"Obviously, with Lauren finishing as 3rd runner up in the TEEN competition, we were quite delighted. It was such a surprise! The whole experience was a good one for Lauren. She felt a sense of peace working with you because she knows your hearts are in the right place. Thank you all so much...your energy, joy and positive attitude is contagious."
"It was such an amazing - and fun - opportunity and something I will never forget. I've been telling everyone how impressed I was by the contestants. I only wish I could have talked to more of them when it was over...I can't wait to watch the MISS USA and MISS TEEN USA pageants next year!"
"My daughter has been untrusting of other girls since she's been poorly treated and hurt by them. I was concerned that this pageant would be the same. On the way home from the pageant, she began to cry and I asked her why and to my surprise, she said that she didn't want the weekend to end. She'd had a lot of fun and met some terrific girls. It was so great for her to meet such wonderful, caring girls and although they were in a competitive situation, they still managed to be kind and friendly. Thank you for the opportunity to learn this most important lesson. You all did a fantastic job over the weekend. You were well organized, kind, informative and managed to smile on very little sleep! Thank you."
"I'm so impressed with what you and your team stand for and instill in the Miss WA USA program and am grateful that I got to take part. I wish this wasn't my last year! I would have for sure participated again if that wasn't the case."
"Thank you to my friends and family, my sisters of Kappa Kappa Gamma, Northwest Staff-Pageants, Maureen Francisco, David Van Maren, Kim Baron, Michelle Font, Kay Kay, Mae, and all of the Miss and Teen contestants for making my first pageant such a great experience! Being in this pageant has made me an overall more confident person and I have all of you to thank!! I didn't get the crown but at the end of the day it isn't all about that. The connections that I have made and the friendships that have been formed are well worth my time and effort for being in this competition. Being the youngest in the competition I have learned lots and maybe you will see me again in the years to come. Until then, THANK YOU for all of your support!!"
"A BIG thank you to everyone who made my very first pageant experience so incredible. To my friends, beloved family, and the whole staff at Northwest Staff-Pageants, THANK YOU. I am so grateful and incredibly lucky to be surrounded by such genuine people. Thank you to everyone who voted for me and to those who sent out prayers and well wishes. I'm blessed to be part of your community. Love you all. "
"Although I did not take home the title as Miss Washington USA 2014, I took home the best title there is. I would like to thank all my sisters who voted for me." Getting this honor means so much more than you could imagine. I haven't had the best year but last night made me realize that everything is going to be okay and God has a plan for me. I would also like to thank my family and friends who came this weekend, you guys are amazing and I love you all so much. Thank you for loving me and believing in me every step of the way. I cannot wait for Miss Washington USA 2015 and the preparing starts today! I am Sabrina Salazar and I am proud to say I am your Miss Washington USA Congeniality 2014.
"I'm so happy to say that I made it into top 15 again! This was a long weekend but so worth it. I'm so ready to dive back into bowling hah and get to eat a lot...a lot of food at red lobster with my family tonight!!! I know I am saying it again but I am so grateful for all of the supporters I have so thank you! I'm going to miss all of the people that I met over this pageant weekend. They are amazing. Girls, just remember that you all are winners. You are just walking out without a crown on. You all ALWAYS will have invisible crowns on. Love you all!"
"I want to take a moment to thank all of my fellow Miss WA USA contestants for making the last year everything that it was, and nothing short of amazing! I also want to thank all of the staff, volunteers, and everyone involved in putting on this production. Without all of you we would all be lost with no one to hair spray our stray hairs, zip our dresses, or for heaven sakes glue our butts! Shoot, without you guys there would be no show!! So thank you very much for setting your lives aside to help make our dreams come true! I look forward to working with all of you wonderful people and this fantastic organization again! Until next year... "
"Although I didn't win Miss Washington, I've had quite the experience especially with meeting all my new amazing friends that will be my friends for a long time! I've tried my best but I've also learned what I could've done to make it better for next time. Thank you so much everyone for supporting me with this journey! I definitely will do this again but not for a couple years. I plan on doing amazing things all over the world and receiving my Bachelor/Masters in Nursing before doing this again and I know it will prepare me for the next time. I loved getting to know all you girls! Samantha Reynolds, Laura Sanford, Lenisa Ann Careaga, Sabrina Salazar, Ashley Jackson, Allison Elizabeth Nelson, Christine Brodie, Jacquelyn J. Grace Hudson, and much more girls!! We all ROCKED and we don't need a crown to define our beauty when our real beauty is within ourselves. This is just one step closer to where we want to be. Remember that this phase is no different than a job interview, modeling audition, university application, etc; some point in our life we didn't get it, but we learn and take the experience to improve and enhance our wonderful selves Congratulations to our new Miss Washington teen USA 2014 Starla Sampaco And our new Miss Washington USA 2014 Ally Rowe!!"
"From Director to producer, contestant to stage staff, judges to camera man, and photographer to wardrobe assistants...EVERY SINGLE person that I've talked to has raved about what a great time they had at the Miss Washington USA and Miss Washington Teen USA pageants this weekend! We are all bonded by something greater than ourselves. I'm so blessed to be a part of such an enriching experience for ALL of us...the contestants are not the only ones that come out of this as "better versions". We all benefit from this experience. Thanks everyone for making this year so fantastic!!!"
"Miss Washington USA pageant was so much fun. Thank you to every single person who supported me through. I met so many amazing ladies and built great friendships, gained so much from it all. Thank you!"
I just wanted to thank you and all the staff of Northwest Staff-Pageants for all the encouraging words to myself and all other contestants. You are all leaders and true inspirations. I look at the staff not only as a friend but as my family. From encouraging words, life lessons, the power of God, and a shoulder to cry on the staff is the true rock of the pageant. Without you guys, the contestants would be lost. I can't thank you guys enough and have so much love in my heart for you all. I can't wait to work with everyone again and miss you all already. Thank you so much! Xox
I just wanted to thank each and everyone that supported me this year! The Miss Washington Pageant was such an amazing experience and I am proud to have been a part of it. I have grown so much; who knew such a shy, quiet girl could interview with a panel of judges, and strut the stage in a bikini and evening gown with confidence! I am also so blessed to have been able to make friends and compete with such amazing, driven, kind, and beautiful ladies! Y'all rocked it up there! The amount of support I was given this year is more than I could have ever imagined and I am so grateful and humbled by it! Whether you were there just in spirit, voting for me online or holding my hand through the process, from the bottom of my heart I deeply thank you all for being there for me!
This pageant experience was amazing and I am so glad I participated in it. I love working with all the wonderful ladies and made such close friendships. I love everyone and I am so proud of each and every one of the girls. Congratulations Starla Sampaco for winning Miss Washington Teen USA! I love you girl and you did amazing! Wish you all the best honey!
Wow what an amazing weekend I wasn't sure what to expect I have learned so much theses passed couple days although I didn't leave with the title Miss Washington USA 2014, I didn't leave empty handed I have gained more Confidence and made amazing friendships that I will carry on forever, never knew I could take so much out of this pageant, to be able to stand with 75 other beautiful ladies each and every one of them have taught me something new, each of them are role models and blessed to say I got to be part of an amazing experience and I cannot wait to compete again! I'm beyond excited for Allyson Rowe for becoming the new Miss Washington USA 2014 you are an amazing young women and honored to have met you, can't wait to continue our new friendship I wish you the best this year and you definitely deserve every moment!
Now that I am back in Pullman and have had much time to reflect since the pageant, I wanted to share my thanks with everyone who was so supportive during this journey. I decided to embark on this task knowing that if I could prepare to the best of my ability, and be the best Emma I could be, then no matter the outcome, I would be proud of myself. And yes- I am very disappointed, but I am also so incredibly proud of my placement as 2nd RU. I enjoyed meeting absolutely every single contestant, teen and miss and I was impressed with each and every one of them. David, Maureen and their staff put on an incredible weekend and I couldn't be happier with my decision to compete. Thank you to everyone who made this possible and is a part of my life. I feel like such a blessed young woman.
"I plan on studying Law and Spanish. Lindenwood has 2 different Spanish language study abroad programs which I'm super excited for! Also the campus is huge so that's a plus for me. I wouldn't have even known about it if not for the pageant. The scholarship I got from Miss Washington Teen USA is such a huge opportunity! I'm so grateful for it. Many girls, like myself, would not have been able to afford tuition without it."
"Wow. What an incredible weekend!! I am so thrilled to have accepted this challenge and to have been a participant in the Miss Washington USA pageant. I am still over the moon and beyond that I made top three!!! Thank you for all that you put into this experience, every singe contestant owes the experience of a lifetime to you and your amazing staff!! You made this adventure and momentus milestone incredibly unique. Thank you for the memories, and I look forward to working with you all in the future!"
Hey Maureen, I just wanted to thank you for such an amazing weekend! I had the time of my life throughout this entire experience, my first pageant literally could not have been more perfect. This has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember and these past few months you and David and the rest of the Miss Washington USA staff helped bring it to life, especially last night. This definitely isn't the end of my journey and it won't be the last you see of me. Thank you for everything, I am blessed! Lots of love, Francheska Castillo
Maureen, Thank you for an amazing experience this past weekend! I learned so much about myself and met some impressive young women. Everyone on your staff was encouraging and I appreciate all of the backstage help and insight. Kate Hansen
David, Marind and Maureen, I did not get the opportunity to tell you all last night in person, but I did want to take the time now to say THANK YOU! I enjoyed every single moment about this weekend and would not change a thing about it. Please tell your whole team (Srisa, Mikie, the other David, Michelle, Damian just to name a few) that I said thank you as well, because each and every one of them were nothing less than amazing! I am so blessed to have had the chance to compete this weekend and pray that you all keep doing what you have been doing because you truly are giving young women an opportunity to learn, grow and discover who they are and what they can become. I pray you all get some rest, you are more than deserving. Please know that your hard work does not go unnoticed, y'all are the best! Sending love and prayers! Sincerely, Okneca Hamptonie Miss East Tacoma USA 2016
A huge thank you for all of the work that you, and everyone else, that made the pageant what it is today. I can positively say that my confidence is so much higher then it was before.
I just wanted to thank you both for such a wonderful experience for Kassidy. Not knowing anything about the pageant life, you were over the top helpful and encouraging. I loved David's motivational talk to the parents and girls! Kassidy loved every moment of the pageant weekend and the friendships that transpired from it are priceless. We are excited to watch Alex on TV and have that personal connection with Miss Washington USA. We wish both girls all the best in this years journey. Again, thank you so much! Blessings to you all, Tiffany Everard
Hi Maureen, I just wanted to reach out and thank you for such a positive experience at the Miss Washington USA pageant! Everyone involved in the pageant from the staff to the contestants were so encouraging, supportive and genuine, which resulted in such a memorable experience. You did such a phenomenal job with the pageant and I cannot tell you how impressed I was. I walked away from it with great memories, new friends and valuable learnings. Only one girl can win in the end but it is the memories that will last forever. Thank you for all of the hard work you put into the pageant! It is very much appreciated by all. Congratulations on two new incredible titleholders who are going to make us so very proud this year! Thank you again, Morgan