Raelyn DeGroff crowned Miss Heart 2020

Raelyn DeGroff, of Paw Paw, center, was named Miss Heart 2020, in a contest held Sunday, Nov. 24, at Lakeshore High School. Earning the title of First Runner-Up was Abby Ickes, of Dowagiac, left. Voted Miss Congeniality was Hannah Kiggins, of Niles, right.  DeGroff may now go on to compete for the title of Miss Blossomtime in March.  Photo courtesy of Miss Blossomtime

   Raelyn DeGroff, of Paw Paw, was crowned the 2020 Miss Heart in front a full house at Lakeshore High School on Sunday, Nov. 24. Seven young ladies competed in the pageant.
   As Miss Heart, DeGroff will join her sister queens competing for over $20,000 in scholarships in the Miss/Mr. Blossomtime Pageants set to be held March 15 and 16 at Lake Michigan College’s Mendel Center.
   DeGroff, the daughter of Nikki and Jim DeGroff of Paw Paw, is a junior at Paw Paw High School. She plans to attend Butler University to obtain a four-year degree in sports broadcasting and communication. She is a member of the National Honor Society, an Academic All-State for Competitive Cheer and is a certified Peer Assistant Leader (PAL).
   She is the first female member of the Paw Paw Volunteer Fire Department and hopes to obtain her certification as a firefighter and EMT. DeGroff is also involved in Girl Scouts, and volunteering for fire safety month with elementary students.
   Earning the title of First Runner-Up is Abby Ickes, of Dowagiac. Miss Congeniality is Hannah Kiggins, of Niles.
   The theme of the pageant was “Friends”.
   The Miss Heart Pageant originated in 1992 offering young women living in communities that do not host a hometown pageant the opportunity to compete for the title of Miss Blossomtime. Some of these communities are, Allegan, Decatur, Dowagiac, Paw Paw, Covert, Fennville, Lawton, Mattawan, Marcellus, Three Rivers, Vicksburg and surrounding communities in Southwest Michigan.


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