Note from The Monroe Evening News team: We will keep this blog active until after results are in from Miss Michigan 2012. If a local resident wins the state title again, we’ll leave the Elizabeth Wertenberger archives up but refocus the blog to the 2012 titleholder.

By Paula Wethington / monronews.com

Monroe County has set a local record for participation in the Miss Michigan and Miss Michigan Outstanding Teen competitions with four area women competing this month for the miss title, five high school girls competing for the teen title, and the outgoing state miss being from the area.

Miss Michigan and Miss Michigan Outstanding Teen are affiliated with the Miss America Organization.

The local delegation departs June 8 to Muskegon, which is where the Miss Michigan competitions are based. Check-in starts June 9 for both divisions, and the first public appearance also will be that day. Rehearsals begin June 10. Preliminary judging begins June 11 for the teens, June 12for the misses.

The pageant show and final round of competition for the teen division is Wednesday June 13; the pageant show and final round of competition for the Miss division is Saturday June 16.

While Monroe County has a closed pageant that is open only to local residents, there are other Miss Michigan-affiliated pageants that are open to all Michigan residents.

Miss Michigan 2011, Elizabeth Wetenberger, 23, of Dundee, is among those who have entered statewide “opens” after either winning the Miss Monroe title or while still competing locally. The teen division also has a process in which high schoolers can compete at the state level without previously earning a local division crown.

“Monroe County is so very blessed with such wonderful, talented, intelligent, kind, compassionate, caring and beautiful young ladies,” Miss Monroe County executive director Dione Oerther, said.

Miss Michigan Outstanding Teen

Alana Rae Wilson, 15, daughter of Chuck and Kaye Lani Wilson of Monroe, is competiting as Miss Monroe County Outstanding Teen 2011. She attends St. Mary Catholic Central High School.

Her talent is a Tahitian dance to “Tahitian medley,” and her platform is Gabby’s Ladder Family Grief Center.

Miss Wilson’s princess escorts on stage will be Tiny Miss Monroe County 2011 Makayla Dickinson and Little Miss Monroe County 2011 Makenzie Simpson.

The other local contestants and their current titles are:

  • Tiffany Paige Gerweck, 16, daughter of John and Rebecca Gerweck of Monroe. She attends St. Mary Catholic Central High School. Her talent is a jazz dance to ”You Can’t Stop the Beat,” and her platform is “Volunteerism-Be the Change You Wish to See.”
  • Miss Oakland County Outstanding Teen Cassidy Brooke Nugent,16, daughter of Traci Nugent-Heath of Milan and Scott Nugent. She attends Milan High School. Her talent is a jazz dance to ”Footloose,” and her platform is “Stepping Stones Therapeutic Horseback Riding: Helping People with Disabilities.
  • Miss Shoreline Outstanding Teen Brooklynn Kay Lambert, 15, daughter of Bo and Stena Lambert of Monroe. She attends Monroe High School. Her talent is jazz dance to ”Don’t Rain on My Parade,” and her platform is “Coat-ing with Kindness: Keeping Kids Fed & Warm.”
  • Miss West Michigan Outstanding Teen O’Livia Maria Guerrero, 16, daughter of Joni Lydia Guerrero and Gilbert Garcia Guerrero of Carleton. She attends Huron High School. Her talent is jazz dance to ”My Strongest Suit,” and her platform is “Volunteerism for Your Community.”

Miss Michigan

Tara Ann Althaus, 18, daughter of Doug and Laurie Althaus of Temperance, is competing as Miss Monroe County 2011. She is a student at CAP 21 University for Musical Theater Studies in New York City.

Her talent is vocal to “Spoonful of Sugar” and her platform is “Once Upon A Time: Youth Literacy and Disabilities.”

Miss Althaus’ princess escorts on stage will be Layla Pavlick and Kristen Kruzel.

The other local contestants and their current titles are:

  • Miss Auburn/Midland Daveaux Ruth Riggs, 20, daughter of Billie and Ronnie Riggs of Monroe. She is a student at Monroe County Community College. Her talent is musical theater to “Born to Entertain,” and her platform is “Volunteerism Takes Center Stage: Giving Back Through the Performing Arts.”
  • Miss Grand Valley State University Alexa Brooke Allor, 20, daughter of Christopher and Rita Allor of Monroe. She is a student at Grand Valley State University. Her talent is Tahitian dance and her platform is “Living Beyond the Wheat-Celiac Disease Awareness.”
  • Miss Shoreline Katlyn Marie Maviglia, 19, daughter of Anthony and Shawn Maviglia of Dundee. She is a student at University of Michigan. Her talent is musical theaeter dance to “Be Italian,” and her platform is “LISTEN UP: Advocating for those with hearing disabilities.”

For information about the state pageants, including photos and names of all contestants, go to www.missmichigan.org.

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