Railroad Days Royalty Coronation Ceremony To Be Held Friday Night at 7pm
Posted by Durand Now at 10:51pm 3/9/16

Three young ladies vie for the title of Durand's Miss Railroad Days Queen and Attendant.  Miss Railroad Days Queen and her Attendant, the Princess and Prince will be announced on Friday, March 11th, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at a Crowning Ceremony in the Grand Ballroom of the Union Station.  This year's contestants are Tierra Barren, Carly Gross, and Sophie Pawloski.

Tierra Barren is the daughter of Elizabeth Barren of Durand.  Tierra is 17 years old and is a junior at Durand High School. Tierra's hobbies include singing, playing guitar, doing hair and makeup, and coloring with her little sister. Tierra is cheer leading captain, she has sung at the depot, Genesys Hospital, and also on television three times.  She has been awarded Most Spirited, Best Facials, a Varsity Letter Award, and 1st in District Choral Festivals.  Tierra's future plans include starting college early and getting started as a RN.  After college Tierra plans to attend Regency full time to get her cosmetology license.  Tierra is sponsored by Dietrich Flower Shop of Durand.

Carly Gross is the daughter of Barry and Christy Gross of Durand. Carly is 16 years old and is a sophomore at Durand High School where she has maintained a 4.0 grade point average.  Carly's hobbies include being a member of the DHS Art Club, captain of the DHS JV Quiz Bowl, Vice-President of the DHS Youth Advisory Council, bowling on the DHS Varsity Bowling Team, and being a member of the DHS Varsity Tennis Team. She has performed community service work by serving food at the Durand Senior Center, taking tickets at many athletic events and preparing food for the Durand Rotarian Club.  Carly's future plans are graduating high school early and attending Kettering to become a chemical engineer.  She hopes to complete at least four years of college and to study abroad in Europe.  Carly would like to learn at least two languages, Chinese and French or Italian. With her Chemical Engineering degree, she would like to become a manager at a pharmacy or work in a lab.  Carly is sponsored by Papa Joes of Durand.

Sophie Pawloski is the daughter of Jason and Amanda Pawloski of Durand.  Sophie is 17 years and is a senior at Durand High School where she has maintained at 4.0 grade average all four years.  Sophie's hobbies include playing percussion in the Durand Band, dancing at Kathy's School of Dance, taking part in the Durand Varsity Cheer Team, and JV Soccer Team.  She was inducted to the National Honor Society and has spent time performing community service, which include volunteering at the National Food Bank and helping at the Red Cross Blood Drive at the high school.  Sophie's future plans include attending Michigan Tech or Kettering University to major in mechanical engineering with a focus in biomedical engineering.   After college Sophie would like to find a job where she can help improve technology for doctors and hospitals that will help save lives.  Sophie is sponsored by Shaw’s Pharmacy of Durand.

Candidates for Miss Railroad Days Queen and Attendant will be interviewed by a panel of judges and will be rated on their introduction, clarity of speech, poise, presentation, confidence, personality, and answers questions posed by the judges.  The contestant selected as Miss Railroad Days Queen will receive a $500 scholarship plus various gifts.  Her attendant will receive a $350 scholarship plus gifts.

Miss Railroad Days Queen, Attendant, Princess, and Prince will represent the 41st annual Railroad Days Festival on May 12, 13, 14 and 15, 2016 the weekend after Mother's Day. They will appear in various parades and community functions throughout the year.

Photos of the Miss Railroad Days candidates are provided courtesy of A&R Portraits.

The Durand Now RAILROAD DAYS INFO DEPOT is presented by Vision Lawn, Complete Property Maintenance.  Call (989) 288-4649.

Tierra BarrenCarly GrossSophie Pawloski