Future journalist is crowned Miss Teen USA

Starla Sampaco

The winner of Miss Washington Teen USA 2014 is Filipino American Starla Sampaco of Bellevue. Miss Sampaco is a freshman at the University of Washington, where she is working toward a degree in journalism, with the hopes of becoming a broadcast journalist. She is currently the senior host of a Seattle youth media show called “What’s Good, 206?” which features inspirational people who make a positive impact in our community.

This year’s pageant had 19 judges, including Superbowl XXXVI champ lawyer Milloy, founder and CEO Dan Caldwell, and NBCUniversal executive Bruno Singh. The teens were judged on three areas of the competition: interviews, evening gowns, and swimwear. The two-day event was held at Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien on Oct. 18 and 19.

This was Miss Sampaco’s third try for the crown. Last year, she was first runner-up. Next summer, she will go to Miss Teen USA. (end)

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