Wenatchee’s Cora Van Lith crowned 2017 Miss East Cascades

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WENATCHEE – The 2017 Miss East Cascades was crowned Saturday at the Numerica Performing Arts Center. Cora Van Lith was chosen by a panel of judges from a group of nine ladies who competed for the title this year.

Cora Van Lith

NCWLIFE Channel's Kody Johnson talking with 2017 Miss East Cascades winner, Cora Van Lith
NCWLIFE Channel’s Kody Johnson talking with 2017 Miss East Cascades winner, Cora Van Lith

Van Lith is a senior at Wenatchee High School and a sophomore Running-Start student at Wenatchee Valley College.  Her platform for 2017 is “Get Dancing – Healthy Living Through Dance.” She’s also a dance instructor at Fabulous Feet Dance Studio and a manager at Dusty’s In-N-Out restaurant in Wenatchee.

After graduation she planned to enlist in the US Army but will now defer joining until after her reign.  Cora will receive a scholarship for $1000 and tuition credit at Wenatchee Valley College. In the upcoming months, she will compete for the title of Miss Washington and, potentially, Miss America.

Awards & Scholarships

Casey Garrison in the talent competition at the 2017 Miss East Cascades Pageant
Casey Garrison in the talent competition at the 2017 Miss East Cascades Pageant

Over $3,900 worth of scholarships were awarded Saturday night.  First runner-up, Melanie Garza received $500. Second runner-up, Shree Saini, received the Top Ad Sales award. She also received the Woman of Empowerment award presented by Orchard Corset, People’s Choice Award, and tied for the Best Talent Award. Saini set a record for most awards in a single season and was presented scholarships totaling $2,300. Third runner-up,

Shree Saini in her evening gown at the 2017 Miss East Cascades Pageant
Shree Saini in her evening gown at the 2017 Miss East Cascades Pageant

Jaylah Young, received the Woman of Distinction award, Miss Congeniality award and Best Interview award for a total of $350. Fourth runner-up, Casey Garrison, received the Four Points of the Crown award in the amount of $350.

Corina Perez-Rau received the Directors award for $100 and Madalynne Lalanne was recognized for Most Improved for $100. McKayla Corulli tied for Best Talent with Shree Saini and received $100.

Miss East Cascades Scholarship Organization


Jennifer Bushong, the co-founder and Board President, said this was the sixth year the scholarship program & pageant has been in place. The pageant has been growing in popularity every year with both the public and contestants.  Miss East Cascades represents four counties including Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, and Kittitas. It draws contestants from the largest geographic area in the state compared to other pageants associated with the Miss Washington pageant.

Judging

Jaylah Young in her evening gown at the 2017 Miss East Cascades Pageant
Jaylah Young in her evening gown at the 2017 Miss East Cascades Pageant

The contestants were judged on their interview (25%), talent (30%), evening wear (15%), lifestyle and fitness (10%), and on-stage questions (20%).

Judges this year included Carol Milliron, who has been the Executive Director of the Miss Yakima County Scholarship Program for 10 years. Dot Stewart serves as the Executive Director of

Melanie Garza in her evening gown at the 2017 Miss East Cascades Pageant
Melanie Garza in her evening gown at the 2017 Miss East Cascades Pageant

the Tri-Cities Scholarship program.  Keaton Bradley was the third judge and serves on the Miss Grays Harbor Scholarship Board.  The fourth judge was Lacey Ebert, who served as Miss Grays Harbor in 2011 and Miss East Cascades in 2013.

Mario Cantu rounded out the judges panel and has served in hundreds of community events over the years including food banks, community

Miss East Cascades Pageant hosts Gary Hesse and Magan Leibold
Miss East Cascades Pageant hosts Gary Hesse and Magan Leibold

forums, healthcare, school, and multi-cultural events.

The pageant was hosted by Magan Leibold, who held the title of Miss West Sound and Miss Pierce County and has competed in the Miss Washington

Pageant twice. Gary Hesse was her co-host and is a web designer at the Wenatchee World and director of organizations such as Artis, Light in the Valley Community Church, and the Cascade Medical Center Foundation.

Miss East Cascades Pageant Rebroadcast Times

Contestants from left: Carina Perez-Rau, McKayla Corulli, Jaylah Young, and Cora Van Lith
Contestants from left: Carina Perez-Rau, McKayla Corulli, Jaylah Young, and Cora Van Lith

The 2017 Miss East Cascades Pageant will be rebroadcast on the NCWLIFE Channel starting on Tuesday, March 21st.  It can be seen on Local-Tel channel 12 in HD, Charter Cable 19, over-the-air on 47.1, and streaming at NCWLIFE.com.

  • Tuesday, March 21st; 9:00pm
  • Wednesday, March 22nd; 2:00pm
  • Saturday, March 25th; 5:00pm

You can also go online to check the NCWLIFE Channel program guide for additional rebroadcast times.

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