BREMERTON — Poulsbo’s Megan Leibold was crowned Miss West Sound 2013, Nov. 3.
Leibold, 22, was one of 15 women competing for a title at the Admiral Theater in Bremerton. Her talent was Classical Vocal.
She is the daughter of Ron and Linda Leibold of Poulsbo. Her platform is “Promoting Music Education.”
First runner-up was Lauren Becker of Tracyton, 17. Second runner-up Trinity Pech, 20, of Bremerton.
Emily Houston, 13, of Port Orchard was crowned Miss West Sound’s Outstanding Teen. Runners-up were Bainbridge’s Courtney Klausen, 14, and Silverdale’s Deidra Morris, 14.
The top three in both pagents took home more than $22,000 in scholarships.
You have an opportunity to see the new Miss West Sound in person. Leibold will be at Pacific Lutheran University Saturday, Nov. 10, performing in “The Magic Flute.” Leibold will play the part of Papagena. The show starts at 8 p.m. in the Lagerquist Concert Hall. The first showing was Thursday.
During their year of service, the winners will visit with government officials, business leaders, community groups and residents about their platform issues, and will compete for the Miss Washington and Miss Washington’s Outstanding Teen titles next summer.
“I have truly enjoyed my year of service as Miss West Sound and am proud to have traveled around Kitsap County, raising awareness for disability awareness and acceptance,” said Hannah Price, North Kitsap High School Class of 2012.
“I know that the leadership skills I have gained from this experience will help me as I pursue my education at the University of Washington.”Miss West Sound contestants also compete for scholarship money; since it was established in 2010, the program has awarded more than $65,000 in scholarships and in-kind funds to 35 contestants.
Competition consists of four phases: On-Stage Interview, Talent, Evening Gown, and Physical Fitness. Each contestant will also discuss her platform, a social or community issue of concern to herself and our society.
“Miss West Sound and Outstanding Teen will not only serve as role models for young women and as ambassadors for the Miss America Organization, they will also urge girls and young women to develop their leadership skills and to take an active role in their communities,” Miss West Sound executive director Amanda Cheatham said.