From a young age she competed in dance, winning the title of Miss Dance of Michigan in 2008. The Novi High School graduate was also competitive in sports, excelling in soccer, swimming, ice skating and gymnastics.
As Nicole competed in beauty pageants, she was no less successful there as well. She won the Miss Wayne County crown in 2008 and this year she won the Miss Michigan crown.
Blaszczyk is a senior at Wayne State University, majoring in marketing and working as a junior financial officer.
The Miss Michigan crown gives her a platform to push for causes dear to her, especially helping families affected by addiction.
“My mom is my biggest inspiration and role model because my mom persevered and showed me that no matter what obstacle is in your way, you can still achieve all the things that you want to, and that by overcoming obstacles, you will become a stronger person,” said Blaszczyk. “My dance teachers are the next most important persons in my life. They not only taught me how to dance, they were my mentors, they taught me how to be a better person.”
She likes all kinds of music because music helps her be creative while dancing, however country is her favorite. She is a big sports fan, especially baseball and hockey and one of her short-term goals is to throw out the first pitch at a Tigers game, saying “it would be an amazing, amazing honor.”
Her goal after college is to work in sports marketing and she would love to represent one of the sports teams in Detroit. If that doesn’t pan out, she would love to work for one of the Olympic Committees.
“One day, my dream is to have Detroit host the Olympic Games,” Blaszczyk said.
Blaszczyk is spending her summer training for the Miss America pageant by staying in shape, practicing giving interviews and traveling around the state making appearances.
Blaszczyk will move on to compete for the coveted Miss America crown in January.
Oakland County residents can compete for the Miss Wayne County crown and scholarship if they work or go to school full-time in Wayne County. The competition is an official preliminary to the Miss America Pageant.
Candidates must be between the ages of 17 and 24. The winner will compete in the Miss Michigan pageant in Muskegon next year. Along with the title, the winner will also receive a $10,000 cash scholarship.
The contestants will compete in several areas including interview, swimsuit, evening gown, talent and onstage question. The deadline to enter is Aug. 17, and the pageant will be held at Churchill High School in Livonia on Sept. 12.
To download the application and for more information, go to the Miss Michigan Web site at www.missmichigan.org.
Source: The Oakland Press