BRIDGMAN — Just being herself was the secret to success for SarahRose Boughner, who was crowned Miss Bridgman 2018 during the 81st Miss Bridgman Pageant on Saturday.

She also won the Entrepreneur and Peoples Choice Awards. Joining her as Mr. Bridgman 2018 was Jonah Stanage. Both are 17-year-old seniors at Bridgman High School.

SarahRose credited her mother for telling her to “be confident in who you are and it will take you wherever you want to go” in response to her on-stage question as to what was the best advice she had been given.

The newly crowned queen said the confidence she gained during her previous reigns as Miss Teen Bridgman 2014 and second runner-up to Miss Bridgman in 2016 helped her win the title Saturday evening.

“I want to make the community proud of me, and I look forward to getting to know all these beautiful people in my court,” the new Miss Bridgman said after thanking the judges for selecting her.

Joining SarahRose and Jonah as 2018 Bridgman Blossomtime Royalty are fellow Bridgman High School students Emma Wimbush as first runner-up, Amber Smith as second runner-up and Lauren Keller as Miss Congeniality.

The new Miss Bridgman is the middle of Paul and Deborah Boughner’s seven daughters. SarahRose’s goal is to return to Bridgman to open a coffee shop or bakery after studying business and entrepreneurship at Grand Valley State University.

SarahRose’s school activities include softball team captain, secretary of both her senior class and DECA chapter, a volleyball team member and cheerleader. An honor roll student, she was recognized as outstanding choir student, winner of the Girl Scouts Silver Award and placed first in district and state DECA contests and was a finalist for DECA Internationals. She received an honor cadet award in the U.S. Navy Sea Cadet Corps and volunteers packing boxes for soldiers with Blue Star Mothers and at local food banks. She is a member of Girls on the Run and Red Bud Ministries.

Jonah is the 17-year-old son of Dalton and Mollie Stanage. He described himself as hardworking, disciplined and persistent as demonstrated by being a four-year honor roll student with varsity letters in football, track and academics. He is a member of Berrien County Early/Middle College Program, captain of the football team, member of DECA and runs track and field. Jonah plans to earn an associates degree at Lake Michigan College before pursuing a degree in physical therapy at Grand Valley State University. He also has the goal of competing in Reebok Crossfit Games.

First Runner-up Emma Wimbush, 17, is the daughter of Aaron and Deb Wimbush. She plans to attend Southwest Michigan College. She is an honor roll student, a district and state winner at DECA contests and a DECA Internationals contestant and holds varsity letters in cheerleading and academics. Emma volunteers as a PTO babysitter, Little Bees Cheer Camp, Building Bridgman and Bridgman Library Halloween and helps with children at her church.

Second Runner-up Amber Smith, 17, is the daughter of Mike Smith. An honor roll junior, she holds a junior varsity letter in basketball and was named most enthusiastic player. She also earned a varsity letter in tennis and an academic excellence award letter. Amber plans to attend Central Michigan University to study music business with the goal of becoming a musician and performer.

Chosen by her fellow contestants as Miss Congeniality, Lauren Keller is the 18-year-old daughter of Paul and Karen Keller.

Opening the ceremony with the “National Anthem” was Miss Bridgman 2014 Megan Hildebrandt. She is a senior at Western Michigan University and also served as emcee with Wild Bill Lewis, afternoon radio personality at WIN 98.5 in Battle Creek/Kalamazoo. Planning the evening for the Miss Bridgman Scholarship Committee was Tamra Preston.