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2021 Miss Washington USA Contestants

Alexis Ashley

Alexis Ashley

King County

Alexis is the voice for the voiceless females. At just 22 years old, singer turned entrepreneur Alexis is fighting to revolutionize the gender gap in third world countries. In 2020, Alexis started her own nonprofit organization “Women are Limitless” with funds donated to foundations that aid at risk females primarily in India. Alexis has also had her song “Tomorrow” chart at #7 on the Billboard charts and has performed on MTV London.

Amber Ellis

Amber Ellis

South Sound

Amber is a sophomore at Washington State University where she is a member of Alph Chi Omega. She enjoys working with their philanthropy project, domestic violence awareness.
Currently working at the corporate office for a cosmetics company, Amber is looking forward to putting her four years of French class to work when the Company launches in Canada.  With a passion for travel, Amber appreciates the many beautiful and diverse cultures the world has to offer.

Danielle Van Athen

Danielle Van Athen

Greater Clark County

Co-Founder and Creative Director of Pageant Girlie, an online store, Danielle showcases her design talents and supports her travel and pageant goals. She loves learning many different languages so while traveling the world and experiencing new food she can communicate with those around her. An aspiring athletic director and sport coach, Danielle is a current student at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. She is working toward her Bachelors of Education minoring in sports management.

Dulce Torres

Dulce Torres

SeaTac

Dulce Torres, born in Los Angeles, California, moved to Washington state at the age of 6. Being the oldest of 4 siblings, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and helping others. Her motivation to empower the youth to take action towards becoming the best version of themselves led her to volunteer for many organizations. Family, health, and ambition are the core values that make her Dulce.

Edith Gonzalez

Edith Gonzalez

Greater King County

The child of an immigrant family, Edith Gonzalez believes in having goals in life and is proud to be Mexican-American. Edith received her Associates in Applied Science and currently works as a Certified Registered Dental Assistant. However, Edith’s aspiration is to attend dental school. Edith started her own non-profit organization called Blossom with Style and volunteers at Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington as a wish granter, sharing her love of helping others passionately in her community.

Hailey Sturgill

Hailey Sturgill

West Bellevue

Hailey is an early graduate from the University of Portland earning her B.B.A in Finance and minor in Communication Studies. Embracing her passion for math, Hailey works as a financial analyst on a global team at Accenture. She finds joy in being a youth mentor and volunteer for Jubilee Reach, cultivating friendship and guidance for youth in need. Always looking for a challenge, Hailey is currently training for her first triathlon this summer!

Jesi Williams

Jesi Williams

Mukilteo

Jesi is a 21-year old that enjoys biking, traveling, and scuba diving. She is completing her Master’s degree in business administration while working as both a real estate agent for John L. Scott and a leasing agent for Williams Investments. Jesi finds joy in providing housing for low-income families and was blessed with the opportunity to run a non-profit organization that provided groceries for over 400 families during the COVID-19 quarantine.

Karley Kearney

Karley Kearney

Puyallup

Karley was born and raised in Puyallup, and is currently pursuing her masters degree in Strategic Communication and Leadership. After graduating from Western Washington University, she was an NFL cheerleader for the Seattle Seahawks. She now works as a dance instructor and fitness coach for women. Her desire to influence others evolved from having family members with disabilities. She aspires through her leadership to help others be the best versions of themselves.

Kayzin Holt

Kayzin Holt

Richland

Kayzin is a first-generation college student who recently graduated from Washington State University Summa Cum Laude, with a degree in Elementary Education. She hopes to utilize her skill-set and personal experience to teach students with disabilities as a special education teacher. Kayzin combines her passion of sports and helping children, as a volunteer youth basketball coach in her hometown. When she isn’t working with children, she can be found playing with her two fur babies.

Kristina Kovalevich

Kristina Kovalevich

Downtown Bellevue

Kristina Kovalevich is a public speaker, mentor, author, and social media influencer who has touched the lives of women all around her. With her unique approach of unapologetic confidence, she empowers women of all walks of life in achieving their goals and discovering their truest inner potential. Through her newest launched mentorship program, KORE GIRLS, Kristina continues to lead by example with her love for life, connection, and belief that dreams are worthy of pursuing.

Kuinn Karaffa

Kuinn Karaffa

Grays Harbor County

With a passion for justice and helping others, Kuinn’s future is clearly destined for the courtroom and public service. She is attending Bellevue University and plans on attending law school upon graduation. Long term, Kuinn hopes to become a successful trial attorney and Mayor. She has dedicated countless community service hours in support of organizations such as YMCA, Salvation Army, Stockings for Soldiers and is a currently a Habitat for Humanity board member.

Kyra Hedman

Kyra Hedman

Greater Seattle

Kyra is a senior at the University of Washington studying Communication and Diversity. She recently interned at Walt Disney World where her passion for the entertainment industry began. She plans on becoming an artist manager and looks forward to encouraging representation throughout country music. Kyra founded EmpowerHer an organization which focuses on empowering girls to become self-confident leaders and achieve their dreams. Kyra also advocates for gender, economic and racial justice for women throughout Washington.

Levi Levias

Levi Levias

South Seattle

Levi is a Seattle Native. Family church introduced her to performing arts, singing, acting, dancing and public speaking. Her interest in musical theatre introduced her to the Rising Star project at the 5th Ave Theatre. She has completed two years of college studying mass communication arts with a focus in video production. She plans to further pursue modeling and education which has allowed her to participate in runway shows, commercials, and photoshoots.

Madison Damour

Madison Damour

Downtown Seattle

Madison, 24, works in Investor Relations helping raise capital for a biotechnology company developing treatments for drug overdose. Madison would like to use her career in biotech, and the Miss Washington title, to bring awareness to the accidental ingestion of drugs by children, and the impact of pediatric overdose. In her spare time, Madison enjoys traveling, doing yoga, and spending time with her two French Bulldogs.

Madison Treyz

Madison Treyz

West Tacoma

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Madison grew a love for hiking, fishing and enjoying a good cup of coffee. She’s a graduate from Northwest Nazarene University where she studied Public Relations. Then spent two years working as a flight attendant traveling the world and connecting with people of all different ages, cultures and backgrounds. Now working in behavior therapy, she has dedicated her career to helping individuals on the autism spectrum reach their full potential.

Mazzy Eckel

Mazzy Eckel

Bellevue

Mazzy was born and raised on the East Coast. After competing in Miss New Jersey Teen USA throughout high school, she decided to move to Washington to study politics and be closer to her family. Mazzy is a third year political science major at Seattle University. Mazzy is passionate about educating people about politics and their personal health. She is a instructor at The Genesis Project and a model/script writer for a video-producing marketing company.

Megan McLaughlin

Megan McLaughlin

Cascades

Megan, a classically trained guitarist, has performed in over 50 venues and released music on iTunes. As an ER medical scribe and aspiring future physician, she specialized in Biomedical Sciences and participated in research studies as she earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology. She solo backpacked through 15 countries and founded the Live Wonder Freely blog. Megan hopes to empower youth and impact underserved communities through education and healthcare. Learn more at www.meganmomo.com

Melissa Guzman

Melissa Guzman

West Seattle

Melissa, a graduate from U.W., double-majored in Law, Societies & Justice and Psychology. She is a Redfin real estate agent and spends time running her online thrift store and volunteering with children at her church. Melissa has traveled to over 25 countries, volunteering in orphanages and schools internationally including her favorites India, Haiti, and Argentina. She plans on helping others by becoming the first female in her family to pursue a doctorate degree and become a lawyer.

Monica English

Monica English

Olympia

Monica is an artist and entrepreneur. She is not only a published model and an actress but also a TV host and musician. As a multi-instrumentalist, she plays the violin, piano, and guitar. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of California, Irvine. As a former foster youth and FYRE (Foster Youth Resilience in Education) Scholar at UCI, Monica continues to mentor foster youth and other aspiring artists and talents.

Rashel Rafat

Rashel Rafat

Everett

Rashel is double majoring in Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering aspiring to become a Neurosurgeon. Refuging to the United States herself at a young age, she combines her passion for the sciences and the human rights to provide education to the children that have no access to public schools around the world. Coming from a musical family, Rashel is equally passionate about music and spends her free time recording her upcoming album.

Romey Fox

Romey Fox

Spokane County

Romey has a heart for saving lives. In pursuit of becoming a Trauma Surgeon or an ER Physician, she is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Paramedicine. Romey graduated high school early with honors and received her EMT. She is working as a first responder for not one, but two different ambulance companies. Growing up, Romey spent 14 years as a competitive athlete in several different sports.

Samantha Amaral

Samantha Amaral

Samantha, born and raised in Tacoma, was provided tons of love and support from her close-knit family. After graduating from Sumner High School with honors in science, she began working on achieving her dream of becoming a licensed Cosmetologist through the Gene Juarez Academy. She loves making others feel beautiful! Samantha also likes to get down and dirty whether it’s going to the shooting range, off-roading in her Jeep Wrangler, or playing soccer.

Samantha Schubert

Samantha Schubert

South Hill

Samantha is a recent graduate of Eastern Washington University with a degree in Child Development. Currently working in the emergency room as a Patient Access Technician, Samantha hopes to work as a Certified Child Life Specialist. With a passion for the disabled community because of her brother’s special needs, Samantha started her platform, “Miss Exceptional”, to help girls with disabilities gain self-confidence. Throughout her life, Samantha has raised over $28,000 for local non-profits across Washington State.”

Sky Grimes

Sky Grimes

North Seattle

Overcoming the daunting odds by surviving four near death accidents, she believes her call is to serve others lovingly and willingly.  Sky stays busy as founder of Seek Foundations and the GLOW (Go Love Others Willingly) Initiative, a motivational speaker, a leadership trainer and essential worker in the service industry, a teacher and mentor in the Next Generation Ministry (12-30yrs), and heavily involved in serving and building relationship in the homeless community.

Taylor Bryant

Taylor Bryant

South Everett

Taylor, 20, is a first-time competitor in this year’s Miss Washington USA pageant. While working at the Mill Creek Arena Sports and working towards a Bachelor’s degree in geoscience, she spends her free time creating/singing music and painting. With this experience, Taylor wants to prove that no one has a set timeline in life ,and looks forward to helping others through her own journey these last few years!”

Taylor Derscheid

Taylor Derscheid

Chehalis

Taylor is from Chehalis, Washington, she is 20 years old and is currently attending Centralia College where she is pursuing her Associate of Arts Degree in Media Studies. Once finished at Centralia College she plans to attend Film School or pursue a Career in Music. In her free time Taylor like to read, craft, listen to music, dance and volunteer at her church when she can as the youth leader and Sunday school teacher.

Taylor Mann

Taylor Mann

Lake Washington

Taylor is a Master Aesthetics and Skin Specialist student with an emphasis on general dermatological treatments. Her dream as an entrepreneur is to educate and pamper women through facial rejuvenation and integrative skin therapies. As a teenager, her family endured many hardships and overcame homelessness. This experience has fueled a strong sense of empathy and understanding for the underserved. This 21 year old nature and outdoor enthusiast, enjoys hiking, and camping with friends and family.

Vanessa Guerrero

Vanessa Guerrero

Vancouver

This is Vanessa,19, a survivor and victim advocate for sexual abuse. Carrying the drive to make her community a safer place, in pursuit of her goal to open a women’s shelter. She Leads a campaign called “Feeding PDX”, by handing out goods to assist the homeless in Portland. Along with her passion of helping others, Vanessa also enjoys being a part of a team such as, cheerleading, kindness club, AVID, and modeling.