Cindy-YanDozens of girls and women, ages 13 to 26, from across the state competed for the titles of Miss Colorado USA and Miss Colorado Teen USA on October 27 at the Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley. Cindy Yan, an Englewood resident, was crowned Miss Colorado Teen USA, competing against 62 other teen contestants.

Yan, 16, is a junior at Cherry Creek High School, who will graduate next June. “I am blessed to be Miss Colorado Teen USA 2014,” she said.

“I will fulfill the title to the best of my ability and hope to bring Colorado to nationals as the winner! I thank my family, friends, and staff for this amazing opportunity! I am beyond grateful.”

Yan is the first Chinese American to win the title. Her hobbies include modeling and also guiding special needs kids in playing basketball.

Along with Yan, Eleanna Livaditis of Centennial was crowned Miss Colorado USA on the same evening. With scholarship awards of $29,000 for contestants and $45,000 for the winners, the pageants give the women a chance to gain self-esteem and advance their careers.

Visit www.misscoloradousa.com for more information. If interested, apply online for the 2015 program at www.futureproductions.net/apply.