By Sarah Sanchez
Eastvale – An Eastvale student, Gabriella Sanders, was recently crowned the 2016 National American Miss California Teen at the state pageant held on July 10, 2016.
She will be representing the state of California at the National Pageant held at Disneyland during Thanksgiving week. She will have the opportunity to win her share of over $500,000 in cash and prizes, including a new 2016 Ford Mustang Convertible.
Gabriella and her brother grew up in the Corona Norco Unified School District, both attending Eastvale schools. “We lived in Eastvale for years,” said proud parent Paget Sanders. “My son, Charles Sanders, graduated from Roosevelt in 2012 and Gabriella attended Rosa Parks, River Heights and was part of the inaugural class at Ramirez Middle School.”
The new Miss California Teen enjoys a variety of activities in her spare time, including swimming, water polo, cheerleading, track, and volunteering in the community.
“Gabriella is a very kind person that loves her family, loves the Lord Jesus, and loves people,” said Paget. “I believe the judges looked beyond her outward beauty and saw who she is on the inside!”
The National American Miss (NAM) Pageants program is based on inner beauty, as well as poise, presentation, and offers an “All American Spirit” of fun for family and friends, according to a NAM news release.
“Emphasis is placed on the importance of gaining self-confidence, learning new skills, learning good attitudes about competition, and setting and achieving personal goals. The pageant seeks to recognize the accomplishments of each girl while encouraging her to set goals for the future!” states NAM.
The National American Miss is dedicated to developing the success of young women across the nation with a program that is designed to be age-appropriate; they offer pageants in each state for girls ages four to eighteen in five different age groups. NAM takes pride in being for “Today’s Girl” and “Tomorrow’s Leaders.”