Royal repeat? Local royalty seeking Blossomtime crowns this weekend
By Annette Christie Mr. Blossomtime Hunter Ackerman of Hartford and Miss Blossomtime Kaylee Chapin of Watervliet will be relinquishing their Blossomtime crowns at the 2018 Mr. and Miss Blossomtime pageants this coming weekend with hopes that they will be crowning another Tri-City Royalty.
Watervliet Miss Watervliet, Ellie Troyer, is a senior attending Watervliet High School. The 17-year-old is the daughter of Kendall and Julia Troyer. In school she is involved in pep band, marching band, and Science Olympiad. Troyer has received the Daughters of the American Revolution Award, was a Girls State attendee, and has achieved academic excellence all four years of high school. She is in the National Honor Society and is a co-president of her class. Troyer is a 4-year drum major in the Watervliet Marching Band. Following high school, she plans to attend Bethel College to receive a degree in chemistry followed by Ferris State University to obtain a Doctorate in Pharmacy. She hopes to become a pharmacist in her future. Her hobbies include baking, sewing, knitting, traveling, and backpacking. She hopes to one day visit all 58 national parks.
Coloma Miss Coloma, Micah Saxe, 17, is a senior attending Watervliet High School. She is the daughter of David Saxe and Shelly Morlock. Saxe has been on the honor roll throughout school and earned her varsity letter in soccer and in choir. She is a member of the Watervliet Dance Team, yearbook staff, choir, and plays soccer for the Lady Panthers. She has volunteered for the Midway Baptist Church Soccer Camp, Glad-Peach 5K Run/Walk, and the Peer to Peer Program where she works with elementary students in the district. Saxe was Miss Teen Coloma in 2014. Her future plans include attending Ferris State University to study criminal justice. She further plans to attend the Detroit Policy Academy on her way to achieving her dream of becoming a police officer. Seeking the Mr. Blossomtime title from Coloma are Robbie Schroeder and Ryley Watson.
Hartford Miss Hartford, Angela Saldana, is a senior attending Hartford High School The 17-year-old is the daughter of Bert Saldana Sr. and Maria Saldana. The future special education teacher plans to start out attending college locally before transferring to Grand Valley State University to complete her degree. Saldana is a three-season athlete participating in cross country, basketball, and softball. In cross country she has earned 19 individual medals, was named the most valuable player, and made second team all-conference her senior year. Not just an athlete, Saldana is a member of the National Technical Honor Society, made the honor roll every year and has also been selected as the Student of the Week.
Miss Spirit The community of Hartford will have two queens gracing the stage of the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center this weekend. Olivia Ziemer, named as first runner-up to Miss Hartford, went on to be crowned Miss Spirit 2018. The Miss Spirit of Blossomtime pageant is open to all first runners-up of community pageants. The winner of the Miss Spirit pageant goes on to participate in the Miss Blossomtime pageant though she is not eligible to win Miss Blossomtime, first runner-up, or second runner-up. She is eligible to be selected as Miss Congeniality by her fellow Blossomtime contestants. She may also win awards for the modeling,