Wayne County produced back-to-back Miss Michigan winners as departing titleholder, Ashlee Baracy, also represented the area a year ago. Blaszczyk, 22, of Novi, won Thursday night's talent award for her lyrical dance. Her platform is "Families Facing Substance Abuse: Support, Survival and Prevention." She attends Wayne State University, with plans to obtain a business degree in marketing and a master's degree in business administration.
Along with the crown comes a $10,000 scholarship, wardrobe allowance, a car and other prizes. The 28 Miss Michigan contestants, ages 18-24, took home a combined total of nearly $45,000 in scholarships at the close of Saturday's finals.
The combined preliminaries for the Miss Michigan and Miss Michigan's Outstanding Teen pageants involved 28 Miss Michigan and 28 teen contestants from across the state. They competed Wednesday and Thursday at the Frauenthal Theater in hopes of earning a spot in the Top 10 and ultimately winning the Miss Michigan and Outstanding Teen titles. Haley Williams of Saline was crowned Miss Michigan's Outstanding Teen on Friday.
The four-day production included several former Miss Michigans as emcees and entertainers and also debuted a high-tech element with video screens and a light show coordinated to "World Beat" music.
Other top Miss Michigan finishers:
• First runner-up, Miss Heart of Michigan Katie LaRoche, 22, of Bay City, $5,000 scholarship.
• Second runner-up, Miss Capital City Alicia Jaros, 23, of Riverview, $4,000.
• Third runner-up, Miss Monroe County Elizabeth Wertenberger, 20, of Dundee, $3,000.
• Fourth runner-up, Miss Blue Lakes Melissa Cousino, 23, of Erie, $2,000.
• Non-finalist talent award, Miss Shoreline Amber-Rose Haywood, 23, of Ada, $500. She also received a special Children's Miracle Network award.
• Non-finalist interview award, Miss Lake Huron Shores Theresa Crowley, 22, of St. Clair, $250.
• Stacy Essebaggers-Shepherd Educational Award, Miss Southwest Michigan Megan Goodenough, 23, of Bridgman, $1,000. Goodenough also received the Miss America 2009 State Community Service Award, $1,000.
• Kaye Lani Rae Rafko-Wilson Community Service Award, Miss Heart of Michigan Katie LaRoche, 22, Bay City, $500. LaRoche also took home the Miss Congeniality in Memory of Justin and Twila Smeenge Award, $500.
• Miss America State Academic Scholarship Award, Miss Auburn-Midland Cameron Learman, 19, of Linwood, $1,000.
Source: The Muskegon Chronicle