following Special Awards are not taken into the judges' consideration
Congeniality is voted by the contestants and staff based
on their experiences with each other during rehearsals.
in Swimsuit is awarded to the contestant with the fittest
The recipient of Best in Evening Gown epitomizes
poise, beauty and grace during the evening gown competition.
Creative Mask is awarded to the contestant with the most
original representation of themselves during the opening production.
The award for Most Photogenic goes to the contestant
who is, well, most photogenic.
Outstanding Married Woman
Each year, Loni Kallay, Director, selects a special
individual to receive this award. The person may have shown exceptional
courage in her life, been exemplary in her efforts in community
service or shown a special attitude which sets her apart from
others. Some years the selection process for a single individual
is very difficult. The past winners of this award are:
Carolyn Kirner-Schmidt 2017
Anela Kapaka-Rhoades 2016
Kati Vander Pol-Legnon 2015
Desiree Pagliuso 2014
Jacqueline P. Bhagavan 2012
Joanne Suarez Martinez 2011
Julietta Thong 2009
Angela Brittain 2008
Je'Anice Butler 2007
Traci Fox-Harvey 2005
Nicole Gearing, 2004
Grace Alanis, 2003
Jill Letho, 2002
Lillian Mitchell, 2001
Judy Dewyer, 2000
Jenny Lee, 1999
Eva Castillo, 1998
Wendy Knapp & Sheila Kearns, 1996
Photo: Carolyn Kirner-Schmidt, Mrs. California® Outstanding Married Woman 2017.