San Mateo resident Isabella Cooke, daughter of Michael and Lisa Cooke, was recently crowned the 2014 National American Miss California at the state pageant held June 15 in San Jose.
She now moves on to attend the national competition at Disneyland in Anaheim during Thanksgiving week, representing California in the Princess division for competitors ages four to six. There, the 7-year-old will be competing for a share of over $500,000 in cash and prizes.
Cooke's activities include playing violin, drama, dancing, carpentry and the Girl Scouts. She also goes to Chinese School every Friday. Besides the Queen Title, she also won 1st place in Casual Wear Modeling, Most Promising Model and 3rd place in Talent competition.
Cooke will be in second grade when school resumes in the fall.
Her sponsors for the pageant were the Cooke and Chen family and friends.
Here's more about the pageant, as described by National American Miss:
The National American Miss Pageants are dedicated to celebrating America's greatness and encouraging its future leaders. Each year, the National American Miss Pageants awards 1.5 Million dollars in cash, scholarships, and, prizes to recognize and assist the development of young women nationwide.
National American Miss has added the ultimate door prize to Nationals 2014. Each girl that qualifies for the national pageant has a chance to win a new 2014 Ford Mustang Convertible. For more details visit http://www.namiss.com/car. National American Miss is dedicated to developing the success of young women across our nation with a program that is designed to be age-appropriate and family-oriented. Pageants are held in each state for girls ages four to eighteen in five different age divisions.
The National American Miss Pageants are for "Today's Girl" and “Tomorrow's Leaders." The pageant program is based on inner beauty, as well as poise, presentation, and offers an "All American Spirit” of fun for family and friends. Emphasis is placed on the importance of gaining self-confidence, learning new skills, learning good attitudes about competition, and setting and achieving personal goals. The pageant seeks to recognize the accomplishments of each girl while encouraging her to set goals for the future!