2017 Miss Sunrise Side to be chosen

Miss Sunrise Side and Miss Sunrise Side Outstanding Teen competition will be held Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. at Alcona High School in Lincoln.

Contestants will compete in five phases of competition, including interview, talent, on stage question, evening wear and physical fitness/swimwear.

The winner of the Miss Sunrise Side competition will be awarded $1,000 in scholarship funds towards her college or graduate school education. In addition, she will receive a full year tuition free (two semesters, fall and winter 2018-19) scholarship to Alpena Community College.

Another $1,500 will be awarded to runners-up and special award winners, such as talent.

During her year of service, Miss Sunrise Side will attend parades and functions throughout the Sunrise Side with opportunities to speak to government officials, business leaders, community groups and all types of citizens about her platform issue and encouraging them to become involved in her cause. She will also be eligible to compete for the Miss Michigan title in Muskegon in June 2018.

“Serving as Miss Sunrise Side has been an incredible experience that I will treasure forever,” Miss Sunrise Side 2016 Kayla Pingel said. “I know that the skills I have gained as a titleholder and contestant have led to my success. I’m so grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to promote my platform in this incredible community. I would personally like to thank each and every person who opened their hearts and allowed me to speak and participate in their events.”

The Miss Sunrise Side Program would not be possible without the support and sponsorship of local businesses who give graciously toward scholarship funds. Thank you is extended to all the sponsors and a special thank to the following VIP sponsors: Alpena Community College Foundation, Amy Elisabeth Photography, Stephenson and Co. of Tawas, Alcona Tool, Gillies Funeral Home, Harrisville Arts Council, Lost Lake Woods Club, Hillman Extrution Tool, Inc., Drywall Plus, Huron Quality, Lasting Expressions Flowers, G & G Construction, Zgorski-Micketti, Inc. and Bistro Restaurant.

The Miss America Organization is comprised of 51 licensed organizations, including all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Miss America contestants contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised millions for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007.

The public is invited to attend on Nov. 11 and see the crowning of Miss Sunrise Side 2017 and Miss Sunrise Side Outstanding Teen 2017. Tickets will be sold at the door for $15 per person. Student in the Alcona, Alpena, Hillman, Posen, Rogers City, Oscoda or Tawas areas can show their current school ID for $5 off their ticket.