Mikeala Harris hopes her involvement in pageants will help her pay tuition at the Julliard School in New York City, she told Examiner.com on Feb. 21.
She took the first step toward her goal on Feb. 16 when she was crowned Miss Clovis’ Outstanding Teen 2013.
The teen pageant is the Miss America Organization’s younger-sister competition for girls aged 13-17 years.
“College seems like a long time away,” she said, “but it’s just around the corner.”
Harris’ next step is to compete in the Miss California’s Outstanding Teen Pageant, scheduled for June 25-29 at William Saroyan Theatre in Fresno.
If she wins the state competition, she will represent California in the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant in Orland, Fla.
The Clovis pageant was her first since she was a little girl, when she competed in pageants for young girls.
Harris, 16, is a sophomore at San Joaquin Memorial High School, a college preparatory high school in Fresno where she studies Advanced Placement classes.
She is a member of the National Honor Society, has served in student government and has competed in cheerleading competitions.
She plays a variety of instruments. She played the piano at the Clovis pageant, and also plays the guitar, drums, accordion and ukulele.
Harris hopes to become a musical therapist.