Over a dozen young and talented young women who live, work or go to school in the city of Commerce vied last weekend on live television for a chance to be named one of five members on the city’s royal court.
Commerce’s 53rd Annual Miss Commerce Pageant was held March 25 at the Commerce Hotel and Casino, and broadcast on the city’s municipal channels, 3 and 32, and streamed live on the city’ website. The event also included the naming of Commerce’s 2013 Man of the Year.
Members of the court represent the city at a variety of events and are often called on to participate in activities involving the city’s youth.
The 2013 contestants ranged in age from 16 to 21, and most are currently attending high school or college. Their career interests are as far flung as wanting to be a veterinarian, prosecutor, nurse, writer or guidance counselor.
Taking home top honors this year is nineteen-year-old make up artist Shanese Shawntae Perea, who for the next year will wear the crown and bear the title of Miss Commerce. Perea is a recent graduate of Napoleon Perdis Makeup Academy and says she hopes to one day own her own business and have her own makeup line.
Joining Perea on Commerce’s Royal Court are:
Miss Cinco de Mayo: Kimberly Jimenez, 18, is a senior at Bell Gardens High School. She works at the Citadel Outlets and wants to be a school counselor. Growing up she took part in the city’s aquatics program and participated in various competitions.
Miss Dodgers: Brigit K. Escobar, 19, is a student at Cerritos College and a tutor in the AVID program at Bell Gardens Intermediate. She wants to be a guidance counselor.
Miss Clippers: Alyssa Jade Rubio, 16, is a junior at Bell Gardens High School. She wants to attend college and one day be a crime scene investigator. She participated on the city’s Competitive Dance Team for several years, starting her dancing career at age three in the city’s Tap and Ballet program.
Miss Fourth of July/Miss Friendship: Daniela Gomez, 21, is a student at Cerritos College, majoring in Animal Biology. She currently works as a cashier/accountant. She wants to become a veterinarian and open her own ‘no-kill’ animal shelter/veterinary clinic.
Rounding out the court is Commerce Young Man of the Year 2013, eighteen-year-old Armando Valencia Jr. He is a senior at Bell Gardens High School and editor and writer for the Lancer Scroll student newspaper. He plans to pursue a career in the fields of journalism and/or political science. As the 2013 Young Man of the Year, Valencia received a $1,200 scholarship.