Turlock High School senior Brooklyn Lowery has been selected to represent Stanislaus County in Miss California Teen USA in January. As an active member throughout the community, the 17-year old Denair resident has definitely proven to be a qualified candidate.
“I’m really excited because it is such a great opportunity,” said Lowery. “You get such a big voice from a pageant like this and you get to do so many new things.”
According to Lowery, one of the main reasons she chose to do Miss California Teen USA rather than any other pageant is because a majority of the competition is based on the candidate’s interview skills and community service.
“So it’s not based on if you can dance or sing,” added Lowery. “It’s based on how well you speak and what your plans are for the future.”
At only 17, Lowery is an active member of Future Farmers of America, the THS swim team, and is employed at Monte Vista Small Animal Hospital.
Additionally Lowery has recently launched an Instagram page “u_are_more”, where she posts positive messages to her followers. The Denair teen decided to kick start the uplifting page as a result of her personal experience with bullying.
“My goal is to bring a smile to somebody every day. While scrolling through my Instagram, maybe you see something that helps and maybe you do not,” said Lowery. “I’m just hoping it will reach at least one person.”
However, the teen’s activism in anti-bullying efforts does not end with her Instagram account. Lowery is also planning on establishing an anti-bullying project that will help teachers and administrators identify the signs of bullying and provide them with the best way to handle bullying situations effectively and discretely.
“When I was having a rough time my sophomore year, it really helped when somebody noticed and somebody knew what was happening and what I was going through,” said Lowery. “I really think it is important for teachers to know the signs of bullying, and that’s why I really wanted to push this anti-bullying movement.”
Now that she has been selected to represent Stanislaus County, Lowery is set to attend an orientation in November, followed by the pageant in January. During the competition, Lowery and the other contestants will be judged based on a swimsuit, evening dress, and interview portion.
Until then, Lowery has plans to perfect her interview technique with her family and focus on her fitness in order to prepare for the pageant.
The Miss California Teen USA pageant will be held at the Terrance Theater in Long Beach on Jan. 9 through Jan. 11. Tickets for the pageant are available on Ticketmaster.com. Those who cannot attend the show can watch live at 4 p.m. on Jan. 11 online at PageantVision.com