In 1958, Fran Visel (now known as Fran Coy, was named the 11th Miss Saline.
On Wednesday, her granddaughter Amanda Coy was named the 70th Miss Saline.
Coy is no stranger to pageants. She’s been competing in – and winning – local pageants affiliated with the Miss America program for years. Still, this one meant a lot.
“My grandmother was Miss Saline in 1959, so it means so much to me that I can carry on this almost tradition for her. She’s really been working with me so it’s extremely worthwhile,” Coy said.
Coy, daughter of Todd and Molly Coy, has been Miss Downriver, Miss Spirit of the State and Miss Heartland.
“This one is a hometown fair queen title. I’ve had the chance to represent different parts of the state, but I really wanted to represent my hometown in my senior year with community service,” Coy said.
Coy will look familiar to many Salinians. She’s been a Saline Twirlette for 13 years. She’s in her fourth year as majorette in front of the Saline High School Marching Band in parades and at football games.
During the pageant, Coy dazzled the crowd with a fiery twirling performance.
She’s looking forward to a year of serving the community as Miss Saline.
The first runner up was Kelly Adamovicz, who also won the Nancy Niethammer Volunteer Award. Adamovicz is co-captain of the cross country team and sings with the Ten Tones and SHS Chamber Choir. She said she was shocked and happy to be selected runner up.
Adamovicz’s volunteer experience is noteworthy. She works with pre-kindergarten children at church. She’s volunteered at a Vacation Bible School in Detroit.
Sarah Brannan, who plays varsity soccer and basketball and is a member of student council, was second runner up. She said the pageant was a great experience.
“This Miss Saline pageant is a great way to represent our community and show what Saline’s all about. I thought it would be an amazing opportunity to be one of the representatives of our great town,” Brannan said. “I’ve never been in a pageant before. I play a lot of sports and connect with the community that way. It was eye-opening. It was an awesome, new experience. And it was a lot of fun to be a part of.”
Also competing in the pageant were Erin Buckeridge, Saige Jost, Chloe Lang, and Chrissy Polzin.
Contestants were judged on their answers to questions, performance while walking in an evening gown, and several other factors. Judges were Aubrey Gorton, Debbie Ellison and Robert Park.
Jane Pannikar was mistress of ceremonies.
Miss Saline was crowed by Cali Harden, first runner up in last year’s pageant. Emily Diehl presented her with a bouquet of flowers. Diehl also posed questions to the contestants.
Miss Saline receives a $1,100 scholarship, a $100 Bank of Ann Arbor Scholarship, a $100 gift card from Old National Bank and much more. The first runner-up receives an $850 scholarship, a $50 scholarship from Bank of Ann Arbor and a $50 gift card from Key Bank. The second runner-up receives a $750 scholarship, a $50 Bank of Ann Arbor Scholarship and a $50 gift card from Joel Ciotta of Yes Insurance.
The winner of the Nancy Niethammer Volunteer Award receives a $100 scholarship and a $200 scholarship from Aubrey and Jim Gorton. All winners receives a gift package and certificate from Voila Salon & Spa.