Winning the Miss Michigan crown means Wertenberger, who won $10,000 in scholarship money, will compete for the Miss America title in Las Vegas later this year. Her talent is musical theater dance and her platform is volunteerism.
Wertenber earned a degree in design this year at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids. The native of Dundee said she was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at age 13, a condition that is in remission now, but puts her at risk of organ failure and joint degeneration.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.