On Saturday, September 15, 18 young ladies from San Bernardino High School (SBHS) will compete for the title of Miss Cardinal City and the privilege to represent SBHS, aka Cardinal City, and the community for a year.
The pageant, which is in its 14th year, promotes school pride, self-esteem, and community involvement. Pageant director and founder Jamie Rios takes the young ladies to read to younger children, volunteer in soup kitchens, and attend community functions.
“They need to learn more about their own community and the diverse people and diverse needs of its residents in order to truly represent Cardinal City,” Rios said.
This year’s contestants are: Allysa Duque, Stephanie Galaviz, Lucia Vejar, Karina Leanos, Lucero Beltran, Karyna Robles, Katie Ortiz, Sofia Dominguez, Rosa Santana, Jessica Navarro, Biviana Vega, Marianela Vivar, Silvana Mazun, Emely Ruiz, Miranda Maestas, Jhunelyn Parafina, Sarah Garcia, and Jennifer Ramirez.
The young women also recognize that the pageant would not be possible without the civic-minded people and businesses who support Miss Cardinal City, including the sponsors, judges, and their families.
Community members are invited to show their support by attending the Miss Cardinal City Pageant. Tickets for the September 15 event are available by calling Jamie Rios at (909) 881-8217 or from any Miss Cardinal City contestant.
This year’s sponsors include: Mr. James R. Valdez Jr.; Daniel Pham, photographer; and staff; Mr. & Mrs. Obershaw; Stater Bros. Markets; San Bernardino City USD; D’Arca Formal Wear; Angel’s Closet Charities; Virginia Marquez; Mr. Michael Osborn; Toyota of San Bernardino; Gutierrez Carpet; Dr. Michael A. Lawrence and Mrs. Lawrence; Irma Bravo, makeup artist; San Bernardino County Probation Department; El Chicano newspaper; Miss California Plus America Pageant; First Presbyterian Church; Mr. Jim Smith; Ms. Cher Rue; Mrs. Gloria Macias Harrison; Mr. & Mrs. Frank Hernandez; Mrs. Terri Bunch; Ms. DeJonae Shaw; Ricardo Tomboc; Ruben Rinza Makeup 101; Dr. Harold Vollkommer and Mrs. Vollkommer; Revolution Youth Advocates; THREADZ; Kurves by KIMI Attitude Upgrade; Robert Hemmingway; Sturges Center for the Fine Arts; Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Cummings; Miss Greater Southern California Pageant; Sharon Doyle; The Sun newspaper; San Bernardino High School; Trophy House San Bernardino; SBCUSD CAPS Expanded Learning; Michelle Thames; and Elizabeth Cahue, Cahue Enterprises HR Consulting Inc.