Michael Torres was crowned Mr. Cardinal City and Anne Martinez was crowned Miss Cardinal City at San Bernardino High School’s combined Mr. and Miss Cardinal City pageant Sept. 24 at Sturges Center for the Fine Arts.
The pageant is the brainchild of Jaime Rios, a bilingual school outreach worker who wanted to bring positive attention to both San Bernardino High School and the entire San Bernardino community.
He also wanted to build confidence and inspire positive values in the young men and women of San Bernardino High School, home of the Cardinals, which is why the focus of the program is on academics, social skills and community service, according to a news release.
“Every one of the contestants, no matter how they placed, proved they are fit to represent Cardinal City and have demonstrated they are role models for the students and adults in our community,” Rios said in the news release. “These students dedicated more than 40 hours to practicing for the pageant and 25 hours of community service in addition to their school work, after-school clubs, sports, music and a host of other activities.”
Other winners at the pageant were Jamie Lusung, who was crowned Teen International Beauty 2022–23, and Raven Solar, who was crowned Miss International Beauty 2022–23. Both will be part of Miss Cardinal City’s court.
Jasmine Toolan was awarded a full scholarship, excluding the cost of equipment, to attend the JA School of Hairdressing in Corona to pursue her dream of becoming a cosmetologist or aesthetician. Karina Roldan was awarded a $3,000 scholarship from Dr. Sam Nguyen’s SAM Foundation and also earned recognition for being the contestant with the highest grade-point average, at 4.89.
Rounding out the Miss Cardinal City court are first runner-up Rachelle Hutto and second runner-up Anitzia Garcia.
The Mr. Cardinal City Court includes first runner-up Freddy Martias and second runner-up Anthony Arias.
Other award winners were Freddy Matias, Mr. Photogenic; Anne Martinez, Miss Photogenic; People’s Choice Award winners Michael Torres and Jamie Lusung; and Director’s Award winners Jasmine Toolan and Rachelle Hutto.
Mr. and Miss Cardinal City and their courts will represent Cardinal City, which is an official chartered city that encompasses the San Bernardino High School campus and all of its current students and staff, at various in-person and virtual functions.
Miss International Beauty and Teen International Beauty are owned by Ms. America Pageant Inc. and are registered federal trademarks. Both titles focus on using pageantry to teach women and girls life skills, encourage involvement in community service, according to the news release.
Louise Madlin founded Miss International Beauty in 1970, and Susan Irvine founded the Teen International Pageant in 2020. The titles are donated to the Miss Cardinal Pageant to give more students the ability to serve in their community. Miss International Beauty and Teen International Beauty are eligible for scholarships based on meeting required appearances and volunteer work during their reign.
Mr. and Miss Cardinal City are eligible for college scholarships when they graduate from San Bernardino High School. To donate to the Cardinal Scholarship Fund, contact communications/community relations secretary Susan Zavala at 909-381-1250.