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Clark County women finish in top three at Miss Washington pageant

Miss Spokane ended up taking the top prize, and a $10,000 scholarship

CLARK COUNTY — It was a good showing for Clark County this past weekend during the Miss Washington contest in Burien. While Danamarie McNichol-Carter of Spokane took home the crown, two Clark County natives finished as first and second runner-up.

Miss Rainier, Abbie Kondel, finished as first runner-up. The Brush Prairie native was last year’s Miss Clark County. She’s currently going to school to become a nurse practitioner specializing in dermatology. Kondel receives a $2,500 cash scholarship for finishing second, and would take over as Miss Washington if McNichol-Carter were unable to fulfill her duties.

Abbie Kondel (left) and Kallie Hutchinson, both of Clark County, finished as first and second runner-up at last weekend’s Miss Washington pageant in Burien. Photo courtesy Sheri Backous
Abbie Kondel (left) and Kallie Hutchinson, both of Clark County, finished as first and second runner-up at last weekend’s Miss Washington pageant in Burien. Photo courtesy Sheri Backous

Second runner-up went to Kallie Hutchinson, the current Miss Clark County. The 18-year old will be attending New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts this Fall, with a goal to eventually dance on Broadway. Hutchinson receives a $2,000 cash scholarship as part of her prize.

McNichol-Carter will head to Atlantic City, New Jersey for the Miss America pageant on September 8th. It’s the first year the pageant will not feature a swimsuit competition as the world of beauty competitions tries to modernize for the times. The Miss America organization says looks will also no longer play as strong a role in picking the winner from now on.

Miss Washington: Danamarie McNichol-Carter — Spokane Washington

1st Runner up to Miss Washington

Abigail Kondel, Miss Rainier

daughter of Jeff and Karrie Kondel of Hockinson

Bringham Young University Junior

Platform: Be Smart Don’t Start, Drug & Alcohol Awareness and Prevention

Awards: $2,500 scholarship

$24,000 Marian University scholarship

$40,000 St. Norbert College scholarship

$4,000 Washington Technical Institute scholarship

2nd Runner up

Kallie Hutchinson, Miss Clark County

Daughter of Alice Hutchinson of Vancouver

New York University Freshman

Platform: #ThisisMe, Building Positive Self Image

Awards: $2,000 scholarship

$24,000 Marian University scholarship

$40,000 St. Norbert College scholarship

$3,000 Washington Technical Institute scholarship

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Chris Brown

Chris Brown comes to Clark County Today with 15 years of local news experience as a reporter, editor, and anchor at KXL News Radio and KOIN-6 TV in Portland. In 2016, he won an Oregon Association of Broadcaster's award for Best Investigative Reporting for a series on America's Violent Youth. He has also been awarded by the Associated Press for Best Breaking News coverage as editor of Portland's Morning News following the 2015 school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The second oldest of eight home-schooled children, Brown graduated from high school two years early. After several odd jobs, he earned an internship at KXL Radio, eventually working his way into a full-time job. Brown has lived in Clark County his entire life, and is very excited at the opportunity to now focus full-time on the significant stories happening in his own back yard, rather than across “the river.’’ After a few years in Vancouver, he recently moved back to Battle Ground with his wife and two young daughters. When he's not working to report what's happening in Clark County, Brown enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, taking pictures, or working in the yard. He also actually does enjoy long walks on the beach, and sunsets.

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