Starting on Saturday, Annaka Bernardo will be trying to become the next Miss Arizona, USA.
You may not have realized it, but if you’ve been to an NAZ Suns game, you’ve probably seen Bernardo on the floor. Besides representing our community as Miss Prescott, she also represents the NAZ Suns as a member of their Hype Crew.
Annaka Bernardo is 2nd from the left.
Bernardo, joined by her grandmother, Delia Cordova, came to the eNews office to sit down for a Live Facebook podcast along with San Martin Rodriguez and Lynne LaMaster. If you didn’t see it on Facebook, you can listen here:
Bernardo was born in Flagstaff and moved to the Prescott area with her family when she was 8. She became Miss Prescott last July. Annaka explained that although she competed against more than 30 other contestants to become Miss Prescott, they all got along quite well and enjoyed being together. According to Bernardo the bigger competition was against herself, and doing all she could to be even better.
"Her charity, and her passion and compassion for helping other people is what we’ve noticed," Delia explained. "That’s what has been amazing to watch."
"I started doing pageants when I was 17… I’m comfortable with it and it’s made me more outgoing as a person," Bernardo said. When asked what her favorite thing about being Miss Prescott, she replied, "Meeting people."
"I honestly want to bring more of the pageantry aspect to Prescott, and I want to be somebody to look up to for little girls… I want to let every little girl know she doesn’t have to look up to the expectations that society gives us, and that she can be her own princess… Even without a crown you’re beautiful."