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Miss California Sweetheart

Founded in 1941 the National Sweetheart Pageant is based in Hoopeston, Illinois and seeks to provide a national level training and life experience for young women.  Each year the event is held over Labor Day Weekend in conjunction with Hoopeston's revered annual Sweetcorn Festival.  In 2022, the National Sweetheart Pageant partnered with the Miss Volunteer America Organization to send a runner-up contestant from their respective state pageants.

Beginning in 2023, the title of Miss California Sweetheart and the opportunity to compete at the National Sweetheart Pageant will be awarded to the first runner-up to Miss California Volunteer each year.

California has twice won the National Sweetheart Pageant, first in 2013 by Jordan Krinke and again in 2019 with Jane Kennedy.



Miss California Sweetheart 2022

Claire Rose Vincenzi 

from San Francisco, California 

 Congratulations, Claire Rose, on your Success at  the 2022 National Sweetheart Competition

in Hoopeston, Illinois

August 31 - September 4, 2022

Miss Congeniality 2022

STEM Scholarship 2022


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Click the arrows to see photos from her time at Nationals!


Jane Kennedy wins

Miss National Sweetheart in 2019

Jordan Blake Krinke

wins Miss National Sweetheart in 2013

Caylynn Simonson represented California 2x at National Sweetheart, in 2012 and 2016!

Katie Tessier 

Miss California Sweetheart 2021

Miss California Sweetheart Alumni

Many thanks to Freeman Stamper for his dedication in compiling this historical data