Valentina Sanchez is an 18-year-old pageant winner who was born in Orange County, California. She moved to Venezuela when she was 3 years old. In Venezuela, she won the Teen Model Nueva Esparta 2011 and Teen Model Venezuela 2011 titles. She moved back to the USA, after her mother who was suffering from mental-health issues sadly passed away. Valentina is a senior honor student at Manasquan High School and a member of the Tennis Varsity Team and Art Club. She has been awarded with a full Academic Scholarship to Monmouth University where she will earn a Communication degree with a minor in Art. Valentina has been volunteering with the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County, where she is their Teen Spokesperson. Valentina sheds light on mental health awareness and suicide prevention. "I want to show people who are struggling with depression that they are not alone; there are many ways to stop their pain and suicide is not the answer," she says.