Brooke Pagel of Birch Run, Adriana Ivezaj of Macomb crowned Queen’s Court Attendants

SEBEWAING, MICHIGAN – Brianna Kubik of Reese was crowned the 2022 Michigan Sugar Queen during a ceremony held Friday, June 17, at Sebewaing Village Park during the village’s annual Michigan Sugar Festival.

Kubik, 19, is a graduate of Akron-Fairgrove High School and attends Delta College where she is enrolled in the dental hygiene program with hopes of one day working in that profession. She is the daughter of Fred and Amanda Kubik.

“Once again, Michigan Sugar Company is fortunate to have found a young woman who we know will be an excellent representative and ambassador for our company,” said Rob Clark, Director of Communications and Community Relations for Michigan Sugar. “Her knowledge of our company and agriculture in general, along with the quality of her character, shined through during the selection process. We are looking forward to a great year with Brianna as the Michigan Sugar Queen.”

Also crowned during the June 17 ceremony were two Queen’s Court Attendants – Brooke Pagel of Birch Run and Adriana Ivezaj of Macomb. They, too, are serving as ambassadors for Michigan Sugar Company for the next year.

Pagel, 18, is a graduate of Birch Run High School and attends Delta College where she is studying psychology. She is the daughter of Larry and Tracy Pagel.

Ivezaj, 20, is a graduate of Henry Ford II High School and attends Oakland University where she is studying communications. She is the daughter of Marko and Maria Ivezaj.

The new Queen and Court Attendants jumped right into their year of service appearing Saturday, June 18, in the Michigan Sugar Festival Grand Parade in Sebewaing. They were joined by members of the 2021 Michigan Sugar Queen’s Court – Queen Ally Kemp of Unionville and Attendants Kenna Karst of Frankenmuth and Raven Wieland of Pinconning.

Following the parade, the newly crowned Michigan Sugar Queen and Attendants were in Village Park greeting festival-goers, passing out 2-pound bags of Pioneer Sugar, posing for photos, and helping members of our Co-op Board and Central District Board serve up cotton candy.

“Being crowned Michigan Sugar Queen is truly an honor,” said Kubik, who also serves as the 2021 Munger Potato Festival Queen and will finish her year representing that industry in July. “I am so excited to not only represent Michigan Sugar Company but be able to be a part of this amazing experience.

“I am looking forward to spreading information to different people around Michigan about the cooperative, why it is such a great company, and how it is grower-owned.”

This year, Michigan Sugar Company received 10 applications through its Michigan Sugar Queen Scholarship Program.

Through the Michigan Sugar Queen Scholarship Program, a Queen and two Attendants are chosen to serve for one year as ambassadors for Michigan Sugar Company. Their duties include public appearances, community service projects, interaction with lawmakers and agriculture leaders and helping to represent Michigan Sugar Company throughout the state.

After completing the requirements of the program, the Queen receives a $2,000 scholarship and each attendant a $1,000 scholarship to be used to help pay for college.