Miss Downriver & Miss Lake Erie Scholarship Program contestants help youth in their community

Miss Downriver

Four young women, who serve as the faces of the Miss Downriver & Miss Lake Erie Scholarship Program, don’t need a crown to help youth in their community. The scholarship program, based in Taylor, is a local partner for the national Miss America Scholarship Program. The young women involved do much more than compete for  a pageant crown, however.

Mallory Rivard spends her week as a Bay City first grade teacher and her weekends dressed as Elsa to visit and bring smiles to children with Down Syndrome.

Jenna Belian started a reading program for the children and parents at the Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS) in Detroit when she was just 16-years-old. On Friday nights, Jenna loads books in her parents’ car and picks up snacks for the children.

Rylie Dewley,13, has a love for reading and collects books to help replenish Michigan's "Little Free Libraries.”  She has collected and donated hundreds of books across the state. She was also responsible for having several of these free libraries built and placed in her home city of Grand Blanc.

Sophie Causie has always had a dream of becoming a pediatric dentist, recently became one of Michigan's first Ambassadors for the National Children's Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF). Sophie,16, spends much of her time dressed as a Tooth Fairy for children's events where she talks about good dental health and passes out free toothbrushes. She has collected over 400 toothbrushes, through her Sophie's Smiles campaign, and is currently working, with the NCOHF, on a patch program for local Boy & Girl Scout Troops.

These four young women have teamed to together to serve their community by being a positive influence for the youth.

This story was submitted by Nancy Stahl of the Miss Downriver & Miss Lake Erie Scholarship Program.

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