Miss Michigan title goes to Alpena native

With an answer to a question right in her wheelhouse, Alpena native Emily Kieliszewski impressed the five judges enough to win the title of Miss Michigan Saturday. After earning a berth in the final five, Kieliszewski went first in the final question round, the last judged portion of the pageant. She was asked why she would be a good choice to serve as Miss Michigan. Excited to answer the question, she told the judges her perserverance  showed she believed in the scholarship program and its benefits to young women.

An elated Emily Kieliszewski is crowned Miss Michigan 2015 by Miss Michigan 2014, KT Maviglia. (Photo by Richard Lamb)

Kieliszewski, who earned the title of Miss Sunrise Side in 2009, and made the Miss Michigan Pageant this year as Miss Stateline, had competed in the last six Miss Michigan Pageants, showing her dedication to the program.

Onaway's Emilee Madison, Miss Sunrise Side, earned the People's Choice award at Saturday's final of the Miss Michigan Pageant. . (Photo by Richard Lamb)

Onaway’s Emilee Madison, the current Miss Sunrise Side, missed the top 10, but came away with the People’s Choice Award, one of several special awards announced before the top five took the stage.

The three-day event took place in Muskegon with the crowning of the new Miss Michigan taking place Saturday evening.

More on the pageant will be in the next edition of the Presque Isle County Advance.

Miss Sunrise Side Emilee Madison, a former Miss Onaway, waves to the crowd in Muskegon at the final day of the Miss Michigan Pageant. (Photo by Richard Lamb)