(Miss Oakland County, July 22, 2017)
Farmington Hills, MI – Emma Seidel (above left photo),19, of West Bloomfield was crowned the 2017 Miss Oakland County at the annual pageant held Saturday, July 15, 2017 at the William M. Costick Activities Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Ms. Seidel, a sophomore at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA, won a $1,000 education scholarship as well as several other prizes and scholarships awards. She will represent Oakland County at the 2018 Miss Michigan pageant in June 2018 in Muskegon.
Seidel also captured the pageant’s Talent Award and an additional $175 scholarship for her lyrical dance performance to “Heaven is a Place on Earth”, its Lifestyle and Fitness Award for which she received a $75 scholarship and the Miss America Scholar Award ($150 scholarship). She competed on a platform of “Youth Empowerment: Raising Strong G.I.R.L.S.”.
Bethany Ehardt, 23 of Milford, a recent graduate of Oakland University, earned a $700 scholarship as the First Runner-up, while 18-year old Gabriella Gessner of West Bloomfield, who will attend the University of Michigan in the fall, was the Second Runner-up and received a $500 scholarship.
Also on Saturday, Aubrey Hammis (above right photo), 14, of Saginaw became the 2017 Miss Oakland County’s Outstanding Teen. She competed with her personal platform, “STEAM: Putting the Arts in STEM”. She will represent Oakland County at Michigan’s Outstanding Teen competition in Muskegon next June.
The Miss Oakland County Scholarship Program is a preliminary pageant to Miss Michigan and Miss America. It provides scholarship opportunities to women that either work, live or attend school in Oakland County. The Miss America Organization is the largest existing scholarship organization for young women between the ages of 17-24, making available over $45 million in scholarships each year.
2017 Miss Oakland County Pageant Results:
Miss Oakland County offers $3,306.70, including $3,000.00 in educational scholarships.
Miss Oakland County 2017: $1,000 educational scholarship
Emma Seidel is a 19 year old resident of West Bloomfield. She currently attends Point Park University seeking a B.F.A in Dance. Emma’s personal platform is “Youth Empowerment: Raising Strong G.I.R.L.S.”
1st Runner Up: $700 educational scholarship: Bethany Ehardt
2nd Runner Up: $500 educational scholarship: Gabriella Gessner.
Kelly Garver-Nieto Talent Award: $175 educational scholarship: Emma Seidel.
Sponsored by Sheryl’s School of Dance.
Kirsten Haglund Lifestyle & Fitness Award: $100 educational scholarship: Emma Seidel.
Sponsored by Kirsten Haglund Foundation.
Aldo Vagnozzi Community Service Award: $200 educational scholarship: Jaymie Ziegler, Novi. Sponsored by Vicki Barnett & Mark Steckloff
Samantha Steckloff Volunteer Award: $50 educational scholarship: Katherine Daniel, Waterford. Sponsored by Samantha Steckloff.
JoAnn Lingenfelter Miss Spirit of America Award receives a hair salon gift card: Bethany Ehardt. Sponsored by Agnes Hutnik.
Miss America Scholar Award: $150 educational scholarship: Emma Seidel. Sponsored by John Chamberlain.
2017 Miss Oakland County’s Outstanding Teen Pageant Results:
Miss Oakland County’s Outstanding Teen 2017 ($100 scholarship):
Aubrey Hammis, 14, from Saginaw. Aubrey’’s personal platform is “STEAM: Adding the Arts to STEM”.
1st Runner Up ($75 scholarship): Elizabeth Wirth
3rd Runner Up ($50 scholarship): Julianna Maleszyk
Talent: Aubrey Hammis, tap dance
Non-Finalist Talent: Victoria Otto
Peoples Choice Award: Rylie Dewley
Congeniality Award: Megan Radzwion
2017 Miss Oakland County Principal Scholarship Sponsors:
Farmington Lodge No. 151 – $500
Genisys Credit Union – $500
KitchenMaster – $500
Perri Family – $300
Thorn Family – $200
Anthony Tuzzolino – $200
Forte Academy of Dance – $200
Tom Berman – $100
Vicki Barnett & Mark Steckloff – $100
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals – $306.70