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Lake Orion Teen Crowned in Miss America Preliminary Pageant

Kristin Penrose will now advance to the Miss Michigan pageant in June.

Kristin Penrose of Lake Orion, left, was crowned “Miss Mid-Michigan Teen” and Emily Kieliszewski of Lansing was crowned “Miss Mid-Michigan” a Miss America Scholarship Organization Pageant Saturday. (Photo submitted)
Kristin Penrose of Lake Orion, left, was crowned “Miss Mid-Michigan Teen” and Emily Kieliszewski of Lansing was crowned “Miss Mid-Michigan” a Miss America Scholarship Organization Pageant Saturday. (Photo submitted)

Lake Orion High School freshman Kristin Penrose was crowned “Miss Mid-Michigan’s Outstanding Teen” in a Miss America Scholarship Organization regional pageant in Howell Saturday.

Penrose now moves on to competition for the state teen title at Miss Michigan pageant in June. She will spend the year promoting her charity platform, “Stand Up and Sing, Reach Out and Read Early Literacy Initiative,” as well as support the Miss America Organization’s national plaform, Children’s Miracle Network.

Thirty-six young women from across Michigan competed for scholarship money, prizes and other the titles of “Miss Mid-Michigan,” “Little Miss Mid-Michigan” and “Miss Mid-Michigan’s Outstanding Teen,” the award that Penrose won. Style, service, scholarship and success are the four points of the Miss America Scholarship Organization crown.

For her talent, Penrose performed “Think of Me,” an operatic vocal piece from “Phantom of the Opera.” Contestants were also judged in a private panel interview, fitness, formal wear and their answers to an on-stage question.

Penrose is an honor student at Lake Orion High School, where she is a member of the volleyball team. She also is a vocalist with St. Joseph Catholic Church Contemporary Choir.


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