Miss Edmonds hopes to raise suicide awareness
Last updated 9/22/2018 at Noon
Twenty-year-old Lauren “Ren" Custer has been named Miss Edmonds USA and will compete for the title of Miss Washington in November.
Her platform will be something she holds close: suicide awareness.
“I chose this topic because I have lost a few people close to my heart. Not only am I doing this for them, but I am doing this for the people who are still alive that believe this world would be a better place without them.
“I hope to remind them that our world needs them, and that each person has a unique gift to offer. Suicide is increasing in the U.S. drastically, and I want to use my time in the pageant to make a difference. Even though you can’t be there for everyone, each of us can be there for one person we know.
“It is with this message that I want to change the world around me.”
Custer admits she had preconceived ideas about pageants.
“But I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the pageant promotes confidence, self-esteem, kindness and education,” she said.
“I have found the young women involved to be positive role models for youth, something I’ve always strived for over the years. I feel honored to be chosen as Miss Edmonds and am looking forward to competing in November.”
Custer was born in Washington and lived in Edmonds for 10 years, then spending the past 10 in the Midwest, graduating from Ashland High School in Wisconsin in 2016.
She now has moved back to Edmonds.
“I have always had a passion for promoting kindness and rooting for the underdog,” she said. “I hope to attend college next year to attain my CNA, turning my passion for caring for others into a career.
“I have a love for travel, adventure and enjoying the people in my life. I hope to make new friends throughout my Miss Washington USA journey, and plan to represent my hometown of Edmonds with pride.”