Racine & Me: Meet Miss Racine 2024

Racine & Me: Meet Miss Racine 2024

RACINE, Wis (CBS 58) -- Christel Rivera was crowned Miss Racine 2024 on November 18th at J.I. Case High School. Eleven women competed for the title in front of a sold-out crowd of 450 in the Case High School theater. Christel is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside pursuing a degree in business management. Christel is a Racine native and graduated from Horlick High School. All titleholders in the Miss America Organization have to be a “community service initiative”. Christel’s is “Fuel In Mind: Changing the Perspective of our Bodies’ Fuel. Her goal with her initiative is to guide our community in finding their personalized, sustainable, healthy lifestyle. She has already accomplished so much with her initiative by creating a curriculum for schools called “Empowered Through Wellness” which is a curriculum delivered to K-12 students that addresses mental health, physical activity, and nutrition. She has hosted Mind & Movement Events which are Beginner level dance classes for children that helps them incorporate physical fitness into their everyday lives. Christel has a consistent social media platform about her initiative called Fuel in Mind Mondays and has created a partnership with United Way of Racine County to aid in promoting community events and programs that pertains to health. Her goal if she were to win Miss Wisconsin in June is to elevate all that she has accomplished in Racine to the major cities within Wisconsin and spread the knowledge and education that Fuel In Mind provides. Christel will be competing for the title and role of Miss Wisconsin this June. The state competition will be held in Oshkosh, WI at the Alberta Kimball Auditorium from June 19-22. Tickets are on sale now at https://www.misswisconsin.org/tickets2024/. There will be 30 women from around the state that will be competing for Miss Wisconsin. Christel is hoping to win and be the first Latina Miss Wisconsin within the Miss America Organization.

The Miss Racine Organization stands as one of the longest running local programs in the state of Wisconsin. The program can be traced back over 60 years! In the past 10 years, three Miss Wisconsins began their journey on the Miss Racine stage. The Miss Racine Competition has produced eight eventual Miss Wisconsins, two eventual Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen’s, and two eventual Miss Wisconsin USA’s. The Miss Racine competition is a local affiliate of the Miss America Organization, one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. The Miss Racine Organization recently had administrative changes as their long time dedicated director retired. Two former Miss Racine’s and also former Miss Wisconsin’s Alyssa Bohm and Paula Winiarski took over the program this past year. The 2024 Miss Racine Competition awarded over 6,000 dollars in scholarships this year to the candidates. The five stages of competition include: Private Interview, On-Stage Conversation, Health and Fitness, Talent, and Evening Gown. Each candidate will select her chosen Community Service Initiative (CSI), a social or community issue of concern to herself and our society at large. The CSI provides an opportunity for young women to achieve their personal and professional ambitions by participating in community services activities and developing leadership skills. Christel has been an incredible role model and spokesperson for the Miss Racine Organization. She has attended many influential and exciting events so far as Miss Racine. She is also inspiring other young ladies to want to compete. If anyone from the ages of 14-27 are interested in competing in our Miss Racine or Miss Racine Teen Competition this coming fall please contact us at [email protected] or message us on our social media pages.

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