Earlier this month Sen. Joe Fain served as a judge for the 50th Miss Auburn Scholarship Pageant, and on Wednesday the new Miss Auburn, Tera Sabo, visited the Capitol as Fain's guest, accompanied by Kathy Lewis, Auburn's first lady.
"The Miss Auburn Scholarship Program is a time-honored tradition that does incredible work for the young women of Auburn and the community itself," Fain said. "I was impressed by the many talented participants and their plans for making a positive impact locally and globally.
"Tera's drive and academic ambitions are remarkable," Fain said. "I wish her the best while she works toward pursuing her degree in business administration, once she completes studies at our own Green River Community College.
"Just as notable is her long list of leadership experience with a variety of organizations, which will serve her well moving forward," he said. "I have no doubt that she will accomplish whatever goal she ultimately pursues and am glad that the Miss Auburn program will be a part of shaping it."
Lewis' visit came on the same day the state Senate paid tribute to Navy personnel.
"Considering the work Kathy Lewis is doing for veterans in our community, it was perfect timing to have her here as well on the same day the Senate was honored to host a large contingent of United States Navy personnel, who served as the color guard in the Senate chamber," Fain said.
Sabo, a Maple Valley native who attends school in Auburn, and Lewis took a behind-the-scenes tour of the Capitol campus where Fain introduced them to many state lawmakers before their formal recognition by the state Senate. They also had an opportunity to visit with Gov. Chris Gregoire, who grew up in Auburn, in her office.
The annual Miss Auburn Scholarship Program, which celebrated its golden anniversary this year, provided contestants with more than $70,000 in scholarships.