Age: 23

Hometown: Marysville, Michigan

Platform Issue: Keeping the Arts in Education: Advocating STEAM

Talent: Violin – “Bad Romance”

College Major: B.M. Instrumental Music Education – Violin & B.A. Organizational Studies

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain an MBA in Positive Organizational Scholarship

Secret Wish or Dream: To become a domestic goddess and cook like Alice Waters. Without having to take all the cooking classes!

My Proud Accomplishment: I’ve always loved being active and spending time outdoors, but when I first started CrossFit, I began to appreciate my body for the work it can do. This mindset transformed how I approach self-care, health, and overall well-being

Bio: Heather Kendrick is a violinist and University of Michigan graduate (Go Blue!) with degrees in Music Education and Organizations. As an arts professional, she works with her platform daily and is Program Director for the M-Prize Competition, the world’s largest competition for chamber music. You may have caught her on last season’s “America’s Got Talent” with Detroit’s electro-pop violin band, NUCLASSICA. After taking time away for work and school, a former Miss Michigan encouraged Heather to compete in her last year of eligibility. Thankfully, she takes advice well and is thrilled to represent her beloved Michigan on the Miss America stage.