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Darlina Sanchez to represent Siesta Key at the Miss Florida USA/Miss Florida Teen USA Competition

Staff Report

On January 16 – 19, 2019, the Executive State Directors, the Chrisley Family, of the hit reality TV series on USA network, ‘Chrisley knows Best,’ will conduct the Sunshine State’s oldest and most celebrated Competition: the Miss Florida USA/Miss Florida Teen USA Competition, which is set to take place in Coral Springs, Florida.

Darlina Sanchez will be representing Siesta Key at the upcoming competition.

Sanchez was born in Long Island, New York and currently resides in Sarasota.  She’s a Broadcast Journalism student and loves being involved in her local media. “I am an intern for SRQFM radio at 106.9 FM,” she said.   “I work on their social media and on their website.”

“The Miss Sarasota pageant was the first pageant I was ever involved in and I truly loved every minute of it,” said Sanchez. After winning the Miss Sarasota pageant, she qualified in the next level; Miss Florida USA, and was selected to represent Siesta Key.

“I decided to keep competing, and when I was chosen by the Miss Florida USA competition to represent beautiful Siesta Key, I was ecstatic!”

The winner of this competition will advance to either Miss Teen USA or Miss USA and ultimately Miss Universe.

Darlina, dual title holder of Miss Sarasota and Miss Siesta Key USA, pictured here by the water after the Sarasota Power Boat Grand Prix Celebration.(Photo-credit Daniela Sanchez)

When asked what prompted her to become involved in the pageant, she answered, “I was urged to compete in a local pageant when I was trying to come up with ways I can get connections to be more involved in my [new] community. When I lived in New York I was very involved, I was often volunteering, canvassing for equal rights among minorities, registering people to vote, and increasing civic engagement. In 2012, I was nominated for the 40 under 40 Top Rising Latino Stars award by the Hispanic Coalition at the Capital Building in Albany, New York for all of my achievements (registering 850+ people to vote) in the community. I was also a panelist at the Annual Women’s Conference at Stony Brook University speaking and encouraging high school girls to further their education in 2017.

Darlina, being crowed by former Miss Sarasota Teen Dariela Hernandez as Miss Sarasota 2018/2019 in April of this year at The Sarasota Pageants. (Photo credit: Jamcy Maquilon)
Miss Siesta Key USA with Johnathan, 1st grader at Visable Men Academy. (Photo credit: Dawnyelle Singleton, Director of Programing at Visable Men Academy)

When I moved to Sarasota with my family I was shell-shocked…a new area with different people. I didn’t know where to begin, but I knew I had to be involved. The Miss Florida USA pageant has opened many doors for me, as Miss Siesta Key, it has given me a platform to raise awareness.”

In the short time since moving to Sarasota, Sanchez has hit the ground running. “I’m ecstatic to be surrounded by amazing women, all who are fighting local causes around them and using this as a platform to raise awareness.”  She went on to explain, “To me, that’s the most important part. I am fortunate enough to be involved with two very important organizations. One being CPC, an organization whose mission is intervention, prevention, and treatment for children at risk for child abuse. Also, Visible Men Academy, I tutor at this school for boys two days a week. Their focus is on the growth and encouragement for minority underprivileged young men. I’m truly blessed to have these opportunities, and to have a platform like this.”

Her devotion to improving the lives around her certainly lives up to the motto she lives by, “Think what you can do better, every day.”

Sanchez is currently seeking sponsorships to help defray the cost associated with the competition. All businesses that help her on this journey to the Miss Florida USA Crown will receive promotion/advertisement through her social media and program book. For more information, you can email Sanchez at misssiestakeyUSA2018@gmail.com.