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Thursday Miss California’s Outstanding Teen Results

Miss California's Outstanding Teen Preliminary Winners

Three Way Tie in Talent

On Thursday, the Miss California's Outstanding Teen competition was home to a three-way tie in talent. Miss Treasure Island's Outstanding Teen Ayra Demirovich sang “Je Veux Vivre”, while Miss Anaheim Hills' Outstanding Teen Helena Czochanski sang “Caro Nome”. Wrapping up our preliminary award winners was Miss Yorba Linda's Outstanding Teen Ava Siniscalchi who danced to “Fight Song”.





These young ladies each receive a $300 scholarship courtesy of Scholarship Associates.

The final preliminary award of the evening went to Miss Anaheim's Outstanding Teen Cameron Doan. She received top score in the Evening Wear/On Stage Question portion, receiving a $300 scholarship sponsored by the Preliminary Pageant Association.

 

 

 

 

Miss California’s Outstanding Teen Kicks off Preliminaries

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Teen contestants awarded scholarships

Cameron Doan Miss Anaheim's Outstanding Teen

Cameron Doan Miss Anaheim's Outstanding Teen entertained the crowd with a show twirl to “The Greatest Showman”

Miss California's Outstanding Teen competition began Wednesday, with Miss Anaheim's Outstanding Teen Cameron Doan taking the Preliminary Talent Award. Cameron performed an energetic baton routine to “The Greatest Showman” and receives a $500 scholarship courtesy of the Preliminary Pageant Association.

Ava Siniscalchi Miss Yorba Linda's Outstanding TeenWrapping up the evening's competition, Miss Yorba Linda's Outstanding Teen Ava Siniscalchi received top honors in the Evening Wear/On Stage Question portion, receiving a $300 scholarship sponsored by the Preliminary Pageant Association.

This evening in Miss California competition, the Alpha Group will compete in On Stage Question, the Beta Group will compete in Swimsuit & Evening Wear categories, and the Gamma Group will compete in the Talent competition. In the final night of Miss California's Outstanding Teen preliminary competition, the Omega Group will compete in both Talent and Physical Fitness, while the Tau Group will compete in the Evening Wear/On Stage Question portion.

Along with their respective scholarship, each of our preliminary award winners received trophies commemorating their achievement. The Miss California Organization thanks our sponsor California Trophy for their generous contribution to our program.

Join us at MissCalifornia.org beginning at 7 PM PDT for tonight's preliminaries streamed free courtesy of our partners CBS 47, Nexstar Entertainment, and Live Light Technologies.

All Photos Courtesy of Doug Hikawa

Hollins University to Provide Scholarship to Miss California Contestants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 14, 2018
Contact: Jessa Carmack
jessacarmack@misscalifornia.org

(FRESNO, CA) Hollins University, a four-year private institution of higher education located in Roanoke, Virginia, will be joining the team of scholarship donors for the Miss California Organization.

For all ‘Teen’ or ‘Miss’ contestants that have not attended college; Hollins University will provide up to a $20,000 in renewable scholarship to any contestant in the 2018 Miss California competition who applies, is admitted and decides to attend Hollins as a first-year student.

For any ‘Miss’ contestant or transfer student; Hollins University will provide up to a $18,000 in renewable scholarship to any contestant in the 2018 Miss California Competition who applies, is admitted and decides to attend Hollins as a first-year student.

“We are thrilled to have the support of Hollins University and hope to see our 2018 contestants take advantage of the generous scholarship donation they are providing,” Patricia Murray, CEO & Executive Director, Miss California Organization.

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 1990. 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.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MissCAOrg

Instagram/Twitter: @MissCAOrg

About Hollins University:

Hollins is an independent liberal arts university dedicated to academic excellence and humane values. Hollins University offers undergraduate liberal arts education for women, selected graduate programs for men and women, and community outreach initiatives. The Hollins curriculum and cocurricular programs prepare students for lives of active learning, fulfilling work, personal growth, achievement, and service to society.

The Hollins community sustains talented students engaged in challenging study, and productive scholars and artists devoted to teaching and to the advancement of knowledge. Experiential learning, study abroad, and internships enhance the academic program. The hallmarks of a Hollins education are creativity and effective self-expression, problem solving and critical thinking skills, and independent inquiry and the free exchange of ideas.

Hollins nurtures civility, integrity, and concern for others, encourages and values diversity and social justice, and affirms the equal worth of women and men. Our university motto, Levavi Oculos, calls us to leadership and service in accord with the Hollins values and traditions.

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Miss California Executive Director to Facebook Live Jan 4, 2018 7pm PST

Join us (1)Have questions about what has been happening?  Just have questions about the Miss California Organization?  Want to learn more about State Finals in June?

I will be hosting a Q and A session on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 7pm on Facebook.com/MissCAorg.

If you have something you really want addressed, please email me this week at Patricia@MissCalifornia.org and I will include the topic at the beginning before the Q and A.

Some of the topics I will address:

  1. The current situation of the Miss America BOD, the Miss Americas and the state executive directors with regard to the national organization.
  2. The current situation of the national competition.
  3. The current  state of the Miss California Organization.
  4. Our State License with Miss America – what we have to live by as a state.
  5. The current state of our contestant and volunteer protection policies for the Miss California Organization.
  6. The road to Miss California and Miss California's OT 2018.
    1. Doubletree and Fresno
    2. Age changes
    3. Orientation 2018
    4. Ad Page Sales
    5. CMN fundraising
    6. Scholarship expectations
    7. Production news
    8. State Final Competition
      1. Judges brief for both Miss and Teen
      2. Our expectations for Miss California and Miss California's OT.
    9. Princess Program
    10. MAOT Prep
    11. MAO Prep

I will add to this list as you send me topics that you want me to address.  Can't wait to chat with everyone on Thursday!

Happy New Year!

Patricia Murray

CEO/Executive Director

From Pumpfakes to Pageants- Miss High Desert and the Year Ahead

575569_3755875746167_1306864853_n (1) Hello! My name is Katherine Reaves and I am Miss High Desert 2018. I’m not really social media savvy. I can make a computer work, but I’m still trying to figure out how to shift down on my Instagram page so that I can put my “Miss High Desert 2018” title in my bio. So, when I was faced with the idea of making a blog, I was slightly apprehensive…what do I write? I don’t usually write freely, and anything I have written in the past four years had to be at least nine paragraphs with five reputable sources, none of which could be Wikipedia, and all of which were discussing artifacts and art that have been buried under the earth or in some church for centuries. However, I am going to try and relax, just blog, and leave out the five sources.

When I decided to enter my first pageant two years ago, it was in an effort to sing on as many stages as possible. Also, I was in love with the idea of waltzing around a stage in a sparkly gown, as adoring fans applauded. However, once I was in the midst of the competition, my competitive streak kicked in, finely tuned like a Stradivarius violin due to nineteen years of highly aggressive basketball. So, when I lost, I was extremely distressed. I then continued to enter pageants, but as I continued pageantry my wants changed. Pageants became less focused on the want to win just to win and more focused on the hope to change as many lives as possible while I was in pageantry, even if the lives I touched stopped at those who would be helped by the money I raised for my local pageant.

22279972_10214529468536159_8676987714900691196_nPageantry also inspired me to start my own nonprofit. Sing for the Heart is a program I have put together that will fund grants to give to the local high schools in my area so that they can have their own EKG programs as a part of the student athletes physical. The money will come from benefit concerts where concert goers will be exposed to my own thrilling form of comedic dialogue in between some of my favorite songs. I hope to use this year to not only gain support for my platform and nonprofit, but to also raise money for CMN and for the thousands of women who participate in these pageants to fulfill their educational dreams. 

This year, as Miss High Desert, I am thrilled to embark on a journey that I can’t even begin to imagine. I am a planner by nature, and unabashedly OCD, so the thought of not knowing what’s coming is slightly unsettling. However, with the help of my Desert Beauties team and the rest of the MAO family, I can honestly say that I am ready for the unexpected and content with not knowing. I’m trying to live in each moment… “I never  look back, darlings, it distracts from the now!” (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. Edna Mode, The Incredibles, Walt Disney Pictures

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Local Contestants can meet Miss America 2018 this June in Fresno!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

We have now crowned all of our titleholders for 2017.  Congratulations to those that are already a part of the Class of 2018.

For those of you who have participated in a local but didn't take home the crown, you have an opportunity to meet and greet with Miss America 2018 Cara Mund and Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2018 Jessica Baeder.  They are both coming to the competition in Fresno this June and we are creating an event for just our local contestants.  This will be your chance to be one on one with the women who have the job(s) you aspire to obtain.  It is truly a once in a lifetime chance.  Local contestants can also earn tickets to the Miss California Finals and the Invitation Only President's Reception.  You can drive up to Fresno, meet Miss America, come to the President's Reception and then sit in excellent seats for the finals.

There are opportunities for our Titleholders of the Class of 2018 to create their own section of the Competition Magazine and our Princesses to have a Tea with Miss America and Miss America's Outstanding Teen.  Read the packet below and watch the video for all the details!!

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Take a look and I hope to see you in Fresno in June!

Patricia Murray, Miss California ED

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!

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