BARODA — Lakeshore High School senior and future nurse Kendall Beyer was chosen Miss Baroda from a field of four contestants Sunday afternoon in a community Blossomtime contest.

The contest was held in the Bridgman High School auditorium before an audience of 200 people. The new queen will now compete with other community queens for the Miss Blossomtime title March 10-11 at Lake Michigan College’s Mendel Center.

This year’s Blossomtime theme is “America, The Places You’ll Go” and the Miss Baroda committee chose “Pennsylvania: The State of Independence” for their contest theme.

Kendall, 17, is the daughter of Art and Betsy Beyer. Her younger sisters, Paxton and Payton, were Little Miss Barodas in 2016 and 2017.

She plans to attend Western Michigan University next fall to study nursing. Her career goal is to work as a pediatric nurse. The three words she used to describe herself were passionate, strong and considerate. Her school and community activities include Key Club, tennis, teacher cadet and showing animals and crafts at the Berrien County Youth Fair. She has volunteered with Blanket Brigade, Royalton Manor Nursing Home, the Youth Fair and Support Our Troops.

Lakeshore High School junior Abigail Nitz was chosen first runner-up and Miss Congeniality in the contest. She is the daughter of Fred and Kristin Nitz. She plans to attend the University of Michigan to take pre-med courses, with the goal working in the medical field. Her school activities include early middle college, marching band and concert band.

Bridgman High School senior Sydney Melton, 17, was chosen second runner-up. She is the daughter of Phillip and Emily Melton of Baroda. Her school activities and honors include tennis, honor roll, National Honor Society, Student Senate, Glee Club and Key Club. She plans to study animation at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids. 

The other contestant was Chelsea Bly.

Hollywood Elementary kindergartener Piper Kuhl was chosen Little Miss Baroda 2019 from a field of three contestants. She is the daughter of Scott and Erin Kuhl. Other Little Miss contestants were Alexis Bailie and Kayla VanHarn.

Lakeshore High School senior P.J. Dye was named Mr. Baroda. He is the son of Paul and Mindy Dye.

Christine Wilke of the Prairie Real Estate Group served as mistress of ceremonies. Diane Mensinger was the contest chairperson.

Judges for the queen contest were Carrie Barbus, Melissa Prestine and Lisa Walters. Little miss judges were Heidi Cuthbert, Lou Pagel and Sheila Beckmann.