The town of Cutler Bay excitedly welcomed Lenzey Stidham, who was crowned Miss Cutler Bay USA 2017.
Stidham, 25, took the honors at the Miss Homestead USA 2017 pageant April 1 at the Seminole Theater in Homestead. Due to a large amount of competitors, two winners were crowned, giving Cutler Bay the chance to claim the honor.
Although she was born in Oklahoma and raised in Michigan, Stidham is embracing her new-found role as a South Florida ambassador. Stidham will move onto the Miss Florida USA pageant on July 16. If she wins, she would move onto Miss USA, and then possibly the Miss Universe competition. Nikki Sheaks was crowned Miss Homestead USA 2017.
“I’m going to take Miss Cutler Bay like a presidential campaign and I’m going to campaign for things I stand for,” said Stidham, who answered on-stage questions, did interviews, and modeled swimsuits and evening gowns. “It’s not really about winning or losing at Miss Florida, it’s about trying to give back to the community in a positive way.
“Because I’m not from Cutler Bay, this is going to give me the opportunity to really dig into Cutler Bay and learn about the city and give back in the best way I possibly can,” she said. “I’m targeting athletes and the importance of athletics in communities within the youth, because I feel like they have a lot of passion in my heart, but also athletics gives back to the community positively down the road.”
While Stidham competed in almost every sport growing up, she was a superstar in track and field, specifically the pole vault. Her prowess earned her a full athletic scholarship to Siena Heights University, where she was a three-time National Champion, eight-time All-American, and qualified for the Olympic trials, all while majoring in biology.
“In my own experience, I have learned a few simple rules,” Stidham said. “There is no easy way to the top. Hard work, dedication, perseverance is the key to success. Only surround yourself with the best of the best. And your circle of friends must meet requirements (loyalty, honesty, respect and humor). Decisions are easy to make, yes or no. Always base your decisions on morals. Is it positive or negative?”
Stidham works with the Lamur Charity, along with members of the NFL, to give back to inner city youth and underprivileged kids. She also works with the Miami Marlins and is a Diamond Club member at Marlins Park. Stidham works with the Marlins RBI program, which is designed to improve interest in baseball, academic achievement and social responsibility in underserved areas of South Florida. The Marlins provide uniforms, umpires, and equipment to more than 500 children annually, as well as free instructional, and competitive summer baseball and fast pitch softball to youth ages 13 to 18.
Stidham is the CEO of 2BC Agency, which represents 45 female models and 28 male models, and has an office on Lincoln Road.
“We are quite pleased to have Lenzey Stidham represent the town as the very first Miss Cutler Bay,” Mayor Peggy Bell said. “As she is interested in children’s issues, education and being a good role model, we are looking forward to her participation in our many town events.”
Councilwoman Mary Ann Mixon, who was once named first runner-up in the Miss Florida pageant, has served as a judge for more than a decade, helping to choose winners from the Florida Keys to Jupiter.
“I’ve been doing it for like 10 years and she’s one of the best ones that we’ve chosen so far,” Mixon said. “I’m so excited. I think she has a pretty good chance at state.”
Mixon said that Stidham will serve as a voluntary goodwill ambassador for the town and frequent events in Cutler Bay.
“As the first Miss Cutler Bay, I think it is important to set the bar high. I like setting records as you will see with my track and field records,” Stidham said. “But it is also a great feeling when you set the bar as high as you can, and someone comes and breaks your record. To me, it is an act of encouragement. That someone else had to dedicate themselves to obtain and reach a goal. As long as goals are constantly being set, and conquered I have done my job as Miss Cutler Bay.”
Stidham said she is grateful for her coaches, mentors, friends and family who helped her achieve her goals.