There they are, U.P. queens crowned

Miss Upper Peninsula Teen USA 2018 Malorie Munson, left, and Miss Upper Peninsula USA 2018 Macy Niemisto were crowned the winners at the annual Miss Upper Peninsula USA pageant at Northern Michigan University’s Forest Roberts Theatre Saturday night. (-et images)

NEGAUNEE — Two young women from Negaunee were selected to be the Upper Peninsula’s newest representatives as Macy Niemisto was crowned the new Miss Upper Peninsula USA and Malorie Munson was crowned the new Miss Upper Peninsula Teen USA 2018 at a pageant Saturday at the Forest Roberts Theatre on the campus of Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

Macy is the daughter of Lisa and Ken Niemisto of Negaunee. Malorie is the daughter of Nichole and Bill Munson of Negaunee.

Contestants took part in three equal areas of competition; interview, evening gown, and then swimwear for the Miss division and activewear for the Teen division.

Also placing in the completion were first runner-up in teen Chloe Peterson of Marquette and second runner-up in teen Sydney Mills of Gladstone. Sydney Mills also received the Teen Photogenic and Congeniality awards.

In the Miss division, Rylee Barto of Gwinn was first runner-up, Amanda Nemeth of Sault Ste. Marie was second runner-up, and for the special awards, Photogenic went to Kai Movrich of Gogebic County and Macy Niemisto received the Congeniality award.

The two new titleholders Niemisto and Munson will now advance to represent the Upper Peninsula at the Miss Michigan USA and Miss Michigan Teen USA competitions to be held Sept. 21-22 in downstate Port Huron.

The winners of the state pageant will advance to compete in the national Miss Teen USA pageant and the Miss USA pageant, which is broadcast nationally on Fox.

For more information on the Miss Upper Peninsula Pageant, visit www.MissUpperPeninsula.com.