SAN DIEGO, CA – On Saturday, March 19, the Miss San Diego Pageant and Scholarship Association held the 2011 Miss San Diego Pageant at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts. Thirty-five talented women ages 13-24 participated in a program that has been a San Diego tradition since the late 1920’s. Over $4,000.00 in scholarships were awarded.
Danamarie McNicoll Carter of La Mesa won the title of Miss San Diego’s Outstanding Teen 2011. She is a former Miss Teen La Mesa and a student at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace. She wowed the judges with piano performance which accounted for 35% of the overall score.
The La Mesa teen willl move on to compete for Miss California’s Outstanding Teen 2011 in Fresno this summer, the official preliminary to Miss America’s Outstanding Teen. She will spend her year promoting her platform: The Adaptive Sports Foundation.
In addition, the Scholarship Association awarded the title of Miss Cities of San Diego 2011 to Shelby Macdonald of Point Loma and Miss San Diego 2011 to Marina Inserra of Chula Vista. Both young women will also move on to the state competition. Macdonald is a student at Chapman University majoring in Broadcast Journalism and will spend her year promoting her platform: The Make-A-Wish foundation. Insera will spend her year promoting Breast Cancer Awareness and is a student at San Diego State University majoring in theater.
Last year, nineteen-year-old Miss San Diego 2010, Arianna Afsar of Rancho Penasquitos, was crowned Miss California and recently placed in the top 10 at the Miss America Pageant which aired live on ABC on January 15. Afsar says, “Amazing young women right here in San Diego could be the next Miss America. You just never know what the future might hold unless you try and it all begins with local pageants like Miss San Diego.” She performed at Saturday’s show.
The contestants were scored on personal interview, talent, swimsuit (sportswear for teens contestants), evening gown and an on stage question. Winners will serve as San Diego’s official hostesses. They will also spend the year promoting their platform and will move on to compete in the 2011 Miss California Pageant, the official preliminary to Miss America.
The official results are as follows:
Miss San Diego 2011, Marina Inserra, Miss Cities of San Diego 2011, Shelby Macdonald 1st Runner Up, Angela Zautzke 2nd Runner Up, Erynne Grecco 3rd Runner Up, Jessica Keyes Miss Photogenic, Kendall Conn Miss Congeniality, Kambra Potter Most Outstanding Interview, Angela Zautzke Most Outstanding Talent, Shelby Macdonald
Miss San Diego’s Outstanding Teen 2011, Danamarie McNicholl-Carter, 1st Runner Up, Sabrina Alonso 2nd Runner Up, Anastasia Alm Miss Photogenic, Danamarie McNicholl-Carter Miss Congeniality, Julie Inserra Most Outstanding Interview, Danamarie McNicholl-Carter Most Outstanding Talent, Sabrina Alonso
The Miss America Pageant was organized in 1921 by a group of Atlantic City merchants and civic leaders. It was known, at the time, as the Atlantic City Bathing Beauty Contest and was intended to be a special event designed to extend the summer season by one week.
Today Miss America and its 1,500 Local and State Pageants comprise the largest single source of scholarship funds available to young women in the world. An estimated 300,000 volunteers donate more than 6 million hours each year to local, state and national competitions. This unique organization provides scholarships at every level of competition.
The Miss California Organization operates within the guidelines of the Miss America Organization while stressing individuality, personal development, communication skills, and physical fitness. The Miss California Organization has no salaried employees. Participants in its programs are not required to pay entry fees of any kind. The Miss California Organization has passed the $4 million mark in cash and academic scholarships awarded at the state and local level, since the pageant moved its headquarters to San Diego in 1985.