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Portland’s Jenelle Jensen is Miss Teen Michigan delegate

Portland’s Jenelle Jensen entered to participate in the Miss Michigan Teen USA® competition and was selected as a delegate.


In a Facebook post made in March, Jensen said, “I would like to officially introduce myself as your Miss Portland Teen USA 2024! I will be competing in Port Huron on April 20-21st for the title of Miss Michigan Teen USA® 2024.”


Jensen added, “After meeting Miss Michigan at Lansing’s Silver Bells in the City, I was inspired to take a leap by pushing myself for a chance at trying something new—it’s so exciting to represent this wonderful city on the Miss Michigan Teen stage!”


She continued in her post by offering to represent businesses/people with their sponsorship.  The response to join in this journey was very encouraging and in just 2 short weeks she received support from family, friends, neighbors, and many others throughout the community! 


Jenelle obtained a variety of sponsorship donor levels such as Platinum Level by combining the Touchstone Energy via HomeWorks Tri-County Electric with the HomeWorks Employee’s Giving Fund.  Silver Levels were sponsored by Walkington Farms of Portland and Grandmother Margaret Jensen.  Even a Bronze Level sponsor by neighbors Rachel Gehrcke Family.  Also, her invaluable sponsors are her parents.


In preparing for the competition, the community is invited to join in support by (unlimited) voting for People’s Choice starting now until April 21st at the link for $5 per vote (donations will be split towards scholarship opportunities).  The winner of People’s Choice automatically advances to the semifinals! 


This year’s Miss Michigan Teen USA® competition (for youth 13-18 years old) is concurrently held during the Miss Michigan USA® competition (for adults of no age limit) in Port Huron on April 20-21st.  This 70-year tradition program is so much more than a pageant.  It’s an amazing opportunity highlighting the importance of communications, self-confidence, and an overall positive influence of role models for our youth.


Jenelle is a positive example by participating in volleyball at PHS and playing club volleyball during winter and spring months, while supporting the elementary age athletes.  Also, she’s recently received an invitation joining the National Honor Society, and has been awarded as Raider of the Month this past March at Portland High School.  In her spare time, Jenelle is either babysitting, volunteers at the local recycling center or the Portland Community Fund Association.


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