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Two Miss Sanilac pageants Saturday 7 vie for Miss Outstanding Teen crown

BY STEVEN KOVAC
810-452-2684

Seven accomplished young ladies from Sandusky, Peck, Deckerville and Brown City will compete Saturday, January 7 for the title of Miss Sanilac County Outstanding Teen.

The teenagers, ranging in age from 13 to 17 years-old, will have a chance to win college scholarships and an opportunity of competing in the Miss Michigan Outstanding Teen Pageant.

The local event is part of the Miss America Scholarship Program, the world’s largest provider of scholarships to women, giving over $47 million in scholarships to women last year.

The contestants will be judged by a panel of five judges in five categories; Private Interview, with the panel of five judges; Lifestyle and Fitness, where the young women will perform a routine in exercise wear; Talent; Evening Wear; and On Stage Questioning.

According to Pageant Director Jay Williams of Sandusky, “The Talent category will feature singing, dancing, and the playing of musical instruments. The emcee for the evening will be Sandusky’s own Mike Wilson. It promises to be a great show.”

But that’s not the half of it. For the $15 per person price of admission, the audience will also be treated to a second pageant for young women between 17 and 24 years-old - the Miss Sanilac County Pageant. They will compete before a different panel of five judges in the same five areas, with the exception that, for this older group, the Lifestyle and Fitness category is replaced by the Swim Wear category.

Williams said, “Ten lovely contestants will participate in the second pageant which will be conducted on the same stage at intervals with the first pageant. The format ought to make for a lively and delightful evening.”

Williams went on to say, “The Kiwanis Club has been great to us, but we are still seeking local sponsors to contribute to the scholarship fund. We will also have a 50/50 drawing that night with all proceeds going to scholarships”

Williams addressed some popular misconceptions and stereotypes about pageants, saying, “First, people need to understand that the Miss America program, of which we are a part, does not sponsor contests for girls under the age of 13. We do no ‘child pageants.’ And people need to know that there is no idealized size, height, or body type for our contestants. They are a diverse group. We have had a Miss America that was five feet tall.

“Once people have participated or attended one of our pageants, they gain a better understanding of what this is all about. Especially as they begin to see how the young ladies grow in confidence, poise, presentation, and artistic ability,” said Williams.

Alyssa Woodbeck is the daughter of Pam and Brian Woodbeck of Deckerville. Madison Greer is the daughter of Jennifer and Matthew Greer of Sandusky. Maddison Winiarski is the daughter of Suzie May and Russ Winiarski. Shelby Tracy is the daughter of Lori and David Tracy of Sandusky. Selena Villafranca is the daughter of Bridget Smith and Mario Villafranca. Lauren Mott is the daughter of Jennifer and Tom Mott of Sandusky. Cherokee Johnson is the daughter of Tammy Johnson and Russ Winiarski.

The event will be held on Saturday evening, January 7, at the Maple Valley School,138 Maple Valley Street, Sandusky. The doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m.

Admission is $15 per person.

For more information, contact Jay Williams at 810-404-8401.

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