Miss Monroe County comes full circle

18-year-old Monroe County Community College freshman Kendall Comer is busy keeping up on her studies and fulfilling her duties as Miss Monroe County. 

Kendall started competing in pageants when she was 9 and ran for Junior Miss Monroe County. 

Kendall Comer poses “on cloud 9” after winning Miss Monroe County. (Photo courtesy of Kendall Comer)

“I was constantly seeing all of the teens and the misses who were the successors, who were crowning the next girl, and I just absolutely strived to become them one day,” Kendall said.

She is on track to major in non-profit business administration and minor in communications. After graduating from MCCC in 2023 with an associate degree in business management, she plans on transferring to a four year university to earn a bachelor’s degree in both communications and non-profit business administration. 

Kendall said being crowned Miss Monroe County on her school’s campus was absolutely insane and has not sunk in yet.

It’s great to be representing the county that I’m also attending school in,” Kendall said. “It’s a full circle moment for me.”

Being Miss Monroe County involves active involvement in the community. All candidates in the Miss America Organization are required to have a Social Impact Initiative, a cause close to their hearts that they advocate for and spread awareness on. 

“My Social Impact Initiative is called SPACE. SPACE stands for Sensory Processing Awareness for Children’s Education,” Kendall said. 

Kendall Comer behind the scenes at a photoshoot with Miss Monroe County’s Outstanding Teen, Elora Russell. (Photo courtesy of Kendall Comer)

She has been able to hold annual fundraisers that all go toward donating learning tools for children with sensory processing disorders in Monroe County.

Kendall was the recipient of the Legacy Award at this year’s competition. She was awarded the honor after presenting a preliminary persuasive speech about Miss Monroe County’s relevance, and what her legacy will be as the next titleholder.

“Winning that award onstage was another full circle moment for me because that was one of my goals going into competition,” Kendall said.

Kendall said her friend Madison McElvany, a former Miss Monroe County’s Outstanding Teen and Miss Michigan’s Outstanding Teen, was once one of her biggest idols and the reason she continued competing. 

Kendall Comer with Miss Monroe County 2019, Madalyn Poupard, after being crowned the new titleholder. (Photo courtesy of Kendall Comer)

Kendall will be competing for Miss Michigan next June. Women ages 18-26 who have won a local title are eligible to compete.

“I’m one of the youngest. It’s actually a very young class, but I believe I am one of the few youngest that are going to be up there,” she said.

When she is not in class or making appearances, Kendall works at Sofi Stella Boutique, and is a full-time nanny. Sofi Stella is also the clothing sponsor for Miss Monroe County. 

Usually her days consist of a morning workout, spending time working both her jobs, and then making an appearance or planning her year as Miss Monroe County. She has already put some thought into preparing for Miss Michigan, and she has some fundraisers coming up for her organization.

Kendall said juggling her responsibilities is very challenging, but she thrives off her busy schedule. 

To see Kendall’s year as Miss Monroe County, follow her on Instagram @missmonroecounty and follow her Facebook page at Miss Monroe County Scholarship Program.