City Council honors Miss Washington

February 28, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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The Newcastle City Council presented Mandy Schendel with a proclamation recognizing her performance in the 2013 Miss America competition at its Feb. 5 meeting.

Schendel, Miss Washington 2012, finished in the top 10 at the Jan. 12 Miss America pageant. She was the beneficiary of a surprise twist the night that allowed judges to choose one more semifinalist to continue in the competition after the original 15 had been announced.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Mayor Rich Crispo reads aloud a proclamation at the Feb. 5 City Council meeting honoring Mandy Schendel for her performance in the 2013 Miss America competition.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Mayor Rich Crispo reads aloud a proclamation at the Feb. 5 City Council meeting honoring Mandy Schendel for her performance in the 2013 Miss America competition.

The panel of judges, including Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney and dancer Cheryl Burke, chose Schendel, a 2008 Hazen High School graduate, and she made the most of the second chance, advancing through both the swimsuit and eveningwear portions of the show.

The City Council also commended Schendel for her volunteer efforts and the work she does with her nonprofit, The Difference Maker Organization, which teaches young people how to become active leaders.

Schendel thanked the City Council for the recognition and said she was honored to represent her hometown.

“I take a lot of pride in being from Newcastle specifically,” she said. “I get a lot of, ‘Oh, you’re from Renton,’ and I say, ‘No, I am from Newcastle.’”

Since the competition, Schendel has stayed busy fulfilling her Miss Washington duties, making several appearances across the state.

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