And the winners of 2019 are: 24-year-old Nia Andrews as the 2019 Miss Greenville; Hillary May (22), as the 2019 Miss Hockessin; and Sophia Kowalchick (16) as the 2019 Miss Hockessin’s Outstanding Teen.
All three were crowned on January 13 before a large and enthusiastic crowd of family and friends at Wilmington University‘s Doberstein Auditorium.
Andrews, a Newark resident, has won other pageant titles, including Miss Philadelphia and Miss West Chester University, and she now attends Gwynedd Mercy University as a nursing student. Influenced by her family’s struggles when her youngerr sister was born prematurely at 26-weels, Andrews’ platform issue is A Fighting Chance for Every Baby. Andrews hopes to foster premature birth awareness, generate support for their families, and ultimatley hopes to raise funds for research. Andrews is also a lyrical dancer and she wowed the judges with her performance to This is Me from The Greatest Showman.
May attends the University of Delaware as a Doctoral Student in the School of Education. Her platform issue is Let’s Talk About Mental Illness. She sang Think of Me from Phantom of the Opera.
Caesar Rodney High School sophomore Sophia Kowalchick — Junior Captain of the CRHS Cheerleading team — received high marks from the judges for her singing performance. Her platform social issue is It’s Not Worth It: Depression and Suicide.
Kowalchick will compete at the State Finals in Dover on May 18. Andrews and May will both be competing and vying for the title of Miss Delaware in mid-June.