The Bay Area will be represented this Sunday at the "Miss America" pageant with a San Francisco native vying for the crown.
The competition with contestants from all 50 U.S. states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands will be held in Atlantic City, N.J., and will air at 9 p.m. Sunday on ABC.
Crystal Lee, 22, was crowned as Miss California in 2012 and has made it to this year's national beauty and talent competition.
According to her Facebook page, she won the title after her third attempt.
Lee grew up in San Francisco and attended the School of the Arts public high school. She went to College of Marin before graduating from Stanford University with a bachelor's degree in human biology. She also received her master's in communication from the university.
Lee's mother, Wendy Lee, is a longtime information technology staff member at the community college, school officials said.
The younger Lee studied dance and took a statistics course at the college.
According to her pageant biography, the issue Lee is championing for is women in STEM career fields. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.
On Thursday, the Miss America organization announced that Lee, along with "Miss Mississippi" Chelsea Rick, were the winners of a $5,000 STEM scholarship award.
The scholarship is for contestants who study and want to pursue careers in to those fields. This was the first year the award had been given.
Lee is hoping to earn an MBA and become an entrepreneur, according to her bio.
Friday afternoon she posted a photo on her Twitter page at the competition wearing her "Miss California" sash with fellow contestants.
Her talent is ballet en pointe.
Lee had previously won the title of "Miss Silicon Valley" in January as part of a preliminary contest for the state competition.
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