A group of young women who will compete July 17 for the title of Miss Farmington met for the first time Sunday at Bellacino's in Farmington.
The nine teens are:
- Emma Feeheley, Mercy High School
- Kristina Franchi, 17, Farmington High School
- Rachel Gerth, 15, North Farmington High School
- Kyra Jeffers, 14, Harrison High School
- Lekha Mutyala, 16, Farmington High School
- Grace Newlin, 15, Farmington High School
- Margaret Norris, 17, Farmington High School
- Christina Pappas, 16, Harrison High School
- Sydney Perry, 14, Farmington High School
One of them will be crowned by Miss Farmington 2012 Elena Pavlicas, who said wrapping up her reign is "bittersweet".
"I'll be sad giving up my crown, but I look forward to crowning the new Miss Farmington," she said. "It's an exciting year to come for them."
Pavlicas said the highlight of her year was the Daddy Daughter Dance at the Costick Center, where she enjoyed dancing with the girls in a conga line through the gym. She also has great memories of her fundraiser for the Farmington-Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth and Families backpack program, which raised more than $500 to provide food for Farmington Public Schools students in need.
And she finally figured out how to handle one of the most important parts of her title: how to get her crown straight. "You have to pin it in before it moves," she said.
Pavlicas hopes to be a role model for the new contestants, who will also have help from former Miss Farmington title holders Jennifer (Hoemke) Morgan and Sarah Duhr. Pageant coordinator Ginny Morris told the teens they will be making numerous community appearances and doing some public speaking in the run up to the pageant.
"We are not here to change you," she said. "We are here to make you grow."
"Make the best of this experience," Morgan said. "You will remember it for the rest of your life."