Finishing in the top five at the pageant were 1st Runner Up - Miss Douglas County Kayla Gordon, 2nd Runner Up - Miss Washington County Twila Tschan, 3rd Runner Up - Miss Marion-Polk Audri Rousseau, and 4th Runner Up - Miss Southern Gem JoAnna Adkisson.
Anderson entered the pageant as Miss Cascade. Her pageant platform is, “Red Cross: Red for Life,” and her talent is as a Broadway music vocalist.
For the past two years, she has organized blood drives in the Portland area. She also promotes science education for women as part of the S.T.E.M. program, and donates time to the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals.
Contestants at local, state and national levels are judged in the interview, evening gown, swimsuit and talent categories. Anderson was named a preliminary winner in the state swimsuit competition earlier during pageant week.
She is a graduate of Portland State University, where she majored in environmental science. She is 23 years old.
If Anderson is crowned Miss America, she will become the second Oregon contestant to win the national title. The first was Miss Oregon 2001 Katie Harman.
A new Miss America is scheduled to be crowned on Sept. 14. The ABC television network will broadcast the event live from Atlantic City for East Coast viewers. A tape-delayed broadcast will follow for viewers on the West Coast.
Also on Saturday, Nicole Carter was crowned Miss Oregon’s Outstanding Teen 2014. Carter will travel to Orlando, Florida in July to compete in the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant.
The teen pageant is the younger-sister competition within the Miss America Organization. Contestants are ages 13-17 years and judged in talent, interview, active wear and evening gown categories.