Jessica is a nineteen-year-old sophomore at Golden West College. She is planning on transferring to a private university in the fall of 2014, where she will be working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. She has a keen eye for making things aesthetically beautiful and a love for helping people create their dreams, and plans to utilize these talents by working in the wedding industry as a Wedding and Event designer. Jessica has been both raised and educated in the Garden Grove community. She attended the Crystal Cathedral Academy and High School for 10 years and academically and artistically succeeded far beyond the average high school student. During her high school career, Jessica successfully maintained above a 4.1 GPA and graduated as the High School Salutatorian. She is also currently on the Deans List at Golden West College. In addition to her education, Jessica also has a great appreciation for the arts. She started dancing at the age of nine and completely fell in love with it. She danced at the Colony of Performing Arts in Garden Grove for eight years, taking ballet, jazz, lyrical and tap, and was involved in multiple competition groups. Jessica achieved the rank of Soloist in The Company Dance Unlimited, a non-profit ballet company that gives back to the community by performing at many local events. Jessica had the pleasure of dancing with The Company at community events including the Garden Grove Tree Lighting ceremony, multiple parades, nursing homes, and the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival. Jessica has also sung with her school choir at both Carnegie Hall and the Grand Old Opry. Even with her busy schedule, Jessica still finds the time to participate in one of her greatest loves: Local and International Mission Work. Jessica frequently works with the volunteer organization Men and Women of Action (MWOA). MWOA is a worldwide non-profit construction and disaster relief organization. Jessica has been a team member with MWOA on numerous projects in the United States, Mexico, and Ecuador. On these trips, Jessica has helped with the construction of churches, feeding centers, orphanages, hospitals, and homes, and has also had the opportunity to work directly with children on the streets, in group homes, daycare centers, orphanages and feeding centers. Jessica’s main reason for wanting to be a self-employed business owner is so that she can remain flexible enough to continue her volunteer travels with MWOA. In 2010, Jessica won the title of Miss Garden Grove’s Outstanding Teen. That year, through her work with both the city of Garden Grove and the Miss America Organization she was incredibly impacted and inspired by her community. Jessica is thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to the city and organization that has helped shape her into the woman she is today. She is excited not only to raise money and volunteer for the Children’s Miracle Network (the MAO national platform), but to also spread awareness in this city of her personal platform: Women Helping Women (WHW). WHW is a non-profit comprehensive support service that provides aid to the disadvantaged who are trying to get back into the workforce. Jessica has a huge passion for people and feels beyond blessed to be given this opportunity to work hand-in-hand with the people of Garden Grove. She is honored to be chosen as a representative and will strive to be the best role model that she can be. She can’t wait to dive into her year of service and is excited to see what the months ahead have to offer.
JESSICA TONTIJudy Cooper