ARTESIA, CA - The City of Artesia crowned six young women on June 4th during the annual Miss Artesia and Miss Artesia Teen Pageant. Jyotika Agnihotri, 17, stood stunned when her name was announced for the title of Miss Artesia. Joining her were Miss Artesia Princesses, Victoria Bravo, 17, attending Cerritos High,
Mayor Victor Manalo and Senator Tony Mendoza were in attendance and offered words of encouragement to the 15 contestants competing for the titles .After two months of practice, the young women took to the stage for an onstage speech, evening gown display, and on stage question. Their scores were tallied in addition to their personal interviews which took place earlier in the day. Just prior to crowning the new court, specialty awards were announced. Jill Reiber was nominated Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants. Sarah Chupinghong earned est Active Wear for dancing down the runway in traditional Tahitian attire. Ripudamini Bajaj was named Miss Photogenic for taking the best overall photos. The Miss Artesia & Miss Artesia Teen Pageant is an opportunity for young women to learn, boost, and polish their communication skills, confidence levels, and appreciation for the multicultural City of Artesia. As the 2016 royal court embarks on their journey as city ambassadors, they can expect to attend several city events, chamber events, and will work with local organizations and charities. An exciting and unique opportunity awaits these young women as they represent and serve their community over the next year. The Miss Artesia Organization is grateful to the many sponsors, community members, and the City of Artesia for their support.