Christina Zhang, a senior from Amador Valley High School, donated $2,500 to the Smile Train Foundation and provided the full reparative surgery cost for 10 children from African and Southeast Asian countries. Christina received the scholarship by winning the Singtao Beauty Pageant, an annual pageant event held by Singtao Daily, the largest Chinese newspaper in North America.
Growing up, Christina had crooked teeth and visited her orthodontist for more than six years to straighten her teeth. Because of this experience, she understood and empathized with cleft children and wanted to help them.
Christina was a swimmer for the Pleasanton Seahawks for many years and she also swam for the Amador varsity team. Christina will attend the 2010 Miss Chinatown USA Pageant from Feb. 14 to 28 in San Francisco. Miss Chinatown USA is a national beauty pageant event with a history of 52 years. Christina will compete against Chinese beauty queens from Chicago, Seattle, Hawaii, Houston, and many other cities and states.