Ten-year-old Northmead Elementary school student Angelina Vera is currently “Our Little Miss Preteen California," and is seeking the help of the community to take her to the “Little Miss World” competition this July in Florida.
Members of the community may recognize Angelina as the 2015 Little Miss Apricot winner.
“She has always been into the pageant life,” said Angelina’s mother, Emili Vera, “ever since Fiesta, she has always wanted to do more. She won preliminary in Modesto, which made us go to state and she won that, and now we’ve got to go to Florida and win world.”
Angelina is a straight A, honor roll student, and is in her second year of cheering for the Patterson Ravens. She has practiced dance at Trinity Dance Studio for seven years, and can be found volunteering at the concession stand for Ravens’ home games before and after cheering.
Angelina will be representing California at the Little Miss World competition in July, and will be competing against contestants from other states from across the country.
The winner of the World Competition in Florida will be awarded a cash scholarship, and will travel to appearances at other competitions within their state.
Her family is currently trying to raise $3,500 to pay for her flight, hotel, and pageant fees before the June 30 deadline.
A car show fundraiser is being hosted by JP & Sons in honor of Angelina at Sacred Heart School Saturday, June 29 from 12 to 5 p.m. On weekends, you can find Angelina and her mother, Emili, selling Jamba Juice cards outside of Flying J between 10am and 2pm.
Angelina plans to dance to Elvis Presley’s “Burning Love” at the World Competition. She wants to be a Marine Biologist when she grows up. Her favorite food is shrimp and rice, and her favorite movie is “Mamma Mia.”
Members of the community who can not make it to the Car Show show or Flying J but would still like to help send Angelina to the World Competition next month can donate remotely by visiting her Go Fund Me page.