Miss Washington USA®&
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2017 Miss Washington USA Contestants:

Christine Serb - Greater Emerald City USA
Christine Serb

Greater Emerald City USA

Christine has dedicated her career to bringing goal-oriented women together to influence the world through the exploration of inner and outer beauty. As a former head of casting for a local talent company, she successfully recruited and coached hundreds of talented women. Of Romanian heritage, she values the importance of family, tradition, and relationships. Serb is the Founder of Beautiful Inside Out, a startup dedicated to building the next generation of women leaders through personal development and leadership workshops.

Courtney Prather -
Courtney Prather

Courtney is a Gonzaga University graduate with a degree in Business concentrating in both Finance and Economics. She is currently a Financial Analyst in Seattle. Her goal is to earn her MBA to become a CFO of a Fortune 500 Company. She volunteers with the National Down Syndrome Society, and was honored with the title of DS-Ambassador. Through her platform, #DSWORKS, her goal is to increase the number of job training and career opportunities available for people with specials needs. Courtney loves to play sports, especially basketball.

Deborah Lawson - Bellingham USA
Deborah Lawson

Bellingham USA

Deborah is a junior at Western Washington University majoring in neuropsychology. In her spare time, she is an advocate for global gender equality. She was born, in a small country, in East Africa. Her cultural traditions suppressed the ability of women and girls to exercise their rights. Moving to the United States in 2005 was a new beginning for opportunities and experiences. Her ability to overcome obstacles, doubts, language barriers, racism and fear have tremendously lead to her success and happiness.

Emily Logan - Redmond USA
Emily Logan

Redmond USA

A 2013 graduate of Oregon State University, Emily splits her time between her jobs for two world-class horse trainers. In her downtime, she is developing functional fashion for equestrians and cuddling her rescue dogs and cat. Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2010, Emily hopes to use the Miss Washington USA title to help with her advocacy for those with invisible illnesses, and to be a role model for young women of all abilities.

Erika Bruns Mendoza - South Seattle USA
Erika Bruns Mendoza

South Seattle USA

With a love for Washington's most vulnerable and treasured residents-children-Erika dedicates her academic and professional journey to teaching them life skills. With a Psychology degree from the University of Hawaii, Erika assists children with autism as a Behavior Technician, inspiring them to further develop their abilities and gifts. This animal rights advocate is also an inquisitive adventurer. Erika loves trying new vegan dishes, dancing to Latin music, enjoying the outdoors, studying health and nutrition, and sharing essential family time.

Evelyn Clark - Wahkiakum County USA
Evelyn Clark

Wahkiakum County USA

Evelyn works as a paralegal for a law firm in downtown Bellevue. With over 1,000 hours of community service, she takes pride in being a role model for kids through Big Brothers Big Sisters and other mentoring programs. Evelyn spends her summers commercial fishing in Alaska, where at the age of eighteen she was able to purchase her own set net operation, paying her way through college debt free.

Gen Saechao - SoDo USA
Gen Saechao

SoDo USA

Gen is working as a Medical Assistant at Swedish Heart Vascular while advancing her career in the Nursing field. She enjoys spreading encouragement and inspiration to those around her. Her hope is to also help people build confidence through facing their fears. Gen gives her heart-felt thanks to all her sponsors: Cheng Saechao, Sang Huynh, MakeupByMey, Ed with Photo Bello and Elite BJJ Seattle.

Geraldine Lirio - West Bellevue USA
Geraldine Lirio

West Bellevue USA

Former Super Bowl cheerleader for our Seattle Seahawks, a Latin ballroom dance competitor and instructor, Geraldine a WSU Business major is enthusiastic about financial empowerment. She hopes to utilize the Miss Washington USA platform to continue publicizing Urban Financial Services Coalition and Homes Empowered, organizations where she connects youth with planning resources for college education and wants to help others have the American dream of investing in a home. From dance to finance, Geraldine enjoys helping others develop!

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