by BECCA BARR | photos by Mark Hopkins Photography

Dedicated Teen


The title Miss Teen Carlsbad 2017 comes with many responsibilities. Richa Upadhyay, who will complete her reign in April 2018, makes appearances at various balls, galas, and parades in Carlsbad. She also attends many Chamber of Commerce events. “I meet so many new people, build connections, and become more aware of what is going on in Carlsbad,” Richa shared. “I am a goodwill ambassador for the City of Carlsbad, along with all the princesses and Miss Carlsbad.” Richa has lived here for the past seven years.

Besides her work with the city, Richa is heavily involved with the Gujarati Association of San Diego. “It is a nonprofit, educational, and cultural organization that holds various events for the Indian culture,” Richa said. “I wanted to be more involved with my Indian community.” Additionally, she serves as a princess for the House of India, part of the House of Pacific Relations, in Balboa Park. She helps plan yearly events such as December Nights and the Ethnic Food Fair, and assists with other community service projects.

For the past eight years Richa has been pursuing her passion of Bollywood Fusion dancing. “As a little girl, whenever my mom would turn on music I would start dancing. We love Indian music,” Richa recalled. “My goal is to be on a Bollywood dance team when I am in college.” Furthermore, Richa dances on the La Costa Canyon High School JV dance team. This involves performing at all of the JV football and basketball games, as well as recitals and small school events. ”I love performing in front of my peers and school,” Richa exclaimed.

Name: Richa Upadhyay
School: La Costa Canyon High School
Parents: Seema and Prashant Upadhyay
Favorite Places in Carlsbad: The beaches, Carlsbad Premium Outlets, The Forum Carlsbad, and Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas

f_richa004Richa also finds time to get involved in other worthwhile organizations. She is president of her school’s Spanish Club, and is a member of the Young Leaders in Healthcare Club. “We have opportunities to get exposure to different medical careers and pathways at Scripps Hospital in Encinitas,” Richa explained. She is a member of Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering (BEWISE), and is a recent graduate of the Carlsbad Student Leadership Academy. Through it all, she looks to her parents for inspiration. “My mom and my dad are my biggest role models. They have taught me to be patient, hardworking, and kind to everyone. They have showed me the significance of hard work and staying grounded,” Richa said. This accomplished teen certainly has a bright future in front of her!