Singing and/or Dancing
CSU Dominguez Hills
My pageantry journey started with a small school spirit competition at my high school. It was a tradition that the theater department put on every year to determine who had the best school spirit. There were two competitions: "Mr. GQ" (for the males) and "Miss Condor Pride" (for the females). Each club, academic program, sports team etc. sent a representative to compete for these notable titles on campus. Both competitions functioned like a pageant with an opening statement, talent and evening gown portion, and judges who determined the winner of the overall competition. I participated in the Miss Condor Pride contest my junior and senior of high school and placed 2nd both times I competed. It was in those very moments that I realized I had an undiscovered love for a different kind stage: pageantry. Even though this was just a silly high school competition/memory, I figured "if I can prove that I'm strong contender for a school spirit title, imagine what I could do in an actual pageant". I researched organizations that I felt were best suited for me and after careful consideration and strategic planning, I competed in my 1st pageant. Although I didn't receive the outcome I was hoping to accomplish, I picked my myself up from the defeat that I felt and started to embark on my research and planning for my next pageant. As I continue to pursue this endeavor, I hope my new profound love for pageantry enables me to keep exploring all the great attributes that make me who I am and continue to share those attributes with those who surround me.