Senior Advances to National Competition

Foothill senior Leeane Meilani Chen was a state finalist and spokesmodel finalist in the California National American Miss competition held in Santa Clara in July.

The national contest is designed to empower young women and help them gain poise, self-confidence and valuable communication skills. More than 300 girls statewide took part in the July weekend pageant. Competition focuses on community involvement, academic achievement, communication skills and poise. Areas of competition include a personal interview, talent, spokesmodel and formal wear. (There is not a swimsuit competition.)

Leeane won third runner-up in the spokesmodel category. She wrote and delivered a two-minute speech titled We Can All Make a Difference. Her speech was about banning plastic bags in Pleasanton and how everyone can take part in this movement. What started as an English class assignment in her junior year turned into an incredible experience, culminating in the city of Pleasanton passing a plastic bag ban.

Leeane will compete at the National American Miss competition at Disneyland in November.

Congratulations to Leeane for her achievements.

Posted Wednesday, August 29, 2012