Haley Williams, a 2011 Saline High School graduate, has won two preliminaries in the Miss Michigan Pageant held in Muskegon this weekend.
The Saline Twirlette alumna, crowned Miss Saginaw in an open pageant last summer before going to the University of Alabama, Williams is the only woman in the pageant who has won two preliminary events.
Friday, Williams won the swimsuit portion of the event, earning a $250 scholarship. Thursday, Williams put her Saline Twirlette experience to good use, winning the talent portion of the event and a $500 scholarship.
Williams, 20, is studying public relations/communications and planning a career in sports marketing. A junior at Alabama, Williams is a Crimsonette in the Million Dollar Band and a Diamond Doll for the baseball team. Last fall, she performed in the college football national Championship game.
Her platform for the pageant is “Through a Child’s Eyes: Conquering Childhood Grief,” where she hopes, with the aid of the Miss America Organization, to emulate the values and goals of the Children’s Grief Education Association in enforcing the importance of the existence of counseling and hospice services within a variety of settings for children.
She developed her talent routine thanks to more than 15 years as a member of the Saline Twirlettes. During the routine, she danced and twirled with up to three batons.