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Roseville’s Samantha Bentley crowned United States of America's Miss California

By: Brody Fernandez Of Gold Country Media
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After recently being crowned “United States of America’s Miss California 2019,” Roseville native Samantha Bentley 23, will compete for the USOAP beauty pageant in Las Vegas.

Her reaction to winning was jubilation.

“I was just so happy that I couldn't stop shaking and crying happy tears,” Bentley said.

Bentley grew up in Roseville and now is about to embark on the national stage.

She has always dreamed of where she is today.

“I've always been interested in beauty pageants,” Bentley said. “My mom is Panamanian so it's a tradition for us to watch the annual Miss Universe pageant and root for Panama.”

Bentley’s passion started at Woodcreek High School.

“I've been a part of the performing arts department, specifically guitar, at Woodcreek High School since I was a freshman, so naturally, I was drawn to being on stage,” she said.

Bentley graduated in 2012.

Bentley started her pageant career locally.

“I entered my first pageant for a local city title here in Placer County and I was able to understand the true meaning behind pageants,” Bentley said, “self-improvement. Through pageants, I have learned how to stay calm and be poised under pressure as well as how to use your voice for the community.”

Speaking of community, Bentley shared how growing up in Roseville helped shaped her into the young woman she is today.

“Growing up in Roseville has shaped me into a philanthropic person,” Bentley said. “Throughout Roseville and Placer County are so many different options to give back to the community, even if it's donating blood or volunteering for the local SPCA. A community like Roseville has taught me that there is no donation too small when it comes to volunteering and being a part of the ever-growing community.”

The United States of America's Miss California 2019 plans on continuing her volunteering and empowering young women to be confident in who they are.

Bentley represents California in the national pageant in Las Vegas, on Feb. 17, along with 49 other women competing for the USOAP title.