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Marina Inserra crowned Miss California

Miss California 2014 Marina Inserra
Miss California 2014 Marina Inserra
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California has chosen its delegate to the 2015 Miss America Pageant. Marina Inserra was crowned Miss California 2014 on Saturday in Fresno.

At the time of her crowning, Inserra was the reigning Miss Yosemite Valley. She is from San Diego.

Inserra, 22, is a graduate of San Diego State University. She will use her reign as Miss California to raise awareness of breast cancer research. As a spokesperson for Susan G. Komen, she raised raised $12,000 for cancer research, according to pageant officials.

Her pageant talent is as a vocalist. She was lead soloist and host of Shamu’s Christmas Show at SeaWorld.

One of her hobbies is SCUBA diving near sharks of the coast of San Diego.

A new Miss America will be chosen on Sept. 14. The final night of pageantry will be broadcast live in the East Coast by the ABC television network. A tape-delayed broadcast will follow for the West Coast. The pageant is held in Atlantic City.

If Inserra is crowned Miss America, she will become the seventh contestant from California to win the national title. Previous Miss America winners include Miss California 1982 Debra Maffett, Miss California 1955 Lee Meriwether, Miss California 1946 Marilyn Buferd, Miss California 1943 Jean Bartel, Miss California 1941 Rosemary LaPlanche, and Miss California 1925 Fay Lanphier.

Also on Saturday, Kyla Reed Miss California’s Outstanding Teen 2014. She will travel to Orlando, Florida later this month to compete in the Miss America’s Oustanding Teen Pageant.

The teen pageant is the younger-sister competition within the Miss America Organization. Contestants are ages 13-17 years old.

A resident of Tehachapi, Reed attends the College of the Canyons.

Her pageant talent is playing the piano. Her pageant platform is, “Be Smart, Be Active, Be Healthy.”

She enjoys hiking. Her past destinations include the Great Wall of China and Yosemite’s Half Dome.

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