggest reasons why I’m thankful for my title and would love the opportunity to do even more work statewide as Miss California!”

by: Abby Omolafe – Miss Hollywood 2017

Confidence and Character with Miss Kings County


By: Laura Sparks – Miss Kings County 2017

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Comfort and growth cannot coexist

miss-sonoma-1Since graduating high school in 2012 I had gotten comfortable. Now don’t get me wrong after a long day or busy week I like a little comfort. There is nothing better than watching your favorite movie and staying in bed all day when you really need it. If life were up to me I would spend most days “sweatpants hair tied chillin’ with no makeup on”. But in more ways than one comfort is my biggest enemy. Comfort told me I didn’t need to strive for more, I was content being average, I could live without graduating from college, I would be fine with a mediocre life. It was a parasite infecting my brain with negativity and fear of the unknown. I knew I needed a change.

miss-sonoma-3My comfortable rut I had gotten into changed December 2015. Through social media I became aware of the Miss Sonoma County program and found out they were having interviews the very next day for the class of 2016. I went on an absolute whim and was chosen as one of the 12 girls competing for Miss Sonoma County. I did not win that year (I got second runner up) but the skills I acquired and people I met started a snowball effect in my life. The committee challenged my complacent thoughts and believed in my success so much. I was more confident and outspoken and willing to put myself out there and challenge myself. I was finally growing instead of being comfortable.

miss-sonoma-2I knew that when I signed up again for Miss Sonoma County in 2017 what I had to do in order to win. Make myself massively uncomfortable! The main thing I have learned about myself over the past year and a half, and especially in the past couple months as Miss Sonoma County, is that things are never as uncomfortable as your brain builds them up to be. I am so thankful for the opportunity the Miss America Organization has given me to be the best version of myself and to do so many things I never would have done if I had decided instead to stay in my little comfy bubble.

by: Kristina Schmuhl – Miss Sonoma County 2017

Miss San Fernando Valley gives tour of CALARTS


By: Joye Forrest – Miss San Fernando Valley 2017