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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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Miss Hollywood: It’s Not Just Bad Luck

friday the 13th photoHappy Friday the 13th everyone! I’m Joell Posey Grager, Miss Hollywood 2015. I’m not certain how my fascination with luck began, but I am a believer. Ever since I was young, my family owned Stefan Bechtel and Laurence Roy Stains’ The Good Luck Book. Simple quotes and stories of superstitious origins always intrigued me and since my entire family enjoys watching and playing sports, we held tight to our good luck charms.

Friday the 13th is a trepidatious day for a tremendous number of Americans. The Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute reports, between 17 and 21 million Americans are afraid of Friday the 13th and many of them won’t leave the house. Each year is graced with at least one Friday the 13th, while 2015 is unique with a total of three. This is a real endurance test for those suffering from paraskevidekatriaphobia, the scientific classification for a fear of Friday the 13th. Although, an abundance of individuals are frightened by this supposedly unlucky day, the beginning of its reign of terror cannot be pinpointed.

Origins

A variety of origins surround the spooking date of Friday the 13th. Some believe it stems from the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday and the 13 individuals present (12 apostles and Jesus) at the Last Supper. Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, published in the 14th century, declares Friday as unfortunate and a day of ill luck. Both the number 13 and Friday were not discussed as unlucky together until the 19th century. In Henry Sutherland Edwards’ 1869 biography of Gioachino Rossini speaks of the unlucky day and number in conjunction with his death. Then in 1907, Thomas W. Lawson’s novel Friday, the Thirteenth may have created widespread concerns of the superstition. Similarly Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code debates the urban legend of the superstition with Friday, October 13th, 1307 when hundreds of the Knights Templar were arrested. No matter where it all began, people around the world avoid bad luck and superstitious items.

Avoiding Bad Luck

Dozens of objects and actions are considered bad luck, so on this unlucky day try to avoid black cats crossing your path and owls. Broken mirrors are haunting because it was believed a mirror was a look into your soul and if it was broken, the soul was astray from your body. Likewise, one should never kill a sparrow as ancient times believed they carried souls. Darker tales surround the superstition of walking under ladders. Before gallows, prisoners were hung from the top of a ladder and their evil ghosts linger in the triangle under. If you spill the salt shaker better through some over your left shoulder, just look before you throw so you don’t wind up with a Dumb and Dumber moment. Although umbrellas are a rare sight in Southern California, still be mindful of not opening them indoors, not only because it’s bad luck, but also because most won’t easily make it through the doorway. Last, never place new shoes on a table, instead slip them on and go out!

Good Luck Charms

Now for some lucky charms! Keep a horseshoe for good luck, but it must be displayed with the open end upwards to prevent luck from falling out. As Saint Patrick’s Day approaches the little green four-leaf clover, or shamrock, is all around. These small tokens are thought to protect people from evil spirits. The unusual charm of a rabbit’s foot wards off bad luck, especially if it is kept in your left pocket. Crossing your fingers isn’t simply for everyday luck. In American and European folklore, people would cross their fingers when they crossed graveyards. Children still cross their fingers to “X” out the lie they’re telling. One of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions is to take the wishbone with a loved one and each of us makes a wish. Whoever breaks off the larger end will have their wish come true! I continuously say, “knock on wood,” because I do worry about saying things that may jinx my favorite sports teams.

Hollywood and Theater

Wishing an actor a “good run” or “good luck” is a jinx, (so knock on that wood) instead wish them a “great opening” or to “break a leg.” Supposedly an actor can use a lucky colleague’s soap in hopes of it rubbing off on them. Two of my father and my favorite actors kept good luck tokens throughout their careers. John Wayne continued to use the six-gun from his first western he filmed and Jimmy Stewart wore the same hat throughout his career.

A few bad luck signs to avoid onstage are black cats, opening an umbrella, or dropping a comb. Randomly, if someone is knitting on or near the stage it is considered bad luck. Notoriously, Macbeth, known as the Scottish Play during rehearsal and production, is considered cursed. Several urban legends surround Macbeth including stories that the first actor playing Macbeth died during production, the actor playing Lady Macbeth died during the show and real witches cursed the play. If someone speaks the name prior to the performance they must leave the building spin three times, spit, curse and knock on the entrance to be allowed back in. Not all theater superstitions end in disaster. A terrible dress rehearsal indicates a great opening night!

Whether you’re superstitious or not, I wish you the best of luck today! And here are a few time-honored ways to improve your luck:

 

  1. Catch a falling leaf and keep it.
  2. Put a penny from your birth year in your penny loafers.
  3. Look at the new moon while holding silver coins in your hand.
  4. Catch the bubbles atop your coffee or tea with a spoon and drink them before they break.
  5. Tie a string in a circle and keep it in your purse.
  6. Sit with your legs crossed.
  7. Hide a lucky bean and don’t let anyone know where it is.
  8. Sprinkle a little nutmeg on your lottery tickets.
  9. Give a poor person a pair of new shoes.
  10. Before sleep, place your shoes with the toes pointing under the bed.

 

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Cooking with Miss Contra Costa County: Cherry Pistachio Bark

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Hi again! My name is Angela Laird and I’m Miss Contra Costa County 2015. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I was searching for a way to fuse two of my foods I LOVE, chocolate and pistachios, into one dish. The Miss California Organization is lucky enough to be sponsored by American Pistachio Growers, which in my mind says, “unlimited pistachios”! How lucky are we?! While I won’t be sharing this with my hunny (it’s all for me!), it doesn’t mean YOU don’t have to! You’ll definitely capture the heart of your sweetie with this chocolate bark recipe. The sweetness of the chocolate mixed in with the saltiness of the pistachios and the sweet tang of the cherries is divine! Enjoy!

Cherry Pistachio Bark

Ingredients:

1 ¼ cups dried cherries

2 tablespoons water

2 11 oz. packages of white chocolate chips

12 oz. of vanilla flavored candy coating

1 11 oz. package of dark chocolate chips

1-1 ¼ cups chopped pistachio nuts

Directions:

  1. In a small glass bowl, microwave cherries with water on high for 1-2 minutes, drain if necessary, and set aside.
  1. In a separate microwave-safe bowl, microwave the dark chocolate chips until melted and smooth, stirring occasionally. Line a 10×15” pan with wax paper and pour the melted dark chocolate into the pan. Sprinkle half of the cherries and pistachios onto the melted chocolate. Let this layer harden before continuing.
  1. In another microwave-safe bowl, microwave the white chocolate chips and candy coating together the same way you did the dark chocolate chips. You can either stir the cherries into the white chocolate to give a pink tint and pour onto the dark chocolate mixture, or sprinkle the remaining cherries and pistachios onto the white chocolate mixture separately. Chill for one hour, or until firm.
  1. Cut into 1” squares or just break apart. Store unused portion in an air-tight container. Enjoy!

The Pygmalion Effect

The Pygmalion Effect
The phenomenon whereby the greater the expectation placed upon an individual, the better they perform.

Page 0    Children are gifted with an incredible innocence and a clandestine view of the world but, somehow, as these children grown older these gifts are lost. Filled with love, hope, desire, and a limitless capacity to dream, children take in life experience like sponges and begin to build the lens in which they view the world one moment at a time. Sometimes we don’t always remember that it is us who shape this lens and the world in which children view it, and it is not a responsibility to be taken lightly.

As a child, my mom and I lived in a small apartment in a seedy part of town. We were very low income and, during that time, my mother worked three jobs just to afford to live there. She sacrificed everything for my education and, as a toddler, my mom gave me only educational games – toy stethoscopes, doctor’s kits and even purchased my first microscope when I was seven. She enrolled me in piano, clarinet and violin lessons, I studied graphic design and computer programming at age eight and swam competitively everyday, hoping that my developed talent might one day earn me a spot at Stanford. Everyday, my mom told me that ‘education would be the key to my freedom’ and I have lived by those words ever since.

I never believed I was any different from my classmates. I only knew that while they were complaining about eating vegetables for dinner, my mom and I went to McDonalds for 10-cent hamburgers that we froze to eat throughout the week. But, when I was in elementary school, I became the lucky victim of a social experiment that utilized the power of positive thinking in what is now termed as The Rosenthal or Pygmalion Effect. In this afterschool program, teachers pooled a selection of both advantaged and disadvantaged students and told us that we were ‘gifted’. We had the opportunity to skip class to go on special fieldtrips and take special classes that allowed us to push our limits of thinking beyond the classroom. Looking back, I don’t believe there was one child in our group that did not graduate high school and continue towards a life of success, and I know now that this was because we were told that we could.

Page 0(1)Another definition of the Pygmalion Effect states that it is a type of self-fulfilling prophecy where, if you think something will happen, you may unconsciously make it happen through your actions or inaction. Let me be the first to tell you that this effect is 100% tangible and true. Believing that you CAN accomplish something will open more doors than you could ever think possible. Somehow, a little girl who grew up in a studio apartment in a bad part of town became a published author, a UC Davis graduate, a pianist, a world traveler and the director of the Children’s Miracle Network Second Life Organization throughout Northern California – all because someone believed in me.

Looking back, I know that I was a truly blessed child as I was given every opportunity to succeed. But, on top of that, I was surrounded by people who believed that I could succeed. Unfortunately, not every child is so lucky. The adult world places stigmas on different social groups, limiting their dreams and desires to activities society deems fit. Whether it be age, culture or gender, children often find themselves categorized and their futures determined before they’ve ever had the opportunity to choose. As a woman in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields, it seems like finding my place in the workforce is a constant battle against social stigma. Though society has come a long way in 50 years, remnants of this still remain as we often find ourselves fighting to prove our worth in fields where we are still the minority.

Here in lies the reason I find the Miss America Organization to be so incredible. Not only to we support STEM initiatives, something that is truly near and dear to my heart, but we also encourage women to pursue their childhood dreams and provide the platform to make this possible. As competitors in this organization, we are celebrated and encouraged to follow our hearts as doctors, astronauts, art teachers, computer scientists, politicians, mothers and home keepers. A title gives us the motivation to become the best version of ourselves that we could possibly be and to continue spreading this message by tirelessly serving our communities. From the moment we are crowned, we somehow become a beacon of light and a person of influence to children throughout the country. We are given the incredible power to change and shape the lens in which these children view the world and it is up to us to give them the power to accomplish the great things they dream of for themselves – through the power of positive thinking.

Ashley Ott
Miss City of Sacramento 2015