Source: Hometown Life
Author: Aileen Wingblad
The Farmington-Farmington Hills community has a new ambassador, and local youth have a new role model.
Grace Murphy was crowned Miss Farmington 2016 during Wednesday evening’s pageant at the Farmington Civic Theater.
“I’m overjoyed and so surprised – this is unreal,” said Grace, moments after she was named winner.
The 17-year-old, a Northville resident, was eligible to compete for the title due to her attending school in Farmington or Farmington Hills. She’ll be a senior this fall at Mercy High School.
Grace admits she “couldn’t hold back the tears” when she heard the panel of seven judges had selected her tops among the six candidates. Also competing for the title were Katie Brewer, named first runner-up, Sydney Hoffmeyer, named second runner up, Emily Brewer, Sarah Cooper and Josie Edwards.
“It’s fabulous, wonderful. I’m so excited for her,” said Susan Murphy, Grace’s mother.
Added her father, Keith Murphy: “She truly embraced the competition and truly enjoyed it.”
Grace also took home several other awards including the Samantha Steckloff Leadership Award, Interview Award and the Mayor’s Essay Award.
Other award winners: Sarah Cooper, Mayor’s Essay Award; Emily Brewer, Academic Scholarship Award; Katie Brewer, Aldo Vagnozzi Community Service Award, Dick Tupper Goodfellows Spirit Award and People’s Choice Award; Josie Edwards, Program Ad Sales Award.
Grace is a competitive dancer at Flex Point Performing Arts Center and volunteer at Beaumont-Farmington Hills. Her career goal is pediatric general surgery.
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