Miss Young Philippines USA

ASHLEY DAYUTA #1

Ashley Dayuta, 15 years old,  I’ve brought along my free spirit to my volleyball, waterpolo, and swim teams. As a sophomore in Whittier High School, I have maintained a strong Christian faith, and even kept alive the culture and traditions I was raised in. My life in the Philippines has made me extremely grateful for the many opportunities in this new country that have opened my eyes about how extraordinary and diverse this world really is. The recent birth of my brother has taught me how to be responsible and mature, characteristics I believe are valuable. My aspiration to travel has lead me to set a goal of becoming a pilot, which I am planning to accomplish through attending college to earn my bachelors degree in aviation. It pains me to say that in the Philippines, nearly 50% of the children are unable to afford education. Therefore, I would like to advocate for the accessibility of schooling of all youth, in or out of poverty.

 

CARISSA DORATAN #2

Carissa Doratan, I am 17 years old. I was both born and raised in Orange County, California. Being a recent high school graduate, in the future I hope to maintain my desire of being able to help others by attending Cypress College within this summer and majoring in nursing, I plan to become a registered nurse and achieve my associate’s degree. Participating in this pageant, I hope to set examples within the Filipino American community through the people that aspire to face fears and achieve their goals in the future. As well as discover more about my culture, myself, and my environment.

AYIANA HARTWIG #3

I am Ayiana Hartwig and I am 14 years old from Chula Vista, California. I was inspired by my mother to join this pageant so I could develop more knowledge about our culture and grow as an individual. In the future, I hope to graduate from medical school after completing high school and college in order help others.

 

MARIEL MENDOZA #4

I am Mariel Angelica Mendoza & I’m 17 years old. I was born in Batangas Philippines, but I was raised in Los Angeles, California. I’m a graduating senior at New Open World Academy and will be attending college in the fall. I’m a student athlete, honor roll student, and I spend my free time giving back to the community & bringing awareness to many different causes. I am confident, driven, intelligent, & kind. I plan to use this pageant as a platform to advocate for education, empower women, be a positive influence to the youth, & be a representative for the Filipino American community.

 

JULYANNA MOFFIT #5

I am Julyanna Marie Moffitt, I’m 15 years old. I am half batangenia and caucasian, never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that I would be in this pageant. Now that I am I hope to build more confidence, discover new experiences and meet new people. I aspire to go to nursing school and get my RN so I can begin to help out my family.

 

ROYCE PLATA #6

Royce Jhonalyn Plata. I am 16 years old and was born in Rosario, Cavite in the Philippines. At the age of two, my family and I moved to Long Beach, California and I have lived there since. I will be entering my senior year at Lakewood High School this Fall 2018.

CHASITY SABAS #7

I am Chasity Jean Mayo Sabas 16 years old, I believe every talent is a gift created within each person for the purpose of uplifting and serving others. I was born and raised in California. When I was 10, I discovered the love for performing when I joined Rising Stars Performing Arts. I studied 2 years of French and going into my fourth year of: Advanced Choir, the ACE (Active Catholic) Club, Key Club and Hip Hop Club in which I serve as the secretary. As a dancer I have performed with the Birit Queens, Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid and will be performing with Ariel Rivera in July. Born into a large Filipino/Mexican family, I have learned early that “family” is the most important part of life. My love of “family” is what inspired me to enter into the world of pageantry. I believe that friends are like family. My life- long friend’s affliction with suicide pulled me towards this cause and the need to raise awareness in young adults. I quickly realized that the best way to help was to get involved in a cause that gives young girls like myself a voice to speak and educate on this matter. I am committed to using my God-given talents, to nurture and empower those in need. My heart’s greatest desire is to serve and speak out for the voiceless and oppressed worldwide in hope that I can nurture the desires in the hearts of others and birth them into greater possibilities. 

KRISTA TENUTA #8

My name is Krista Tenuta! I am 15 years old and from Glendale California. As of right now, I attend Glendale High School and in the next school year, I’ll become a junior. My skills are very creative! I love to draw and illustrate my own story that I’ve been working on since 7th grade! My passion in life is my friends and family who are supportive and amazing! I’m a kind and caring person who loves to help others, when I was in school I got a citizenship award because of me helping others in need. When I have free time I would always take care of my mother or read on my tablet! I was given a chance to be on extra in a segment where they were giving out gifts in Christmas when I was 7 years old.

MEGHAN THOMPSON #9

Meghan Thompson. I’m 17 years old from Chino Hills, California. I am currently attending Chino Hills High School, and I will be going into my senior year this fall. I am an active volunteer in my church and the local sports organization in my city. In my free time, I enjoy going to the beach, hiking, and spending time with my family and friends.

GEORJANE leus #10

I am Georjane Trixie Villanueva Leus, 14 years old from Los Angeles California. I go to Rfk UCLA CS high school. I joined this pageant to have a sense of achievement & to show other young people out there that it is POSSIBLE to reach for your dream at a young age. I hope to continue my career in Art, Fashion & Beauty. I am a very hardworking & passionate person when it comes to the things I love. I plan to start my own business on clothing & cosmetics, also to use my unique sense of creativity to inspire young people & possibly become a trendsetter one day. I want to set a good example for the youth & through this pageant I can make a title for myself & my voice would have a great impact to the youth. I also plan to do more “fashion for a cause” in the future because I love anything that involves fashion for a good cause.

ALEXandra ZACKY #11

I am Alexandra Lauren Zacky, I’m 15 years old, and I was born in Burbank, California. I was raised in the San Fernando Valley, and was brought up in both Jewish and Catholic backgrounds. By participating in this pageant, I hope to get in touch with my Filipino heritage and to give back to my community. I am currently going into my sophomore year of high school, and I aspire to get my Masters Degree in Psychology.

JEANNE JAOCHICO #12

Jeanne Jaochico. I was born in Angeles City in the Philippines. I migrated to the United States of America with my family when I was 5 years old. I grew up in San Francisco and recently moved to Oakley, California. I will be moving back to the Philippines to attend the University of Santo Tomas as a Nursing major and will continue my volleyball career! Go Bengal Tigers!

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