7 contestants will battle Saturday for Miss Huntington Beach crown

7 contestants will battle Saturday for Miss Huntington Beach crown
Jena Farris was crowned Miss Huntington Beach in 2016. Seven women will compete Saturday for this year's crown. (File Photo)

Seven women will battle it out Saturday for the honor of being named this year's Miss Huntington Beach.

Each contestant will be judged on poise, grace and public speaking during the contest from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Huntington Beach Central Library Theatre, 7111 Talbert Ave.


Judges also have reviewed the contestants' educational and career goals and community service.

The event is presented by Sand Dollars of Huntington Beach, a nonprofit that promotes civic improvement and community cultural projects. Tickets can be purchased for $25.

The winner will receive funds toward education. Current Miss Huntington Beach Jena Farris won $3,000 last year.

For more information about the pageant, visit or contact Stacy Massey at

Here's an overview of each contestant, with information provided by Sand Dollars:

Mara James
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Mara James, 18

James is a graduate of Fountain Valley High School and currently attends Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. She has looked forward to participating in the pageant since she was 5.

She was elected treasurer of her middle school's student council and was a member of the Boys & Girls Club, being nominated annually for Member of the Year.

Francesca Caponi
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Francesca Caponi, 23

Caponi is a graduate of Marina High School in Huntington Beach and Cal State Long Beach, where she attained a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. She has worked in the city of Huntington Beach’s aquatics and community services programs for the past five years.

She hopes to pursue a career in nursing.

Roxanne Kohne
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Roxanne Kohne, 20

Kohne attends Golden West College in Huntington Beach and studies nutrition with the career goal of helping to educate and heal people.

She loves dogs and once wanted to become a veterinarian but couldn't fathom euthanization. Instead, she volunteers to walk dogs for owners who can't.

Alyssa Welfringer
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Alyssa Welfringer, 20

Welfringer graduated from Ocean View High School in Huntington Beach and currently attends Chapman University in Orange, where she studies public relations, advertising and business.

She has spent time working in the Huntington Beach tourism industry at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa and Visit Huntington Beach.

Stephanie Miller
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Stephanie Miller, 20

Miller graduated from Huntington Beach High School and currently attends Cal State Long Beach, where she studies organismal biology with the goal of becoming a veterinarian.

She volunteers at local animal shelters and helps run a nonprofit that raises money to benefit homeless animals.

Candice Johnson
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Candice Johnson, 24

Johnson attends Orange Coast College, where she is working toward an associate degree in early childhood development. She also is an assistant teacher at the preschool Childtime.

She enjoys babysitting and working with children.

Diana Schwene
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Diana Schwene, 22

Schwene graduated from Marina High School and graduated cum laude from Texas Christian University.

She has worked for four years with Huntington Beach's Community Services Department as a swim instructor and lifeguard.