Click to read full article !!! By Paula Doyle
Once a shy youngster, 18-year-old Amanda Starrantino relishes the opportunity to bolster the self-esteem of little girls as the new Miss California Teen.
The recent Chaminade High School graduate emphasized in her "I believe in pink" speech at the National American Miss Pageant in Anaheim last month that it's especially important for girls to discover who they are and believe in their potential.
"I would really like to be a positive role model," said Starrantino, who has always wanted to be a broadcast journalist. A figure skater from the age of three who loved performing, she felt tongue-tied talking to people and joined the National American Miss organization to improve her self-confidence and public speaking.
In a phone interview with The Tidings conducted during her freshman orientation week at Chapman University in Orange where she is a film student, Starrantino said the time management she learned as a high s…