Local teen named Miss Michigan Teen

PORT HURON – While representing the Upper Peninsula, Iris Robare of Gladstone, won the Miss Michigan Teen USA Pageant on Saturday at the McMorran Place Theatre in Port Huron. Iris will now be representing Michigan at the Miss Teen USA Pageant, which is to be held at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas in the summer of 2014.

Iris competed with 44 other teens across the state of Michigan for the title in three categories of competition – Swimwear, Evening Gown, and Interview. Additionally, Iris also won the special Miss Photogenic award.

Other contestants who placed were: Heart of Michigan Teen, Crystal Hardaway, who was first runner-up; second runner-up, Dominique Spindler of Clarkston; third runner-up, Christina Zitkus of Northville; and fourth runner-up, Unjanee’ Wells of Ypsilanti. Special Miss Congeniality award winner was Lindsey Oprisiu of Wayne County.

The new Miss Michigan USA is Elizabeth Ivezaj of Macomb, who will be representing Michigan in the Miss USA Pageant in the spring of 2014.

The daughter of Laura and Craig Karttunen of Gladstone, Iris currently attends Gladstone High School where she is involved in cross country, track, and Youth in Government, where she plans to run for governor this year. She was also a member of the Junior National Honor Society, and president of her ninth-grade class.

Iris’ main platform as Miss Upper Peninsula Teen USA was to spread knowledge and awareness of “Mental Health Issues in Teens.” She even raised over $400 by walking in the Labor Day Mackinaw Bridge Walk for Mental Health America.

Iris hopes that, among the charities she will be supporting and issues she will bring attention to as the new reigning Miss Michigan Teen USA, she will also continue to bring attention to Mental Health Awareness throughout her year’s reign.

To learn more about the Miss Upper Peninsula Teen USA Pageant, which Iris won in April, visit www.MissUpperPeninsula.com

To learn more about Miss Michigan Teen USA and Iris’ new title, visit www.MissMichiganTeenUSA.com.