Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Lots of people think girls get into pageantry because they want to be seen on a stage... And initially, that might be the motivation for a few.  But sooner or later, most women who participate start to realize there's more to pageants than 'showing off'.  In fact, sometimes, it actually takes a few years of being involved in pageants before you begin to realize why you're doing what you're doing!  It's that maturation process that causes so many of us to stand behind the Miss America Organization - because of how many girls we see develop life-long skills that will take them well beyond the pageant stage.

Heather Wells, Miss Ohio 2013, agrees...

“When I started back then, I had no idea what I was getting into,” Heather said.  She participated in the program for seven years, and made 6 trips to the Miss Ohio stage. “It’s a job. It’s about being true to yourself, and it’s about developing this platform where you can share with other people, and you can influence them and inspire them in a positive way. That’s what pageantry is about.”

We couldn't have said it any better ourselves.

This year's Miss Ohio race is an interesting one... it runs the gamut!  You've got tons of experience vs. a little experience vs. MAOTeen experience vs. very little experience at all.  On paper, each of these ladies has the goods to win the title - but who will bring it home?

Junkies Say Here's Who to Watch:

Cecili Weber - 1st runner up '13, 1st RU OH Teen USA '12, 2nd RU OH Teen USA '13, OH OT '10, Top 10 Nationals
Alissa Brumbaugh - 1st runner up '11 and '12, 4th runner up '13
Kara Mitchell - Top 10 '13, would be the first open lesbian to compete at Miss America
Mackenzie Bart - Miss PA Top 10 '11, 4th runner up PA Teen USA '08 and '10, 3rd runner up '11, competed 2 years in OH (we think)
Lindsay Hanson - Miss Clayland, Top 10 '12
Veronica Wende - OH OT '09
Elise Budowanec - Top 15 OH USA '13

These Miss OH rookies are also ones to watch:

Camille Dyquiangco - strong tapper,
Hannah Jo Weisberg - musical theater major, talent and interview winner at her local



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