Official Preliminary to Miss Texas and Miss America Scholarship Competitions

Miss San Antonio America 2001, Andrea Lynn Bruno
Local Pageant Information:

Gateway Club, Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas
Saturday, January 13, 2001
Bonnie Kiser, Executive Director
Miss Bexar County Organization

Miss San Antonio Summary:

Andrea Bruno (Darwin) was crowned Miss San Antonio on January 13, 2001 at the age of 20.  Formerly, she served on the Miss Fiesta San Antonio Court in 1999.  It was through this experience that she was inspired to compete for the Miss San Antonio title.  It was her first and only attempt at competing locally in the Miss America Pageant system.  She was one of 20 contestants vying for the title, making it the largest Miss San Antonio pageant in recent history.

A San Antonio native, Andrea was honored to represent her beloved hometown and viewed her title as a unique opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of others.  Throughout her year of service, she reached thousands of at-risk youth as a mentor, tutor and motivational speaker at various schools and after school programs.

She was a dedicated advocate and volunteer for the San Antonio Youth Literacy project, Special Olympics and The Door in the Wall Organization for people with disabilities.  Likewise, she was deeply committed to the elderly, particularly the remarkable people of the Greatest Generation, often visiting local nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Andrea relished in the rich traditions of Fiesta San Antonio as a member of Fiesta Royalty - a unique facet of the Miss San Antonio America title.  Her participation in the multitude of Fiesta events, receptions, school visits and parades proved to be one of the most exciting aspects of her year.

Andrea is a classically trained vocalist who frequently performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" and a variety of musical genres at appearances in the San Antonio area and beyond.  She performed "The Glory of Love" for her talent piece at the Miss San Antonio Pageant as a heartfelt tribute to her late childhood friend, and the torch song, “Misty,” at the Miss Texas Pageant.  During Miss Texas week, she was invited to sing "Unchained Melody" at the then-popular Johnnie High Country Music Revue in Arlington, Texas.  This was a special highlight of her Miss Texas experience.

In her final performance as Miss San Antonio, she sang a solemn rendition of "America the Beautiful" to honor the victims of the September 11th attacks.  This national tragedy was a poignant awakening of the attack on liberty and became a significant turning point for our nation and world.

Andrea is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin.  She is married to Dr. Andrew Darwin and they are the proud parents of two children.

Miss San Antonio 2001, Andrea Lynn Bruno
Andrea Bruno winning Miss San Antonio 2001.