Miss Michigan will read to Alcona kids, and attend Miss Sunrise Side pageant

Miss Michigan Mallory Rivard

LINCOLN — Miss Michigan Mallory Rivard will read to Alcona Elementary students on Friday, and attend the Miss Sunrise Side Scholarship Pageant on Saturday at Alcona High School.

She will read to Alcona Elementary students from noon to 2 p.m. in the school library for the Milk and Bookies event.

Rivard, a first-grade teacher for Bay City Public Schools, is an advocate for literacy through her Social Impact Initiative, Read to Succeed. She strives to advocate for students, empower parents, and make sure every student has the tools they need to succeed in school.

Every child will get a free book at her event. RSVP to Ali Yokom at 989-335-3388 or yokoma@alconaschools.net. Cookies and milk will be served.

While in the area, Rivard will also visit Lost Lake Woods Club for a meet and greet from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday. Photo opportunities and autographs will be available. Tea, coffee and danishes will be served. Call 989-736-8197 to reserve your spot.

Then at 7 p.m. Saturday, Rivard will attend the Miss Sunrise Side Scholarship Pageant at Alcona High School, 51 N. Barlow Rd., Lincoln. The pageant will include the crowning of the 2019 Miss Sunrise Side’s Outstanding Teen, and 2019 Miss Sunrise Side.

This year, 10 contestants will model evening wear, share their social impact statements, answer onstage questions and perform their chosen talents in the Miss Sunrise Side program. Contestants range from 17 to 25 years old.

Miss Sunrise Side contestants are: Alexis Newcomer, Courtney Winter, Natalie Goff, Annabelle Rowe, Taylor Towers, Shelby Lentz, Melissa Curtis, Sabrina Jeffrey, Victoria Otto, and Jaeleen Davis.

The following six contestants, ages 13 to 17, will vie for Miss Sunrise Side’s Outstanding Teen: Mahcayla Nichols, Kaylee Pyscher, Rylie Dewely, Ava Kelly, Mahaylie Clay, and Peyton Lowder.

Miss Sunrise Side 2018 Caitlin Borke, daughter of Ron and Lynn Borke of Alpena, placed in the Top 10 at Miss Michigan 2019 in June, and was a preliminary talent award winner.

Miss Sunrise Side’s Outstanding Teen 2018 Marissa Carson, daughter of Darlene and Steven Carson of Highland, was third runner-up and won the interview award at Miss Michigan Outstanding Teen.

Miss Sunrise Side offers substantial scholarship money, including a $5,000-plus scholarship package to the winner, $750 to the first runner-up, $400, to the second runner-up, $250 to the third runner-up, $100 to the talent winner and $75 each to all non-finalists.

Miss Sunrise Side 2019 will also earn the chance to compete for the title of Miss Michigan in June 2020.

Miss Sunrise Side’s Outstanding Teen 2019 will have the opportunity to compete to be named Miss Michigan’s Outstanding Teen in June 2020.

Tickets to Saturday’s pageant will be sold at the door for $15 apiece. Students who show their school I.D. can pay $10 for their ticket.

Miss Sunrise Side 2019 judges will be Carolyn Daoust, Erin Kieliszewski, Jeffrey Mindock, Sandy Kuohn, and Karen Gauthier Wingart.

Miss Sunrise Side’s Outstanding Teen 2019 judges will be Patty James, DeLynn Lovelace, Julie LaBar, Tabitha Camp, and Josie Agnello-Schmidt.

Pageant sponsors include the Alpena Community College Foundation, Amy Elisabeth Photography, Hillman Extrusion Tool, Inc., Huron Quality, Alcona Tool, Lasting Expresssions Flowers, Gillies Funeral Home, Lost Lake Woods Club, Stephenson & Company P.C. of East Tawas, and the Bistro Restaurant.

Miss Sunrise Side Board of Directors are Executive Director Ann Kramer, board members Paul Kramer, Alexandra Yokom, Ava Budreau, Vanessa Pender, and Tina Smigelski. Judges Chair is Ilona Breitmeyer, choreographer is Linda Samuel, and sound is run by Rex Manning.