On behalf of Pageants NW, we’re proud to announce the new 2015 Miss Washington USA winner, Kenzi Novell (Miss Greater Spokane USA) who is 23 and is a resident of Spokane. Kenzi graduated with a B.A. in Public Relations & Promotions from Gonzaga Unviersity. Kenzi hopes to work as a public relations and/or marketing specialist for a fortune 500 company. She enjoys spending her free time performing on aerial silks, enjoying the outdoors, and volunteering for organizations in support of children. The new 2015 Miss Washington Teen USA winner is 16-year-old Priya Gopal-Walker (Miss West Seattle Teen USA) who is a junior at the Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences (SAAS) where she takes several honors classes. She has been dancing since the age of four and aspires to be a professional dancer after college. Having found her own voice, Priya is a survivor of domestic violence. She aims to use her voice to inspire others to seek help and confidently move toward a happy, healthy, and safe environment. She enjoys hot yoga, watching action movies, and cooking with her grandmother. Priya will represent our state at the 2015 MISS TEEN USA® pageant next summer and Kenzi will compete for the 2015 MISS USA® title next spring live on NBCUniversal. Sponsors contributed close to $2 million in scholarships, prizes, cash and awards this year!
Rounding out the Top Five in the Miss Washington USA®; 1st runner-up Maeloni Ogle (Three Rivers), 2nd runner-up Ina Kempton (Greater Bellevue), 3rd runner-up Kathleen Boyle (Lake Union), & 4th runner-up Geraldine Lirio (Renton). CONGENIALITY – Amber Bruce (West Seattle), PHOTOGENIC – Elizabeth Dance (Greater Eastside), SPIRIT – Chael Stenchever (Mill Creek). The remaining Top 21 (in alphabetical order) include; Alexandria Henderson (Fife), Blair Knick (South Hill), Chael Stenchever (Mill Creek), Chantel Jones (Redmond), Carly Davis (Seattle Queen Anne), Courtney Peebles (Vancouver), Danae VerMulm, (East Seattle), Demetra Coyer (Sammamish), Elizabeth Dance (Greater Eastside), Evelyn Clark (Wahkiakum County), Gen Saechao (SoDo), Kelsey Schmidt (South King County), Lauren Blier (East Kirkland), Lianne Hodgson (Greater Bellingham), Melanie Herring (Edmonds), and Shelby Meader (Greater Clark County).
Rounding out the Top 5 in the Miss Washington Teen USA®; 1st runner-up Taylor DiLeonardo (Kent), 2nd runner-up Brooke Williams (Auburn), 3rd runner-up Cheyanne Garcia (Vancouver), & 4th runner-up Noelle Tapang (Orting). ACADEMIC – Hannah Lane (South King County), CONGENIALITY – Hannah Lane (South King County), PHOTOGENIC – Meghal Sheth (Clark County), SPIRIT – Davy Flambouras (Spokane). The remaining Top 16 (in alphabetical order) include; Anna Gleichman (Greater Eastside), Brielle Black (Chehalis), Ellyanna Barnes (Lewis County), Hailey Sturgill (West Bellevue), Hannah Lane (South King County), Julia Solomon (Lake Washington), Kasey Hobson (Sumner), Katie Parks (Monroe), Meghal Sheth (Clark County), Taylor Johnson (Puyallup), and Taylor Mann (Edmonds).
The combined event which took place October 18th – 19th included a wonderful panel of judges involved in Business, Entertainment and the Beauty industry. The MISS UNIVERSE® Organization (jointly owned by Donald Trump and NBCUniversal) is proud to be in the 64th year of operation providing young women with financial assistance for college as well as opening the doors to many career opportunities.