Miss Oakland County program winners visit Farmington council

Newly crowned Miss Oakland County Vivian Zhong, 21, of Northville, and Miss Oakland County Outstanding Teen Kylie D’Andrea,13, of Macomb Township, introduced themselves to Farmington city officials Monday.

Miss Oakland County Vivian Zhong Miss Oakland County’s Outstanding Teen Kylie D'Andrea
From left, Miss Oakland County’s Outstanding Teen Kylie D’Andrea and Miss Oakland County Vivian Zhong talk about their platforms during Monday’s Farmington city council meeting.

Both were crowned July 14 during pageants held at Oakland University’s Dodge Auditorium. The new Miss Oakland County won a $1,150 education scholarship as well as several other prizes and scholarships awards. She will represent Oakland County at the 2019 Miss Michigan pageant in Muskegon next June.

A University of Michigan senior. Zhong is pursuing a B.S. degree in biopsychology, cognition and neuroscience, and told officials she hopes to become a pediatric oncologist. She will advocate pairing seniors and young people in mentoring relationships through her personal platform, “Integrating Tradition – Bridging the Generational Gap

D’Andrea competed with the platform, “Ignited in Faith,” through which she brings supplies and comfort to people who are homeless. She will represent Oakland County at Michigan’s Outstanding Teen competition next June in Muskegon.

This is the first year that the Miss Oakland County pageant was held at Oakland University.

“We believe it is entirely fitting that our education scholarship program for young women throughout Oakland County partner with Oakland University, one of the premier academic institutions in the Midwest,” program executive director Francesca Tuzzolino said in a press release. “We look forward to continuing and expanding that partnership in the future.”

2018 Miss Oakland County Pageant Results

Miss Oakland County awarded $5,064.50, including $4,750 in educational scholarships.

Miss Oakland County 2018, Vivian Zhong, receives a $1,150 education scholarship, $239.20 Children’s Miracle Network award, $500 wardrobe fund toward Miss Michigan and several other gifts and prizes

1st Runner Up ($800 education scholarship): Grace Whan, Birmingham

2nd Runner Up ($700 education scholarship): Shelby McPherson, Shelby Township

3rd Runner Up ($600 education scholarship): Erica Kennedy, Lapeer

All five Non-Finalists received a $100 education scholarship

Kelly Garver-Nieto Talent Award ($175 education scholarship sponsored by Sheryl’s School of Dance): Grace Whan

Kirsten Haglund Lifestyle & Fitness Award ($100 education scholarship sponsored by Kirsten Haglund Foundation): Grace Whan

Non-Finalist Interview Award ($100 education scholarship sponsored by Krizanic Family): Grace Newlin, Farmington Hills

Aldo Vagnozzi Community Service Award ($300 education scholarship sponsored by Vicki Barnett & Mark Steckloff): Shelby McPherson

Samantha Steckloff Service Award ($50 education scholarship): Kristin Penrose, Lake Orion

JoAnn Lingenfelter Spirit of Miss America Award ($100 education scholarship sponsored by Agnes Hutnik): Erica Kennedy

People’s Choice Award ($100 Visa gift card, sponsored by Marian Zadora): Jaymie Ziegler, Novi

Miss America Scholar Award ($150 education scholarship sponsored by Krizanic Family): Jaymie Ziegler

2018 Miss Oakland County’s Outstanding Teen Pageant Results

Miss Oakland County’s Outstanding Teen 2018, Kylie D’Andrea, $150 scholarship

1st Runner Up ($100 scholarship): Peyton Lowder

2nd Runner Up ($75 scholarship): Julianna Maleszyk

3rd Runner Up ($50 scholarship): Mikaela Bannon

4th Runner Up ($50 scholarship): Stephanie Kosmalski

Talent: Kylie D’Andrea

Non-Finalist Talent: Grace Cooper and Kamryn Chasnis

People’s Choice Award: Kylie D’Andrea

Congeniality Award: Peyton Lowder