The 2011 Miss Washington has been crowned, and it’s Brittney Henry.
The ceremony was Saturday night in at Lindbergh Senior High School in Renton. Henry’s talent was the fiddle, and her platform was “promoting higher education for low-income families.” She’ll represent the state in January at the Miss America 2012 pageant in Las Vegas. First runner-up was Miss Tahoma, Nicole Erhardt.
A tipster tells us that Henry is an Edgewood resident, after graduating from California State University, Sacramento in December 2009. The tipster also says Henry is a 2005 Puyallup High School graduate.
I’ve left a message for Henry and Miss Washington Scholarship organization director Peggy Miller. I’ll post here if I learn more.
UPDATE: Miller just got back to me, and our tipster was correct. Henry is 24, and graduated from CSU with a double major in intercultural/international communications and organizational communications.
Henry’s been competing in pageants for only four years, Miller said. She told pageant organizers she decided to compete to help pay for college. Her Miss Washington title earned her a $10,000 scholarship that she will apply to a master’s degree in secondary education, Miller said. Henry will take a year off this year, traveling the state as Miss Washington. She has been working as the executive assistant to the CEO of Puyallup’s Apple Physical Therapy.
She played an Irish medley on her fiddle, which Miller said she’s been playing for at least 10 years.
As for the pageant, Miller said it went off with only a minor hitch — no air-conditioning in the theater. This year was the 60th anniversary of the state pageant, and it was the first year it was staged at Lindbergh High. After such a cold spell, the pageant happened on the warmest weekend so far.
Besides Erhardt, the other runners-up were:
4th: Daniela Ferrell, Miss Auburn; 3rd: Genay Tucker, Miss Spokane; and 2nd: Kara Jo Morris, Miss Lewis County.
Learn more about the scholarship organization at www.misswashington.org.