STANTON — Isabella Williams and Brandy Foster are best friends and knew that some day they both wanted to be Miss Stanton.
Williams, who was Miss Stanton 2011, crowned her friend when Foster was named Miss Stanton 2012 at the Stanton Old Fashioned Days pageant Thursday night at the former Stanton Elementary School.
“We both wanted it and she decided to run last year,” said Foster, 19, the daughter of Tina Phenix and Robert Foster. “We didn’t want to compete against each other, so I decided to wait to try it this year.”
Stacy Decker, 16, of Sheridan, earned the title of first runner-up while second runner-up is Sabra Leonard, 17 of Edmore.
Contestants vied in different phases of competition including interview, evening gown, essay and on-stage question.
“The most difficult part was reading the essay because I got so nervous,” said Foster, who told judges that one of the biggest challenges facing teens today is low self-esteem.
She said in her essay, “When teen girls try too hard to fit in, they are trying to change who they really are. It doesn’t matter your size or weight or height — be who you are,”
Foster, a 2011 Central Montcalm High School graduate, is currently attending Montcalm Community College to earn an associate’s degree before transferring to Ferris State University. She wore a strapless fuchsia gown accented by a black belt and paired with black flats as her evening wear.
When asked her on-stage question, “What message would you love to give to young people today?” Foster answered, “I would like to tell them to be themselves, whatever size or shape that is. You are the shape you are because God made you that way.”
Marina Shick, 13, the daughter of Harvey and Cindy Schick, was crowned Jr. Miss Stanton with Kae-Leigh Basney, 12, serving as first runner-up and Morgan Woodard, 15, named second runner-up.
From a draw of a hat, Kadin Gould-Hunt was chosen as duke and Brianna Marsh as duchess. The prince and princess are Owen Jewell, 3, of Sheridan, and Izlee Hopkins, 4, of Stanton.
Pageant Coordinator Tina Pierce said the new queen will attend most Stanton Old Fashioned Day events this weekend and represent Stanton at other events over the year in different communities.
“I also would like her to get to know more about Stanton’s history and its heritage and get involved in some community service projects,” said Pierce.