Serena Zamarripa is the 19-year-old daughter of Peter and Kymberli Zamarripa of Palacios, Texas. She was crowned Miss Teen of America 2017 on November 20, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She just finished her freshman year at University of Texas at Austin where she is majoring in computer science. Serena went to Palacios High School, where she graduated as class Valedictorian and held a 4.0 GPA. Serena was the recipient of the TENARIS Student of the Year Award that came along with a $60,000 Scholarship and the Texas Highest Ranking Senior Award/ Scholarship.
In high school, Serena served as her Junior and Senior Class President and was a two-year intern at the Chau Law Firm. She was a 4-year state qualifier for journalism and cross-examination debate. Serena also participated in theatre, marching band, Student Council, Texas Association of Future Educators, and Business Professionals of America, for which she received a National Ambassador award for community service. In college, Serena is active in the University Theatre Guild, with whom she would like to direct a play one day. Her most recent exploits include playing Zoe in the play, Rainy Day People, and being the assistant director for a student-written play, Seymour the Cannibal. She is also a member of the Women in Computer Science club and works for the Computer Science Advising Office as a 2017 POD mentor for freshman. Next semester, she hopes to add a Digital Arts and Media minor to her degree plan. Serena’s future ambitions include possibly incorporating a computer science degree with a law degree as a corporate attorney or combining her love for the arts and computer science by working in the technical theatre field. For now, you can probably find her spending hours coding behind her laptop, belting musical show tunes at the top of her lungs with her little brother and best friend, Noah, or eating an unhealthy amount of vegetarian tacos.
Having dreamed of competing for Miss Teen of America ever since she held the title of Young Miss of Texas 2011, Serena got the chance when she was crowned Miss Teen of Texas 2016 in November 2015. As Miss Teen of America 2017, Serena will serve as an inclusion ambassador for the R Word Initiative and Special Olympics Minnesota, which is which is the American Pageants’ charitable alliance. Serena says “The Miss Teen of America Organization has already changed my life more than I could ever expect it to do, and I cannot wait to fully embrace this adventure and grow from it!” Serena will crown her successor in sunny Orlando, Florida this coming November.
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