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Liberty Lake teen takes second in Washington Miss Teen India pageant

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Sindhu Surapaneni, who was runner up in the Miss Teen India contest in Seattle earlier this month.

A Liberty Lake teen took second place in Washington State’s Miss Teen India competition, a cultural showcase and pageant.

Fourteen-year-old Sindhu Surapaneni, is a visual artist, with exhibits in local schools and the Liberty Lake City Hall. She’s also a member of the Indian Youth Club of Spokane, where she teaches Bollywood classes.

She hopes her second-place finish will give her a platform to share her passion, inclusive focused art and fundraising projects for local homeless outreach efforts.

“My hope is that my journey inspires everyone to use their passion and creativity to help others make a difference in the community,” she said. “I also want to everyone to realize that age is not a limiting factor to help others, and anyone can do anything at any age.”

She said the main two non-profits she’s supported through art are Blessings Under the Bridge and Backpacks for the Homeless, which provide meals and emergency supplies to unhoused people.