After studying and working in Mid-Michigan, a Bay City woman was crowned 2019 Miss Michigan.

Mallory Rivard won the 2019 Miss Michigan Scholarship Program in Muskegon on Saturday.

"Oh my goodness! I watched the video over and over again because to be honest, it's a complete blur. But I remember in that moment holding hands with Sara Dudinetz, who is a great friend of mine. I just said, 'oh my goodness, oh my goodness.' I just couldn't believe it," Rivard said.

Rivard is a first-grade teacher at MacGregor Elementary in Bay City and is a graduate of Bay City Western.

She also graduated from Saginaw Valley State University and is working on her master’s degree in early childhood education.

The 24-year-old won the competition on her “read to Succeed” platform, which she said “seeks to empower parents to read to their children to help combat the literary crisis.”

Along with a title and crown, Rivard win a $12,000 scholarship, a $500 scholarship and eligibility in the 2020 Miss America Scholarship Program pageant.

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