Miss Washington County 1997 Darcy DeBok (Castro)

Director: Darcey Knudsen

College: Portland State University

Degree: Speech Communication, with honors

Darcy’s tenure with the Miss America Organization began in 1996 when she was crowned Miss Portland. She went on to compete in the Miss Oregon Scholarship four consecutive years, earning the talent and academic achievement awards and placing as a finalist.

In 2000, she became Executive Director of the Miss Portland Scholarship Program and ushered her first title holder, Katie Harman, through the ranks to become the first Miss America from the state of Oregon. Currently, she volunteers with the Miss America Organization as a judge and communications consultant. Observing contestants and volunteers experience personal growth, development and insight is the aspect of her involvement she enjoys the most.

Darcy is a professional writer and marketing communications consultant, working primarily with non-profit organizations. She credits her professional success to the skills and talents she began to nurture as a contestant and title holder. The lifelong friendships born of the Miss America Organization sisterhood she finds equally important and have played a significant role in her life (…she would simply cease to be without her pageant sister Jennifer Sisco-Moore (Porretta), Miss Oregon 1998). Darcy and her husband Juan, a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force, have four children and reside near Boston, Massachusetts.