Amanda Romero, Miss Rancho Cucamonga, is currently training for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. Romero will walk the race for her sister, a three-time cancer survivor. The race begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at Rancho Cucamonga High School. She will make a short speech before the group participating in the walk.
Amanda Romero was crowned pageant queen last month at the Miss Rancho Cucamonga Pageant.
This is just one of the many achievements that Romero has accomplished in her 22 years.
The University of La Verne sophomore has dedicated many hours volunteer work in the cities of Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga and Claremont.
“Volunteering is one of the things I think people don’t do,” Romero said.
Romero, an organizational management major, is also involved on campus.
She is currently a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, is the executive vice president of the College Panhellenic Association on campus for fall 2009.
She will be the director of activities for the Latino Student Forum for fall 2009.
With all of the responsibilities she held on campus she wanted to do something different.
“I needed a new challenge... to get me to that next level,” Romero said.
She said she has thought about participating in pageants since she was runner up in Miss Teen Rancho Cucamonga at age 14.
“After that experience I thought to myself I would never do this again. I didn’t want to go through the humiliation. Never did I think I would be 22 and be Miss Rancho Cucamonga,” Romero said.
“After doing everything else for everyone else, I needed to do something for myself and have some fun, and that’s exactly what the pageant was,” Romero said.
Since she wanted to get involved with the city of Rancho Cucamonga, this was a perfect opportunity.
Romero answered an ad in her local newspaper to compete in the Miss Rancho Cucamonga Pageant.
“The pageant is a non- profit organization and scholarship fund that helps youth build healthy confidence and invest in their futures,” said Cindy Jensen, a coordinator of the pageant.
The pageantry consisted of an interview, dance, evening gown and sports wear.
“The judges where looking for the best representative, girls that were well rounded, charismatic, poised and a good role model,” Romero said.
Romero felt confident that the judges liked her and the responses to the questions given.
“I got really lucky with my question, I didn’t prep for my questions,” Romero said.
“I think the best interviews are the ones that you don’t prep for. I felt if I practiced too much I wouldn’t have fun and I think that is why I won, because I had fun in the pageant.”
Miss Rancho Cucamonga’s responsibilities will include activities within the city, grand openings and parades.
Romero’s win will place her in the statewide contest to be held later this year.
Romero said that she dislikes the stereotypes that come with pageantry.
“It is a really good way for a girl to gain self esteem. I have seen girls who have blossomed,” Romero said.
“When you have family or support system on your side that is a stepping stone that is the first step, second will be the willingness to learn. Those are the best cases because there is potential. Third is to practice, practice in front of a mirror.”
After she graduates from ULV, she hopes to attend graduate school.
Romero said her family keeps her grounded.
“My father is my biggest fan with anything I will never forget the look on his face ... how proud he is,” Romero said.
Her twin sister, Jennifer Romero, is her main drive for success, she said.
“Everything I do is because my sister and for her,” Amanda Romero said. “When you love some one so much you will do anything for them.”
“We motivate each other, she already has that drive. We challenge ourselves,” said Jennifer Romero, public administration major.
“She’s one of those people that will always complete a task and succeed.”
Amanda Romero’s dream job is to be a human resource manager at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Carmin Hermosillo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.