SAN RAMON, CA — While the audience cheered them on, 13 women from Contra Costa County graced the stage of the California High School Theater during the opening number of the Miss Contra Costa County Scholarship Competition. This scholarship event took place during the evening of November 12th, in San Ramon.
Alissa Anderegg was crowned the title of Miss Contra Costa County 2017. Anderegg performed an entertaining vocal piece to, “Live Out Loud,” during the talent portion of competition. During the evening wear segment, the Danville resident commanded the stage in her pink gown.
“When I heard my name announced as Miss Contra Costa County, I was thrilled because this means I will have the opportunity to take my philanthropic work in the community to the next level, especially with my platform of Alzheimer’s Awareness,” said Anderegg to her new Executive Director, Paula Gross, after she was crowned.
Anderegg went on to say, “I am absolutely thrilled to be Miss Contra Costa County 2017. The first pageant I ever attended was Miss Contra Costa County 2002 when I was seven years old, so to come full circle and win the title is such a dream come true. As Miss Contra Costa County, I hope to inspire others to find a cause they are passionate about and use their voices to make a difference in our community.”
Maya Gaskin, 13-year-old resident of San Ramon, was named Miss Contra Costa County’s Outstanding Teen 2017.
She performed an energetic tap dance to, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” in honor of Veteran’s Day. Gaskin will be dedicating her year of service to her platform of ‘Let’s Move!’ the same as current First Lady, Michelle Obama.
“When my name was called I felt a moment of shock and relief that all my hard work paid off. I hope to encourage young people to get active and eat healthier. And bring awareness to the growing issue of pediatric obesity,” said Gaskin. “This year’s competition was absolutely amazing as each young woman is highly involved in their community, intelligent, loving, and truly follows the motto of Community Above Self.
The judges had a difficult task of choosing just 2 young ladies to represent our county when truly each one of the 13 contestants would’ve been wonderful ambassadors. We have been given 2 wonderful titleholders, both will shine at Miss California and Miss California’s Outstanding Teen Competitions in June 2017 in Fresno,” commented, Paula Gross, Executive Director of the Miss Contra Costa County Scholarship Organization.
In addition to bestowing these two titles the organization recognized two teens from Danville in the inaugural award of Teen Community Leaders to Sophia and Presley Stuart, for their leadership in the community. Neither of these individuals were competing within the program but were given a $100 scholarship each for school.
Scholarships Awarded, Miss Contra Costa County
- Miss Contra Costa County, $1000- Alissa Anderegg
- First Runner Up, $250- Stephanie Behring
- Second Runner Up, $200 – Sabina Chaudhuri
- Third Runner Up, $150 – Trisha Bantigue
- Fourth Runner Up, $100 – Elizabeth Brunckhorst
- Top Interview, $100- Sabina Chaudhuri
- Miss Congeniality, $50-Kelsey Chapman
Scholarships Awarded, Miss Contra Costa County’s Outstanding Teen
- Miss Contra Costa County’s OT, $250 – Maya Gaskin
- First Runner Up, $150- Joyce Wang
- Top Interview, $100- Maya Gaskin
- Semi-Finalist- $50 – Genesis Castillo
- Semi-Finalist- $50- Neha Chaudhury
An official local preliminary to Miss California & Miss America
The Miss Contra Costa County Scholarship Organization is one of the newest local preliminaries of the Miss America Organization, the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $49 million in cash and scholarship assistance. To learn more about our organization, visit, www.MissContraCosta.org