Brooke Mitchell crowned Miss Delaware 2015

DOVER— Miss Milford Brooke Mitchell and Miss Capital Mikaila Ryan held hands and told one another they loved each other as they waited to hear one of their names as Miss Delaware 2015 at Dover Downs Hotel Saturday night.

When Ms. Mitchell’s name was announced there was a large uproar, as they both gracefully hugged each other.

“We were excited,’ the 19-year-old Mitchell said. “We were in it together and didn’t realize what was happening. It was a whirlwind.”

Along with her crown, Ms. Mitchell will receive a $10,000 scholarship from the Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization, as well as other scholarships and gifts. She also won the People’s Choice Award at the competition.

Ms. Mitchell also went through the Miss Delaware Outstanding Teen competition.

She will represent Delaware in the 2016 Miss America Pageant Sept. 13 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. No contestant from Delaware has yet to win the contest.

There were 11 contestants in this year’s Miss Delaware Pageant, as throughout the night they all had to prove why they should be crowned as the next Miss Delaware through various competitions.

For her talent, Ms. Mitchell performed a baton twirling routine to the song “Rhythm of the Night.”

The top five finalists, which included Ms. Mitchell, Ms. Ryan, Miss Hockessin Jenn Ferris, Miss Diamond State Amanda Debus and Miss Brandywine Katelynn Mayers had to answer one-stage question moments before a winner was announced.

Ms. Mitchell was asked what was one of the main benefits she’s gotten from participating in the pageant this year.

“My platform, which is volunteerism,” Ms. Mitchell said confidently. “My very first pageant was in benefit of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and every since that day I was stuck with it forever.

“My very first appearance was at the Make-A-Wish triathlon and it was so much fun. My family and I served ice cream cones to the runners

“Volunteerism touches so many people’s lives and you’ll be amazed to see the differences you can make.”

In her new position Ms. Mitchell hopes to promote her platform throughout the state.

“I’m so shocked and excited,” Ms. Mitchell said. I’m ready to take on this year. I’ve been involved in volunteerism since I was 6 years old. It’s something very near and dear to my heart.

“I love working with all different type of charities and organizations. It’s a broad platform and I’m looking forward to promoting it.”

Miss Delaware 2014 Brittany Lewis placed the tiara on Ms. Mitchell head and gave the winner a few words of advice as well.

“Just soak it all in and take in every last moment,” Ms. Lewis said. There are tons of girls who have competed or have aged out and they’re just dying to get back on the stage.

“So while you’re here enjoy it and take on all the experiences that come along with it like the memories, the sisterhood and the opportunity to perform.”

Ms. Mitchell said she would always remember the experiences she had with the contestants during the process.

“It’s truly a sisterhood,” Ms. Mitchell. “You really come back every year because we’re such a big family and we all support each other, as that’s one of the great things about this organization because you get to meet everyone and become close with one another, which makes everything so much better.”

 

 

 

 

 

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