Santa Monica High School alum and 2004 Homecoming Queen Monet Bagneris was crowned Miss Los Angeles County 2012 last Friday in the official preliminary competition for the Miss California and Miss America Pageants.
In the competition, among 25 young women, she also won three other awards: the Special Achievement Award for the highest ad sales; the Talent Award; and was voted by her peers to receive the Miss Congeniality Award.
The standing room only event was held at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica and was the 80th Annual Miss Los Angeles County Pageant.
As the newly named Miss Los Angeles County, Bagneris will represent Los Angeles County in the Miss California Pageant to be held on June 30, 2012 in Fresno, California.
Bagneris, an accomplished pianist and vocalist, performed “If I Ain’t Got You,” a song popularized by Alicia Keys, singing and accompanying herself on the piano.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, Bagneris, age 23, will promote her platform “Their Life, Your Hands: Promoting Healthy Lifestyles for Our Children” during her reign as Miss Los Angeles County.
The Miss America Organization, one of the world’s largest scholarship providers for young women, enables young women to express their opinions and enhance their talents and personal and professional skills.
As the winner of the Miss Los Angeles County title, Bagneris will receive a $500 scholarship.