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Meeker wins Miss Poulsbo title, will focus on mentoring
BREMERTON — Michaela Meeker came away from the Miss Poulsbo Scholarship Pageant with a title, money for college, and an ambitious agenda for the year.
The 16-year-old junior at Kingston High School was crowned the 59th Miss Poulsbo, Jan. 7 at the Miss Poulsbo, Miss Kitsap, Miss Silverdale Scholarship Pageant at Bremerton High School.
Michaela received $3,200 in scholarships. More than $50,000 in scholarships were awarded to the 18 contestants in the pageant.
She succeeds Natasha Tucker, Miss Poulsbo 2011.
Michaela’s platform is “Mentoring and Making a Difference.” She will spend her year as Miss Poulsbo doing service projects with other young people in Kitsap County. She credits Tucker with encouraging her to run in the pageant and said she is thrilled to follow in her footsteps.
D’Anne Davidson, a 17-year-old junior at North Kitsap High School, was named first runner-up and received $1,200 in scholarships.
Winning the title didn’t necessarily mean winning the top scholarship money. Contestant Sierra Smith, 16, of Kingston won a $10,000 scholarship from the International Air and Hospitality Academy.
Other Miss Poulsbo contestants were Lindsey Browning, 19, of Poulsbo; and Megan Peterson, 16, of Poulsbo.
The Miss Kitsap title was awarded to Jessicajae Townsend, 18, a senior at South Kitsap High School. She received $3,800 in scholarships, in addition to a $1,000 scholarship from Olympic College.
Epiphany Nick, a 17-year-old senior at Central Kitsap High School, was named Miss Silverdale. She received $3,200 in scholarships, in addition to a $500 scholarship from the North Kitsap Soroptimists.
The new Miss Poulsbo, Miss Kitsap and Miss Silverdale will spend the next year promoting their community platforms in addition to making appearances and raising money for local nonprofit organizations. Last year’s titleholders made 211 appearances in Kitsap County, according to pageant coordinator Michele Wasson.