How I Laughed My Way To Miss Placentia

“Always find a reason to laugh. It might not add years to your life but it will add life to your years.”

Growing up I was always a shy kid who was nervous when it came to making new friends. Through trial and error I found the best way to make new friends was to say a joke out loud and wait to see who laughed. Making people laugh is a great ice breaker. Once I knew who laughed at my jokes it was much easier to approach them to talk about other things.

Miss Placentia Bella Vino Comedy SportzAs time went by I used laughter and jokes to get me through all kinds of changes in my life. Especially when I moved from my hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada to Yorba Linda, California. I was 9 years old and I had a new school, a new house, and a new audience of people waiting for a good laugh. All through elementary and middle school I was the kid who was always telling stories making people laugh. Later I found that even if I wasn’t using my joking to break the ice, making people laugh made me feel good. Time goes by so quickly, I blinked and before I knew it I had laughed my way all the way to High School!
During club rush my freshman year, I saw roughly a million different clubs on school, or at least that’s what it felt like. There was one club that really piqued my interest called Comedy Sportz. I had never heard of this before but it seemed this club was made perfect just for me! It was an improv comedy team that played against each other to compete for points and laughter. Basically, this was a club based on things I had done my whole life! I was so curious about it that I went to the first show they put on. After a night of laughter, popcorn, and some really ridiculous games I think it’s safe to say that I was hooked. Hooked enough to go to every match I could for the next two years. It was hilarious and entertaining, but I was not sure if I could do comedy in front of a huge audience like that. When junior year came along I finally decided to take the plunge and join the team.

Bella-Vino-Miss-PlacentiaThe first day of practice we learned the basics of improv and we played an unimaginable amount of high energy games to get our creative juices flowing. The first day had ended and I wanted to quit the team immediately. I was so intimidated at how talented these people were and how they seemed to be just as energetic and funny off the stage as when they were performing. It was my turn to give a pun to all the players and the only thing that was coming to my head was what I was having for dinner that night or if I left my curling iron plugged before I left this morning. It was easy to be funny when I wasn’t really trying but it is crazy how trying to be funny, suddenly makes you a million times less funny.

Although I went home wanting to quit, I knew I had committed to the team. I went back to every practice after that determined to make it better than the one before. In what felt like no time at all I was cleared to play for my first match. I was so nervous, but I knew that I was prepared and I had a whole team of friends supporting me. The match was amazing and I did really well. I made a marked improvement after every match. So much so that I was awarded the Most Improved Player Award at the end of the year banquet.

Miss Placentia Bella VinoComedy Sportz has been so much fun for the past two years and through the silliness and laughter I have learned some really important life lessons. On the morning of my interview with the Miss Placentia judges I was confident that I could answer questions quickly and creatively and of course make them laugh! When I came out of the interview the girls who waiting to go next asked what was going on in there because they could hear the laughter all the way out in the lobby! As I had done in the past I used laughter as a great ice breaker and felt I had made a great first impression with judges.

They say “Laughter is the best medicine”. As Miss Placentia 2018, I look forward to a year filled with fun and laughter. I am so excited for the opportunity that the Miss America Program has given us to come together, make new friends and compete at Miss California. I look forward to the new friends, new adventures, and new hilarious stories to tell!