Werden captures Miss Auburn crown; Lindsay takes teen tiara

Partisans shouted, whooped and hollered, waved signs and shook fat, lighted letters to urge their favorites onto greatness.

A poltical convention?

Nope. The waning moments of the Miss Auburn and Miss Auburn’s Outstanding Teen Pageant last Saturday night at the Auburn Performing Arts Center.

A mix-up in the tallies for Outstanding Teen ate up more than 10 minutes, added fuel to the mix, though all very friendly.

But in the end, Cami Werden was crowned Miss Auburn. and Maddy Lindsay captured the Miss Auburn’s Outstanding Teen title.

Three hundred people were there to follow the seven contestants who competed for the Miss Auburn tiara and the 13 who vied for the top teen honor.

Werden, 21, the daughter of Max and Tina Werden, attends Northwest University and plans to earn her bachelor’s degree in music-industry business and go to work as a professional singer-songwriter. A senior at Auburn Riverside High School, she performed “Take Me or Leave Me” from the musical “Rent.”

Werden captured the Miss Auburn title in 2016 when she was 17.

Lindsay, the daughter of Tiffany Lindsay, and John and Michelle Lindsay, is a sophomore at Auburn Riverside High School, She plans to attend Washington State University to earn her degree in sports journalism and broadcasting and later work for ESPN. Lindsay performed a jazz dance to “Friend Like Me,” from Disney’s Alladin.

First runner-up for Miss Auburn was Natalie Meyers.

First runner up for Miss Auburn Outstanding Teen was Kerry Everett, and the second runner-up was Madison Zantello.

The program, which provides more than $45,000 in scholarships and awards, is an official preliminary to the Miss Washington and Miss America scholarship pageants, and is the largest provider of scholarships to young women in the local community.

The Auburn Noon Lions Club sponsors the program.

The total scholarship money provided the young women was $19,815. The pageant also raised $3,318 for the Auburn Food Bank.