Jada Newkirk equates her pageantry experience with summer camp: A long weekend filled with lots of organized activities and time to socialize with fellow participants."It's really fun because when you're done with the competition, you hang out with your friends," Jada said.
But this year the San Mateo resident took home a little more than the glimmering happy memories from camp-like camaraderie. She brought back a crown.
Jada, now 12, has been entering the National American Miss Pageants for five years and says she is proud to have won the 2011 National American Miss California Pre-Teen title. Instead of outward beauty, Jada explained, the judges look for qualities like confidence and good stage presence. In fact, makeup isn't even allowed on any contestant under the age of 12, Jada noted.
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