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2021 Miss Washington Teen USA Contestants

Alexis Perdomo

Alexis Perdomo

Monroe

Alexis is a senior at Monroe High School. As a varsity track and cross-country runner, as well as a premier soccer player, she also has a passion for art and volunteering. Born with a condition called Pectus Excavatum, she underwent two major surgeries to prevent her sternum from compressing her heart and lungs. Because of her struggles, Alexis aspires to attend college to become a pediatric nurse, while minoring in a fine arts degree.

Allyie Larsen

Allyie Larsen

Kitsap County

Allyie, 14, is known by all for her confidence and ambition. She has run charity drives throughout her schooling career and plans to continue as she enters high school. Allyie aims to be the influencer teens need today, one who shows their flaws shamelessly. She also has hopes of a future career in the drug-trafficking wing of the FBI. Allyie is a strong, independent individual and would make a great role model for Washington’s youth.

Angelique Dela Cruz

Angelique Dela Cruz

University Place

Angelique, a resident of Lakewood, was elected Sophomore Class President this year. She enjoys singing, dancing, listening to old R&B music, pole vaulting and is a successful DECA competitor. She is a member of the Tacoma Youth Chorus and is passionate about volunteering in her community. Her future goals include becoming Miss Washington Teen USA 2021, attending college and earning a degree in Biochemistry in hopes of becoming a clinical biochemist to help diagnose and manage diseases.

Ashley Berginc

Ashley Berginc

South Sound

Ashley, a 16-year-old Junior at Lake Stevens High School, dreams of becoming a clinical therapist after graduating from the University of Oregon with the hopes of obtaining a Masters in Sociology. Currently, she is enrolled in Running Start in order to earn her Associates Degree when she graduates. Ashley started an organization called “IMPACTeens: Empowering Today’s Teens Through Volunteering,” and will someday pass a bill for mandatory community service hours every month from ages 13-17.

Athena Ortega

Athena Ortega

Auburn

Athena is a junior attending Holy Names Academy. Aside from being on the varsity tennis team, an ASB representative, and a Jr. Officer in National Honor Society, she serves as a pianist and a volunteer at her local parish. Having experienced selective mutism at a young age, she has started an SM awareness blog called My Voice Can Be Heard, discussing how young people can overcome their own anxiety. She aspires to become a cardiologist.

Ava Gonzalez

Ava Gonzalez

Puget Sound

Ava’s an all-state athlete, Dean’s List pre-nursing student, HS senior and nominated Tedx speaker. Ava’s passion for resolving global issues is evident as a Model United Nations Vice President/Senior delegate. An advocate for turning personal traumas into superpowers, Ava founded the free, nationally scoped, therapeutic organization ENACT (Eliminating the Normalization of Abuse as Cultural, Together) to give voice to young women of color whose abuse stories have been silenced due to racial injustice.

Brooklyn Bender

Brooklyn Bender

Snohomish County

Brooklyn is a 17-year-old high school senior who aspires to become a forensic psychologist and consult on criminal cases in the future. Inspired by her own life experiences, Brooklyn raises awareness about teen mental health and self-esteem issues through her initiative, Minds Over Matter which helps struggling teens connect through shared experiences and healthy activities. In her free time, she loves to travel and explore the beautiful local lakes and trails throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Caylen Johnson

Caylen Johnson

Pierce County

Caylen, 16, is a junior in high school. She is currently enrolled in running start, in hopes of graduating high school with her associate degree. Caylen enjoys sports including swimming, bowling, and tennis, and is an active member of the National Honors Society. Caylen also plays guitar and has an avid love for music of all genres. She is a self-proclaimed nerd who loves acting, modeling, animals, computer gaming, fishing, hiking, and all things Marvel.

Destiny Al-Jararheh

Destiny Al-Jararheh

Black Diamond

Destiny is a proud representation of the American dream. As a second-generation Arab-American, she’s a firm believer in the right of speech and the power that words have. She polishes her speaking skills as a running-start college student and a competitive speech and debater. She puts her talents to use as an advocate for women’s rights with the organization Equality Now. In her free time, Destiny enjoys traveling, writing poetry, and reading political novels.

Elise Kim

Elise Kim

Federal Way

Sixteen year old Elise Kim attends Thomas Jefferson High School as a full Honors IB student. While driven to succeed in academics, she is passionate about performing her talent and leadership through competitive dance and Class Senate. Her free time is spent volunteering at a non-profit organization called MILAL; she engages and builds friendships among students with disabilities, as she holds a vision to become a specialized doctor one day.

Evie Mae Lupfer

Evie Mae Lupfer

Graham

Evie Mae, 14, has five brothers who are her best friends. She likes to watch anime with her oldest brother Blake, movies with her second older brother Steve, talk to her third older brother Zack, and play with her littlest brothers, Harry and Casper. Her biggest dream is to become an actor and star in movies and TV shows. JoJo Siwa inspires Evie not to listen to negativity and to work hard and be herself.

Hannah Merritt

Hannah Merritt

Prosser

Graduating with an Associates Degree at 17, Hannah is passionate about promoting equality for all races and genders. Earning scholarships for her research, Hannah advocates for STEM and inspires confidence in children through her initiative #Sassandsmarts. As Captain and MVP of her cheer team, Hannah is an experienced leader on campus and in her community.  As Miss Washington Teen USA, Hannah strives to create a scholarship fund for STEM students in low income areas.

I’Lani Harvey

I’Lani Harvey

Greater Puyallup

I’Lani loves being active, participating on her high school cheer and gymnastics teams, and aspires to become a lawyer. At just 16 she wants to be the change in today’s world. Meeting new people and making them feel welcomed, she helps out wherever and whenever she can. This year I’Lani hopes to be a voice for all girls, inspiring them to speak and stand up for what they believe in, even if they’re standing alone.

Kate Dixon

Kate Dixon

Normandy Park

A Junior at Bellarmine Preparatory School, Kate is in the national honors society, a varsity cheerleader and tennis player, while also learning Mandarin. From Seattle, Kate is a very active member of her community and loves giving back to organizations like Lutheran World Relief Services, Friends of Youth, and Camp to Belong. She spends her summers working at her family’s design showroom and someday hopes to become a Home Stager.

Kiana Miles

Kiana Miles

Sammamish

Kiana, 15, is a sophomore at Skyline High School in Sammamish. She aspires to become a Social Worker to help children in the foster care system and she is working towards making it a reality. Kiana has grown to love the pageant and fashion industry. Her interests include singing, traveling, fashion,and helping others. Being the eldest sister Kiana is patient and kind. She thanks all of her sponsors.

Lily O’Brien

Lily O’Brien

King County

Lily is studying both Political Science and Communications at the University of Washington, and will pursue a career in politics. While maintaining a 4.0 GPA, she is an active dancer, debater, athlete, and violinist. Lily is also the recipient of two President’s Volunteer Service Awards and has completed over 2,000 community service hours. Inspired to do more, she founded the 501(c)(3) non-profit, Hunger Won’t Wait, to tackle hunger and food insecurity.

Lorelei Bruce

Lorelei Bruce

Daffodil Valley

Lorelei is a 15-year-old girl who currently lives in Orting, WA known for its small town feel and scenic views. She enjoys sewing, reading and watching Grian on YouTube with her dad. While volunteering four days a week at her local food bank, she attends Sumner High School and performs in the color guard. Lorelei aspires to study at Washington State University be a herpetologist as well as work in historical costuming.

Mackenzie Kuiken

Mackenzie Kuiken

South Bend

Mackenzie, a 14-year-old freshman at South Bend HIgh School, is working towards her goal of becoming a sports physical therapist.  Most of her free time outside of school is playing four sports. Her love of sports encouraged Mackenzie to create an organization called, Girls With Game, that encourages girls to join sports and helps get them the equipment they need. Mackenzie uses the platform to promote self-esteem, making new friends and being active.

Novalee Lewis

Novalee Lewis

West Tacoma

Novalee is a Junior at Life Christian Academy where she is on ASB, the School Spirit Representative, on National Honor Society, and participates in the school’s Student Leadership Institute. Novalee’s platform, “A Dancing Queen: Empowering Youth Through Movement”, helps students who do not have access to extracurricular activities in hopes of closing the activity gap. Novalee trains in all styles of dance and is currently traveling the country as an assistant to professional choreographers.

Pearl Cave

Pearl Cave

Chehalis

Pearl is a resident of Napavine Washington and a high school graduate class of 2020. Before Pearl graduated, she served her school’s wrestling team for four years and during her senior year placed 4th at regionals, and later went to state. Pearl is hoping to coach other kids who are also passionate about wrestling. She has many passions such as advocating women’s wrestling and speaking about the importance of understanding mental health.

Rachel DeAngelis

Rachel DeAngelis

Pullman

At the age of 16, Rachel graduated High School with honors, and currently attending Washington State University on Academic Scholarship, majoring in Sports Management, minoring in Business and Communications. Her goal is to someday work for professional sports teams worldwide. She aspires greatness by creating and implementing KAKIS (Keep American Kids in School) around the USA, an educational program for kids in poverty to overcome financial, mental, and social obstacles.

Raechel Benson

Raechel Benson

North Seattle

Raechel, 17, is a sophomore at Shorewood High School. She participated on the school gymnastics team representing Special Olympics, acted in the school musical, Legally Blonde, performed at Seattle Children’s Theater and Broadway Bound. Raechel will work on starting a Best Buddies Program at her high school next year. She loves fashion, design and creating so she started a patch-making business, 321Patches. Raechel plans to study fashion at Shoreline Community College when she graduates.

Tara Gardner

Tara Gardner

Seattle

Tara, 16, has been born and raised in Seattle. She is in 11th grade at Nathan Hale High School. She plays tennis, piano, does track, and has been skiing since age 3. During her free time, she enjoys photography, cooking, reading, and playing video games. Tara is half Vietnamese and half Caucasian. She is very connected to her Vietnamese heritage and wants to bring awareness to racism and oppression towards Asian people.