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Lewiston Faces: Lewiston teen wins first runner-up in pageant

Posted Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Rachelle Gordon.jpgDuring her 10th pageant to date, Lewiston’s Rachelle Gordon received a first runner-up in the Miss Sunrise Side Outstanding Teen competition held at Alcona High School on March 24.

Gordon, 16, entered her first contest, Montmorency County Fair Princess pageant, six years ago — the first year she moved to Lewiston from Novi.

This is her second year competing for Miss Sunrise Side, affiliated with the Miss Michigan pageant.

Besides the Montmorency County Fair Princess pageant, the Johannesburg-Lewiston (J-L) High School junior previously competed in the Miss Timberfest competition. Her mother, Jodi Gordon, along with Kim Collier, is co-director of both pageants.

Rachelle Gordon has fared well in the Miss Timberfest pageants. She won first runner-up in 2005, second runner-up in 2006 and took first in the talent competition both years.

“I really enjoy singing,” Gordon stated as the reason she enters the competitions.

She said she is nervous while the contestant before her is performing, but when it’s Gordon’s turn to sing, she blocks out the audience.

Gordon plans to participate in the Miss Sunrise Side pageant again next year and the Timberfest pageant to be held Saturday, Aug. 4 on the festival stage.

In addition to singing, Gordon likes to help new contestants learn the ropes. She choreographs and helps her peers with the talent portion of the contest, as well as lending her years of experience to contestants who are unfamiliar with interviewing skills.

“I know what they’re looking for,” said Gordon of the interview process.

Gordon’s pageant platform, “Can you hear my hands?” was inspired by a talent she learned from Denise Lange, J-L High School American Sign Language (ASL) instructor. Gordon taught interested classmates how to sign, “Oh Canada” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” and along with a classmate, signed them during the Lewiston’s recent dog sled races.

She wants to attend West Shore Community College, near Ludington, after her 2008 graduation.

“I want to be a writer,” she said. “Do some journalism and write books.”

Gordon likes living up north. “I like summertime in Lewiston,” she said.

She hopes to have a summer cabin in Lewiston some day.

Gordon credits her mother and friends “for shaping me into who I am — the person I am today. They’ve made me strong.”

Gordon has one sister, Cara Larson.

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