IMLAY CITY — If at first you don't succeed ... and so on and so forth.
After six years of trying, 15-year-old Sadie Wise finally heard her name called at the annual Miss Lapeer competition during the weekend's Lapeer Days festival. And this time, it was for all the marbles.
"It couldn't have been more of a surprise," says the soon-to-be junior at Imlay City High School. "I was shocked because I've been involved in this pageant since I was in the sixth grade."
Pageants have been a way of life for Sadie since she was a little girl. In 2000, she was the second runner-up in the Little Miss Blueberry competition, a title she sought on five occasions.