Encinitas woman to compete at Miss California USA

Jourdyn Aiken, who was born and raised in Encinitas and graduated from San Dieguito Academy, will represent the city in the Miss California USA pageant, set for Dec. 2 through 4 in Long Beach.

While attending St. James Academy, Cathedral Catholic High School for ninth grade, then SDA, Aiken was an honor student, ASB officer, participated in club soccer and volleyball and varsity track and volleyball.

She then earned a bachelor’s degree in Organization Communications, along with a Certificate in Entertainment Management, as she graduated with High Honors from the University of Montana, where she was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority.

After college — which included a semester abroad in Barcelona, Spain — Aiken returned to Barcelona for an internship with a nonprofit organization assisting with a Paralympic qualifying event that included 23 participating European countries.

Aiken currently works as a program coordinator and volleyball coach for the Encinitas Ecke YMCA, where she is a two-time Employee of the Month. In addition, she has been the Ambassador to the San Diego County Fair and twice earned the Friend of the Fair Award.

Miss California USA, which will be held in conjunction with Miss California Teen USA at the Terrace Theater, will be Aiken’s first pageant.

The pageants are under the umbrella of the Miss Universe Organization, which works internationally to showcase the world’s most glamorous, poised and stunning women to provide them with an opportunity to serve as spokeswomen for various cause alliances.

Tickets for the pageant shows will be available at, and a live steam of the crowning will be available at beginning at 4 p.m. on Dec. 4.

— Submitted press release