Miss North Coast, an opera singer who aspires to manage a nonprofit, won the Miss California title Saturday night.
23-year old Melissa Chaty of Ukiah held the platform of Alzheimer's advocacy and awareness.
Chaty beat out Miss Sierra Nevada Sheri Gorin, who finished second.
Miss Hollywood Kari Johnson placed third, Miss Southwest California Amy Yetasook placed fourth and Miss Yosemite Valley Jennifer Lee placed fifth.
Chaty will compete next year in the Miss America pageant.
The Miss California contest has been held in Fresno since 1994.