For those competing for Miss California USA, remember the secret stone in the crown. The royal blue sapphire in the center of the crown's heart represents family and the hardship that my own family endured being refugees from Cambodia. My mother, Connie, carried not only me while she was pregnant but a handful of sapphires with her. Together, with my father, Jerry, they built a successful business in California. Now, we are the crown jeweler to Miss California USA. Never forget the love and support that your friends and family has given you to get you where you are! Always thank them! And bring something special that has meaning to you, in your heart, to the pageant and shine like the stars on Miss California USA stage in January! Good luck!!
- Peter Pheng Young [maker of beauty queens]