Iris Robare was crowned Miss Teen Michigan USA 2014 at the state pageant held on Saturday night of September 14th, 2013 at McMorran Entertainment Center in Port Huron. The 16 year-old beauty from Gladstone will represent the state of Michigan in the upcoming Miss Teen USA 2014 pageant, traditionally held in the Bahamas in July.
Iris Robare was crowned Miss Teen Michigan USA 2014. Photo courtesy of Edwin Shaw Photography
Newly crowned Miss Teen Michigan USA 2014 Iris Robare (C) and her runners-up.
At the time of her crowning, Iris is the reigning Miss Upper Peninsula Teen USA. Iris’ court includes the first runner-up Crystal Hardaway, the second runner-up Dominique Spindler, the third runner-up Christina Zitkus and the fourth runner-up Ujanee’ Wells.
Special Awards: Miss Congeniality title went to Lindsey Oprisiu and the title of Miss Photogenic went to Iris Robare.
The Semi-finalists are completed with Aftyn WIlliams, Sydney Smith, Stephanie Hodges, Laura Esqueda, Adriell Desero, Abigail Villaruel, Maria Smith, Madison Kabodian, Lisa Jackson, Paris Cheateum.
Iris Robare profile (from Miss Upper Peninsula Teen USA website):
Iris currently attends Gladstone High School, where she is on the high honor roll with a 3.9 G.P.A. Iris has advanced to the U.P. finals twice for the Spelling Bee, was a member of the National Junior Honor Society, was the 9th grade class president, and has even won two Varsity cross country meets. As a member of the Gladstone High School Track Team, Iris has broken the Freshman/Sophomore school record in long jump and went on to place 2nd at the U.P. Track Finals in long jump.
One of Iris’ passions is spreading knowledge and awareness of Mental Health Issues in Teens, and at the Northern Michigan University Science Olympiad Competition took 1st place in Disease Detectives. Iris plans to make it a key point during her reign to speak to Teens about the various Mental Health Issues that Teens face day to day, she feels that many Teens feel alone in their thoughts and feelings when they believe they are different for a negative reason. Iris believes that Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Suicide, and Anxiety Attacks seem to be a part of the teenage culture more than society has acknowledged. She feels that there is a stigma against mental illness and wants to help Teens feel empowered to overcome whatever their biggest worry or trouble is in life so that they do not feel they need to hide their problems for an overall sense of belonging.
At the same event, Elizabeth Ivezaj was crowned Miss Michigan USA 2014 and will represent the state of Michigan in the upcoming Miss USA 2014 pageant, scheduled for next summer in Florida.