TRUFANT — Megan McPherson has always wanted to compete for the title of Miss Trufant Jubilee, but was too scared to try it. This year, she faced her fears and did it, and walked away with the title.
“It was one of those things that seemed pretty scary, but once I did it, I realized that my thinking that way was making it worse than it really was,” said the demure McPherson, 17, who was crowned Thursday night as the 35th Trufant Jubilee queen.
Shyness and talking in front of people were the deterrents, but after five or six practices, working alongside the other contestants, it was easier to do.
“The on-stage question was still the most difficult part,” said McPherson, a senior at Lakeview High School.
Her random question, asked by emcee Tony Gibbons, was, “What is it that you are still learning or working on?”
“The first thing I will be working on will be to graduate from high school,” said McPherson, the daughter of Rose Maldner and John McPherson of Trufant. “After college, I could achieve my dream career.”
As Trufant Jubilee queen, McPherson will attend as many of the events as possible over the next few days of the celebration, according to pageant director Tonya Kruger.
“She and her court will also attend the parade in Belding on Monday, and then all the other local festivals’ parades throughout the year,” said Kruger.
McPherson will be joined on the float by Krysta Frye, 16, the daughter of Brenda Bell of Trufant, who was voted by her peers as Miss Friendship, and will serve as McPherson’s court.
They will be joined by 2014 Jr. Miss Trufant Jubilee Hannah Schwandt, 10, the daughter of John and Marianne Schwandt of Trufant.
Schwandt’s court will be her sister Grace Schwandt,13, and Jenna Funk, 13, the daughter of Joe and Janette Funk, of Trufant.
The youngest members of royalty are Prince Tyler Gitchel, 7, the son of Luke and Rebecca Gitchel of Trufant, and Princess Lia Huizinga, 7, the daughter of Ken and Heidi Huizinga of Kent City.