BY BENJAMIN J. GOHS, EDITOR
When 16-year-old East Jordan Beauty Queen Ashley Cetnarowski couldn’t find any local pageants to compete in … she decided to organize one.
The current reigning “Sunburst Miss Michigan Teen” said the opportunity to bring a qualifying event back to the Traverse City area on Saturday March 20 is a dream come true.
“One of my goals for my reign was to get a pageant in Traverse City, since there were not any local pageants around me when I competed,” she told the Boyne City Gazette.
This weekend’s event—which is a qualifier for the Sunburst state pageant in May in Livonia—is set for 1 p.m. at the Grand Traverse Mall this Saturday.
“I think it is very exciting for a pageant to be brought to Northern Michigan,” said Cetnarowski, who hopes to get as many girls as possible involved in the local pageant.
The pageant’s categories include girls ranging from newborn to age 27, and boys newborn to age 3.
Contestants need only one outfit to compete.
Girls should wear a dress and boys should wear dressy clothing.
Registration must be completed at noon the day and location of the event.
No pre-registration is required.
The basic entry fee is $45. Each side award is an additional $15.
There is also a “super saver” option that costs $115 and qualifies contestants for all side awards as well as the overall queen and king titles, which are awarded to one boy or girl in one age category with the highest scores.
Cetnarowski has been competing in pageants for the last year-and-a-half.
“I have been to Miss Michigan Teen USA twice as well as other pageants in between,” she said. “I won the Sunburst Miss Michigan Title last May. With my title, I have been able to volunteer and spread empowerment to girls of all ages.”
Cetnarowski added, “I even went onto Sunburst Internationals where I placed in the top 10. Through pageantry, I have gained confidence, public speaking skills, as well as a passion for inspiring others. In the future, I plan to continue competing while I am in college.”
For more information, go to sunburstbeauty.com or e-mail Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org or give her a call at (231) 350-2925.
The Grand Traverse Mall is located at 3200 West South Airport Road in Traverse City.