Pasco teen crowned Miss Tri-Cities

Geoff Folsom, Tri-City HeraldJuly 20, 2013 

A second generation Miss Tri-Cities was crowned Saturday evening.

Janae Calaway of Pasco was chosen over seven other contestants. Her mother, Beverly Beus Calaway, was named Miss Tri-Cities in 1982.

Janae Calaway said she was shocked, appreciative and excited for the honor.

"I'm excited to follow in her footsteps," she said. "I just feel grateful for the opportunity."

She will compete in next year's Miss Washington competition for a chance to go to the Miss America pageant.

In the question-and-answer portion of the contest, Calaway, 19, emphasized how she wants to work with the Children's Miracle Network, a partner of the Miss America program, to help provide support for kids with cancer, her chosen platform.

"My platform works on healing the heart," she said. "I just want to focus on bringing the children joy."

She was congratulated by 2012 Miss Tri-Cities Halle Goodwin. Goodwin performed a couple of dance numbers and gave a farewell video, detailing her year as Miss Tri-Cities.

Other performances came from recently crowned Miss Washington Reina Almon and Kristen Blair Guererro, a former Miss Tri-Cities and Miss Texas. Both of them sang for the audience that filled most of Kennewick High School's auditorium.

Calaway got the loudest applause when introduced for most of the competitions, including her jazz dance performance.

In the swimsuit competition, she was one of only two contestants to wear a one-piece; she chose to wear a white, backless suit.

She then wore a flowing black evening gown, topped with silver sequins.

She takes home an $11,000 scholarship and other prizes for winning the contest.

Calaway graduated from Chiawana High School and Columbia Basin College. She is now attending Brigham Young University with a communications major and a psychology minor.

Calaway works as a private dance instructor and helped organize a nonprofit dance showcase. She lists an interesting fact about herself as, "It is not uncommon to find me working in the muck with my 4-H steer."

First runner-up was Cheyenne Van Tine, 19, of Kennewick. Her platform is helping youth discover their brilliance. She attends CBC. Her parents are R.W. and Evan Van Tine.

Second runner-up was Logan McCoy, 19, of Richland, who had a platform of inspiring youth to be philanthropic. She also attends CBC. Her parents are Helen McCoy and Daniel McCoy.

On Friday, Reagan Rebstock, 14, of Kennewick, won the Miss Tri-Cities Outstanding Teen contest. She attends Horse Heaven Hills Middle School. Her parents are Wendy White and Andy Rebstock.

-- Geoff Folsom: 509-582-1543; gfolsom@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @GeoffFolsom

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