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2016 Miss California’s Outstanding Teen Competition Schedule

The 2016 Miss California’s Outstanding Teen Competition Schedule is Here!

The Miss California Organization is excited to announce the 2016 Miss California’s Outstanding Teen 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. The final pageant will be held at 5:30 PM on Friday, July 1 2016. The winner of the pageant will go on to compete for the title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen this summer in Florida.

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Miss California’s Outstanding Teen Competition Line Up

The 47 Miss California’s Outstanding Teen 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 Evening Wear and On Stage Question on Tuesday night, Fitness presented by Lorna Jane 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 Evening Wear and On Stage Question competitions on Wednesday night, and finishing with Fitness presented by Lorna Jane 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 Fitness presented by Lorna Jane, followed by talent on Wednesday night, and finally, Evening Gown and On Stage Question on Thursday night.

Learn more about the 2016 Miss California’s Outstanding Teen Pageant

Learn more about the 2016 Miss California’s Outstanding Teen 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!

Jennifer Smith- The Princess Program Experience

me-preciousprincessIt all started back in 2009, when a close friend of the family introduced me to the Miss Santa Clara Princess Program.  A lot of 9 year olds dream of becoming a princess one day, and I happened to be one of those girls. So for me, the thought of the experience was close to a dream come true; however, what I didn’t know was the impact this entire organization would begin to make on me as I continued being a princess year after year.

me-paulaIn a mock interview one time, I was asked, “As a former princess in this program, do you feel the princess program is still relevant?” Just as I believe pageants are still relevant, I also believe that the princess program is definitely still relevant as well. Over my five years as a princess, I participated in the Miss Santa Clara / Miss Silicon Valley, Miss San Jose, Miss San Francisco, and Miss California princess programs. Each and every one of those princess programs taught me life skills such as manners, poise, confidence, and gave me the experience of having a princess-contestant bond with many contestants and local titleholders throughout the organization. And I feel that this has helped shaped me to be the person and the titleholder I am today.

One thing that I was taught by participating in the princess program is manners. In my own opinion, I feel like this is one of the most important attributes that a lot of teenagers of my generation seem to be lacking. My parent previously taught me the importance of manners. Since I was still at a young age, most of the manners touched on saying thank you every time you were given something, you’re not allowed to chew with your mouth open, and always address adults as Miss/Ms./Mrs./Mr. But participating in the princess program has helped me expand my manners. One of my personal favorites is when we would have a tea party in the Miss Santa Clara princess program and we had the table placements showing us exactly where each item / utensil went on the table. I think that having manners taught to us throughout our princess programs helped me become more poised as I got older.

alissa-iAnother thing that the princess program has taught me is that you don’t need a celebrity to look up to as your inspiration, and that you can just simply look onstage and see all these phenomenal woman are the better people to look up and aspire to be like. That’s exactly what I did. Not only that, but since I knew most of the titleholders on a more personal level it created a lot of bonds that I still have with most of them today. You may not get the level of closeness contestants have with each other, but they’ll always still be there to support you and cheer you on just as you do for them. One example of this is with one of my former Miss California’s Outstanding Teen contestants, Alissa Anderegg. She was my contestant back at the 2011 competition. I remember meeting her for the first time, and how excited I was for her when she won Miss Golden Gate’s Outstanding Teen, then later became my contestant at Miss California. During the week of Miss California 2011, she showed me SO much love and support throughout the entire week and is still one of the people I look up as she serves molly-iher title of Miss Johnston County (North Carolina) 2015. Another amazing I had was Miss Santa Clara’s Outstanding Teen 2011, Molly Crawford. She was the first contestant I had that had won, and I’ve looked up to her since the tea party I met her at. Along my journey as a contestant, she has been consistently positive and supportive. And now, I am so incredibly blessed to call Molly my miss.

The last thing that being a princess has taught me is that you should always have the confidence to believe yourself. Whether it would be going onstage getting crowned, dancing in front of hundreds of people, walking out to greet your contestant before evening gown, you learn to just become comfortable in your own skin and to be yourself. As a young girl, I was so incredibly shy, to the point I wouldn’t ever want to leave my parents’ side. me-sassyThanks to competing in pageants and participating in the princess program, I’m a goofy chatterbox today. When I was competing for the titles of Miss Northern California Regional’s Outstanding Teen and Miss Gavilan Hills’ Outstanding Teen  2015, I walked across that stage with a confidence that I had never had before. I felt truly comfortable being in my own skin and just being completely myself, and a lot of that I have to owe to this program- both competition wise and princess program wise.

Jennifer Smith
Miss Northern California Regional’s Outstanding Teen

Miss Culver City: Be Yourself!

Hi! My name is Cristina Bequer and I am proudly representing Culver City this year at Miss California.  When you ask most people if they have ever been teased, more than likely their answer will be yes.  If you ask someone if they have ever teased someone, again their answer will probably be yes.  If so many people have been affected by teasing or bullying, why do we continue to do it?  I would like to share my personal experience with bullying.

Cristina-Bequer-Miss-Culver-City-2I remember when I was little, I would change my opinion or beliefs in order to fit in.  I thought if I said and did the same thing others would do, I would be “popular.”  This never really worked and I remember crying because I felt left out.  I quickly realized that I needed to be myself, and as I got older I grew more confident.  I kept myself busy with various activities and I started finding the ones I really enjoyed.  I learned to portray myself as a confident individual due to my success in some of my activities.  I was actively involved in dance, piano, 4-H, kung-fu, and any sport that was offered in my town.

Cristina-Bequer-Miss-Culver-City-3When I started high school I started to get bullied.  Thankfully not in a physical way, however I was bullied by adults.  I was excluded from activities, told that I deserved to fail, and told I wasn’t meant to play a certain sport and should probably quit the team.  I am thankful that I had as much family support as I did, because they kept my head up and encouraged me to stick to the things I enjoyed doing.  I loved 4-H and when I got into the ring, I knew that I had to portray confidence in order to place well.  The year that I won first in advanced goat showmanship, I was approached afterwards by the Miss Blythe directors.  They asked me if I was interested in competing in the Miss Blythe’s Outstanding Teen pageant.   I had never thought of myself as a pageant girl, I didn’t know how to walk in heels, do my makeup or own a ton of dresses.  But I decided to give it a shot and I ended up winning my first pageant.  I had no idea how much of an impact the Miss America Organization would have on my life.
Cristina-Bequer-Miss-Culver-CityOver the last few years I have had the opportunity to hold three titles (Miss Blythe’s Outstanding Teen 2012, Miss Blythe 2014, and Miss Culver City 2015.)  Not only have I learned the confidence in myself, but I also realize that this job allows you to be a role model and public figure.  You have the opportunity to make a difference during your year of service.  I was able to gain confidence by being involved with different activities and clubs.  I learned from a young age that service is very important.  This is why I choose my platform of Youth Volunteering.  Not only am I able to work with children to build confidence, but I get them involved, have them try new things and also make new friends.

I will admit that I was never popular throughout school.  I wasn’t the cheerleader or the star athlete (the stereotypical people who I thought had their lives together and wanted to emulate.)  Instead I was myself, and looking back I wouldn’t want to be anyone else.   Throughout my young life I have learned that it is more important to be yourself because there is no one else like you.  We each have something unique that we have to offer.

One last thing about bullies-and this is important.  If you or someone you know is being hurt by a bully, get help.  Your parents, guardians, school counselor, neighbor, administration at your school, basically any trusted adult can help you get it to stop.  Don’t put up with any type of abuse.  You are worth protecting.

Determined to Overcome

Josie-Pearce-Miss-Garden-Groves-Outstanding-TeenFacing social pressures, body changes, and the battle between childhood and adulthood, teenagers begin to explore their identity. Along the way, these struggles build character and shape the person they will become. When a life-changing event occurs during these crucial years, the everyday conflicts teenagers face are compounded. External conflicts, such as chronic illnesses or family issues, cause teens to have a harder time making it through their toughest years. Even though the experiences are taxing, it is during this time teenagers learn how strong they have become.

Three years ago I felt fatigued and only wanted to sleep, no longer wanting to dance or hangout with friends. My parents took me to several doctors, yet we were never given a diagnosis. Eventually, I tested positive for autoimmune antibodies and was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. With Lupus, I experience chronic fatigue, hair loss, skin rashes, nausea, and I take medication every day to prevent the disease from getting worse. In addition to concerns about school and friends, I also worry about doctor’s appointments and blood tests.

Realizing my life has changed, I’ve made conscious decisions to benefit my health  and live a stable life. I currently eat a healthier diet, take naps to battle my chronic fatigue, and work hard to monitor my stress levels. I visit my rheumatologist every two months, and I no longer have ten doctors because my condition is now manageable. Even though Lupus is incurable and unpredictable, I’ve become a much stronger young woman. I have had to overcome fatigue to teach dance classes and battle nausea to attend school. Knowing the disease won’t go away, I’ve learned to optimize my life with it. By working with doctors at Children’s Hospital Orange County and Miller Children’s Hospital, I have overcome an obstacle I never expected.

Josie-Pearce-Miss-Garden-Groves-Outstanding-Teen-2As a teenager suffering from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, the Lupus Foundation of America is an organization that is really close to my heart. Being diagnosed with a life-threatening autoimmune disease at age 15 showed me how strong I was and helped me see how other people face struggles, too. Through the help of the Lupus Foundation of America, I found a support group with other teenage girls, just like me. The organization taught me to embrace my struggle, and it empowered me to reach out to others with the disease.

In August of 2014, I began preparing for the Walk to End Lupus Now Los Angeles by sending out emails to my family and friends about the walk. To share how the donations would help find a cure for this life-threatening disease, I promoted the walk on social media. Many of my family and friends made donations for my team. By the September walk date, my team, “Josie Power,” collectively raised over $400 dollars for the foundation, and was able to spread the word about Lupus. To continue my support for the foundation, I have begun a new project to raise money for my team at an upcoming San Diego walk. Spreading awareness throughout my community, the fundraiser will raise money for the Lupus Foundation of America. Volunteering with the organization has allowed me to relate to many patients and give them hope for the future. The money raised goes to help doctors find a cure, assist patients with their struggles, and bring together support groups. The Lupus Foundation of America has made a significant impact of my life, and it is my responsibility to give back to a community that has helped me so much.

Josie-Pearce-Miss-Garden-Groves-Outstanding-Teen-3As Miss Garden Grove’s Outstanding Teen, I’ve been given the opportunity to serve communities and represent young woman in our society. Identifying with issues many teens face every day, I can encourage others through my testimony of perseverance and strength. Oftentimes, teens are underestimated, yet they hold the potential to overcome unforeseen challenges and rise above their personal expectations. My involvement in the Miss California’s Outstanding Teen Organization provides me the platform to reach out to others without reservation. In sharing my story, I hope to inspire young woman who face daily struggles and make it clear that anything can be overcome with determination.

Come support the Walk to End Lupus Now San Diego on May 16!

Josie Pearce

Miss Garden Grove’s Outstanding Teen 2015

Kyla’s College Visits

Kyla with her brother and friends on one of her college visits

Kyla with her brother and friends on one of her college visits

Hi everyone! Kyla here!

As I competed over the last few years, I accumulated quite a bit of scholarship money. It has helped me pay for my first two years of community college, and for this I am thankful. Over the last month, I have been visiting universities so that I can transfer in the fall. As I filled out applications and went in for interviews, I started to realize just how much scholarship money I have accumulated over the last three years! I am proud to say that I will be able to attend a four-year university with little to no tuition next year when I transfer.

I have also gained more than scholarships while competing in the Miss California Organization. When I arrived at my college visits, the receptionist in the admissions office informed my parents and me that I was scheduled to have an interview. So, I pretty much walked into a room right then and had a 10-15 minute interview. No nerves crept up, nor was I tongue tied for even a minute. I know this is because of the confidence that I have gained throughout my years competing in this organization. Not only was I able to breeze through the interview, I was able to walk around the campus and talk to pretty much everyone with confidence, something I wouldn’t have dreamed of being able to do even two years ago.

Thank you for all of your love and support!

Kyla

Miss California’s Outstanding Teen 2014

 

My Time at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen

After I won Miss California’s Outstanding Teen, I had about three weeks to prepare for the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition in Orlando. Those weeks leading up to Orlando were quite busy, full of trying on dresses and filling out paperwork. I was very anxious leading up to the pageant, but I was also extremely excited!

Upon arriving at the hotel, I was able to meet some of the girls at our AMAZING Tony Bowls photo shoot. It was so much fun to have our hair and makeup done, and dress up in some gorgeous dresses. Some thereafter, we had our first rehearsal, and that was the first time we were all together in one room! We all had an instant connection, and I was ready to begin the week!

After orientation that night, we said good-bye to our parents (and our phones) and we were off to our rooms to spend our first night with our roommates! I was a little… no… I was REALLY, REALLY nervous about my roommate, Megha from Kansas. I mean, I was spending a week rooming with someone I had never met before. I was worried we would not get along, but thankfully, it was just the opposite. We became great friends, and that made my week a whole lot easier. We helped each other get ready, made sure we were on time, and picked up anything the other needed.

In the days following, we went to many different events and many long hour rehearsals. Through it all, we became closer as friends, and it was long before we all started acting like sisters who have lived together their whole lives. The funny thing is, the reason we all became so close is because we didn’t have our phones. We had no access to the social world, and we had to make conversation. I am so glad that they took our phones because if they hadn’t, we wouldn’t be as close as we now are.

The prelims came and went fairly fast. I was extremely proud of each of my performances, including my private interview. I was so humbled to be able to stand on the stage with some of the most amazing, talented, beautiful, and kind teenagers in America. After the prelims, we are all so anxious for Saturday night, but we had to wait two whole days! On that Friday, we had no competition, so we went to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, and met some of the hardest working people I have ever met.

On Saturday, excitement (no not nerves) was high, and we could not wait to see who the new Miss America’s Outstanding Teen was. After the top 12 was announced, I was so excited to watch my friends compete! When it came down to it, I (along with everyone else) starting freaking out and crying when Olivia’s name was called. Olivia (Georgia) was and is one of the most down to earth, real, and inspirational people I have ever met in my entire life. She is going to be a rockin’ MAOT, and she will change the face of the organization in the best way.

So, after all of that, I am very excited to be back home in California, and I cannot wait to see what the rest of my year has in store for me.

Thank you all for your love and support!

Kyla