Britton resident to compete for Miss Michigan title
Britton resident Charlotte Squires will be competing in the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant on June 13, 14 and 15 in Muskegon. Squires became eligible as a contestant when she won the crown of Miss River Raisin Festival last summer. Young women from 33 areas of the state will be competing at the event.
Charlotte is the daughter of Teresa and Michael Squires, and attended fifth through 11th grade in Tecumseh Public Schools. She is a 2010 Lenawee Christian School graduate. She also has held the title of Lenawee County Fair Queen.
“Each contestant has to have a community service project — a platform,” said Charlotte. “Mine is ‘Giving Back to — and through — Animals.’ It kind of promotes helping animals in the Humane Societies and finding ways to help people with special needs.” Through her service work, Charlotte has worked with fundraisers, including events such as the Walk and Wag fundraiser at the Lenawee County Humane Society.
“I also went to Tecumseh Place with a therapy pony and worked with older people,” she said. “That was really cool.”
She has also participated in national community service work, since the Miss America pageant serves the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Charlotte took part in a telethon to raise money for hospitals at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing and Hurley Hospital in Flint recently, and also served at Special Olympics in Mt. Pleasant.
“I was talking about and promoting my platform at Special Olympics,” she said. “I also attended the local Special Olympics at Adrian College in the spring.”
For her talent, Charlotte has been practicing “Home,” from “The Wiz.” She said she performed for the first time when she was three years old. She’s also been tuning in to news broadcasts because a lot of the pageant scoring is weighted on response to a 10-minute interview session on current events. While she has some experience with this, she wants to be ready for anything the judges might throw at her.
“You get a lot of really good communication skills through this process and being able to speak to other people prepares you for the interview process for jobs,” Charlotte said.
“I got her involved in the pageants when she was young because I was always so shy and I wanted her to be able to talk to people,” said Teresa. “Now she has no problem with that. She would rather make a speech than take a test.”
Charlotte said what saddens her is that a lot of people misjudge the Miss America organization.
“Yes it’s a beauty pageant, and there is a bathing suit competition, but it’s also about showing confidence and the interview counts the most in all of it, so it’s really sad that people think it’s just about what you look like,” Charlotte said.
She added that sponsorship for the Miss River Raisin Festival that she won is very strong, and credits its director, Marcia Loder, with the pageant’s continued success.
“I have a closet full of clothes because the donors supply clothes for the competition and appearances, which is not how most organizations are,” Charlotte said.
She was looking forward to her journey to Muskegon on Friday night, June 7. The contestants gather and do service projects and fundraisers, and the initial interviews are held early in the week. The winner of the Miss Michigan Pageant will then proceed to the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City in September.
“It’s earlier this year when it was usually held in January,” said Charlotte. “This year, the winner will have to go straight in shortly after they win.”