Nick Clift is crowned Mr. Michigan for 2013

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The newly crowned Mr. Michigan is surrounded by event hostesses and FIMRC co-presidents Kelly Ketchum (left) and Maddy Stumpos.

Nicholas Clift, senior electrical engineering student, has the distinction of being Mr. Michigan for 2013. Described as a male beauty pageant – the event raised more than $20,000 this year for the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC), which sponsored the event.

Nick was urged to enter the contest by his Detroit Partnership (DP) colleagues.

According to Nick, "The DP is a student-run non-profit that seeks to create a more socially just community by breaking down the barriers between the Detroit and U-M communities. Every single week, we send 230 U-M volunteers to 30 different programs at schools and community centers across the city. We also send 1,500 students to the D for our annual DP Day of service-learning, and we hold on-campus Detroit-focused education events that annually reach hundreds in our mission to reverse negative stereotypes of the city and its people."

Part of Nick's job is to spread the word about the DP, and he is hoping participation in the pageant (and his win) will help.

Nick Clift
Nick is surrounded by his friends and fellow board members of the Detroit Partnership.

Nick is graduating this term with his undergraduate degree, and will be earning his master's degree in Electrical Engineering:Systems after one year of additional study through the SGUS program. He is also in the Engineering Global Leadership Honors Program, which requires a master's degree.

More about the event: Students hold male pageant for charity (Michigan Daily)

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