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Miss Teenage California 2010 is crowned!
The 32nd Annual Miss Teenage California Scholarship Pageant was held April 23-25, 2010 at the HIlton Los Angeles Airport. Candidates from every corner of the Golden State competed for thousands in college scholarships and prizes.
By: Frank K. Lameira
For Mary-Kate FitzPatrick the journey actually began in 2006. She was 14 at the time. A lovely young lady with bright green eyes and black hair. She also was 50 lbs. heavier. Back in 2006 when she entered the pageant she didn't even place in the Top 30. As someone who was teased since the first day of second grade when a boy called her fat to her face, she knew the pain of being rediculed. High school was brutal. The kids were cruel and made jokes about me when they thought I couldn't hear. The simplest of tasks she says of climbing the stairs had her exhausted and panting. With her health slowly deteriorating, so did her self-esteem. Mary-Kate knew then that she had to make a life changing decision. For six months she exercised every day, and measured out the portions of food she ate. She analyzed what was beneficial to her health and what wasn't. Fifty pounds later she says she was comfortable in her own skin for the very first time. She learned so many things about herself that she never knew. She enjoyed running, weight lifting, going on long walks and bike rides. She says she also realized how limited she made her life before her self-inflicted boot camp. Mary-Kate began to make friends and blossom. She went out on a Saturday night with friends for the first time. She learned that she was indeed stronger than she ever thought. She now encourages others to make healthy life choices every day whether big or small in size. To this day, "I exercise every day and eat right. I've never been happier to be healthy, but most of all to be alive and have the ability to live every day to the fullest."
The new Miss Teenage California 2010 stands 5'7", weighs 125 lbs. with black hair and green eyes. She attended Corondelet High School, and hopes to obtain a degree in Film and Social Justice from Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles. The new Miss Teenage California won a $10,000 College Scholarship or $7,000 Cash Award. Her choice! She also will compete this Summer in the 26th Annual Miss Teen of the Nation Pageant in Washington, D.C. In addition to these prizes she won a $1,000 Shopping Spree at the world famous Beverly Center-Beverly Hills, and other gifts.
The runners up in order of placement were: first runner up Miss Teen North Los Angeles County- Carly Wellrich, second runner up Miss Teen Turlock-Azrael Nickens, third runner up Miss Teen San Joaquin Valley- Danielle Martin, and fourth runner up Miss Teen Pacific Coast- Lauren Ryan. The four runners up received college scholarships of $4,000, $3,000, $2,000, and $1,200 respectively.
The Top 10 not among the runners up included: Miss Teen Bloomington-
The remaining finalists were: Miss Teen Anaheim Hills- Divneet Wadhwa, Miss Teen Barstow- Jessi Hodges, Miss Teen Brentwood- Lauren Howard, Miss Teen Central Orange County- Jasmine Nessary, Miss Teen City of Fresno- Ellen Cleary, Miss Teen Hayward- Bianca Vierra, Miss Teen Hollister- Katelynn Thorpe, Miss Teen Kingsburg- Charlotte Avila, Miss Teen Nevada County- Michelle Vargas, Miss Teen Placentia- Jordan Krinke, Miss Teen Rancho San Diego- Morgan Gallo, Miss Teen Sacramento County- Morgan Ellison, Miss Teen San Luis Obispo County- Salome Jansen Van Rensburg, Miss Teen Santa Cruz- Daniella Zuccolotto, Miss Teen Southeast Los Angeles County- Erika Kimura, and Miss Teen Sunny Hills- Amanda Wong.
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Annual state pageant for teen girls 13-19 in California. No swimsuit or talent competition.Thousands in college scholarships and prizes awarded annually, since 1980. Website is at www.missteenageca.com Produced by Danfranc Productions.