On Jan. 13 Taylor Yamane was crowned Miss Santa Clara and Natalie DeSousa was crowned Miss Santa Clara’s Outstanding Teen. At the same event Miss Silicon Valley, Miss Silicon Valley’s Outstanding Teen, and Miss San José were also crowned.
According to the Miss Santa Clara website, the Miss Santa Clara Organization is an official local preliminary competition to the Miss California and Miss America competitions. There is no fee to enter, and every contestant on stage for the January competition will receive a scholarship prize. The winners go on to compete in the Miss California and Miss California’s Outstanding Teen competitions in June. They gave out $18,500 in scholarships this year.