Carsyn Franz crowned Miss Niles 2022
Published 8:27 am Monday, January 17, 2022
NILES — The new Miss Niles was enthroned in style.
When the dust settled, Carsyn Franz was crowned 86th Miss Niles 2022 Saturday evening at Niles High School.
The event was the pinnacle of the Miss Niles pageant, in which Little Miss and Mr., Junior Teen Miss and Mr., Teen Miss and Mr. and Miss and Mr. Niles titles were awarded by a panel of judges.
The pageant was not hosted in 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s crazy,” Franz said. “I’m really excited to use my platform for something good and to be able to reach out to people using my platform.”
Franz is a junior at Niles High School and plans to attend Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia after graduating to pursue a degree in physical therapy. A Niles High School Student of The Month honoree, Franz has volunteered for United Way, her church youth group and Four Flags Apple Festival.
Franz has six siblings — three brothers and three sisters, including Miss Teen Niles 2022 first runner-up Amity Riggenbach.
Contestants from each category performed a dance routine before taking part in a formal presentation, a question and a fast walkthrough.
When asked what she would change about Niles, Franz said she would like to make the community more aware of its community gardens.
“I believe that it’s very important that we have renewed interest in our community and to have everyone in the community have access to [community gardens] is very important to me,” she said.
With the crown secured, Franz will now represent Niles in the 2022 Blossomtime Festival in May. Established in 1906, Blossomtime is Michigan’s oldest and largest multi-community festival.
“This is something I’ve always wanted to do,” she said. “I’ve been in a few pageants, but this one really stands out to me because it’s me representing my community and my people. Being able to go on to Blossom Time and be able to support everybody is going to be so much fun.”
Franz is not the only contestant looking forward to Blossomtime. Mr. Niles 2022 winner Paul Pirri has had his eyes set on the popular festival for years and is happy to be able to participate as a member of the court this year.
“I love the deep roots of Blossom Time,” Pirri said. “It’s actually almost as old as the Kentucky Derby, so the roots are deep and it also connects back to my family. My family, we’re all fruit farmers and stuff and it just celebrates that fruit element.”
Pirri, a homeschooled junior, has earned two cross country varsity letters as well as two swimming letters. He volunteers at the children’s ministry at church, blood drives and humane society and also enjoys piano and 4-H.
Pirri looks forward to competing for a chance to give Niles its first Mr. Blossomtime winner in years.
“It’s a chance to represent my community,” he said. “Here in Niles, there are a lot of good people working for a lot of good change. I feel like there’s a bright future ahead of us.”
2022 Miss Niles Pageant results
Little Miss Niles
Third Runner-Up — Vada Heighway
Second Runner-Up — Sophia Linn
First Runner-Up — Reese Low
Winner — Sophia Tucker
Little Mr. Niles
Winners — Wesley Tucker, Teo Dyer
Miss Jr. Teen Niles
Third Runner-Up — Zarrah Dyer
Second Runner-Up — Alexis McCombs
First Runner-Up — Kenley Weston
Winner — Lillian Justis
Mr. Jr. Teen Niles
Winner — Aiden Woods
Miss Teen Niles
Second Runner-Up — Legna Marczewski
First Runner-Up — Amity Riggenbach
Winner — Baylee Davis
Mr. Teen Niles
Winner — Ayden Billingsley
Miss Congeniality — Lorri Corbin
Third Runner-Up — Lorrie Corbin
Second Runner-Up — Malaika McChopa
First Runner-Up — Audrey Bakerson
Winner — Carsyn Franz
Winner — Paul Pirri