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Lauren Herring | Miss Clovis

Miss-Clovis-Lauren-HerringHi, I'm Lauren Herring, Miss Clovis 2018! Since 1924 the Miss California Organization has been pumping out scholarship queens and childhood dreams. Since 2017 I've been lucky enough to benefit from this organization. Going into the program I only had a small idea of what I was getting myself into. No one can really explain the look in a small child's eyes when they see a girl with big hair and a sparkly crown on their head, and no one can really explain how it will make you feel.

The four points of the crown are service, scholarship, style, and success. If I had to add a fifth S, it would be strength, because boy oh boy do you have to be strong for this job. You don't realize the extent of your importance until you're expected to show up and just be yourself. That's the most admirable thing about this Organization, you get a sash and a crown and a nation-wide platform, just for being yourself. Not only that, but you get to be yourself and be an advocate for whatever you want.

Another unexplainable perk you won't understand until post-crowning is how much you can impact the people you meet. I learned from Uncle Ben (Spider-Man reference) that with great power comes great responsibility. The second you put on that crown, you become the most convincing person in the room. As Miss Clovis I wanted my platform to be all about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.) STEM education and careers are important because these are the careers that dictate the way our world works. My platform also focuses on encouraging girls and young women to pursue STEM to create a greater female presence within the STEM industry.

Women are important and what they can't explain to you before become a title holder is that it's the kids that make you feel most important. Beyond my personal platform is the MAO official platform, the Children's Miracle Network. If you ever lose hope in humanity just know there's 80 + queens with 80 + people behind them working to make sure every child has proper medical treatment.

What they can explain to you, is that these moments are special, so take lots of pictures. They can tell you that you're going to make a lot of friends and these friends will stay with you throughout your lifetime. They can tell you that the year is short, and while I've only been Miss Clovis a few short months, they've been the quickest few months of my life.

I can tell you that this is so much more than what I expected, but so much more in the best possible way.

The Miss California Organization Elects New Board Members

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jessa Carmack

April 18, 2018 jessacarmack@misscalifornia.org

MISS CALIFORNIA ORGANIZATIONS ELECTS TWO NEW BOARD MEMBERS

(FRESNO, CA) The Miss California Organization gathered for their annual orientation last weekend in Fresno, California. All 83 state finalists spent the weekend in meetings, workshops and meeting their fellow local titleholders. In addition to the contestant activities, the Miss California Board of Directors accepted two nominations to the Board. They are pleased to welcome two new board members, David Bonetto and Connie Oliver.

David-Bonetto-Miss-California-Board-of-DirectorsDavid Bonetto has over 45 years of multi-dance experience including training in tap, jazz, ballet, and numerous other facets of the arts. He has designed the performing arts program at DanceWorks Unlimited to build self-expression, mental and physical discipline, and personal motivation through the art of dance. Bonetto is on faculty at Fresno City College in the dance department and serves as a consultant to Fresno Unified School District conducting workshops and choreography. For the last 20 years, he has had an active role in the beauty and design industry as a visual artist and marketing director. In 2016, Bonetto sat on the judging panel for the Miss California competition.

Oliver_Connie_0304Connie Oliver is entering her 20th year in the Miss America Organization. Oliver began her volunteer work with the organization as the producer of the Miss Culver City Pageant. Since that time, she has served as the executive director of the Miss Culver City competition and spearheaded the beginning of various new local programs. Oliver has volunteered in many capacities with the organization, serving as prep chair for Miss California, sponsor chair, has been on the state staff for over 10 years and has judged state programs in Hawaii, Nevada, Washington and Oregon.

The 2018 Miss California & Miss California’s Outstanding Teen state finals preliminary competition will take place at the Saroyan Theatre in Downtown Fresno, June 27-29. Miss California’s Outstanding Teen 2018 will be crowned on Friday, June 29th. Miss California 2018 will be crowned on Saturday, June 30th.

About the Miss California Organization:

The Miss California Scholarship Organization is a volunteer based 501c(3) non-profit organization which was founded in 1924. As the Official State Final to Miss America, the Miss California Organization has awarded more than $6 million in cash and academic scholarships Miss California Organization | since the competition made its home in Fresno in 1994. Nurturing an ideal of beauty that includes dignity, courage, intelligence, creative talent and kindness, the successful contestants demonstrate a genuine commitment to serving others. Every year the Miss California’s Outstanding Teen and Miss California contestants make significant contributions to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by raising funds and spreading awareness throughout the state. To learn more, visit misscalifornia.org.

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