A 17-year-old student at Mercy High School in Burlingame entered Long Beach Convention Center Nov. 6 as Miss San Francisco Teen Latina and emerged as Miss Teen California Latina 2011.
Jasmine Huerta was crowned California’s top Latina. For for pictures of Jasmine, view the photo gallery on the left side page.
Contestants in the teen pageant were judged in the fashion wear, evening gown and interview categories.
The teen pageant is affiliated with the Miss Latina US pageant and calls itself “a celebration of beauty, style and cultural appreciation, emphasizing on the opportunity for personal development while serving the community.”
“Being crowned Miss Teen California Latina 2011 this weekend has become one of the biggest accomplishments of my entire life,” Huerta wrote on her Facebook page after the ceremony. “I cannot say that I was alone on this journey, for many of you friends and family have been right by my side since the beginning. I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has been a tremendous support and words cannot express my gratitude. I was able to meet some truly amazing contestants I can call now my friends and inspiration. My true journey and reign begins today as I represent the state of California to the best of my ability as a confident and proud Latina!”
Among the accomplishments listed on Facebook are:
- National Honors Society (2010-present)
- Spanish Honor Society-La Virgen de Guadalupe(2009-present)
- California Scholarship Federation(2009-present)
- Highest Honor Roll (2008-present)
- Math Honor Society (Mu Alpha Theta)
- International Thespian Society
- Certificate of Excellence in Drama)
- Certificate of Excellence in Physical Education
- Certificate of Excellence in Spanish
- JV Basketball Coaches Award
- Student Activity Award for Class of 2012 Officer
She is also active in Aztec dancing, coaching basketball and volleyball to middle school students, make-up artistry, singing, acting, athletics and volunteer work for several organizations, including the South San Francisco Community Learning Center, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Anthony Dining Hall and All Souls Catholic School Athletic Department.
“I am of Mexican ethnicity and I love all the culture and traditions involved with my heritage,” she wrote prior to the pageant. “Family is of significant importance to me, and I love that they support me in everything I do, including this pageant. I aspire one day to become a sports reporter for ESPN.”
For more information about the Miss California Latina pageant, visit its official website.