Newcastle’s Mandy Schendel places in top 10 at Miss America
January 12, 2013
NEW — 10:50 p.m. Jan. 12, 2013
When the semifinalists were announced at the 2013 Miss America pageant in Las Vegas, cutting down the field of 53 to just 15, it appeared that Mandy Schendel’s night was over.
But a surprise twist on the night gave new life to Schendel’s run in the competition, when judges were given the opportunity to add one more semifinalist.
The panel of judges, including Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney and dancer Cheryl Burke, chose Schendel, a 2008 Hazen High School graduate.
Schendel made the most of the opportunity; advancing through both the swimsuit and eveningwear portions of the show, on to the top 10.
As a top-10 finalist, Schendel competed in the talent portion, where she sang Rascal Flatts’ “My Wish.”
Her night would end there, however, after she failed to advance to the top five.
Still, it was a successful ride for Newcastle’s Schendel, who was crowned Miss Washington back in July.
Earlier in the week, Schendel picked up a preliminary prize when she took the trophy for the third round of the Lifestyle and Fitness category after modeling a strapless white Catalina swimsuit. Schendel earned a $1,000 Amway scholarship for it.