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Miss Michigan Wants To Use Her Platform To Support The Arts In Areas Such As Washtenaw County

It's been less than a week since Ann Arbor resident Heather Kendrick was crowned Miss Michigan, but the former Miss Washtenaw Countyis already hard at work. 

"When they called my name, I just thought, and it's really happening. Tomorrow, I will be Miss Michigan. Tonight, I'm Miss Michigan. Now what does this next year look like?"

The University of Michigan graduate says her platform is keeping art in education while advocating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math programs, also known as STEAM.  The 23-year old wants to find a seat at the table when it comes to K-12 education reform.

"My aspiration, my lofty goal potentially, is really how do we make the arts a requirement in some capacity for our graduates in the State of Michigan entirely?"

Kendrick plans to work with the Ann Arbor Art Center to advance her platform.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu

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