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Connelly freshman wins Miss Teen Downey Title
Posted on: March 27, 2011

Connelly freshman wins Miss Teen Downey title

Cornelia Connelly School freshman Jonina Capino was selected as Miss Teen Downey in the annual pageant held March 19 at the Downey Civic Center.

Jona (the name she prefers), 14, was among 74 contestants competing in three age categories in the event sponsored by the Downey Rose Float Association, a private nonprofit group which builds the city float for the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena Jan. 1.

Jona; Miss Downey 2011 Erika Gonzalez, 21; Junior Miss Downey Lunabe Oliver-Zamora, 12; and the 10 additional members of the three courts will represent the city and the float association at community and Chamber of Commerce events and fundraisers for local charities. Their first official appearance will be on March 26 at the annual ARC Walk for Independence at the Stonewood Center in Downey.

The young women performed in an opening musical number, modeled sportswear, business attire and evening gowns. They also competed in talent or essay showcases and in on-stage interviews. Jona won four categorical competitions:

  • The talent competition - a ballet performance on pointe to "Don Quixote."
  • Miss Teen Academics - for her excellent academic record at Connelly.
  • The Fun Wear competition - for a creative costume and skit showcasing her skills as a pianist and ballerina.
  • Best interview - for her answer to the question about whom she would choose to be for a day. Jona said she would be her "superhero," her mother, because her mother drives her to all of her rehearsals, classes and school, without complaint.

In June, Jona was named 2010 Dancer of the Year in a National Competition sponsored by On-Stage Dance Center in Downey. In February she won a Best in Category title for her solo, on point ballet performance in the Spotlight competition.

To read more about the March 19 pageant, go to these two recent newspaper articles:
The Los Angeles Wave - March 24

The Downey Patriot - March 25

"I teach at Connelly because this school empowers its students to become strong, confident thinkers in a joyous and happy learning environment. I have a special privilege to see God every day in the faces and actions of my students."
Michael Ambrose,
Math teacher

"I feel privileged to go to a school where I know everyone there cares about me and supports me. Connelly has helped me grow in my faith and build my confidence. I could not have picked a better school for high school."
Raynee, Class of 2013

"I had a pretty remarkable experience at Connelly. I think it was the catalyst for my university acceptance. I owe the rest of my life decisions and career choice to that experience at Connelly." 
Sally Polk-Garcia '73

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Reminders for the month:
APR 4 - Edline course registration begins
APR 4-5 - ASB Officer Campaigning
APR 6 - Parents Association Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.
APR 6 - Junior Class Performs Play @ Servite 8 a.m.-noon
ASB Officer Speeches & Elections 
 - 5/7 SAT Registration Deadline
APR 9 - ACT Testing
APR 11 - Ambassador Applications Available 
APR 11-13 - Cheer Tryouts
APR 11-15 - Global Solidarity Week
APR 12
All-School Service Day
APR 13
 - Academic Council Meeting @ 3:15 p.m.
APR 14 - Global Solidarity Day
APR 14 - Comedy Sportz Match @ 6:30 p.m.
APR 15 - Ambassador Applications Due
APR 16 - Spring Fling Dance @ Rosary - 7-11 p.m.
APR 18-20 - Senior Exit Interviews; Classes begin @9:45 a.m.
APR 19 - Spring Concert Dress Rehearsal
APR 19 - Graduation Orders - Pickup @ Lunch
APR 21 - Early Dismissal
APR 21 - Spring Open House @ 6 p.m.
APR 21 - Spring Concert @ 5:30 p.m.
APR 22 - Earth Day Mass; Formal Uniform Day
APR 22 - Comedy Sportz Match @ 6:30 p.m.
APR 23 - Family Gardening Day 8 a.m.-noon
APR 24 - National College Fair
APR 25 - Spring Pep Rally
APR 25-26 - Class Officer Campaigning
APR 26 - AP Pre-Admin for all AP Students
APR 27 - Class Officer Elections
APR 27 - GAA Banquet @ 6 p.m.
APR 28 - Int'l Student Meeting
APR 28-30 - Tri-School Theatre Spring Musical @ 7 p.m.
APR 29 - Edline Course  Registration Ends

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