Miss Issaquah Alexis Cavagnaro vies for Miss Washington Teen USA crown

October 16, 2012

By Lillian O'Rorke

Alexis Cavagnaro is competing as Miss Issaquah at the Miss Washington Teen USA pageant Oct. 20-21. By Anthony Brown

This Saturday is Alexis Cavagnaro’s 17th birthday. Normally, the junior at Skyline High School would celebrate with a costume party at home with friends and family.

But instead, this year she’ll celebrate her red-letter day competing in the Miss Washington Teen USA Pageant on Oct. 20- 21.

“It’s funny because I always made a huge deal out of my birthday. I count down from like five months,” said Alexis, who is competing as Miss Issaquah. “This year I haven’t been, ‘Oh, it’s five months till my birthday.’ I’ve been, ‘It’s five months to the pageant.’ I’ve been so focused.”

Alexis has been representing the community as Miss Issaquah since August, and so far that duty has included taking part in a Bellevue Fashion Show with last year’s Miss Washington Teen and greeting people at the Taste of Edmonds. She has also given up the past several Saturdays for eight hours of pageant rehearsals. There, Alexis and the other contestants have been running through choreography, and practicing stage walks and formations.

All this has been in preparation for this weekend’s two-day pageant at the Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien. There, contestants from across the state will compete for almost $900,000 in prizes, scholarships and cash. Above all, though, the girls will compete for the title of Miss Washington Teen. Whoever is crowned will then go on to compete for Miss Teen USA.

If you go

Miss Washington Teen USA Pageant

  • Oct. 20- 21
  • Highline Performing Arts Center
  • 401 S. 152nd St., Burien
  • Tickets: $10 to $50
  • Call 800-838-3006 toll free or go to www.brownpapertickets.com to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets can be purchased for cash only at the event.

“It is really nerve-racking. At the same time, you have to stay really focused,” Alexis said. “It can be super awkward having a bunch of people watching you, but at the same time, that is what you are signing up for.”

Pageants are nothing new to Alexis; she has been competing in them since she was 4 months old, vying for titles like Miss Beautiful Baby.

“It’s really cute. I have all these trophies with little babies with crowns,” she said. “I like that it kind of makes you feel like a princess almost … It’s something that I have been working on since I was really young, so it would be nice to see all the hard work pay off.”

While judges will rank all the contestants on things like one-on-one interviews, the swimsuit competition and the formal gown portion of the pageant, everyone is welcome to vote online.

Go to www.misswashingtonusa.com and click on “Contestants” and then follow the link for “Miss Washington Teen USA Contestants.” Online voting for Miss Photogenic and People’s Choice is open until the first day of competition, Oct. 20.

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