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Miss Washington pageant begins tonight in Burien

The Miss Washington contestants pose at the Renton Farmer
The Miss Washington contestants pose at the Renton Farmer's Market with outgoing Miss Washington Mandy Schendel, a Hazen High grad.
— image credit: Brian Beckley, Renton Reporter

Twenty-two of the state's most talented, bright and beautiful young women, ages 17 to 24, will compete for Miss Washington 2013 (MWSO) competition, the official state pageant of the Miss America Organization, beginning tonight in Burien.

The competition will take place July 5- 6 at the Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien. Miss Washington 2013 will will go on to compete for the title of Miss America 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. on Sept. 15.

Miss Washington 2012 Mandy Schendel is a Hazen High School graduate. She finished in the top 10 at last year's Miss America Pageant. She will be on hand Saturday to pass the crown to the winner of this year's event.

Promoting scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement for Washington's teens, the MWOTeen contestants will be judged on personal interview, talent, evening wear and on-stage question, academic achievement and lifestyle & fitness in active wear.

The official contestant arrival will be at 1 p.m. June 30 at the Renton Pavilion Event Center. Contestants will make appearances in the local community including visiting Children’s Hospital in Seattle, the Renton Farmer’s Market and including iFly on July 4th.

Preliminary night of the pageant is July 5, beginning at 7 p.m. and the final night and crowning will be at 7 p.m. July 7.

To purchase tickets to the 2013 Miss Washington preliminary and final night of competition, please visit Brown Paper Tickets at

Information about the Miss Washington Scholarship Organization can be found at


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