Just before Christmas 2012, Miss Washington Mandy Schendel spent time at a military base thanking soldiers and families for their service. Mandy’s grandfather retired from the Army, her dad served 5 years in the Army and her mom describes herself as a ‘military brat’ growing up on various bases. During this event, Mandy was able to encourage military children to make wise choices – and her presence didn’t go unnoticed.
“They thought she was a princess, with the crown,” Army-mom Sydney Flores said – adding that her daughters were delighted to have a photo taken with Schendel. “I think that was a really good thing to see themselves in a picture with someone they’d probably like to be.”
Who knows… perhaps Mandy had her photo taken with someone who just might become Miss Washington one day!
Congrats to Mandy on her Top 10 finish and prelim swimsuit win at Miss America in Vegas — We wouldn’t at all be surprised if we see Miss Mandy on the Washington USA stage in the near future! She could become one of those rare ‘triple crown’ winners who wins their state in Teen USA, Miss America and Miss USA!
Now – as we look at this year’s Miss WA class… we know there are plenty of strong contestants competing… and of course…
Junkies Say Here’s Who to Watch:
Reina Almon – Prelim Gown and 1st runner up ’12, WA OT ’09
Catherine Waters – Rookie of the yr ’12, Prelim Talent ’12
Victoria Knight – WA OT ’08
Shannon Touhy – 4th runner up ’07
Kaylee Dunn- Prelim SS ’12
Mckenzie Novell – Prelim SS ’12
Item to Note: Paige and Laura Kuhn are sisters both competing for Miss WA this year!
ALL THE BEST TO EVERYONE AT MISS WA!!! GOOD LUCK LADIES!!! 🙂