Fresno girl ready to pass tiara in California's Outstanding Teen competition

The Fresno BeeJune 26, 2014 

California's Outstanding Teen, Mikaela Harris of Fresno, will pass the crown Friday night at Saroyan Theatre.

Harris, a student at San Joaquin Memorial High School, was the first contestant from Fresno to win the pageant, which is held concurrent with the annual Miss California pageant that ends Saturday night.

During her reign, Harris had the opportunity to promote one her passions, music.

" I have a passion for music therapy," Harris said. "I would go to medical facilities, like Clovis Community, and play the piano for patients there."

Harris said one of the joys about being Miss California Outstanding Teen was seeing how much other girls looked up to her: "I loved seeing little girls saying, 'Oh, my god, look at the princess.' "

And who can beat having a day named in their honor? Harris got that May 20, in a proclamation from the Fresno County Board of Supervisors.

"One of my favorite moments was singing the National Anthem for the board," she said.

With her reign coming to an end, Harris will now focus on finishing high school and filling out college applications. She also plans to enter the Miss California pageant.

"I still can't believe I was actually crowned," Harris said. "It was amazing and I'm ready to pass it on."

Thursday preliminaries

Miss Yosemite Valley Marina Inserra and Miss Hollywood Gabriela Garcia won Thursday's Miss California preliminary competitions.

Inserra, 22, of San Diego and a graduate of San Diego State University won in talent for her vocal performance. Garcia, 22, of Lancaster and a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts, won in evening wear.

Another round of preliminaries was held Friday night.

On the final night of preliminary California's Outstanding Teen competition, Taylor Longbrake, 17, of Eastvale and Santiago High School won in evening wear. Longbrake won Tuesday's talent competition.

Miss Placentia Alana Hamilton, 17, of Yorba Linda and Canyon High, won the Thursday talent prelim with a piano recital.

Wednesday preliminaries

Bakersfield's Caylynn Simonson won the evening wear competition during Wednesday night's preliminary round of the Miss California.

Simonson, 23, is a University of California at Los Angeles student who qualified as Miss Bay Counties.

The other Wednesday night Miss California preliminary winner was Miss San Francisco Jordan Krinke, 23, a Chapman University student from Placentia whose dance was first place in the talent competition.

Winners in the California's Outstanding Teen Wednesday preliminaries were two 14-year-olds: Miss Sacramento County Karen Cendana of Rocklin and Whitney High School, evening wear; and Miss Sonoma County Catherine Liang of Santa Rosa and Maria Carrillo High, talent (piano).

Miss California pageant

Schedule: Contestants will be competing in preliminary events all week with the final crowning at 7 p.m. Saturday

Also: In addition to the Miss California pageant, the Miss California Outstanding Teen will be crowned Friday

Tickets: At the Fresno Convention Center box office or online at Ticket Master for $43.90

Details: www.misscalifornia.org

Bee staff contributed to this report. The reporter can be reached at smartin@fresnobee.com or @SharonBMartin on Twitter.

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