ST. JOSEPH — Natalie Davis of Dowagiac will represent her community, and others without a hometown pageant, this year as Miss Heart.
Davis, a Southwest Michigan College nursing student, earned the title Saturday at the pageant at St. Joseph High School. As Miss Heart she will join the other community queens in competing in the Miss Blossomtime pageant on March 10 and 11.
Some of the communities Davis represents are Allegan, Decatur, Dowagiac, Paw Paw, Covert, Fennville, Lawton, Mattawan, Marcellus, Three Rivers and Vicksburg.
Davis, the daughter of Wendy and Jim Davis, plans to transfer to a university to finish her nursing degree and become a neonatal nurse. In high school she was all-conference honorable mention for volleyball for three seasons, and graduated with honors.
Earning the title of first runner-up and Miss Congeniality was Jessica Schoff of Dowagiac. She is enrolled at SMC, where she plans to get certified in phlebotomy, then work her way up to being an anesthesiologist. Schoff, the daughter of Sheri and Paul Schoff, has awards from competitive cheer, soccer and softball, and was active in 4-H.
Makaela Castaneda of Dowagiac earned the title of second runner-up. Castaneda is the daughter of Kamoka and Guadalupe Castaneda. She is attending community college and seeking an associate degree in medical assisting.
Alanna Smith of Dowagiac earned the title of finalist. She is the daughter of Tearsa and Robert Smith, and plans to attend SMC to obtain her degree in elementary education, and then transfer to Ferris State.
Also competing Saturday were 10 contestants for the title of Miss Teen Blossomtime. Paige Albright of Niles won the title this year. First runner-up was Madison Jackson; Hailey drew was second runner-up; while Claire Caplea was named Miss Congeniality.