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22-year-old Orange County harpist crowned Miss California

July 1, 2012 | 10:40 am

Photo: Leah Cecil, right, reacts as she is crowned as Miss Southern California Regional by 2011 Miss California Noelle Freeman in Fresno, Calif. Credit: Gary Kazanjian / Associated Press
A 22-year-old harpist from Orange County will go on to represent the Golden State in January's Miss America competition after being crowned Miss California.

Leah Cecil, a Garden Grove native and Cal State Fullerton graduate named Miss Southern California Regional, won the state competition in Fresno on Saturday night. She was first runner-up in the 2011 competition.

"To hear my name was definitely a dream come true," she told the Fresno Bee on Saturday.

According to her blog, Cecil is the principal harpist in several symphonies in Orange County and at Cal State Fullerton, and freelances throughout Southern California. She also competed on ABC's "Wipeout" and said she can rap the names of U.S. presidents in chronological order.

Cecil won a $10,000 scholarship and will compete against 49 other contestants in the national competition next year.

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Photo: Leah Cecil, right, reacts as she is crowned Miss California by last year's winner Noelle Freeman in Fresno. Credit: Gary Kazanjian / Associated Press


Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/06/30/2894601/miss-southern-california-regional.html#storylink=cpy
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