Congratulations to  newly crowned Miss California 2021, Jazmin Avaloz. Pictured here with Maaikee Pronda, Miss Fountain Valley 2020-2021


Miss Fountain Valley finishes 3rd at Miss California 2021 Competition
Maaikee Pronda, Miss Fountain Valley, was crowned the 2nd Runner Up at the Miss California 2021 Competition held in Fresno on Friday night, June 25 announced Sandi Licata, Executive Director for the Miss Fountain Valley Scholarship Program. Maaikee won $5000 in scholarship monies at the competition, the preliminary to Miss America, celebrating its 100th year!  
Competing in several different areas, Maaikee sang “Someone Like You” from the musical Jekyl and Hyde as her talent, while also answering on-stage interview questions, a ten minute private interview with 6 judges, Red Carpet and finally a pitch for her social impact initiative  She was asked about her volunteer efforts for her social impact , "S.T.E.M. powered - Empowering Youth through S.T.E.M (science, technology, engineering and math).  This was Maaikee’s third time competing at Miss California having won two previous local titles.
This is the highest Fountain Valley has placed at Miss California since the FV program began in 2012.  “I am so proud her.  Maaikee has been a joy to work with and is a talented and ambitious young woman,” said Licata.  Licata and her committee have worked diligently raising funds and scheduling events to promote Miss Fountain Valley. Fountain Valley’s ad sponsors for Miss CA are the Huntington Beach Automobile Association, Law Offices of Kevin Hizon, Esq, Fountain Valley Regional Medical Center, Alex Accetta & Associates, CPA, and Vince Sosa Real Estate Team.  With total winnings of $6250 from Miss Fountain Valley Scholarship Program, this gives Pronda a total of $17,300 in scholarship money from the local preliminaries and the Miss America Organization. 
Miss Pronda's career has led her to a global medical device company headquartered locally where she manages a team of engineers and helps oversee one of the company's largest product lines.  Often found on the manufacturing floor, she enjoys troubleshooting machines and finding creative solutions to improve processing throughout. Maaikee also has a passion for R&D projects that allow her curiosity to flourish and improve patient outcomes.
Maaikee graduated from both Fountain Valley High School and UCI Magna Cum Laude, and with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from UC Irvine at the age of 20.  At UCI, she was President of the Engineering Student Council planning events impacting thousands of students on the campus and community.  One notable event she introduced was “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day,”  partnering with local companies for Girls Scouts and their parents at an interactive learning event.   Other awards include: Biomedical Engineering Student of the Year, Outstanding Engineering Student Award by the Orange County Engineering Council, and UCI’s Chancellor’s Award of Distinction.  
The Miss Fountain Valley Scholarship Program is planning the next Competition for March 2022.  The competition will be open to young women ages 18-25 who live, work or attend school in Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach or Costa Mesa or students of UCI and Concordia Universities.  Thanks to our community, and many generous business sponsors, Executive Director Licata reports that Miss Fountain Valley awards among the most scholarship money in California.  More
program information can be found on Miss Fountain Valley Facebook, and Instagram.

Photos by the Miss Fountain Valley Committee

Photos by the Miss Fountain Valley Committee