Pictured left to right: Courtney Heeren, 2013 Michigan Apple Queen and Kate Sage, 1st runner-up
Courtney Heeren of Grand Rapids has been crowned the 2013 Michigan Apple Queen. Heeren, 20, is the daughter of Dan and Jill Heeren. She is a student at Central Michigan University where she is studying special education. selec
Heeren will spend 2013 attending various events and festivals as the face of the Michigan Apple industry. She will also be traveling to schools throughout Michigan educating students about apples.
Kate Sage of Morrice earned 1st runner-up at the pageant. Sage, 19, is the daughter of Grant and Lynne Sage. She is a student at Southwestern Michigan College where she is working toward an associate degree in science.
"It is a special honor for these young ladies to be chosen to represent the Michigan Apple industry," said Diane Smith, executive director of the Michigan Apple Committee. "Courtney will serve all year as an ambassador at schools, parades, festivals, grocery store events and more."
The contest took place on December 5th at the 10th annual Michigan Apple Committee grower luncheon. It marks the 62nd year of the competition that awards an apple representative based on poise, beauty, apple knowledge and public speaking ability.
Contestants for Michigan Apple Queen must be between 17 and 23 years of age and have a connection to the Michigan Apple industry in order to serve as its ambassador. The winners receive a modest scholarship.