From Vancouver to Miss America title?

Vancouver native Jacquie Brown heads to Vegas in hope of the crown

By Courtney Sherwood, Columbian freelance writer

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The first Clark County resident to vie for the Miss America crown in two decades will be scored by the pageant’s judges beginning Tuesday.

Since Thursday, Vancouver native Jacquie Brown has been walking runways and posing for photos in Las Vegas, which hosts the annual scholarship contest. But pageant events so far have been for show. The judging starts Tuesday and continues through Saturday, when Brown will represent the state as Miss Washington for the televised finale.

On the Web:

To vote for Jacquie Brown’s

Miss America video, click “like” at

http://bit.ly/fwZpKI

Until a 2011 Miss America is crowned, Brown will have limited contact with the outside world. Contestants are sequestered in the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, host to the competition, and even family members have limited access, said Lin Jacobus, Brown’s great aunt.

They may not be able to visit, but that won’t stop them from cheering on the Evergreen High School grad.

“I cannot stand it, I am so excited,” said Jacobus, who will be joining other friends and family members in Vegas this week. “As a little kid, we knew she was going to go places in her life.”

Whether Brown will walk away with the tiara at the end of Saturday’s judging will depend on her performance on a number of metrics, including artistic expression (she sings), community involvement (she advocates for youth mentorship), and performance in evening wear and swimsuit competitions.

Votes from the public will also influence her final score. Videos of the contestants have been posted online, and contest organizers will tally the number of “like” votes that each receives by 11:59 p.m. Thursday. Brown’s video is online at http://bit.ly/fwZpKI.

The Miss America Pageant will air at 9 p.m. Saturday on KATU Channel 2.