Who will be the next Miss Tustin? One of these 11 young women.
They will take the stage Saturday evening to answer interview questions, perform their various talents, model swimsuits and – perhaps most intimidating of all – gracefully walk in high heels.
The contestants share with us what they have gained from the pageant – and reveal which aspect of it most produces butterflies in the stomach.
Ana Karina Benitez
School/work: Santiago Canyon College; Hollister sales clerk
Goal: Practicing business law
Talent: Samba dance
What lesson have you learned participating in Miss Tustin? “How to walk properly in high heels.”
What about Saturday night makes you the most nervous? “Walking in high heels!”
School: Foothill High
Talent: Vocal. “I sing to stay calm.”
What about Saturday night makes you the most nervous? “The interview because I’m a very nervous person and tend to freeze.”
What sets you apart? “I speak fast and eat a lot.”
School/work: Irvine Valley College; office clerk on campus
Talent: Hula and Tahitian dance. “I’ve been performing it for seven years.”
What about Saturday night makes you the most nervous? “I don’t want to slip or fall in front of my friends and family.”
What sets you apart? “I am a self-supporting student who has learned to love what I have and who I am.”
School/work: Orange Coast College; sewing instructor
Goal: Kindergarten teacher for the deaf
Talent: Vocal and sign language interpretation. “I’m fluent in ASL and have a passion for the deaf community.”
What sets you apart? “I’ve been a part of the Miss California organization since my mom competed for Miss City of Orange in the ’90s.”
School/work: Chapman University; painting teacher at Brushstrokes
Goal: Master’s in art therapy; art therapist
Talent: Speed painting. “I invented it for myself…