As Miss Washington, our state’s representative at Miss America pageant this year is Jacquie Brown, formerly Miss Greater Vancouver. The 21-yrs-old’s platform is “supporting, empowering through youth mentoring.” She was crowned as Miss Washington on Saturday July 10.

After staying in Renton last week, the 19 contestants competed for the title of Miss Washington in Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien. The organizers are hoping to move the event back to the “home” of the pageant, City of Renton next year.

As Miss Washington, our state’s representative at Miss America pageant this year is Jacquie Brown, formerly Miss Greater Vancouver. The 21-yrs-old’s platform is “supporting, empowering through youth mentoring.” She was crowned as Miss Washington on Saturday July 10.

After staying in Renton last week, the 19 contestants competed for the title of Miss Washington in Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien. The organizers are hoping to move the event back to the “home” of the pageant, City of Renton next year.

According to the emcee, there were over 900 supporters in the audience and well over 500 over the web during the finals. Although social media had often brought trouble for pageant contestants, emcee Gaard Swanson made great use of Twitter over the evening.

The finals night started with the national anthem performed by 1988 Miss Washington Talia Watland Hastie and the announcement of the top 10. The contestants went through several rounds of eliminations between the preliminary night on July 9 and the finals night on July 10. The categories of competition included: lifestyle and fitness swimsuit, talent, evening wear, on stage questions, as well as private round of interview with the panel of judges prior to the events of the two evenings.

The winners of various titles were given over a total of $45,000 in scholarships, and plenty more in in-kind donations and cash prizes. In addition to winning the 2010 Miss Washington title, Jacquie Brown also take home the preliminary swimsuit and evening wear awards. First runner up McKinley Smith, Miss Seattle, is also the winner of the talent award of her group in addition to winning the preliminary swimsuit and evening wear categories. Second runner up Brittney Henry, Miss Columbia Basin, also won the preliminary talent award for the number with her fiddle.

2009 Miss Washington Devanni Partridge provided many of the entertainment programs on both evenings, adding humor to the intense competition. The organization also celebrated the 25th anniversary of Miss Washington 1985, Honey Castro, and she sang “What Did I Have That I Don’t Have” that earned her the talent award in 1985’s competition.

In addition to semi-finalist and non-finalist scholarship awards, other award recipients included the community service award recipient Miss Spokane Kylee Denevan; scholastic achievement award recipient Miss Liberty Jacklyn Kellogg; most talented non-finalist Miss Clark County Cassandra Orefice; people’s choice award recipient Miss West Sound Toni Duchemin; Miss Congeniality Miss Whatcom Vonda DiLorenzo; among others.

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