Costacurta volunteers in the emergency room and has an outstanding academic record. She has been admitted to Stanford University, where she will study biochemistry as part of her goal to become a physician. Mailander is in the pre-nursing program at Sonoma State and would eventually like to work as a nursery or labor and delivery nurse. She also attended Cal High, graduating in 2008, and had an excellent academic record and many community service activities while there.
Tyler Hamilton of Danville, 15, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout this year and had his court of honor in the spring. He began Scouting at age 6, and bridged to Boy Scouts in 2003, joining Troop 1630. He was elected to the Order of the Arrow, a camping honor society within Boy Scouts. He also was selected to participate in the National Youth Leadership Training program where he became a certified youth leader for the Boy Scouts.
For his Eagle community service, Tyler teamed up with the Mount Diablo Trash Removal Project to remove almost a mile of barbed wire fencing at the base of Mount Diablo, left from when grazing cattle was prevalent. His project team removed 150 posts, wire and clips and placed them in a trash removal vehicle for recycling. Tyler is a junior at Bentley High School in Lafayette, where he played JV soccer and varsity golf for the last two years. He plans to pursue a career in mechanical engineering.
Monte Vista High School seniors Ari Eastman and Allie Curtis, both of Danville, shared a special onstage moment when outgoing 2008-09 "Cover Girl" Allie Curtis passed the title and crown on to her good friend Ari Eastman, the new 2009-10 "Cover Girl."
The girls won the "Cover Girl" title by selling the most advertising for their pageant program book. Though both girls have been a runner-up to the Miss California title, they enjoy promoting the National American Miss Pageant and Danville businesses through their ad sales.
"National American Miss has consistently taught me to expand my horizon," said Curtis.
Eastman agreed. "I have learned so many life skills and gained so much confidence through competing in National American Miss."
Eastman and Curtis first met in Girl Scouts, and they enjoy working together as co-commentators for the American Girl Fashion Show fundraiser for Golden View Elementary. They also co-write the "Ask Allie and Ari" advice column for Danville-based GirlAmbition.com Web site for young girls.