Sterling Women Shine in Miss Michigan USA : .: o p m b worldwideOctober 5, 2008
A crown isn’t the only common bond between Lindsey Tycholiz and Kristen Danyal, recently named Miss Michigan USA 2009 and Miss Michigan Teen USA 2009, respectively.
Both women hail from Sterling Heights — and actually grew up across the street from each other on the city’s northwest side.
“It’s very crazy that it all worked out like that,” said Tycholiz.
Tycholiz, 26, and Danyal, 18, said they didn’t know each other well due to their age difference and weren’t even aware that the other was competing until they spotted each other’s families at Port Huron’s McMorran Place Theater during the Sept. 18-20 event.
Melissa Pitchford, executive director for Proctor Productions, the Cincinnati-based company that produces Miss Michigan USA, said she’s never seen dual winners from the same city during her involvement with the pageant.
“I’ve been doing this for 10 years, and it’s never happened,” she said.
According to Pitchford, any Michigan female — age 14-18 for the teen competition and 18-27 for the main competition — could apply. By the time of the pageant, each category comprised a field of about 60 contestants, which judges whittled down to 15, then five, over the three-day event before selecting the winners, said Pitchford.
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