Haley Henrickson, 21, from Puyallup, was crowned Miss Pierce County 2016, and 17-year-old Regan Gallo was crowned Miss Pierce County’s Outstanding Teen 2016 at a ceremony at Curtis High School on Feb. 20.
Both titleholders will compete at the state level this year for a chance to become Miss Washington and Miss Washington’s Outstanding Teen respectively. Those titleholders will go on to compete at the Miss America and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competitions.
The Miss Pierce County Scholarship Program is the local program of the Miss America Organization, which is the largest provider of scholarship money to young women in the world, making over $45 million in scholarship dollars available each year.
Contestants competed in a private interview, and then competed on stage in evening wear, swimsuit or active wear, talent and on-stage question.
Henrickson, a violinist, graduated from Gonzaga University with a Bachelor of Arts and currently works for Weyerhaeuser. Her platform, “Live United: Promoting Volunteerism in Today’s Youth” works to encourage young people to get involved in their community. Gallo’s platform is “Choose to ACT: Advocating for Children and Teens with Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis” and she performed a lyrical dance.
Kalina Springer, 21, was first runner-up to Miss Pierce County; 17-year-old Tiarra Ford was first runner-up to Miss Pierce County’s Outstanding Teen.
For more information or to request a titleholder appearance, visit the Miss Pierce County Scholarship Organization website at www.misspiercecounty.org.