Iran-born local competes for Miss Washington USA

October 14, 2014

Elena Tavakoli, 26, Miss Issaquah Plateau USA 2014, is competing for 2015 Miss Washington USA, the state pageant qualifier to Miss USA.

Elena Tavakoli

Elena Tavakoli

This is Tavakoli’s first pageant. She said she hopes to inspire others to get outside their comfort zone.

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Student squeezes beauty pageant into busy schedule

February 4, 2014

The sheer course load involved with the rigorous curriculum overwhelms many International Baccalaureate diploma students, but that hasn’t stopped Ava Trindeva from running for Miss Teen Washington USA this year.

“I never thought of myself as doing one,” Trindeva, a member of DECA at Skyline High School and a classical piano player, said regarding pageants.

Ava Trindeva

Ava Trindeva

But a pageant adviser found Trindeva on Facebook, and she then considered the prospect of running.

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