Victoria Bullock is Miss Rogers City, 2014

Miss Rogers City, 2014 Victoria Bullock is flanked by second runner-up Madeleine Steiger (left) and first runner-up Jacqueline Hart. (Photo by Richard Lamb)

The first event of the 2014 Nautical City Festival is in the books as a new Miss Rogers City was crowned. Victoria Bullock is Miss Rogers City, 2014 earning the title at the Nautical City Queen’s Pageant Friday at Rogers City High School.

The daughter of Steven and Pamela Bullock won the talent award with an inspirational speech entitled “The Definition of Beauty.” She also won the evening gown award. Her talent presentation, a speech she wrote and presented by memory, stood out because of its uniqueness and she explained how it was conceived.

“It is all real and a philosophy I have always had. I believe everyone is beautiful and I wish that they could see that in themselves because I like to see that in everybody. And so I just tried to write that and convey as much of it as I could in two and one-half minutes,” she said.

Bullock will be a senior in the fall at Rogers City High School.

The final question asked the contestants what they would put in a time capsule which would be sealed for 100 years. Bullock’s answered, “I think that I would like to place a photo of the current Rogers City in the time capsule so that the people of the future will be able to see what this community used to look like and they can see the advances that we will surely make.”

Miss Rogers City 2013 Rebecca Myers had the honor of crowning her successor, Victoria Bullock. (Photo by Richard Lamb)

Jacquelyn Hart, the daughter of Patrick and Kristie Hart, was first runner-up while earning an award for selling the most tickets. She also won the congeniality award and the coordination award. She performed a graceful pointe dance to “Clocks,” as her talent presentation.

Madeleine Steiger earned second runner up. The daughter of Kirah and Rick Steiger, performed a sign language presentation to “America Soldier” for her talent.

The other contestants were Jade Ramus, Erin Herrington, Emily Kasuba and Alysse Hempel.

Victoria takes over for Miss Rogers City 2013, Rebecca Myers, who ended her reign in crowning the new queen. Rebecca was eloquent in thanking her court members by name and others in the community who helped her during her reign. Myers, the daughter of Mike and Cindy Myers, singled out  Kelleigh Lamb, the Presque Isle County Fair Queen from 2010, who choreographed Myers’ talent presentation in last year’s pageant.

“First and foremost I have to thank my family,” she said and thanked her best friend, and current Presque Isle County Fair Queen Ericka Pauly, for her support. She closed by giving advice to the next group of girls who will represent Rogers City and their families.

“Take pictures. Lots of them. Always remember that even when you are not wearing the crown, you are still in the spotlight, so be a role model to those around you. And finally, you may never have the chance to do anything like this again, so don’t take it for granted.”

Myers also performed a dance to “I Can Only Imagine.” Nicole Grulke and Jess Ruppert sang “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” after the coordination and sang “John Legend Mash Up,” after the evening gown presentation.

Lori Acre, Kelli Moore and Trisha Selke served as judges and Joe Brewbaker served as master of ceremonies.

The contestants were judged in the categories of photogenic, interview, coordination, talent, evening gown and onstage speaking. A $1,000 scholarship plus 50 percent of the sponsorship fee is awarded to the queen. A $500 scholarship and 30 percent of the sponsorship money is awarded to the first runner-up. The second runner-up earned 20 percent of the sponsorship fees.

(Photos by Richard Lamb)

Victoria takes over for Miss Rogers City 2013, Rebecca Myers, who ended her reign in crowning the new queen.

More details  in next week’s Advance.