Orange County Teen is New Miss California State, Receives $10,000 Scholarship

San Jose, CA. – July 18, 2017 – On Friday evening, July 14, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Judy Clayton won the title of Miss California State at the California State Scholarship Competition sponsored by Youth Focus Inc. She is also the recipient of a $10,000 scholarship.

Judy entered the competition as is this year’s Ambassadress of Orange County. She is an 18 year old graduate of Santa Margarita Catholic High School and currently attends the University of Southern California where she is a theater major.

Judy has been acting for a number of years. She believes that performance and art are important in our world today because they reflect what goes on in our society. She has participated in more than a dozen plays and musicals both as an actor and a technician. In high school she received awards in leadership, set design, and the overall Thespian of the Year. She ultimately hopes to combine her passion for theater with her passion for working with kids.

During her high school career, Judy was the Arts Commissioner in student government and participated in different community service opportunities such as Special Olympics, volunteering at many events in and around Orange County. She is also involved in a program at a dance studio called Dance Abilities, which is a dance class for students with various disabilities, both physical and developmental. “I am really passionate about embracing people of all abilities because my brother has Down Syndrome and has always made me feel accepted for who I am,” said Judy. “Because of this, I want to give back to my community and let people know they are loved and accepted, just how my brother makes me feel.”

At USC, she is very involved in her sorority, Alpha Phi, which raises money each year to benefit women’s heart health. She participates in many other service opportunities on campus including Meals for Refugees.

The California State Scholarship Competition is a prestigious youth program sponsored by Youth Focus Inc. This statewide scholarship program is conducted to recognize and select outstanding youth who will serve as youth ambassadors representing Youth Focus Inc. As youth ambassadors, they have the opportunity to meet and interact with civic leaders, volunteers and other young people, spreading the word about the importance of giving back to their communities. The program awards some $30,000.00 in educational scholarships to the young men and women of accomplishment who participate.