Miss Tri-Cities takes the next step

By Loretto J. Hulse, Herald staff writer June 24, 2011 

"Perhaps, perhaps" will be humming through Adrienne Bousquet's mind as she leaves for the Miss Washington pageant on June 25.

Perhaps is the title of the Doris Day song that the 20-year-old Miss Tri-Cities plans to sing in her throaty jazz singer voice as her talent during the July 1-2 pageant.

"I love the songs of the 1940s, 1950s and a bit of the 1960s. People are surprised when I sing in my way down deep, gravelly voice because my speaking voice isn't that low. But I've found my singing voice is more suited to songs of that era," Bousquet said.

Perhaps she will be wearing Miss Washington's tiara when she returns home to Richland. If so, Bousquet will be taking a year off from college to fulfill the duties of Miss Washington.

If not, she has enjoyed her time as Miss Tri-Cities. All the appearances at parades and events were tiring but exhilarating too, she said.

She's also spent time at 12 Tri-City elementary schools working with the Girls on the Run program, which teaches girls confidence and goal-setting through volunteerism and running.

This is also Bousquet's fifth year as ambassador for the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership conference in Seattle. She and the other ambassadors help "inspire high school age youths to know how to think, not what to think, something I think is important for youths and adults," she said.

"I love meeting people," Bousquet said. "My year as Miss Tri-Cities has helped me grow as a person and as a young woman."

"I'm proud of Adrienne. No matter what happens at the Miss Washington pageant, she's done a great job this past year. There's a lot of young women who would love to be in her shoes," said Dot Stewart, executive director of the Miss Tri-Cities Scholarship Pageant. "All I ask is that she go into this next pageant with enthusiasm."

Between appearances, volunteer work and studying digital technology and culture at Washington State University Tri-Cities, Bousquet has been practicing for the interview portion of the Miss Washington pageant.

"I read a lot, especially the newspapers. I try to have three bullet points I can talk on for just about any topic. I've done practice interviews with volunteers from the community and sometimes stand at a mirror and ask myself, 'What do you think of abortion? What do you think of capital punishment?' " she said.

Then there's the hours spent working out and practicing her singing.

Bousquet said she's not at all nervous, just excited.

"My faith in God has led me along this path. I'll put my faith in him and do my very best," she said.

Bousquet is a graduate of Prosser High School. Her parents are Kevin and Julie Bousquet of Prosser.

The Miss Washington Pageant will be July 1-2 at Lindbergh High School, 16426 128th Ave. S.E., Renton.

To order tickets, go to www.misswashington.org/index.html.

Tickets to the preliminary event on July 1 are $30, for the finals, $35.

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