This Saturday, March 5, 2016, Emmy award winning actress and 1965 Miss Sonoma County Karen Valentine will return to Sonoma County to join approximately 35 former Miss Sonoma County title holders at the 70th Annual Miss Sonoma County Scholarship Pageant. Karen Valentine grew up on a chicken farm in Sebastopol. After being awarded the title of Miss Sonoma County 1965 Karen starred in countless productions on stage and screen. Included was the acclaimed series Room 222 in which Karen starred as student teacher Alice Johnson, for which she received an Emmy Award. She was also a regular panelist on the popular game show The Hollywood Squares. Karen said she is looking forward to being part of the festivities and is driving cross country from her home in Connecticut to return to Sonoma County. Miss California Bree Morse who represented California at the Miss America Pageant on September 13th will also be in attendance. Our current Miss Sonoma County Athena Brattin-Cain will return from her military assignment in North Carolina at Camp Lejeune to hand over her title to our 2016 Miss Sonoma County. At 18 years of age, Santa Rosa resident Athena Brattin-Cain currently serves as a combat specialist with the United States Marine Corps. 15 Year old Rohnert Park resident and Montgomery High School freshman Katie Gu will also be ending her year of service as our 2015 Miss Sonoma County’s Outstanding Teen.
At the pageant 15 young ladies from Sonoma County will be competing for the title of either 2016 Miss Sonoma County or 2016 Miss Sonoma County’s Outstanding Teen. Once awarded the title they will make over 100 appearances here in Sonoma County during their 12 month service as well as competing this June in Fresno for the title of Miss California and Miss California’s Outstanding Teen. The pageant will begin at 7:00 pm at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center located at 5409 Synder Lane In Rohnert Park. Our Panel of judges includes Sonoma District Attorney Jill Ravitch, California State Assembly Member Jim Wood and Santa Rosa Press Democrat reporter and columnist Chris Smith.
The Miss Sonoma County Scholarship Program is the longest running continuous program in the Miss California Organization. Over 750 young women have competed for the title of Miss Sonoma County since it’s inception in 1947. Nationally, almost $50 million in scholarship assistance is made available annually through the Miss America Organization. This is our 5th year awarding a title of Miss Sonoma County’s Outstanding Teen.