Chapman University student crowned Miss California 2011

FRESNO, Calif. Noelle Freeman, 21, a student at Chapman University, represented Culver City in the pageant Friday night in Fresno.

She is also a former Miss City of Orange.

Freeman wowed the judges with her ballet routine and platform advocating a promising future for people with autism.

"I had to look down at my sash a few times because I didn't believe it when they called my name. In fact, I didn't even hear them call my name. But I just kept looking down saying, 'Is this on me right now?' I couldn't believe it at all," said Freeman.

Freeman hopes to own an advertising company someday. She'll receive a $10,000 scholarship and will go on to compete in the Miss USA pageant.

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