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Rogers readies for Miss Michigan

Published 9:04am Thursday, December 26, 2013

The students in Cheryl Rogers’ class at Sam Adams Elementary are no strangers to having royalty stop by and spend time with them.

That’s because Rogers’ daughter Tiffany quite often comes in and reads to the class or talks to them.

Rogers, 23, has held several titles including Miss Niles, Miss Cass-St. Joseph County and is currently the reigning Miss Capital City.

The Michigan State University student is preparing for the Miss Michigan Pageant in June, which is part of the Miss America Scholarship pageant.

She also getting ready to follow the Spartan football team to Pasadena, Calif. and root for Michigan State in the 2014 Rose Bowl.

Rogers won the Miss Capital City crown just prior to Thanksgiving. A month before that she competed in the Pride of the Peninsulas pageant.

“This is the third time I have had the privilege of holding a title within the Miss America organization,” Rogers said. “The first time was as a teen here locally in the Cass-St. Joe county and then from there I had the opportunity to be Miss Lighthouse Coast and now Miss Capital City.

“For me this title is extremely special because I got to school in East Lansing there at Michigan State. It is a privilege to represent the area that I have grown to love and to go to school there and be a Spartan. But also, that community has meant so much to me, so it is a real honor to represent that area.”

Rogers said that she will begin preparation for the Miss Michigan Pageant after the first of the year.

“Right now I’m kind of letting it all sink in and getting accustom to everything,” she said. “We will start preparations after I return to school after winter break.”

Her platform will be “agriculture matters.”

“It is a platform that I have carried with me all throughout my time with the Miss America organization,” Rogers said. “It’s something I started because I grew up on a farm, so I had that first-hand agriculture experience and it is something I realized a lot of people don’t have that privilege to know and don’t that understanding.

“It’s my goal to close that gap between our industry and the public perception. Making them more aware of the industry that feeds, fuels and clothes our world.”

The Miss Michigan Pageant will be held in Muskegon at the Frauenthal Center.

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