Miss Tri-Cities 2010 already is looking forward to a year of mentoring youth.
Adrienne Bousquet, 19, of Prosser received the crown on Saturday.
On Sunday, Bousquet said she has plans to help expand Girls on the Run Tri-Cities, the organization she chose as her platform for the pageant.
Girls on the Run is a program in the United States and Canada that teaches girls confidence and goal-setting through volunteerism and running, she said. The program will be at seven Tri-City elementary schools this school year, and Bousquet wants to help add it to seven more.
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It's a program that teaches girls that they have worth, Bousquet said.
Bousquet said she plans to approach Washington State University Tri-Cities to see if some of the Women's Success Program grant could be used to expand Girls on the Run.
She also will volunteer as a coach at one of the elementary schools.
Bousquet said she thinks her plan to work with Girls on the Run Tri-Cities is part of what won her the crown. Bousquet was the second runner-up to Jerrica Fowler, Miss Tri-Cities 2009.
"To have Jerrica crown me and to feel the sense of accomplishment after all the hard work I've put in was just fantastic," she said.
Bousquet will attend WSU Tri-Cities in the fall as a sophomore. She will use the scholarships she won as Miss Tri-Cities in her pursuit of a bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in music business and vocal performance.
The Miss Tri-Cities title comes with a $10,000 scholarship and two in-kind scholarships of $1,000 each from Columbia Basin College and Washington State University, as well as a wardrobe grant and community gifts and awards.
Bousquet said she hopes to get into the music industry or to work on a creative team for a large corporation.
She credits her parents, Kevin and Julie Bousquet, for their support and influence, and Dot Stewart, the pageant's executive director, for encouraging her to participate in the pageant.
Stewart, who met Bousquet at First Night Tri-Cities, said she saw the spark and charisma in Bousquet that many of the past Miss Tri-Cities have. She also got a chance to hear Bousquet sing.
Bousquet calls singing her passion. She loves to perform tunes from the 1940s and '50s, and sang Frank Sinatra's Can I Steal A Little Love as her talent for the pageant.
She credits the song choice for helping her turn her talent into an act.
But for the Miss Washington 2011 contest, Bousquet said she plans to chose a different song.
Miss Tri-Cities is an official preliminary to the Miss Washington and Miss America pageants. The event is sponsored by the Tri-City Water Follies Association.
Bousquet said she didn't realize she was a good singer until after a talent show she performed in while working at Prosser's Princess Theater at age 16.
She started vocal training her sophomore year at Prosser High School, and now performs in the community.
After the pageant, Bousquet said Stewart told her she was the 50th Miss Tri-Cities. On Saturday's golden anniversary of the pageant, 24 of the past Miss Tri-Cities attended, and saw Bousquet get crowned.
"I knew I had a legacy to uphold," Bousquet said.