Megan Cromwell wins 2018 Miss Farmington crown

Megan Cromwell has been watching pageants since she was a little girl.

Now, the Farmington High junior has her own crown. She won the title of Miss Farmington during a pageant held Wednesday at the Farmington Civic Theater.

Miss Farmington Megan Cromwell
With help from 2016 Miss Farmington Grace Murphy, right, 2017 Miss Farmington Summer Badrak crowns her successor, Megan Cromwell.

Cromwell said she didn’t expect to hear her name called as emcee Kelly Duca announced the winner.

“At first, it didn’t register,” she said during the Miss Farmington pageant afterglow at John Cowley & Sons in downtown Farmington. “Then I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, my hard work paid off.’ I was stunned, really.”

Sponsored by Cromwell Family Chiropractic, Megan said she is most at home on stage, and that showed as she belted out a few bars of “This Girl is on Fire” during the personal style portion of the competition. She also won a new pageant honor, an award for best interview.

Spirit of Miss Farmington Maggie Bean
2017 Miss Farmington Summer Badrak, left, congratulates Maggie Bean, who won the Spirt of Miss Farmington award.

Miss Farmington’s court includes 1st Runner Up Elena Vargo, who won the charity competition and $237 for the Alzheimer’s Society, and 2nd Runner Up Maria Cheriyan, who took home the Academic Scholar, Samantha Steckloff Leadership, and Aldo Vagnozzi Community Service awards.

Vargo, 16, attends Harrison High and was sponsored by Sunflour Bakehaus. Cheriyan, 14, attends Detroit Country Day, and was sponsored by Roxanne Fitzpatrick.

Contestants selected Farmington High student Maggie Bean, sponsored by the Farmington Optimist Club, for the Spirit of Miss Farmington award. Emily Baker, who attends Franklin Road Christian School, won the Mayor’s Essay Award, which was presented by Farmington Mayor Steven Schneemann. She was sponsored by the Greater Farmington Area Chamber.

The pageant also unveiled three new scholarships:

  • Andrea Irvin presented the essay-based Farmington Rockets Scholarship to Avbegale Jones, a Farmington High student sponsored by Focal Point Studio.
  • 2016 Miss Farmington Grace Murphy and her family presented the Ken Young Memorial Scholarship to co-winners Baker and Cheriyan. Murphy said the award honors her late uncle, a military veteran who died of a rare cancer caused by exposure to Agent Orange.
  • Matt Green presented Vargo with an essay-based scholarship award given to a contestant who plans to go into the medical field.

Kim Riley Fouts, a long-time volunteer who helped establish the pageant’s Dolores Riley Educational Grant, received this year’s Walter Sundquist Humanitarian Award, which honors those who give selflessly to the community. Due to illness, she was unable to attend the event, and former Farmington mayor JoAnne McShane accepted the award on her behalf.