Fifteen-year-old Poway resident Sydni Zidarevich was recently crowned Miss Southern California Junior Teen. She’s excited to represent the region at the 2015 Miss American Junior Teen Pageant at Walt Disney World in Florida during Thanksgiving week, where she’ll compete against other young women from her age group for awards, prizes, scholarships, and the title of Miss American Junior Teen. Sydni is a student at Rancho Bernardo High School and lives in Poway with her parents, John and Joni Zidarevich. She is currently fundraising to help support her trip to Florida – learn more at www.gofundme.com/y8h3v4m.

The pageant will be the 32nd annual national scholarship competition organized by Miss American Coed (MAC) Pageants. The national pageant event will also include contests in talent, speech, academic achievement, community service, modeling, acting, and more. Contestants are selected through annual state pageants; in states without local MAC Pageants, state representatives are selected through written applications and photos.