Jaclyn Schultz, 24, of Wyandotte, was crowned Miss Michigan USA on Sept. 29 2012 at McMorran Theater in Port Huron.
Schultz was selected among 70 other contestants competing for the crown, so, naturally, Patch wanted to get to know the hometown hero poised for the 2013 Miss USA Competition on June 16 at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Wyandotte Patch editor Nate Stemen contacted Schultz and asked her five questions.
Here are the question's followed by Schultz's answers:
What have you done, participated in, sponsored or promoted since winning Miss Michigan?
"I am the spokeswoman for a Beautiful You MRKH Foundation. It is a syndrome that affects 1 in 4,500 women--about 75,000 in the US. This causes women-- including myself--to be born without a uterus. Our mission is to create a supportive community that partners with health care professionals to increase awareness and empower women of all ages with MRKH to feel beautiful, just as they are.
"There are hundreds of women who have reached out to me, thanking me for bringing attention to MRKH and that it makes them not want to give up. Having an impact on a teenage girl that has just been diagnosed with MRKH means more to me than winning any crown. I know how I felt at 15 when I was diagnosed, and I felt very alone. I want to eliminate that feeling of isolation for all MRKH girls and women.
"I am also the Brand Ambassador for the Pink Ribbon Girls. They provide personalized support to young women on their journey through breast cancer.
Do you hope to meet Donald Trump? What would you say to him if you met?
"I am very excited to meet him. I am going to the Lincoln Republican dinner in Novi on May 21st and Donald is the keynote speaker. I look forward to hearing what he has to say. Hopefully we will have good conversation and, of course, I will tell him why I am the best candidate for Miss USA."
How has the Wyandotte community responded to having a local celebrity?
"First of all, it's so weird to hear "local celebrity." I don't see myself in that way. The Wyandotte community has been so supportive, I couldn't be more grateful. I'm proud to show the world what wonderful people come from Wyandotte, Michigan."
What do you hope to accomplish at the 2013 Miss USA Competition?
"Of course I hope to become the next Miss USA! But, honestly, I am hoping to make at least the top 15, make a lot of really great connections and hopefully bring more awareness to MKRH Syndrome."
Are you worried or nervous you might make an epic fail that will live in infamy on the internet forever? If so, what are you most nervous about? If not, where do you get your confidence?
"No. I'm not worried because I am not the kind of person that would ever put myself in a compromising situation. Especially because I am a role model to so many young girls and the face of a foundation that is so close to my heart. I would never jeopardize that honor."