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August 3, 2010 > Fremont teen wins state title

Fremont teen wins state title

Submitted By Mary McCaman
Photos By courtesy of Dirk Wunderlich Images

Shelby Sinkler, daughter of Paula and James Bullen, has won the Miss California's Outstanding Teen Competition, the state finals to the Miss America's Outstanding Teen Competition and little sister to the Miss America Program. A 17-year-old senior at Irvington High School, she earned approximately $4,000 in cash and scholarships and will be leaving for an all-expense paid trip to Orlando on August 19th to compete in the national competition, where she can earn as much as $30,000 in educational scholarships. Shelby's local executive director Layne Sanders, her parents, little sister Hailey, and a number of other supporters from across the state will also be traveling to Orlando to cheer for her.

Shelby and 34 other teen contestants competed in Fresno for a week. The finals were held on July 9th. Areas of competition included scholastic achievement, private interview, talent, physical fitness, eveningwear, and on-stage question. In addition to winning the title, Shelby won preliminary talent with her tap dance to "Fabulous Feet," preliminary evening wear, a community service award, and overall evening wear. The first runner-up was Alissa Anderegg of San Jose, second runner-up Jessa Carmack of Santa Clara, third runner-up Rianna Cerceo of Hollywood, and 4th runner-up Tierra Gonzalez-Hammonds of San Diego.

As Miss California's Outstanding Teen, Shelby will be traveling the state promoting two causes: her personal platform, Lend a Hand, Volunteer; and the national platform, Children's Miracle Network. Shelby has visited the Children's Hospital in Oakland multiple times. Her goal is to raise $1,500 for CMN by August 15th. For more information on her efforts, go to

A party honoring Shelby will be held on August 8th at the Silver Dragon Restaurant in Oakland. Alissa Anderegg and other guests will perform at the event, and the new winner will preview her wardrobe for the national competition. Those interested in attending should contact the event coordinator, Paula-Sue Silva at (925) 989-4476 or

Miss California's Outstanding Teen is a scholarship-based program offering accomplished teens the opportunity to be awarded funds for college. The program promotes scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living, and community involvement for California's teens. It is the state finals for the Miss America's Outstanding Teen Program. In the past five years, the local, state, and national organizations have made available more than $3 million in college scholarships. For more information, please visit

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