Sisters win in Miss St. Clair Shores Pageant
Wayne State University student Sarah Suydam wins the title of Miss St. Clair Shores. Sisters Hannah and Jenna Dell also won in different categories Saturday.
Hannah, 14, won in the Teen Miss St. Clair Shores competition while her younger sister, Jenna, 10, was crowned Little Miss Saint Clair Shores. Each girl was first in a field of seven contestants.
Sarah Suydam was crowned Miss St. Clair Shores, and will be going on to compete for the Miss Michigan crown in 2013.
Each contestant had to answer questions in a private interview off stage and demonstrate a talent. In addition, the young women answered questions such as “describe your best and worst quality” and “what would you talk about if you had an hour of airtime on national television” on stage.
Contestants also modeled age-appropriate clothing. Both Hannah and Jenna Dell said the backstage interview was the most difficult portion of the contest. “I was worried I wouldn't do a good job,” said Jenna. It's possible that Jenna's older sister was able to coach her, as Hannah Dell won the Little Miss contest in 2010.
Sarah Suydam won the Miss St. Clair Shores category in a field of eight contestants. A broadcast journalism major at Wayne State University, Suydam, 21, was excited to win. For the talent portion she sang a jazz number. Backstage after the show Suydam was still reeling. “It kind of hasn't sunk in yet,” she said.
Last year's Miss St. Clair Shores, Angela Venditti, was crowned Miss Michigan in June and will be competing in the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas next year.