Math and Science Center student crowned Miss Niles 2019

 

NILES — Since Aliea Bakerson first saw a friend compete in a scholarship pageant, she dreamed of challenging herself to do the same.

On Saturday, Bakerson lived out her dream and claimed the Miss Niles 2019 title during the annual scholarship pageant at Niles High School.

Bakerson, 17, is the daughter of Michelle and Michael Bakerson. She is a student at the Berrien County Math and Science Center at Andrews University.

She described the moment she was crowned as an “amazing” feeling.

In her reign as Miss Niles, Bakerson said she looks forward to representing her community in the Miss Blossomtime Scholarship pageant which takes place March 11 in Benton Harbor. The regional competition gives southwest Michigan queens the chance to vie for the title.

Additionally, Bakerson said she looks forward to working with her court to give back to the Niles community.

“I’m really looking forward to spending more time around the community,” Bakerson said.

Outside of school, Bakerson is competing in the FIRST Robotics competition. She also enjoys sketching.

Rounding out the 2019 Miss Niles court are Abby Kouespert, first-runner up; Kelsey Rager, second-runner up and Mia Frazier, Miss Congeniality. David Haynes was crowned Mr. Niles. He will compete in Blossomtime for the Mister title.

For the first time, this year’s competition also included a Miss Niles Teen scholarship pageant. Annabelle Scally was crowned Miss Niles Teen 2019 and Miss Congeniality. Her court includes Presley Gogley, first-runner up and Natalie Millin, second-runner up.

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