Grace Aiken and Kathryn Thomas were crowned Miss Grays Harbor and Grays Harbor’s Outstanding Teen, respectively, Saturday evening at the 7th Street Theatre in Hoquiam.
Both winners will go on to compete this year for their respective state titles.
“We had an amazing group of girls this year,” said Liisa Mayberry, the competition’s co-executive director. “They all shined on stage.”
Aiken, the 19-year-old daughter of Christopher and Sarah Aiken, is a junior at Washington State University. Her platform is WAGS (Winning Academically and Growing Students), and her talent is dance.
As Miss Grays Harbor, she receives a $3,000 educational scholarship; the entry fee for the Miss Washington pageant, which is June 28-29; an official crown, sash and pin; a dozen roses from Harbor Blooms; and portraits by Pam Pelan and Keith Krueger.
Aiken also won the Four Points of the Crown award, as well as Top Evening Gown and Top Interview.
Courtney Glenn was the first runner-up for Miss Grays Harbor, receiving a $1,000 scholarship. Paicyn Dragoo was second runner-up, receiving a $700 scholarship.
As Grays Harbor’s Outstanding Teen, Thomas, 15, will promote her platform of dementia and Alzheimer’s awareness. The Montesano High School sophomore is the daughter of Chris and Dawn Thomas. Her talent is playing the flute.
Thomas receives a $500 cash award; the entry fee for Miss Washington’s Outstanding Teen pageant May 25-26; an official crown, sash and pin; a dozen roses from Harbor Blooms; a tanning package from Oceana Spa; and portraits by Pam Pelan and Keith Krueger.
She also received recognition for Scholastic Achievement and Top Interview.
Ellie Winkleman was named first runner-up, receiving a cash prize of $350.
Sofia Da Silva was second runner-up, for $250.