Where Queens are Crowned
Laila Ward is a senior at Polytechnic School in Pasadena whose tenacity, grit, commitment to excellence, is a force to be reckoned with. Laila is a competitive volleyball player and track runner. In addition to being a student-athlete, Laila is a leader on campus and maintains an unwavering commitment to community service. At school, Laila is a Peer Mentor to freshmen, she serves on the diversity, equity, and inclusion council SLIDE, and also leads the Black Student Union. Outside of school, Laila serves on the Pasadena Youth Council, Volunteers as a candy-striper in the hospital, and works as a Youth Ambassador for the City of Pasadena. She exudes regal energy, black girl magic, intelligence, compassion, and empathy. Laila Ward has been admitted to USC and UC Berkeley, and will be making her final decision soon!
Malia Wilson is a senior at Marshall Fundamental. She has held various leadership roles in numerous community service initiatives including Girls Build LA, Science National Honor Society, Key Club, the Altadena Library District, Reading Partners, and National Honor Society.One of her favorite activities is playing jazz. She has doubled on flute and saxophone for the selective Jazz Ensemble. Malia was also the captain and first setter of the Marshall Varsity Volleyball Team for three consecutive years. In her first year as captain, she lead Marshall’s team to the first qualification for CIF in 20 years. She is also a member of the UCLA’s Vice Provost Initivative for Precollege Scholars (VIPS) Program, which is a long term academic enrichment and outreach program for high achieving black youth in the LA Area. She has a passion for science, and plans to pursue a Medical Degree after completing undergrad at UC Berkley. She would like to thank all the members and staff of Miss Black Pasadena for the honor she has received, as well as the sisterhood she has created.
Drew Mason is a freshman at Cal State Long Beach and enjoys challenging herself to try new things that can lead her to success. During her high school years, she held many positions and excelled as Associated Student Body Student Board Representative, Family Career and Community Leaders of America Chapter President, Black Student Union Vice President, National Honors Society Activities Commissioner, Tournament of Roses Student Ambassador and so much more ! She enjoys being involved in the community, and sees the magical beauty of Pasadena. She admires the dedication and hustle of everyday people striving to make it, and sees the beautiful lives that progress to fulfill their hopes and dreams. A motif Makana lives by is “Everything happens for a reason. It’s all God‘s plan!”