Kelsey Schmidt, of Japanese American heritage, is Miss Washington USA. Schmidt took the post after former Miss Washington USA Stormy Keffeler resigned this month due to controversy surrounding a DUI arrest.
Schmidt earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Scripps College and is currently a pre-doctoral fellow at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington. She volunteers for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Schmidt will be crowned Jan. 30 at the Beauty | Brand | Believe Expo in Redmond. (end)