Miss California Competition Schedule

The 2016 Miss California Competition Schedule is Here!

The Miss California Organization is excited to announce the 2016 Miss California Pageant schedule. Held entirely at Fresno's William Saroyan Theatre, the preliminary competitions will be held Tuesday, June 28, Wednesday, June 29, and Thursday, June 30. Each preliminary competition will begin at 7:00 PM PST.Web

Miss California Competition Line Up

The 49 Miss California Contestants have been split in to three competition groups- Alpha, Beta, and Gamma. Each night, each group will compete in a different area of preliminary competition. The Alpha contestants will have their personal interview with the judges Sunday afternoon, June 26. After interview, their next segment of competition will be Swimsuit and Evening Wear on Tuesday night, On Stage Question on Wednesday night, and finally, finish with Talent on Thursday night.

The Beta Group starts their competition schedule with Interview Monday morning. Tuesday night, Beta takes the stage in Talent, continuing with the Swimsuit and Evening Wear competitions on Wednesday night, and finishing with On Stage Question Thursday night.

The Gamma Group is the last group to complete the interview competition, scheduled for Tuesday morning, June 28. That evening, they'll compete in On Stage Question, followed by talent on Wednesday night, and finally, Swimsuit and Evening gown on Thursday night.

Learn more about the 2016 Miss California Pageant

Learn more about the 2016 Miss California competition by heading to the official Facebook Event and RSVPing, and stay tuned for more information as it develops here and across the other MCO media channels!

Book Miss California Bree Morse

To Whom It May Concern,

Bree Morse Photo Courtesy of Derek Van Oss

Bree Morse
Photo Courtesy of Derek Van Oss

Miss California has been a prominent symbol of our state’s pop-culture for more than 90 years, and is a representation of contemporary, scholastically-driven, well-informed young women everywhere. She is a national spokesperson and advocate who travels the country addressing diverse audiences, increasing awareness and promoting her chosen platform as well as the Children’s Miracle Network. She is an active part of the California community, with an aptitude to engage with various organizations and causes. Her interests afford her the opportunity to attend, host, and present at events throughout the state.

Booking Miss California for your event

Booking Miss California puts a spotlight on your event, gaining media exposure and public relations benefits for your organization as well as an affiliation with an iconic American brand which is rich in history and social significance. The Miss America Organization is a not-for-profit organization that has maintained a tradition of empowering American women to achieve their personal and professional goals, while providing a forum in which to express their opinions, talent and intelligence.

The Miss California Organization makes every effort to accommodate your request. Appearances are determined by Miss California's schedule, appearance fees and the nature of the event.

This year’s Miss California

The 91st Miss California is Bree Morse, a 23-year-old Orange County, California native. Morse is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach with her bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing, and has developed experience in business communications, public relations, and social media management. In the months since her crowning in June of 2015, she has embarked on a number of appearances representing both the Miss California Organization, and the respective appearance organizations with graceful professionalism. In September she competed for the title of Miss America, and although she did not come home with the crown, was a beautiful representative of our state.

Throughout the duration of her year she will continue to be an advocate for her platform, “Alopecia Areata Advocacy,” Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and an ambassador for a number of the organization’s sponsors. As a result of her own experience with alopecia areata, she speaks on behalf of those living with silent diseases, and others struggling to accept their physical differences. Morse is a certified substitute teacher in Southern California and sees the immense value of Miss California’s scholastic emphasis. With the scholarship she has earned, she will return to school after her year of service to obtain a single-subject credential in English. Learn more about Bree at MissCalifornia.org/BreeMorse.

If you are interested in booking Miss California for an event, please fill out our form on MissCalifornia.org/booking, or contact Chelle Hyde, Business/Tour Manager at hydeho2@aol.com, for more details.

Sincerely,

The Miss California Organization

Official State Final for Miss America

info@misscalifornia.org

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2015 Miss California Judges

Music, MAO, and the Berklee College of Music- Miss Coachella Valley

Hello! My name is Tanya Nuñez, and I’m your 2015 Miss Coachella Valley. I take so much pride in my first title. This is also my first blog, so I just want to share a little bit about what I’ve been through in the past year and how I got introduced to the Miss America Organization.

PhotoGrid_1433915289292 (1)Finishing the music program at College of the Desert Community College left me with valuable information. Between general education, core music curriculum, and rehearsals, I learned to make the most out of 24 hours. I learned discipline. I learned that practice makes perfect- but no one is perfect, so don’t stress.

I also know a LOT about music. I know how Western music developed from the 1600s to the 20th century. As a vocal major, I learned to sing in English, Italian, German, and French. I dabble in a few instruments like piano and guitar. And while I don’t consider myself a composer, I am more than capable of writing my own music, both instrumental and vocal.

aAfter finishing the music program, I auditioned for and got accepted into the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. I WAS ECSTATIC! I did so many things to prepare. I saved money, I started to develop my own musical style, I said my goodbyes, and in the Spring of 2015, I flew straight to the East Coast. It was my independent and goal-oriented nature at work.

My parents were a little shocked- especially my father. My parents grew up in Mexico and immigrated to the United States where they had me as their first child. In Latin culture, women typically live with their family. They do not move away on their own. Also, my parents do not have the financial means to support such a big move. These things made my plans unbelievable. I just did what I thought was the right thing, and I got a loan. A BIG loan.

Let me make one thing clear. I am not afraid of debt. I am not afraid to invest in myself and my education. However, it was a lot of money, and it would only cover one semester’s tuition. It was a sum of money I could not even borrow on my own. My parents co-signed, potentially putting their assets in jeopardy. I was stubborn in my plans, and it was at the last minute of orientation week that I really discussed everything with my dad. I decided to do things a different way and deferred to the Spring of 2016.

Things happen for a reason. I believe there is a better way to achieve my dream of an education. Within the first month of my return, I saw a page on Facebook with a sparkly crown. It was the Miss Coachella Valley Scholarship Pageant Program, an official prelim to Miss America! I researched Miss America and read it gives scholarship and assistance to young women at the local and state level. It was when I saw all the titleholders that I became inspired. I wanted to be like these women! By February, I was practicing for my first pageant (Remember, practice makes perfect!), and I was crowned Miss Coachella Valley early in March.

This is an amazing journey. Already I have grown so much, and I am motivated to improve in multiple areas of my life including fitness, public speaking, and music. It’s a really good feeling, and it came out of my torn down plans. I am thankful to my parents who raised me. Finally, everything that I am, I owe to God.

I made a quick cover of a Bossa piece called Chega de Suadade (No More Blues) by Antonio Carlos Jobim. I’d like to thank my accompanist Juan Espino. He goes by the stage name Razor J, and he’s one of the few musicians I can count on to play anything on guitar or piano in any genre.

 

 

Banana “Nice” Cream and The Not-So-Nice Food Processor – Miss San Diego 2015

Hi y’all! (in honor of the CMT Awards tonight :) I’m back with another “Cooking with Diamond” video but this one is PAGEANT PREP EDITION – yes, all caps is necessary. We are in the final days of preparation before heading up to Fresno so everything’s a little dramatic right now haha. As I was preparing, I decided to give up sweets like cake, candy, soda, extra sugary juices and things like that for the last 4 weeks. I chose to do this because I wanted to be disciplined physically and clear-minded spiritually before one of the coolest things I’ve ever done happens. Along with that comes cravings of course so finding this recipe was exactly what I needed! I’ve seen it all over the internet (Pinterest) and never was brave enough to try it. Well, not having chocolate for a few weeks will bolster anyone so I gave it a try and LOVED IT! Keep reading to get a play-by-play on how I made my Chocolate Nice Cream as well as to see a HILARIOUS (not at the time) video of me trying to make Strawberry Nice Cream. It’s sad and hence the “not-so-nice food processor” in my title. I really hope you try this out and get pumped – A new Miss California will be crowned in 17 days!
Ingredients
 
3-4 ripe bananas (spotted brown and a little soft is perfect!), frozen in little discs
2 tbsp of cocoa powder
1 tsp of vanilla
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Start by peeling your bananas and cutting into little discs like this. If you can tell, some of the bananas were more ripe than others which is okay. You just want them to have little brown spots on them to get maximum sweetness and to digest it better. Unripe bananas can taste bitter and actually be acidic in your body.
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Then, place them into a plastic bag like this and pop it into your freezer. As you’ll see in my mishap video, my block was really frozen so maybe freezing smaller amounts into 2 or 3 bags would be better. Or just let your bag sit on the counter for 5-7 minutes before blending.
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Place your bananas into a food processor or blender and give it a whirl!
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MMMMMMMMMMM – it’s already getting all nice and creamy. It really is amazing that this works!
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At this point, you can stop if you’d like to have a more mild flavor. You could add a dash or two of vanilla extract and you’ve got Vanilla Nice Cream. Being that I was feeling very chocolate deprived at this time, I decided to keep going and added cocoa powder and vanilla.
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It was sooo yummy. At first I thought I might’ve added too much cocoa so I added a few more bananas but after it sat in the freezer and developed more flavor, it was perfect.
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Place your nice cream into a freezer-safe container and let sit in the freezer for about 2 hours before eating. It’ll firm up just like dairy ice cream – it’s crazy!
I really hope you enjoy this cool treat – especially as the weather begin to heat up. It’s all fruit and antioxidants from the cocoa. This is truly a guilt-free dessert (although, no dessert should carry guilt. Dessert is awesome! We just don’t overdo, that’s all)
Now, if you’re ready for a laugh, check out this video of my tragic experience trying to make Strawberry-flavored Nice Cream. I’m actually eating a bowl of it right now, and it’s really tasty. Too bad it was so hard to capture it on camera! Enjoy the video and I hope you have a great rest of your week.
[YOUTUBE LINK HERE]
Until next time,
Diamond Alexander

Miss Napa County- Miss California is Almost Here!

Hi guys! So for those that maybe I haven't met, my name is Hazel Payne and I am Miss Napa County 2015! Man crazy to think the time is almost here! Anyone else freaking out too?! For me, this was my third year competing (First Runner Up twice!) before finally winning a spot in the Miss California class. We are about to be a part of such a unique experience, one few women have the opportunity to be a part of. I cannot wait! But this moment isn't just something I have been waiting for, but a few others have been waiting for too.
photo 4So let's start with the infamous, Tony Moises. When you even speak of Tony in the Miss California Organization one word comes to mind (besides Bruce Lee) selfless. He drives countless hours to girls from all over the state to help them with their interview prep. He judged me in my first pageant in the Miss America Organization, and also in this most recent one where I won Miss Napa County. It was great to see things come full circle from that less confident person I was a few years ago, to someone who could command a room. Many of you girls have had the same interview “drills” the stop watch, the flash cards, the Starbucks. No matter what background we had, he has the same goal for us all, to be confident, to “be water”. Tony is an asset to our organization but also to my life. I use his advice in my life everyday. I am thankful to have crossed paths with him. This is an exciting moment for us both. I promised you in August we would see each other in Fresno this year, and here we are. I wouldn't be here without you. Thank you my friend.
photo 2Gabino and Sarah: I cannot tell you how thankful I am to have you to! I know I have spoken about them in my last blog, but thank you doesn't compare to the gratitude I feel for you guys! Thanks for always being there! Through the ups and downs you both knew I'd be here one day! It's here, I'm still waiting for it to all sink in!
photo 1The lovely Michelle Moser has also been a staple in my life/pageant experience! For those that don't know her, she is the Executive Director of the Miss Marin Scholarship Organization. She also was there for us ladies buying our merchandise at orientation last month. Michelle is an amazing volunteer and truly has a heart of gold! Not to mention she's a fabulous cook (and so is her husband, Dean) From our dinners and talks, to our dress up times, to talent rehearsals she has always been there in my corner. I am thankful to have you as a part of Team Napa!
photo 3Each of these individuals has helped to get me to where I am today. As I go through this experience, they too are also going right along with me. There are countless others I could include, Vera, Gwen, Kym, Cricket, my mom, my sister, my family, the list is countless, but I would be writing a book if I wrote something on every one of you not a blog. Just know that each of you has helped get me to this place and I am so determined to make you all proud! So if you ladies see these individuals around in Fresno next month, thank them!! They do so much for this organization and us ladies! A lot of it we don't even see! It's people like them that make the Miss California Organization the best in the state!
With love,
Hazel
Miss Napa County 2015

Miss Northern California- Beyond Beauty for Girls

10430884_1024805167547916_6273712213128090267_nHello again! For those of you haven’t seen my previous guest blogs, my name is Molly Crawford and I am Miss Northern California Regional 2015. I am so grateful to have the opportunity, yet again, to share with the Miss California social media community! Click the links below to take a look at my other posts and get to know me a little better.

One of the greatest parts of competing in the Miss America Organization is the element of service that is constantly fulfilled with the journey each contestant takes in advocacy for a service platform, that is usually near and dear to her heart. The nation wide platform for our program is the Children’s Miracle Network (have you 11070796_10206524385889364_6409944474216505151_n-1ordered your Miracle Band yet?!), which all of the titleholders and contestants raise money for in their efforts on the #Road2MissA. I spent a morning at Children’s Hospital Oakland, in honor of the inaugural Miss America Serves Day, where I had the opportunity to see these fundraising efforts in action. Watching the fundraising efforts of the Miss America Organization come to fruition, encompassing all important aspects of the “make a difference” concept that the platform element encourages, and spending time with the patients and my Miss California sisters, are all valuable and humbling experiences, that helped inspire me to make my own change.
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In the summer before I started high school, I struggled with body image issues, which lead to an eating disorder that I hid from everyone. As a 14 year old, I did not know how to rise above the opinions of others and took matters into my own hands, landing me in the emergency room, with a tube in my arm, that re-nourished the huge nutritional deficit I inflicted upon myself. My dance career was put on hold and at risk. I spent the first semester of my freshman year in independent study to fully recover and regain physical and mental strength. I felt hopeless, lost, ugly and like no one could understand this constant battle of looking in the mirror every day, and being repulsed by what I saw. The loneliness, frustration, and sadness took a toll that occasionally still haunts me today. This experience also helped inspire me to make my own change.
298219_10200930813013538_1738026875_n“Beyond Beauty for Girls” was founded by Miss Maryland 2010, Lindsay Staniszewski, and has set out on a mission to end negative self fat talk, and to crush the stereotype media today has placed on what it means to be beautiful. Since 2013, I’ve had the opportunity to be a California Ambassador with this organization, using the titles I’ve had with the MAO as a vehicle to make these concerns heard. The way young women see themselves, especially in stages of development like middle and high school, is so incredibly important. Being an advocate for self love and acceptance has challenged me to develop my own insecurities into something positive and raw. Taking the opportunities to speak about self esteem issues with the Girl Scouts, special needs and education programs, and within my own community and home, has helped me be the change I want to see in the world. The Miss America Organization gave me the courage to speak up, be heard, and make a difference, if not on a grand scale of the masses, definitely for the 14 year old me who looked in the mirror and had no hope to feel beautiful, strong, or comfortable in her own skin.
Join me in the #BeyondBeauty movement! Tag us in your most beautiful moments on social media! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram: @MissNorCalRegional
Molly Crawford
Miss Northern California Regional

Heroes Do Not Always Wear Capes: Sometimes They Wear Camo

Hello everyone! It’s Madison – Miss Inland Empire – here again. When I signed up to write this blog I had a different topic in mind but after my Memorial Day weekend, I have decided to take my blog in a different direction. Hopefully you enjoy it!

10421384_799216216860298_7371693171326213168_nI am no stranger to the sacrifices our military makes, I was born and raised in the United States of America and grew up with a Grandfather who served in the Air Force long before my time. I always understood why we should support and be proud of our military but when my Grandpa suddenly passed away, I was 6 years old, I was devastated. I, did however, find consolation in the memorial service my family held for him. He was buried in a National Cemetery and my grandmother received the American flag in remembrance of him and the dedication he had for his country. Even though my family history embraced serving in the military, I never really comprehended the magnitude of holidays such as Veterans Day, Armed Forces Day, and more recently Memorial Day.

10986427_799216133526973_9083342562060118721_nThis Memorial Day weekend, I spent the day at the Riverside National Cemetery where I experienced my first flag placing ceremony. Myself along with a couple thousand other people placed 186,000 flags – one on the tombstone of every hero who was laid to rest in that cemetery. About an hour into placing flags I found myself overcome with emotion, I was reading the names on every stone that I placed a flag and I couldn’t help but think about the family that soldier left behind to dedicate his life to his country. I can never pay back the sacrifices these soldiers make.

11111621_799215980193655_9159713188601339586_nI have celebrated and honored 21 Memorial Days in my lifetime but I never truly understood exactly what we, as a country, were celebrating. Of course I knew it was to honor our fallen soldiers but now I see it as paying tribute to heroes. Heroes that gave everything so that I can wake up and go to school, or type this blog, or speak my mind without any form of persecution.

11138663_799215856860334_5155502178354211771_nThis was also the first Memorial Day where I was unable to contact some of my friends in the military (due to training/deployment) to thank them for their service. Having friends so close to me make such a massive sacrifice astonishes me. My friends in the Armed Forces are some of the most selfless people I am blessed to know. I am thankful that all my friends have, so far, come home but so many of their comrades have not. For the ones who do not come home I now understand that they would not want us to mourn but to live the dream they died fighting for.

IMG_3964So in closing, I want to thank Mary (the Flag Placing Ceremony coordinator) for allowing me to partake in such a humbling, beautiful, and wonderful experience. For everyone who has a friend or loved on in the service please call them, hug them, and most importantly thank them. For those of you who are mourning the loss of a hero, please know that they were not laid to rest in vain; but that I am thankful for their sacrifice everyday, and can only continue to honor the life they lived for it took an amazing person to give of themselves so selflessly, for what is truly the greatest nation in the world.

See you next time,

Madison

Miss Inland Empire 2015

 

 

 

Miss Hollywood- Memorial Day

As a child, Memorial Day signaled to me that summer was just around the corner and the long school year was nearly over.   On that holiday morning every year I would always step out on my front porch and look to the sky, in hopes there would be at least glimmer of sun.  Growing up, in the Seattle region, that was about a 50-50 prospect.   For us Seattleites, I knew the day would be filled with a family celebration if there was even a hint of blue in the sky.  There would be a barbeque, followed by swimming in either in our backyard heated pool or at my grandparent’s Lake Tapps home.  I would be playing with cousins either from one side of the family or the other.  The day would end with homemade ice cream made by my Grandpa Posey or Smores from the campfire built by my Grandpa Grager to close out what was always a fantastic day!

Both of my grandfathers served in the Air Force, Grandpa Grager, in Iceland and Grandpa Posey in Germany.  I had seen their military photos many times displayed proudly in their homes.

Grandpa Posey Military PoliceOn Memorial Day, an American Flag would always fly in front of our house and both grandparent homes.  Our Memorial Day table linens and paper supplies were usually red, white and blue so I had a vague idea what Memorial Weekend was about, but never fully understood the magnitude of the holiday until my Grandpa Posey, died suddenly on May 17, 2005.  Our family had moved to California a couple years earlier and at the time my grandfather passed away it wasn’t possible for my family to immediately travel up to Seattle for a funeral or memorial service.  My two older brothers had college finals coming up within a week.   My father was working on a couple significant project deadlines at work and my mother was coordinating a huge PR campaign involving one of her clients.  In addition to our unavailability for quick travel, our  family minister (One of my grandfather’s best friends) was planning to leave on a cruise that he and his wife had booked 6 months earlier and had to postpone once already due to illness.  Our minister had his heart set on officiating the service.  Not wishing to exclude our family or our minister from my grandfather’s memorial service, my Grandma Posey found herself with only one date option, she had to schedule the service for Memorial Day.

Grandpa Posey Air ForceWhen my Grandmother, notified the Air Force that she would like to request a color guard for a military service in my grandfather’s honor she expected to hear back that it wasn’t possible because of the holiday.  Grandma, emailed her extended family and friends reiterating that their attendance was very welcome at Grandpa Posey’s memorial service and would be very appreciated, but that my grandfather would never expect anyone to give up a happy family day or celebration to attend a funeral or memorial service in his honor and she didn’t expect that either.

Memorial Day arrived and I dreaded having to attend my grandfather’s service.  I loved him so dearly and hated the thought of saying good-bye.  We grandchildren were all overwhelmed with sadness at losing such a loving, kind and intelligent force from our lives.  My grandmother planned a beautiful service.  I felt my heart tighten when I walked into the sanctuary and saw the alter filled with red, white and blue flowers.  The photo of my grandfather in his Air Force uniform beaming with handsome youthfulness, made me tear up.  How many times had I seen that photo when he was alive?  Now, on this day, I noticed his handsome youthfulness.  He was just a boy of only 19!

Just prior to the service, I saw my grandmother scurry from where she was seated at the front of the church to greet, the color guard she had requested.  Not only did the Air Force send three young cadets, they sent a bugler too.  They apologized for being slightly late in arriving, but had trouble finding the church as they came from 75 miles away to present the colors and weren’t familiar with the region.  I remember thinking how handsome they looked in their full dress uniforms.  I had never seen a color guard present before.  My grandmother was so pleased and thanked them for giving up their holiday to participate in the service and they told her it was their honor. They said there was no better way for them to spend their holiday than honoring a veteran.  My grandfather had stood honor guard to President Eisenhower and they commented on how amazing that was to my mother.

I watched as the church filled to capacity and as the ushers had to bring in extra chairs to seat all the people, I could see how touched my mother and her children were at the sight of them.   His former Little League Baseball players attended.  Aunt and former school teacher and her children were there to tell stories during the service.  Former neighbors, classmates, and various family members also shared wonderful stories about my grandfather’s life and of his patriotism.   At the end of the service, the bugler blew Taps as the color guard presented the flag.  It was very emotional and beautiful, but when our family friend and violinist started to play a solo of my grandfather’s favorite, “Battle Hymn of the Republic” as the flag was folded, the entire church felt the emotion of it.  The young cadets knelt before my grandmother and thanked her for the contribution she made to our country and presented her with the flag.  Grandma’s shoulders started to shake and looking back I realize how bittersweet that moment must have been be both in honor and sorrow.  I think about all the mothers and wives who have received our flag from a young cadet throughout history and I’m humbled by their sacrifice.

I love celebrating Memorial Day even more as a young woman.  I still step out my door to look towards the morning sky, but it doesn’t matter if the sun is shining up above, because it’s shining in my heart.  I visualize both my grandfathers soaring in the Heavens and I’m filled with love and pride!

Until next time,

Joell Posey Grager,
Miss Hollywood