BRIDGMAN — The community of Bridgman gained a new group of queens on Sunday, Dec. 7, at the “Hickory Dickory Dock” pageant held in the Bridgman High School Performing Arts Center.
Javen Graves was crowned Little Miss Bridgman 2015 moments before the title of Miss Teen Bridgman was bestowed upon Reagan Smith.
“I can’t wait to build the float and go to all the dances and just meet new friends,” Javen said.
Reagan also said she’s excited about helping build the community float, and also mentioned the Coronation Ball, adding that “it’s an honor” to represent her community.
“I’ve lived here since I was born,” she said.
Joining Graves in the Little Miss Bridgman court are First Runner-up Tayor Kirk and Second Runner-up Stephanie DeMeulenaere.
The Miss Teen Bridgman court also includes First Runner-up Makayla Kiel and Second Runner-up Amber Smith.
Javen, 9, is a fourth-grader at Bridgman Elementary. She is the daughter of Joyce Graves and the late Jared Graves. Her favorite activities include basketball, volleyball, softball ballet, tap and Girl Scouts and she likes to eat fried rice and egg rolls.
“She’s having a wonderful time, she’s been wanting this forever, she’s ben wanting to be on the float,” Joyce Graves said. “I’m shocked, so I’m happy too.”
Taylor, 8, is the daughter of Tom and Loneta Kirk. Her activities include swim, dance, riding four-wheelers and snowmobiles, showing animals at the Berrien County Youth Fair, drawing, sewing and making art projects.
Stephanie, 10, is the daughter of Joe and JoAnn DeMeulenaere. She particiopates in swimming, soccer, volleyball and basketball and also enjoys reading, writing, playing with her three dogs, hanging out with friends and being outside.
Reagan is the daughter of Jamie and Karl Smith. The 14-year-old Reed Middle School eighth-grader enjoys Glee Club, volleyball, cheer, basketball, track, soccer, dance playing the piano, shopping, and spending time with friends and family.
Jamie Smith noted that Regan’s older sister, McKenna, was Miss Teen Bridgman 2013.
“There were big shoes to fill,” Jamie said.
Makayla, 13, is the daughter of Kevin and Sandi Kiel. She participates in Glee Club, volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, track, softball and enjoys singing and being with family and friends.
Amber, 14, an eight-grader at Reed Middle School, is the daughter of Michael Smith. Her activities include Glee Club, cheer, volleyball, choir, dance and playing the guitar.
Also participating in the pageant were: (Little Miss Bridgman) Hannah Sorenson, Maya Schmidt, Tatyanna Perry, Alexandra Curtis Lee, Jalynn Lenardson, Taylor Smith and Alivia Abram; (Miss Teen Bridgman) Krystin Buist, Morgan McGhee, Kirsten Tio, Micaela Brewster and Megan Kiewel.
Pageant program ad sales awards went to Lenardson and Tio. People’s Choice selections were Abram and Reagan Smith.
Saying their farewells before crowning the new court members were 2014 Little Miss Bridgman Kylie Ott and her court (First Runner-up Ava Ward and Second Runner-up Peyton Adams); and Miss Teen Bridgman 2014 SarahRose Boughner and her court (First Runner-up Anna Meyer and Second Runner-up MyKayla Hays).
Ott reminisced on a a “really great” year that included an awesome coronation ball.
“We had so much fun dancing with lots of people … I had a fabulous time!” she said.
Boughner said her year has been unforgettable.
“I’ve had a lot of fun with these ladies, I love them so much, they’re like my family” she said of her court members.
Miss Bridgman 2014 Megan Hildebrandt hosted the pageant with assistance from members of her 2014 court (First Runner-up Jordyn Ross, Second Runner-up Maddie Boughner, Miss Congeniality Nikki Beckman, Mr. Bridgman 2014 Michael Preston and Mr. Nice Guys Ben Adams and Trevor Kiel). They had all crowned their 2015 successors on the previous day (see article that begins on page A1).
Judges and their pages were Peggy Roberts (Morgen Ales); Vicki Holt (Maura Killips); and Karen Affholter (Ari Hackett).
Tellers were Joy Woods, Molly Owen and Meg Killips.