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April 20, 2012 > A crown for Bianca

A crown for Bianca

By Suzanne Ortt
Photos By Courtesy of Miss High School America Pageant

James Logan High School student, BiancaVierra, is the newest Miss High School America, crowned March 10 in San Antonio, Texas. Leading up to this recognition, Vierra previously won the Miss Teenage California title in May 2011, as a prelude to nationals. During a year of preparation, the energetic contestant performed community service at both Oakland's Children Hospital and the Cancer Prevention Institute of California.

Ms. Vierra was the national winner, and a deserving one. Miss High School America Pageant Director, Amanda Patterson, described Vierra as bright, articulate and a dedicated community volunteer who captivated the judges' hearts.

The week of the pageant was a whirlwind of activity including a tour of the Alamo, a visit to Sea World and numerous public events. The competition itself was comprised of several categories: fun fashion, evening gown, interview/ resume, and on-stage questions for the top five contestants. Patterson recounted the benefits for the winner - a $10,000 college scholarship plus a generous wardrobe stipend.

As Miss High School America, Vierra began a year of service, traveling around the nation with stops in Florida, Arkansas, and Washington, D.C.

Vierra, a 16-year old junior at James Logan High School in Union City is an honor student taking Advance Placement classes. The energetic teenager also works as a Student Athletic Trainer at Logan, serves as captain of her track and field team and runs cross-country. On the academic side, Vierra's favorite subject is history. Currently she plans to major in International Relations in college, but other choices intrigue her too, so in the future, her major course of study remains open.

Special Olympics has been of special interest to Bianca since her freshman year; she helped coach the track team. She stated that she loves it and says, "I don't see it as volunteer work at all; it's more like having fun exercising with friends." Working with these athletes has taught her so much and she "feels blessed to have had the opportunity to work with such great athletes."

Philosophically Vierra follows her credo: "Life is a stage... always remember to wear your invisible crown!"

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