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Amy Stadshaug crowned Miss Poulsbo 2008
BREMERTON Poulsbo native Amy Stadshaug is royalty once again. Stadshaug was crowned Miss Poulsbo Saturday evening as last years Miss Poulsbo, Alex Duchemin, passed the title at the Miss Poulsbo/Miss Kitsap Scholarship Pageant in Bremerton.
Its a feeling I cant even begin to describe, Stadshaug said after winning the title. Its an honor. Its an honor, to say the least.
Stadshaug was awarded a $5,000 scholarship, the Miss Poulsbo Crystal Trophy and an opportunity to compete at the Miss Washington Pageant in July.
Stadshaug served as Miss Kitsap in 2004 and now will represent Poulsbo, beginning a year-long journey as the face of her hometown. Its an opportunity she will embrace every step of the way.
Miss Kitsap (2004) was my first time, she said. I didnt know what I was getting into and now I do, and that makes it even better because being Miss Poulsbo has so much meaning to me.
Stadshaug said she will draw from her experiences as Miss Kitsap 2004 to become the best Miss Poulsbo she can be.
Miss Kitsap (2004) prepared me ... in every aspect, to really know who I am and come here tonight and just have fun. Its so much fun, she said.
And for Stadshaug, being Miss Poulsbo is all about serving the community and giving back to the town she calls home.
I learned that its more than the crown, she said of her time as Miss Kitsap 2004. Its a commitment to not only all the volunteers (who) make this possible, but the community. Its a whole year of service, and its a phenomenal feeling.
One of Stadshaugs primary focuses as Miss Poulsbo 2008 will be to work with and support Habitat for Humanity, her 2008 platform.
I have a lot of ideas and goals to do with Habitat (for Humanity), said Stadshaug, who has volunteered for the Habitat for Humanity chapters of Kitsap County and the University of Washington.
Stadshaug will compete at the Miss Washington pageant scheduled for July 11-12 at the Pantages Theatre in Tacoma with an opportunity to advance to the Miss America Pageant.
Miss Washington is that awesome opportunity to run for Miss America, and were two steps away from that, Stadshaug said. Thats just unbelievable.
Heidi Nicks, a junior at the University of Washington, finished runner-up to Stadshaug. Allie Lunden, a 22-year-old Western Washington University graduate, finished as second runner-up.
While the lights of Miss Washington may be shine brightly on the horizon, Stadshaug said she will carry a piece of Little Norway with her every step of the way.
Poulsbo, I think of it as this quaint little town. Even though its expanded so much, it still has that hometown feel, said Stadshaug, whose grandparents live in Norway. Its such an honor to represent my heritgage. Its a wonderful community.