Former Miss Lancaster Tiffany Johnson was crowned winner of the Miss Latina Hawaii Scholarship Pageant on Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Mamiya Theater in Honolulu.
The coronation enters the Antelope Valley teen into the 2016 Miss Hawaii Scholarship Pageant, the preliminary pageant for the Miss America Pageant.
“I am grateful for the scholarship funds and I hope to make the AV proud in the Miss Hawaii Pageant,” Tiffany said.
Tiffany is now an education major at the University of Hawaii.
While in the Antelope Valley, Tiffany served as a Student Ambassador at Paraclete High School, as a Youth Commissioner for the city of Lancaster, and was a member of several award-winning dance teams.
Tiffany was crowned Miss Lancaster 2012, as well as Miss High Desert 2014, and she competed in the 2014 Miss California Pageant.
Tiffany also found time to establish a nonprofit organization called Together in Faith and Family® (TIFF), which distributed more than 1,400 toys and bicycles to underprivileged local children. TIFF also raised approximately $5,000 for an annual holiday Santa visit in conjunction with Caring for the Community at the University of Antelope Valley.
Tiffany incorporated the nonprofit organization at age 17, and she plans to revitalize the charity when she returns to the Antelope Valley.
She hopes to one day establish a local high school based in academic excellence and the arts, with scholarships catering to underprivileged youth.
Tiffany is the daughter of Marco and Sandra Johnson, founders of the University of Antelope Valley.