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Tiffany Johnson, a former Miss Lancaster, was crowned last week as Miss Latina Hawaii. The coronation enters the Antelope Valley native into the 2016 Miss Hawaii Scholarship Pageant, the preliminary event for the Miss America Pageant.

“I am grateful for the scholarship funds, and I hope to make the AV proud in the Miss Hawaii Pageant,” said Johnson, who is an education major at the University of Hawaii.

While in the Antelope Valley, Johnson was a student ambassador at Paraclete High School, served as a youth commissioner for the city of Lancaster, and was a member of several award-winning dance teams.

Johnson was crowned Miss Lancaster in 2012 and was Miss High Desert in 2014, the same year she competed in the Miss California Pageant.

Johnson helped establish Together in Faith and Family, a nonprofit organization which has distributed more than 1,400 toys and bicycles to underprivileged local children. The group once raised about $5,000 for an annual holiday Santa visit in conjunction with Caring for the Community at the University of Antelope Valley.

Johnson, the daughter of Marco and Sandra Johnson, hopes to eventually establish a local high school based in academic excellence and the arts which will offer scholarships to underprivileged youth.