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PLU sophomore is Miss Washington 2000
By Brooke C. Mattox '00
Photo: Janet Jensen, the News Tribune/2000. Reprinted with permission from the News Tribune, Tacoma
Surrounded by fellow contestants, Semmelle Ford celebrates her crowning as Miss Washington.
Pierce County representatives have taken the Miss Washington crown three years in a row. This year it was one of our own, Semmelle Shantae Ford, a PLU sophomore.
The pageant was held in Tacoma at the Pantages Theater on July 1. This is the first time in the pageant's 39-year history that it was held in Tacoma.
Ford, 19, scored the highest marks in a grading system that was divided 40 percent for a talent competition, 30 percent for swimsuit and evening gown competitions, and 30 percent for interviews with the judges. She devoted many weeks prior to the pageant to improving her public speaking skills, practicing her chosen song "Art is Calling for Me," and exercising six days a week, in preparation for the three-day competition.
Ford spoke about "Mentoring Youth Through Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America" during her onstage interview. Ford was involved with the organization, working with a second grade student from Jefferson Elementary School in Tacoma.
The 1998 graduate of Tacoma's Wilson High School won an $8,000 college scholarship and will represent Washington state on Oct. 14 in the Miss America Pageant in New Jersey.