MUSKEGON, MI – No one has been crowned yet, but two young women earned awards Thursday night at the first preliminary round for the Miss Michigan competition, held in the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts on June 14.
Miss Spirit of the State, Sarah Suydam, from St. Clair Shores, won the preliminary talent award, a $500 cash scholarship, for her sassy and soulful rendition of "Something's Got a Hold on Me" from the movie, "Burlesque."
Miss Stateline, Concord native Cassandra Kramer, won the Kirsten Haglund Swimsuit Award, a $250 scholarship, in a pink bikini.
For the preliminaries, the 31 contestants were divided into two groups. Half the contestants competed in the swimsuit and evening gown categories while the other half competed in talent and the on-stage question.
Friday night, the groups will switch.
The second half impressed audiences with their talent performances, which included a dance twirl by Miss Greater Kalamazoo County, Shelby Beauregard, a hula number by Miss Tip of the Mitt, Holly Hollabaugh, and an acrobatic dance routine to the "Beetlejuice" theme by Miss Southwest Michigan Emily Kieliszewski, which she dedicated to her grandfather.
They were also challenged to think quickly on their feet through the on-stage question, which quizzed them on what they thought on topics like gay marriage, immigration and bailing out Greece and Spain.
On Saturday, June 15, the competition's finalists and this year's Miss Michigan will be announced.Contestants are judged individually, and are awarded points on a scale of one to ten in five categories: interview, talent, evening gown, swimwear and on-stage question.
The young lady who wins the crown also wins a $10,000 scholarship, a chance to compete at the Miss America pageant and the opportunity to raise awareness for her platform.
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