During the Miss Milford Scholarship Pageant on Sunday, March1, Brooke Mitchell was crowned Miss Milford. Other title holders included Tiny Miss Milford, Cheyenne Johnson, age 6; Little Miss Milford, Lizzie Tucker, age 8; and Junior Miss Milford, Kristen Greenley, age12. The Miss Milford Scholarship Organization is a local organization that helps young women in “developing confidence, self-esteem, poise and scholarships. Their focus is similar to the Miss America Organization and is based on the four points of the crown that represent style, service, scholarship and success.
Although former Miss Milford Taylor DeMario could not attend the event due to a prior commitment, the Miss Milford organization turned the crown over in DeMario’s honor to the new title holder, Brooke Mitchell. Demario states that being Miss Milford was an incredible experience. “Pageantry is a great thing for young women. Not only do you build friendships, but you build life skills that will help you in every aspect of your life,” stated DeMario. DeMario went on to be crowned Miss Delaware World in 2014.
Sue McKinney, Executive Director of the Miss Milford Scholarship Organization, was excited to see the support from the local community and the level of talent the girls displayed. “Being Miss Milford means that this young woman will represent the City of Milford. She will be a role model for other young women in the Milford community,” said McKinney. “Brooke Mitchell was chosen because she represents the four points of the crown: service, style, scholarship and success. Additionally she is involved in community volunteerism, encourages other young women of all ages to get involved, she is involved and proactive and will be a good hostess of the City of Milford.”
Mitchell started competing in the Miss America Organization in the Outstanding Teen program at age 13, however, she states that she has not missed a Miss Delaware pageant since she was six. Last year was her first year competing for Miss Delaware and as the youngest contestant, she placed first runner up, received preliminary awards in talent and evening wear and was awarded the Rookie of the Year award along with the Spirit Award. Mitchell then went on to the National Sweetheart Pageant this past summer and competed against the first runner ups in 42 other states where she was awarded the Platform Community Service Award.
“I have been watching the Miss Milford program for over 10 years and so many talented and well rounded women have come from it,” said Mitchell. “They have all been great role models to children across the entire state. This is why I chose to compete.”
Being Miss Milford will allow Mitchell to promote her platform of volunteerism while being a spokesperson for the town of Milford. She will compete for the title of Miss Delaware which would allow her to touch lives across Delaware and eventually across the nation.
“I chose this platform because I have been volunteering since I was six years old,” said Mitchell. “It is very near and dear to my heart. I have accumulated over 3,000 hours of community service and have raised money for the Make-A-Wish foundation, Children’s Miracle Network, and so many other charities. I look forward to promoting my platform on a national level and am honored that I get to share it as Miss Milford.”
Over the next year Mitchell plans to be very busy. Her goal by the end of the year is to have helped as many people as possible as she plans to speak to numerous elementary schools, visit children’s hospitals and continue to raise money for charities such as Children’s Miracle Network. “I hope to make Milford proud this next year and I am looking forward to sharing this year with all of you,” said Mitchell. “I hope to be the best representative possible for everyone and I cannot wait to see how this year unfolds.” Mitchell will serve as Miss Milford for one year and compete for the title of Miss Delaware to be held in June.