This week, I interviewed a woman who had a rose bush planted outside City Hall in her honor, rode in Huntington Beach's Fourth of July Parade, passed out candy at the Easter Hunt, helped launch rubber ducks at the Duck-A-Thon, organized a Relay for Life team, visited kids in the hospital and appeared at almost every chamber mixer and ribbon-cutting in Surf City over the last year.
OK, that may be the wordiest lead in the history of Times Community News. But it ought to give you an idea of the regimen Cassie Cotarelo, better known as Miss Huntington Beach, has followed for the last 12 months.
Cotarelo was a Marina High School senior when she won the Miss Huntington Beach Scholarship Pageant a year ago. Saturday evening, she'll set her glittery crown on the head of this year's winner — and her schedule will open up considerably.
Still, the Orange Coast College student, who dreamed of winning a beauty contest since meeting Miss California at age 5, will miss the year when she represented her hometown as many as three times a week.