Both the 2013 Miss Sand Lake and Junior Miss Sand Lake were chosen Monday, April 22, at the Miss Sand Lake Pageant at the VFW Hall in Sand Lake.
This year’s Miss Sand Lake is Brooke Thielke, 17, daughter of Kirk and Billi Thielke, of Sand Lake. Her court members are sisters Autumn Smith, 18, and Sylvia Smith, 15. They are the daughters of Raymond and Mary Smith, of Sand Lake. All are students at Tri County High School.
This year’s Junior Miss Sand Lake is Janaye Dotson, 14, daughter of Aaron and Jamie Dotson, of Sand Lake. She is a student at Tri County Middle School. Her court members are Rachel Ann Dever, 11, daughter of Jeff and Susie Dever, and Katie Bromm, 15, daughter of Amy and Gerrod Bromm, of Pierson. Rachel is a student at Sand Lake Elementary, and Katie is a student at Tri County High School.
Miss Sand Lake will receive a $500 scholarship, crown, sash, flowers and gift bag. Court members will receive a $250 scholarship, sash, flowers and gift bag. It’s the same for the junior queen and court members, without the scholarship.
This year’s judges included Cindy Patin, independent health coach and director of the Red Flannel Queen pageant. She was also the 1989 Red Flannel Queen, and a runner-up in the 1991 Miss Greater Grand Rapids competition. Also judging was Jim Trolard, owner of Unique Motor Sports and a member of the Sand Lake Chamber of Commerce; and Judy Reed, Editor of the Cedar Springs Post and Children’s Ministry Director at The Springs Church in Cedar Springs. She is also on the board of the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce.
The pageant consisted of a light supper with the judges, followed by individual 10-minute interviews with the judges, and finally, speeches by the girls in front of the audience with the theme “What does a small town mean to you?”
The judges were impressed by the maturity and thoughtfulness of all the girls, and think Sand Lake will be well represented by the girls throughout 2013-2014 and for years to come.
The girls will participate in 11 parades and events over the next year.