Nancy Verschueren | The Muskegon Chronicle
MUSKEGON -- Enough with the preliminaries, it's on to the finals.
Thursday night's rounds of competition in the 2010 Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant wrapped up with the naming of a second batch of preliminary winners in the talent, evening gown and swimsuit categories.
Miss Bay County, Casey Crabtree, took the $500 preliminary talent award for a theatrical vocal presentation.
Thursday's preliminary evening gown and swimsuit winner, worth a total of $500, went to Miss Capital City, Katie LaRoche, who also won $500 in the talent category Wednesday.
Other preliminary winners on Wednesday were Erinn Hendricks, Miss River Raisin Festival; and Kelly Oles, Miss Tip of the Mitt.
The contestants also were judged on their responses to an on-stage question and an off-stage interview.
Final winners in each category -- and ultimately our new Miss Michigan -- will be announced Saturday night. Miss Michigan 2010 will go on to compete in the Miss America Pageant in January.
In the Miss Michigan's Outstanding Teen portion of Thursday's preliminaries, Brooke Rowland, representing Kalamazoo County, won the talent award with a musical performance on the harp.
Tara Althaus of Washtenaw County won the Outstanding Teen talent award on Wednesday.
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BY SARAH A. MEISCH
| THE MUSKEGON CHRONICLE
MUSKEGON -- About 300 people gathered Wednesday to watch the first round of preliminary competition in the 2010 Miss Michigan Scholarship and Miss Michigan Outstanding Teen pageants, which took place at the Frauenthal Theater.
Miss Capital City, Katie LaRoche, took the $500 preliminary talent award for a modern contemporary dance performance.
Wednesday's preliminary Kirsten Haglund Swimsuit Award, worth $250, went to Miss River Raisen Festival, Erinn Hendricks. Miss Tip of the Mitt, Kelly Oles, won the preliminary evening wear competition, worth $250 in scholarship money.
Tara Althaus won the Outstanding Teen talent award with a musical theater vocal performance, earning her a $200 educational savings bond.
This year's contest features 30 Miss Michigan and 22 Outstanding Teen contestants from across the state. They perform in four phases of on-stage competition and one off-stage component -- the personal interview -- that takes place only with the judges.
For the preliminaries, the Miss contestants are divided into two groups, with half competing in talent and on-stage question and the other half in evening gown and swimsuit. Tonight, they'll switch categories and a new batch of preliminary winners will be announced as the pageant continues at the Frauenthal Theater.
The final winner in each category -- and Miss Michigan herself -- will be announced Saturday night. Miss Michigan will go on to compete in the Miss America Pageant in January in Las Vegas. The teen winner will be announced during Friday' finals.
The Miss contestants are competing for educational scholarships and the job of Miss Michigan, plus a wardrobe allowance, car and other perks. For example, Baker College offers free tuition at any of its campuses, which it values at approximately $45,000.MLive.com - The Muskegon Chronicle
Paula Holmes-Greeley | The Muskegon Chronicle
For six decades Muskegon has been Miss Michigan’s hometown.
The community has proudly hosted the competition, opening its businesses and heart to the contestants and their families. The community has taken its responsibilities seriously, supporting the pageant through monetary donations or by providing the backdrop for one of the pageant’s many events both during Miss Michigan week and throughout the year.
We’ve become comfortable with royalty and are especially proud of the young women from the area who have gone on to become Miss Michigan and Miss America, although we have cheered for every candidate as if she were from our area.
And, in a way, every Miss Michigan is from Muskegon. Each year, the newly selected representative lives in the community with a host family while preparing for the Miss America competition. Area folks coach her on all the fine points. Some even serve as a practice judges panel for various aspects of the competition.
A few will follow the candidates to the national competition.
So, the community is proud to welcome the 30 Miss Michigan contestants and the 22 Miss Outstanding Teen contestants to their new hometown this week. We wish you the best of luck as you compete in the talent, evening gown and swimsuit portions of the pageant and participate in interviews with judges. We can’t wait for the finals at 7 p.m. Friday for the teens and 7 p.m. Saturday for the young women at the Frauenthal Theater in downtown Muskegon.
We’re grateful for the wonderful things you do while you’re here like the autograph session 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday at The Lakes Mall and the outing with local Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
And we hope you’ll take home many fond memories of Muskegon.MLive.com - The Muskegon Chronicle
Sarah A. Meisch | The Muskegon Chronicle
It’s not June in Muskegon without the crowning of a new Miss Michigan at the Frauenthal Theater.
On Wednesday and Thursday, contestants from across the state will compete in preliminaries at both the Miss Michigan level and the Outstanding Teen level. On Friday, Miss Michigan’s Outstanding Teen finalist will be named. The following night, Miss Michigan 2010 will be crowned. For 60 years, Muskegon has been home to the pageant that chooses the lucky young woman who goes on to compete to be Miss America, said Shelley Taylor, state executive director of the Miss Michigan program. “It’s always been held in Muskegon,” Taylor said. “There are many local businesses that help support us. The Holiday Inn houses us pro bono. ... It’s all about community.” But the community also benefits from hosting the pageant and being home to the Miss Michigan organization, said Jill Emory, a Miss Michigan board member and director of tourism for the Muskegon County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Pageant week is a whole week, the 12th through the 20th,” Emory said. “We have these lovely young ladies and their families in our community for a week. ... They stay in our hotels, eat at our restaurants and fill up at our gas stations.” But the economic impact goes beyond one week in June, she said. The Miss Michigan organization brings contestants here throughout the year, the reigning Miss Michigan lives with a Muskegon host family and then there’s just the exposure the area gets from the pageant, she said.
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By JEREMY H. DICKMAN
Sun News Editor
More than 5,500 athletes, coaches, chaperones and volunteers will find themselves in Mt Pleasant this weekend as part of the 2010 Special Olympics Michigan State Summer Games.
The largest of seven state level events, the State Summer Games kicks off at 10 a.m. Thursday with the annual Capitol Steps Torch Lighting Ceremony in Lansing. Law Enforcement Torch Run members will carry the torch from Lansing to Mt. Pleasant in a relay run leading to the opening ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. Opening ceremonies will include a Coast Guard fly over provided by the United States Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City.
The 2009 Inspirational Athlete of the Year Kyle Winters will be running the last leg of the torch run in Kelly/Shorts Stadium to light the Flame of Hope at opening ceremonies. Winters will be presented with a running jacket at closing ceremonies from the Law Enforcement Torch Run and become an honorary member. The 2010 Inspirational Athlete of the Year will be announced during closing ceremonies on Friday.
An estimated 2,500 athletes are scheduled to compete from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in 10 sports including:
Motor Activities Training Program
Power Lifting and/or Weightlifting
"We're up about 6 percent over last year in athletes," said Kimberly Purdy, public relations director for Special Olympics Michigan.
To compete in the State Summer Games, athletes must first qualify at the local level.
"This is something they work for all year long," Purdy said of the athletes.
With athletes competing in almost every county in Michigan, Purdy said this event is the athletes moment in the spotlight.
"When you come to the State Summer Games you see the joy on all their faces," Purdy said. "It's the athletes' chance to shine."