Here she is… your new Miss DC! Kate Marie Grinold won Saturday night at the Lincoln Theater. She won the interview competition and tied for first in swimsuit and evening gown. Kate Marie is a recent graduate of GW University, and will definitely enjoy her year as the District representative to the Miss America pageant this year.
Kate Marie’s 1st Runner-up was Jen Corey, moving up a spot from last year, who will represent the District at the National Sweetheart Pageant. 2nd runner-up, Jordan Kaye will go to the Cherry Blossom festival and parade.
I thought this year’s pageant was a big success – I loved the opening number and, although it went a little long, I have to commend the judges for making such a tough decision. Two ties must have been particularly hard to break! Some of us past Miss DC’s were able to serve as Co-Hosts with Lynn Keegan (of HGTV’s Design-to-Sell)… my portion was to ask the Misses their on-stage questions.
After Kate Marie won, we took her to Rugby Cafe (where she is a Manager) to celebrate with her co-workers and continued the celebration at Degrees Lounge in the Ritz.