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Miss Michigan 2022 is Oakland County’s Melissa Beyrand


MUSKEGON, MI – Under glittering lights of the competition stage, a new Miss Michigan now wears the crown.

Miss Oakland County Melissa Beyrand won the 2022 Miss Michigan scholarship competition on Saturday, June 18 at Orchard View High School in Muskegon.

Twenty women representing communities throughout Michigan vied for the title across two nights of competition.

Related: Miss Michigan 2022 first awards go to Miss Oakland County, Miss River Raisin Festival

Candidates showed off their knowledge, talent and stage presence during the preliminary round on Thursday, June 16. The competition continued Saturday night with the top 10 finalists gracing the stage to share their social impact initiative, answer an on-stage question, perform talent and model evening wear.

Miss Michigan 2021 Vivian Zhong then crowned her successor.

In addition to the crown and the Miss Michigan title, Beyrand earned a $10,000 scholarship and the opportunity to compete for the 2023 Miss America Scholarship pageant.

Beyrand, 22, from Milford, talked about the benefits of integrating art into science, technology, engineering and mathematics education (STEAM) for her social impact initiative. For her talent, she played the “Final Countdown” by Europe on her violin.

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On opening night, Beyrand received an award for her response to an on-stage question about how she would help young women receive equal opportunities as men if she were named Miss Michigan. She also received an award for best talent for her violin performance along with Miss River Raisin Festival Laurel Hammis for her opera song.

This year’s judges were Holly Barraclough, Jason Paul Bertoia, Sarah Ledtke McCann, Tom Joppie and Jason Timothy Robinson.

The final score was composited of 25% from the preliminary score along with new scores of 30% from talent, 20% for red carpet and 25% for the on-stage question and social impact.

Related: See Miss Michigan 2022 talent competition, top photos from opening night

Winners of the scholarship competition receive scholarship funds of $10,000 to the title winner, $4,000 to the runner-up, $3,000 to the second runner-up, $2,000 to the third runner-up, $1,500 to the fourth runner-up, $1,000 to the other five semi-finalists and $500 to non-finalist contestants.

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Mistress of ceremonies and Miss Michigan 2008 Ashlee Baracy-Kunkel announced the top 10 semi-finalists Saturday evening.

The runners up are:

First runner-up: Miss Great Lakes Bay Sydney PapenhagenSecond runner-up: Miss River Raisin Festival Laurel HammisThird runner-up: Miss South Central Brooklynn LambertFourth runner-up: Miss Monroe County Kendall Comer

The other semi-finalists in no particular order are:

Miss West Michigan Sarah DudinetzMiss Saginaw County Indigo DudleyMiss Shoreline Vanessa ChambeMiss Lighthouse Coast Maya SchuhknechtMiss Washtenaw County Erica Kennedy

Other scholarship award winners include:

Miss Non-Finalist Talent Award, $500: Miss St. Clair Shores Savannah DynkowskiMiss Non-Finalist Interview Award, $250: Miss Southwest Shelby LentzPam Eldred Community Health Scholarship, $2,000: Miss Shoreline Vanessa ChambeKaye Lani Rae Rafko-Wilson Community Service Award, $500: Miss Lighthouse Coast Maya SchuhknechtMiss Congeniality Award, $500: Miss Washtenaw County Erica KennedyMiss Excellence in Interview Award, $500: Miss Oakland County Melissa BeyrandThe Shelley Taylor Lead-With-Your-Heart Award, $500: Miss River Raisin Festival Laurel HammisMiss America Empower Scholarship, $1,000: Miss Bay County Katelyn KlaczkiewiczMiss Preliminary Talent Award, $500: Melissa BeyrandVivian Zhong Preliminary Talent Award, $500: Laurel HammisPreliminary Kirsten Haglund On-Stage Question Award, $250: Melissa Beyrand

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Friday evening, Miss Spirit of the State’s Outstanding Teen Grace Larsen was crowned Miss Michigan’s Outstanding Teen 2022. Larsen, of St. Joseph, earning the title with a musical theater dance routine, a fitness presentation, evening gowns and an on-stage question.

Related: Miss Michigan’s Outstanding Teen 2022 crowned

Five Miss Michigan winners have gone on to earn the Miss America title, including Miss America 1939 Patricia Donnelly Harris. Other Michigan winners were Miss America 1961 Nancy Anne Fleming Lange, Miss America 1970 Pam Eldred, Miss America 1988 Kaye Lani Rae Rafko Wilson and Miss America 2008 Kirsten Haglund.

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With her reign winding down, Miss Michigan 2021 pursues career in pediatric oncology

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