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Miss California Thursday Preliminary Winners Announced

Katie Wayland and Mackenzie Freed Miss California Preliminary Winners

Mackenzie Freed Miss Treasure Island

Miss Treasure Island Mackenzie Freed in swimwear by Kandice Pelletier

Miss Treasure Island Tops in Fitness

Receiving the Miss California Preliminary Lifestyle and Swimsuit in Fitness award for the Beta Group is Miss Treasure Island, Mackenzie Freed. Wearing a custom swimsuit designed by Kandice Pelletier Swimwear, Mackenzie receives a $300 scholarship sponsored by the Preliminary Pageant Association. This is the final year for Miss California contestants to compete in Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit as the competition will be retired beginning with Miss America on September 9.

Katie Wayland Miss Orange Coast Miss California

Miss Orange Coast Katie Wayland performed “Bridge Over Troubled Water”

Miss Orange Coast Wins Thursday Talent

On Thursday evening the Gamma group competed in preliminary talent, with presentations ranging from piano performances to vertical fitness. At the conclusion of the evening, Miss Orange Coast Katie Wayland was named the preliminary talent winner for her rendition of the Simon and Garfunkel classic “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Katie receives a $500 scholarship for her achievement, courtesy of the Fresno Clovis Visitors and Convention Bureau.

This evening in Miss California competition, the Beta Group will compete in On Stage Question, the Gamma Group will compete in Swimsuit & Evening Wear categories, and the Alpha Group will compete in the Talent competition. The competition will begin at 7 PM with the Miss California's Outstanding Teen final wrapping up the evening. Catch all the action via our live stream at MissCalifornia.org/live, brought to you by Nexstar Broadcasting, CBS 47 Fresno, and Live Light Technologies.

Photos courtesy of Doug Hikawa

The Science of Sound- Katie Wayland

 

An apprehension engine makes some of your favorite sounds in scary movies!

An apprehension engine makes some of your favorite sounds in scary movies!

I’m Katie Wayland, Miss Orange Coast, and I work in Audio Production! My interest for this field began non-traditionally as a child who simply loved scary movies. Sound design is truly an art form, as evidenced by one of my favorite tools: “The Apprehension Machine”, or “The Nightmare Machine”. This was a custom-built instrument by composer Mark Korven for the purposes of creating those haunting noises in all of your favorite scary movies. Instruments like this (homemade machines creating indecipherable noises) are what make this such an accessible craft.

 

Glory Days at Orange Lutheran

Glory Days at Orange Lutheran

I began fiddling (pun intended) with unique instruments at a young age, including my recorder, accordion, miniature harpsichord, xylophone, vibraphone, marimba and glockenspiel. I would set up microphones facing stereo speakers to amplify and manipulate sound, mostly waging psychological warfare on my parents and siblings with my now worn down “Elvis: The Greatest Hits” CD.

I am currently an audio editor at Wayland Productions, employed by my extremely talented (and patient) brother, Kc Wayland! (It’s not nepotism if you complete the internship program.) Kc got his start in animation, working his way to being a well-respected writer, producer, engineer, and educator. We began working together when I wrote the opening score to his audio drama (We’re Alive: A “Zombie” Story of Survival) at the age of 15 using the most rudimentary of tools to create a haunting vaudeville/post-apocalyptic melody using my out-of-tune piano, and a broken guitar.

Creating in the studio

Creating in the studio

I am so grateful for the scholarships I have earned at the local and state levels of the Miss America Organization, which have funded my entire education; from community college all the way to studying Independent Music Production in the extension program at the University of California, Los Angeles!

With my background in music, and love of technology, this career is a natural fit. It is at the intersection of STEM and the arts, giving me the perfect niche to utilize two skill sets, and create unique sounds every single day.