SAN DIEGO, CA – On Saturday, March 19, 2011 the Miss San Diego Pageant and Scholarship Association held the 2011 Miss San Diego Pageant at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts. Thirty-five talented women ages 13-24 participated in a program that has been a San Diego tradition since the late 1920’s and is an outstanding scholarship provider for young women. More than $4,000.00 in scholarships were awarded.
Danamarie McNicoll Carter of La Mesa won the title of Miss San Diego’s Outstanding Teen 2011. Danamarie is a former Miss Teen La Mesa and a student at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace. She wowed the judges with piano performance which accounted for 35% of the overall score. Danamarie will move on to compete for Miss California’s Outstanding Teen 2011 in Fresno this summer, the official preliminary to Miss America’s Outstanding Teen. She will spend her year promoting her platform: The San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation.
In addition, the Scholarship Association awarded the title of Miss Cities of San Diego 2011 to Shelby Macdonald of Point Loma and Miss San Diego 2011 to Marina Inserra of Chula Vista. Both young ladies will also move on to the state competition. Macdonald is a student at Chapman University majoring in Broadcast Journalism and will spend her year promoting her platform: The Make-A-Wish foundation. Insera will spend her year promoting Breast Cancer Awareness and is a student at San Diego State University majoring in theater.

Last year, nineteen-year-old Miss San Diego 2010, Arianna Afsar of Rancho Penasquitos, was crowned Miss California and recently placed in the top 10 at the Miss America Pageant which aired live on ABC on January 15. Afsar says, “Amazing young women right here in San Diego could be the next Miss America. You just never know what the future might hold unless you try and it all begins with local pageants like Miss San Diego.” Arianna performed at Saturday’s show.

The contestants were scored on personal interview, talent, swimsuit (sportswear for teens contestants), evening gown and an on stage question. Winners will receive the once in a lifetime opportunity to serve as San Diego’s official hostess. They will also spend the year promoting their platform and will move on to compete in the 2011 Miss California Pageant, the official preliminary to Miss America.

The official results are as follows:

Miss San Diego 2011, Marina Inserra
Miss Cities of San Diego 2011, Shelby Macdonald
1st Runner Up, Angela Zautzke
2nd Runner Up, Erynne Grecco
3rd Runner Up, Jessica Keyes
Miss Photogenic, Kendall Conn
Miss Congeniality, Kambra Potter
Most Outstanding Interview, Angela Zautzke
Most Outstanding Talent, Shelby Macdonald

Miss San Diego’s Outstanding Teen 2011, Danamarie McNicholl-Carter
1st Runner Up, Sabrina Alonso
2nd Runner Up, Anastasia Alm
Miss Photogenic, Danamarie McNicholl-Carter
Miss Congeniality, Julie Inserra
Most Outstanding Interview, Danamarie McNicholl-Carter
Most Outstanding Talent, Sabrina Alonso


The Miss America Pageant was organized in 1921 by a group of Atlantic City merchants and civic leaders. It was known, at the time, as the Atlantic City Bathing Beauty Contest and was intended to be a special event designed to extend the summer season by one week.

Today Miss America and its 1,500 Local and State Pageants comprise the largest single source of scholarship funds available to young women in the world. An estimated 300,000 volunteers donate more than 6 million hours each year to local, state and national competitions. This unique organization provides scholarships at every level of competition.

The Miss California Organization operates within the guidelines of the Miss America Organization while stressing individuality, personal development, communication skills, and physical fitness. The Miss California Organization has no salaried employees. Participants in its programs are not required to pay entry fees of any kind. The Miss California Organization has passed the $4 million mark in cash and academic scholarships awarded at the state and local level, since the pageant moved its headquarters to San Diego in 1985.

For information please visit or contact Alexandra Kuty, at 619-518-2777 or via email


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