The beautiful city of Garden Grove has been Missy Mendoza’s hometown ever since she was born. She attends California State University of Fullerton as a 19-year-old sophomore, working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science. With that degree, she hopes to enter a prestigious Physician’s Assistant program and intern in a third world country. Her passion for education has created her drive to become a well-rounded individual.
Missy utilizes her strong leadership skills by being a member of Alpha Delta Pi, a sorority on campus, and holding the position of Spirit Chair. During Greek Week, she helped her sorority win five of the seven 2012 Greek Week banners, including the Overall Banner. Her sorority helped raise $21,000 for the CSUF’s philanthropy, Camp Titan, which sends underprivileged children in the Orange County area to camp at Big Bear for one week, where they learn arts and crafts, archery and more to help enhance their leadership skills. Aside from her sorority, Missy is employed as the Athletics Coordinator for the Titan Tusk Force at CSUF. Her position includes planning tailgate events, Homecoming Week, attending athletic games and most importantly promoting school spirit at CSUF.
Missy’s passion for the arts has driven her pursuit in vocal training. She has been singing for the past 10 years and attends weekly vocal lessons. Missy’s achievements include placing fourth at Garden Grove High School’s annual Talent Show, singing the national anthem at the 2010 Girl’s CIF Basketball, and performing for Samahang Hagonoy’s yearly Dinner Dance (a non-profit organization that provides tuition for underprivileged students in her parent’s hometown of Hagonoy in the Philippines). Missy also volunteers for her parent’s business, a hospice for the elderly, by singing and interacting with them. She also played “July” in the musical Annie, a production by the Drama Department at GGHS and studied acting and singing at John Robert Powers, a premier Performing Arts Academy, for two years.
She is a proud alumnus of Garden Grove High School and was involved in many extracurricular activities. Missy was a cheerleader for four years, and served as co-captain for her Freshman and Varsity teams. She was awarded the “UCA All-American” honor all four years at cheer camp and “Most Worthy Argonaut” at her cheer banquet. She was also a part of the National Honors Society for four years and a member of her Junior and Senior Class of 2011 Club.
Garden Grove has given many opportunities to Missy throughout her life. With her title she hopes to give back to the community as much as the city has given her. Being a part of the Miss America Organization has helped shape her into the young woman that she is today. During her year of service she hopes to raise money and volunteer for the Children’s Miracle Network and spread her platform of Prevention and Awareness of Driving Under the Influence throughout the city of Garden Grove. She is thankful for this incredible honor and opportunity to represent such an amazing city and is ecstatic to volunteer and work with those in the community!