Lauren Moniz, a Canyon High graduate who is currently completing her Law Degree at Golden Gate University, is in the running for Miss California USA 2013.
Moniz, after graduating High School and receiving a full scholarship to play soccer at San Jose State University, decided to continue her education and become a lawyer.
“I want to be a lawyer, (because) there are so many things I can do, (so many people) I can help” said Moniz.
While at university she got involved with Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), a non profit that represents the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom and other settings.
“You advocate for these kids, visit them once, twice a week and the ultimate goal is to find them a permanent loving home,” said Moniz.
Her platform for winning Miss California USA is a combination of foster children and foster care reform and animal rights.
“I’ve always loved animals, I grew up with dogs and I have a special affinity with dolphins. The way they live and act, we can learn a lot from them (because) their social hierarchy is very similar to human behavior.”
Moniz is no stranger to competing in pageants, she won Miss LA County Teen USA 2003, then competed in Miss CA Teen USA where she placed 4th runner up.
What Moniz enjoys most about competing for Miss California USA is not just the life experience it brings but how busy she gets to be.
“(For me) doing this is about the Journey, and the opportunities and the life experience I can gain throughout that journey and If I win (Miss California USA) I will compete in Miss USA in June then immediately take the bar exam in July, I love being busy,” said Moniz.
When asked how she feels about being in the running to become Miss California USA Moniz simply said.
“I’m just like anyone else, I decided to do these things and just went for it, I’m no different than any other Canyon Country kid.”
The Miss California USA Pageant will be held Jan. 12 and 13 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
For more information about Lauren and how you can support her on her road to the crown visit LaurenMoniz.com.
Check out Lauren Moniz’s podcast here.