OCEANSIDE — MiraCosta College will be well represented at the Miss California Pageant June 24 through June 28 in Fresno. Two of the women competing for the crown – and a chance to vie for the Miss America title – are MiraCosta College students Kelsey Schwarz and Katherine Da Silva.
Miss California falls under the umbrella of the Miss America Pageant organization, and the winner qualifies for that coveted competition. The four points of the Miss America crown symbolize scholarship, service, style and success.
Schwarz has earned more than $7,000 for her education by participating in pageants, including $2,200 this year alone. Her recent Miss Southland title came with a $1,000 scholarship, and she earned another $1,000 scholarship for competing in the Miss California event. Schwarz, who competed in the Miss California pageant last year as Miss San Diego, plans to earn a Ph.D. and work with children.
Da Silva, 19, is a relative newcomer to the pageant scene. She entered her first contest, Miss RB Teen, as a freshman in high school. She earned the title of Miss Rancho Bernardo in her second pageant, and she claimed the Miss San Diego crown this year.
Da Silva took part in track and field, has been involved with musical theatre, church activities and volunteering. She plans to attend a University of California campus and study business or economics.