Saturday, October 29, 2011

Best of Luck to the Miss Maumee Valley / All*American City / Fallen Timbers Pageant TONIGHT!


Allison Vance
Vocal “Listen”

Alyssa Phillips
Harp “Wind Beneath My Wings”

Ashleigh Kaleugher
Vocal “For Good”

Ashley Bowman
Broadway Vocal “Mama Who Bore Me”

Chelsea Aiello
Vocal “All That Jazz”

Haley Sims
Vocal “Part of Your World”

Hannah Kaltenbach
Vocal (Soul) “Something’s Got A Hold On Me”

Janae Deleon

Vocal “I Who Have Nothing”

Kayla Miller
Vocal “Cabaret”

Kristen Fennig
Piano “Maple Leaf Rag”

Loren Baker
Vocal “Someone Like You”

Mahogany Fleming
Vocal (Pop) “Ave Marie”

Maria Minnick
Modern Ballet “Everything”

Nina Haaskivi
Vocal “Not For the Life of Me”

Priya Sharma
Dance-Bollywood “Aaja Nachle”

Samantha Hartings
Jazz Dance “All That Jazz”

Shayle Welch
Vocal/Instumental “Gravity”


Bobbie McGee
 Vocal “Outside My Window”

Coreena Spangler

Hanna Tumbusch
Vocal “Goodmorning Baltimore”

Jacqueline Taylor
Tahitian Dance

Samantha Garlock
Baton to “You can’t Stop the Beat”

Sania Bauswell
Piano “Symphony of Spring”

Sarah Jo Diamond
Classical Ballet en Pointe “Doll on a Music Box”

Sicily Kiesel
Ballet en Pointe “The Dying Swan” 

Taylor Carmer
Tap Dance “Sing,Sing,Sing”


Jacquelyn Mayer
Miss America 1963

Valdor Haglund
Father of Miss America 2008, Kirsten Haglund

Laura Russell
Executive Director of Miss Mansfield / Miss North Central Ohio

Dr. Jennifer Dalton
former contestant in both Ohio and Michigan

Marco Iagulli
Personal Fitness Trainer / cheerleading and fitness judge

Richard Dean
Educator and choral director

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


1st Runner-up: Ukraine
2nd Runner-up: Brazil
3rd Runner-up: Phillipines
4th Runner-up: China

On-Stage Questions
Ukraine - If you could trade lives with anyone in history, who would it be and why? (from judge Amilia Vega)  Short answer: Cleopatra.
Phillippines - Would you change your religous beliefs to marry the person I love, why and why not? (from judge Vivica A. Fox)  Short answer: No.
China - Nude beaches are popular in some parts of the world; is public nudity appropriate or inappropriate.  Why or why not? (from judge Isabeli Fontana)  Short anwer: respect each country's culture.
Brazil - What would you do to avoid fighting a war you didin't agree with? (from judge Helio Castroneves) Short answer: Respect.
Angola - Which physical characteristic would you change and why? (from judge Lea Salonga) Short answer: I wouldn't change a thing, I have inner beauty.


Ukraine  *  Phillippines  *  China  *  Brazil  *  Angola

At this point I'm rooting for China or Ukraine... 

TOP 10

Australia  *  Costa Rica  *  France  *  Ukraine  *  Portugal  *  Panama  *  Phillippines  *  Angola  *  China  *  Brazil 

WHAT?!?!  I am so surprised and upset that Miss USA didn't make the cut!  She owned the runway in swimsuit!  :(

TOP 16

France  *  Kosovo  *  Columbia  *  China  *  Angola  *  Australia  *  Puerto Rico  *  Brazil  *  Netherlands  *  USA  *  Ukraine  *  Panama  *  Costa Rica  *  Portugal  *  Phillippines  *  Venezuela 

Fan pick: Portugal

Monday, September 5, 2011

RESULTS: National Sweetheart Pageant

National Sweetheart: Arkansas
Simone Mullinax

1st Runner-up: Missouri
2nd Runner-up: Massachusetts
3rd Runner-up: Wisconsin
4th Runner-up: Georgia 

Top 10 
Alabama, Colorado, Kentucky, Florida, Utah

Non-finalist Talent: California

Preliminary Swimsuit

Preliminary Talent

Saturday, September 3, 2011


Miss Montgomery County: ALISSA BRUMBAUGH

Miss Miami Valley: HEATHER WELLS

1st RU: Courtney Monk

Talent: Cayla Hellwarth
Swimsuit: Heather Wells
Interview: Alissa Brumbaugh

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Best of Luck to the Miss Miami Valley / Montgomery County Pageant TONIGHT!

Ronda Morris was one of my absolute favorite local executive directors and this year she and her fantastic team will be sharing their skills and love with not just a Miss Miami Valley but also a Miss Montgomery County! The pageant takes place tonight at the Montgomery County Fair, meaning admission is cheaper and elephant ears are available! Best. Pageant. EVER!

The outgoing Miss Miami Valley, Alissa Brumbaugh, took Miss Ohio by storm this summer! Many proclaimed her a breath of fresh air and she was certainly the fresh face of the pageant. Alissa has past pageant experience in other programs, but it was still impressive that she earned a Preliminary Swimsuit award and went straight to First Runner-up at her first try for the Miss Ohio crown! Tonight she has opted to compete instead of play the role of outgoing titleholder; if she is one of the top two scores after the final ballot, she will be crowned Miss Montgomery County. Best of luck to all the contestants; they are (in no particular order):

Mahogany Fleming
Courtney Monk
Allison Vance
Danielle Hather
Abby Daniel
Cayla Hellwarth
Emily Werling
Chelsi Howman
Heather Wells
Lauren Baker
Alissa Brumbaugh
Marie Hassan


This has been an extremely busy summer for me, so I apologize for my lack of blogging, especially with so much going on...

Miss Universe is in full swing in San Paulo Brazil!
The finale is Monday, September 12 on NBC.

Miss Ohio, Ellen Bryan's Bike Tour has kicked off!  Follow everything on the Bike Tour website! This weekend she'll be in Dayton, Troy and Piqua. 

Meggie Wittman is representing Ohio at the National Sweetheart pageant in Hoopston, Il.  Tonight are the prelims with the finale Sunday.


TODAY two more local Ohio titleholders will be crowned in Dayton, Miss Miami Valley and for the first time, Miss Montgomery County.  I'll share the contestant list and results here as I receive them!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Miss America's Outstanding Teen - Complete Results!

Congratulations to all the Teens for a strong showing in Orlando this weekend!  Below are the complete results, per an official press release from the organization.  I am confused about one part of it; the remaining Top 10 received $1,500 each, then there is a line saying "All contestants not in the Top 10 Finalist $1,000 Scholarship each."  Does that mean the remaining Top 15 (including my beloved Ohio and California) don't get anything more than all the non-semifinalists?

Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2012 ($25,000) 
Miss Florida's Outstanding Teen 2011 Elizabeth Fechtel  

First Runner Up ($15,000)  
Miss Michigan's Outstanding Teen 2011 Marissa Cowans
Second Runner Up ($10,000) 
Miss Alabama's Outstanding Teen 2011 Mi'a Callens
Third Runner Up ($5,000) 
 Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen 2011 Reilly Johannsen
Fourth Runner Up ($2,000) 
Miss Minnesota's Outstanding Teen 2011 Alexis Houle

Remaining Top 10 Finalists ($1,500 each)
Miss Colorado's Outstanding Teen 2011 Meredith Winnefield
Miss Georgia'sOutstanding Teen 2011 Julia Martin
Miss New Jersey's Outstanding Teen 2011 Natalie Ragazzo
Miss Rhode Island's Outstanding Teen 2011 Ivy Shen
Miss Utah's Outstanding Teen 2011 Tiare Keeno

 Preliminary Evening Wear Awards ($500 each)
Miss Nebraska's Outstanding Teen 2011 Brooke Ludemann
Miss Illinois' Outstanding Teen 2011 Summer Robbins
Miss Florida's Outstanding Teen 2011 Elizabeth Fechtel
Miss Minnesota's Outstanding Teen 2011 Alexis Houle

Preliminary Talent Awards ($500 each)
Miss Rhode Island's Outstanding Teen 2011 Ivy Shen
Miss Alabama's Outstanding Teen 2011 Mi'a Callens
Miss Washington's Outstanding Teen 2011 Nicole Renard

Non-finalist Evening Wear Award ($500) 
Miss Missouri's Outstanding Teen 2011 McKensie Garber

Non-finalist Interview Award ($500) 
Miss Illinois' Outstanding Teen 2011 Summer Robbins

Non-finalist Talent Award ($500) 
Miss Washington's Outstanding Teen 2011 Nicole Renard

Instrumental Talent Awards ($500 each)
Miss Louisiana's Outstanding Teen 2011 Justine Ker 
Miss Rhode Island's Outstanding Teen 2011 Ivy Shen

Teens In Action Award (Platform) ($500) 
Miss Utah's Outstanding Teen 2011 Tiare Keeno

All contestants not in the Top 10 Finalist $1,000 Scholarship  each

Spirit of America Award ($1,000) 
Miss Wyoming's Outstanding Teen 2011 Montana Sannes

Scholastics Excellence Award (Highest GPA) ($1,000*) 
 Miss Louisiana's Outstanding Teen Justine Ker

Outstanding Achievement in Academic Life (GPA + Resume) ($1,000) 
Miss Pennsylvania's Outstanding Teen 2011 Kaitlynne Kline

Community Service Award for Childrens Miracle Network ($1,000) 
Miss West Virginia's Outstanding Teen 2011 Isabel Raese

Photogenic Award ($500) 
 Miss Arkansas' Outstanding Teen 2011 Ashton Campbell

Advertising Awards (totaling $3,000)
First winner - Miss West Virginia's Outstanding Teen 2011 Isabel Raese
Second winner - Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen 2011 Reilly Johannsen
Third winner - Miss Montana's Outstanding Teen 2011 Jalyssa Gorder

People's Choice Awards (voted into Top 15) 
Miss New Jersey's Outstanding Teen 2011 - Natalie Ragazzo
Miss North Carolina's Outstanding Teen 2011 - McKenzie Jade Faggart

Auburn University
Four year renewable scholarship up to full tution awarded to
Miss Alabama's Outstanding Teen 2011 Mi'a Callens
Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2012 Elizabeth Fechtel

Four year renewable scholarship up to $15,000 to -
Miss Alaska's Outstanding Teen 2011 Hannah Rockwell
Miss Louisiana's Outstanding Teen 2011 Justine Ker
Miss South Dakota's Outstanding Teen 2011 Alexis Kosiak

Saturday, August 20, 2011

RESULTS: The new Miss America's Outstanding Teen is FLORIDA!!!

Miss America's Outstanding Teen

1st RU - Michigan 
2nd RU - Alabama
3rd RU - Texas
4th RU - Minnesota


Rhode Island, Michigan, Alabama, Minnesota, Florida, Utah, New Jersey, Georgia, Colorado & Texas

And with that... I have to go back to work.  Find results on Twitter!  @Fourpoints


New Jersey & North Carolina (People's Choice online selections)
Louisiana, Michigan, Rhode Island, Colorado,  Minnesota, Utah, OHIO, Texas, CALIFORNIA, Alabama, Georgia, Iowa & Florida

After these 15 Teens compete in Gown and Onstage Questions, they will cut to 10 and compete in Talent!


So how did the preliminary winners do?   4 of 7 made the cut!
Talent winners, Alabama and Rhode Island advanced (while Washington did not).  Two Gown /OSQ winners make the Top 15, Florida and Minnesota (Nebraska and Illinois did not).

Note, Semifinalists Alabama, Utah and Florida were Teens In Action finalists and Louisiana won the Scholastic Award.  

Friday, August 19, 2011

RESULTS: MAO Teen Preliminary Night Three!

Talent: Washington

Gown: Minnesota 

Washington's Nicole Renard (above) captured the final Talent award last night with a dance routine, as the preliminary competition for Miss America's Outstanding Teen concluded in Orlando.  Evening Gown / Onstage Question went to Alexis Houle of Minnesota (below).  Thus, there were no double preliminary winners. 

Preliminary wrap-up!

Talent winners:
Rhode Island

Gown/OSQ winners: 

Ohio's Kesley Barrett has done a wonderful job!  Her mom released this photo, via twitter, of Kelsey's competition gown: 

This was taken by Timothy R. Russell at her send-off party. 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

RESULTS: MAO Teen Preliminary Night Two!

Talent: Alabama

Gown: Florida

Alabama's Mi'a Callens sang and played the piano.  I'm always annoyed when official press releases don't include the name of the song selection; I mean, really!?  Give the people the information they want!  I read online it may have been "Hiding Underwater" by Beth Hart.    

Florida's Elizabeth Fetchel captured the Gown award.  Elizabeth received her state crown from her younger sister, Mary Katherine! Last year Mary Katherine earned Non-finalist Talent and Photogenic awards at Miss America's Outstanding Teen for Florida.  In the press release it actually says "Evening Gown/On Stage Question" award, which makes me wonder, is it a combination of those scores?  I'll tweet and ask them... 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

RESULTS: MAO Teen Preliminary Night One!

Last night the competition began to find the next Miss America's Outstanding Teen! Preliminary awards are given for Talent and Evening Gown; other areas of competition are Fitnesswear, Onstage Question and Private Interview. To view the contestant order and competition schedule, CLICK HERE.  Last night Ohio's Kelsey Barrett presented her Fitnesswear routine; tonight she will perform in Talent and Thursday she models her evening gown and answers an onstage question.  The finale is Saturday night in Orlando, Florida.  No, it will not be webcast, sadly. 

Night One Winners: 

Talent: Rhode Island

Gown: Illinois & Nebraska 

Rhode Island's Ivy Shen is receiving rave reviews for her classical violin performance. Summer Robbins of Illinois (below left) and Nebraska's Brooke Ludermann tied for the Evening Gown award. 

Also, five finalist were announced for the Teens in Action award, which I believe is similar to the Miss America Quality of Life award.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Ellen's Official Headshot and Info!

Miss Ohio, Ellen Bryan's official headshot has been added to the Miss America website, along with the following information.  My only confusion is the Scholastic Ambition; she already graduated with a Bachelors...?

Ellen Bryan

Celina, Ohio
Age: 22

Celina High School
Ball State University

Platform Issue: Promoting Lightning Awareness

Scholastic Ambition: Graduate with a Bachelor of the Arts Degree

Talent: Vocal

Scholastic Honors: John R. and Aline B. Emens Scholar, Perham Scholar Women of Achievement, Harry S. Truman Scholarship Finalist

Career Ambition: Become a TV News Anchor and Reporter


Here are some of Ellen's upcoming appearances: 

Saturday, August 6, 2011

RESULTS: Miss North Coast

Miss North Coast ($500): Jessica Nelson

 1st RU ($200): Priya Sharma
 2nd RU ($125): Chrissy Porter
 3rd RU ($100): Alicia Huyghe
 4th RU ($75): Mahogany Fleming

Swimsuit ($50): Mahogany Fleming
Non-finalist Talent ($100): Kayla Bayless 

Each non-finalist receives $50.

RESULTS: Miss West Central Ohio & Crystal Lake

Miss West Central Ohio 
Elissa McCracken 

Miss Crystal Lake 
Devon Stansbury

1st RU: Kirsten Fennig
2nd Runner-up: Samantha Hartings
3rd Runner-up: Mindy Fetzer 

Talent: Elissa McCracken
Interview: Kirsten Fennig
Swimsuit: Samantha Hartings

People's Choice: Mindy Fetzer

Thursday, August 4, 2011

This weekend - 1 send-off, 2 pageant and 3 crowns! 
Scroll below for all the contestants.

Miss West Central Ohio & Crystal Lake 
Friday, August 5th in Lima 

Miss North Coast
Saturday, August 6th in Brunswich 

Miss Ohio's Outstanding Teen Send-off
Sunday, August 7th, Wapakoneta

Miss Ohio's Outstanding Teen's Send-off

RSVP by TOMORROW, Friday, August 5th for Kelsey Barrett's Send-off to the Miss America's Outstanding Teen Pageant!

Best of Luck the the Miss North Coast Program!

Last year former teen competitor, Chelsi Howman, bested two women who had previously competed at Miss Ohio to win her first title, Miss North Coast! Having just graduated high school, I believe she was the youngest contestant in Mansfield this summer; now she is headed to the University of Mount Union for Middle Childhood Education. She earned an award for her Americanism essay at Miss Ohio and shocked me with her entertaining and charming her banjo performance! 

Brunswick High School will host the 7 p.m. pageant this Saturday, August 6th. Twelve women are vying for Chelsi's Miss North Coast crown; will it go to one of three women who have been to Miss Ohio or will history repeat itself? Kayla Bayless looks like she may be a promising new contestant, but only time will tell...!  

Chrissy Porter
Education: St. Marys of Notre Dame / Broadcast Journalism
Pageant Past:

Allison Vance 
Education: Ohio State University / Music
Talent: vocal
Platform: Suicide Prevention Awareness
Pageant Past: recently competed at GC/CC and a couple time last season

Ashliegh Jarzenski
Education: Ashland University / Digital Media & Journalism
Talent: dance
Platform: Habitat for Humanity
Pageant Past: recently competed at GC/CC and a few times last year, including this pageant

Loren Baker
Education: University of Toledo
Talent: vocal
Platform: Arts in Schools
Pageant Past: n/a

Alicia Huyghe
Education: Cleveland State University / Dance & Exercise Science
Talent: tap dance
Platform: “CUE: Children Understanding the Environment”
Pageant Past: competed at Miss Ohio 2011 as Miss Heart of Ohio

Mahogany Fleming
Education: University of Toledo / Pharmaceutical Sciences ?
Talent: vocal ?
Pageant Past:  none found

Jessica Nelson
Education: University of Toledo / Pre-Veterinary & Biology
Talent: dance
Platform: P.E.T.S. Promoting Education, Training & Safety
Pageant Past: competed at Miss Ohio 2011 as Miss Cuyahoga County

Heather Renee Isbell
Education: New York Institute of Photography
Talent: vocal
Platform:  'Love Doesn't Hurt': Ending Relationship Abuse
Pageant Past: competed in a couple pageants last season; National American Miss and community queen festival experience

Priya Sharma
Education: Ohio State University, graduate; Cleveland State University, Masters / Occupational Therapy
Talent: Bollywood dance
Platform: Promoting Cancer Research & Awareness
Pageant Past: competed at Miss Ohio 2011 as Miss Huron County

Haley Sims
Education: 2011 North Royalton High grad; University of Cincinnati / Nutrition
Talent: vocal
Platform:  Healthy Habits & Personal Fitness
Pageant Past: competed at Miss GC/CC; Miss North Royalton 2010 (non-MAO)

Amber Galloway
Education: 2011 Brunswich High grad;  University of Akron
Talent: vocal
Platform: Preventing Child Abuse ?
Pageant Past: competed at Maple City last year and community teen pageants

Kayla Bayless
Education: University of Akron / Political Science & Pre-Law
Talent: baton
Platform: Anti-Bullying Awareness
Pageant Past: twirling pageant participant

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Best of Luck to the Miss West Central Ohio & Crystal Lake Program!

This Friday, August 5th, a favorite and former Miss America, Katie Stam Irk, will host the Miss West Central Ohio and Crystal Lake Pageant!  The pre-show starts at 7:15 p.m. in downtown Lima, at the Civic Center, with the pageant beginning at 8 p.m. Local Teen and Miss titleholders are invited to wear their crowns and sashes and will be introduced onstage during the pre-show; if you would like to participate, email

It's not too difficult to argue that the Miss West Central Ohio Scholarship Program was one of, if not the, most successful local at Miss Ohio this year!  Miss Crystal Lake's Outstanding Teen, Kelsey Barrett captured the Teen crown and will compete in Orlando this August to become Miss America's Outstanding Teen.  Miss West Central Ohio's Outstanding Teen, Hannah Tumbusch, also did a wonderful job.   

All three Miss titleholders walked away from Miss Ohio with their arms full of awards! Shannon O'Neill, Miss Crystal Lake, was 4th Runner-up and won Preliminary Talent (singing "Blue Skies"), Marvin Hamlisch Grand Talent, Miss America Community Service, CMNH Miricle Maker and  M. O'Guinn Memorial Awards.  With all due respect to the entire Top 5, Shannon's placement seemed low and surprise murmured through the Renaissance Theatre. 

Miss West Central Ohio, Cayla Hellwarth, also won a Preliminary Talent award.  She didn't make the Top 10, but may have actually earned more money than some semi-finalists with a Non-Semifinalist Talent award and two Classical Talent Awards!  Cayla sang "Gira Con Me," popularized by Josh Groban. 

Rounding out the talented bunch, Miss Lima Square Fair, Elissa McCracken won the other Non-Semifinalist Talent award (playing "Cumina"), as well as Community Service and Americanism essay awards and the Paul Herlihy Newcomer Spirit award!  She has opted not to participate in the pageant as an outgiong titleholder; rather she is one of eight contestants.  Usually when this is the case, the competing outgoing titleholder is eligible for one of the other titles given in the multi-crown pageant (you may not hold the same title back-to-back); unfortunately the pageant did not get enough entrants to give three crowns this year, so it's not an issue.  No one will be crowned Miss Lima Square Fair.

Crowns will be awarded to two of the following eight contestants:  

Mindy Fetzer
Education: University of Akron
Talent: dance
Pageant Past: has competed in this pageant the past couple years; Jr. Miss experience  

Tanya Korte
Pageant Past:
 none found

Devon Stansbury
Education: University of Cincinnati / Psychology & PR
Talent: dance
Platform: "Angels for Animals," Be their W.I.N.G.S.
Pageant Past: competed at Miss Ohio as Miss Lake Festival and Miss Mohican Valley

Nicole Baringer
Education: Ball State University / Spanish & Theater
Talent: vocal
Platform: Girls, Inc.
Pageant Past: n/a

Kirsten Fennig
Education: Celina High School, 2011 grad; Ohio State University / Human Resources & Psychology
Talent: piano
Platform: American Red Cross
Pageant Past:  recently 2nd RU at Miss Lake Festival; competed in a few Miss locals last year, and Teen locals previously

Elissa McCracken
Education: Ohio Northern University / Pharmacy
Talent: piano
Platform: Internet Safety
Pageant Past: earned Non-semifinalist Talent, Community Service & P.H. Spirit Awards at Miss Ohio 2011 at Miss Lima Square Fair; Non-semifinalist Interview award at Miss Pennsylvania 2009 as Miss Greater Johnston; competed at Miss Pennsylvania's Outstanding Teen 2008

Alana Richardson
Education: Harden Northern High, 2011 grad; American Public University System / Early Childhood Education
Pageant Past:
none found

Samantha Hartings
Education: Ohio Northern University / Pharmacy
Talent: dance
Platform: Books for PLAY: Promoting Literacy...
Pageant Past: competed at this pageant last year; teen experience 

Saturday, July 30, 2011

TOMORROW: Miss Vacationland Fundraiser

I just received the following information for what sounds like a very fun, reasonably priced fundraiser:

Join the Miss Vacationland fundraiser - cruise around the Bay for 2.5 hours on the Goodtime Cruise - Sunday, July 31, 2011. For more information, call Joe Hayberger: 419-357-5087.

Miss Vacation Land "The Royal Cruise"
Boarding Time 12:30PM
Cruise 1:00 to 3:30PM

Ticket $15.00
Cruise around Sandusky Bay
· Free Appetizers
· Cash Bar
· Entertainment
· Prizes

Meet Jacquelyn Mayer - Miss America 1963, Becky Minger - Miss Ohio 2010, Allison Goodwin - Miss Vacationland 2011 and Jacquelyn Nichols - Miss Vacationland 2010!

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Congrats to the New Mrs. International, Janet Risner Bolin!

Does that name ring a bell?  Janet represented North Carolina to win the national title, but she is from Heath Ohio and a former Miss Ohio contestant who stayed involved in the program!  I believe she competed a few times, but her only title I recall is Miss Maple City.

The Mrs. International pageant took place last night in Chicago. 

Miss International - North Carolina 
1st RU - California
2nd RU - Southern States
3rd RU - Tennessee
4th RU - Appalachians
Top 12: Arkansas, Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio (Jenny Lewis), Oklahoma, Pennsylvania & Texas   

The Miss and Teen International pageants will take place this coming weekend, July 28th to the 30th, also in Chicago. 

Miss Ohio Teen International is Brianna Bailey of Lebanon.  

And of course, most of you know Miss Ohio International, Jillian Dansko!  Like Janet, Jillian is a former Miss Ohio contestant; she held the titles Miss Buckeye State, Miss North Coast, Miss Greater Dayton and Miss Central Ohio in the mid-2000s. At Miss Ohio she won at least one Preliminary Swimsuit Award and placed in the Top 10.  Since "aging out" of the Miss America program, she has also held the title Beauties of Americas 20s and I have a feeling another national title could be just around the corner for her!  Good luck Jillian! 

Click Jillian and Brianna's names above to vote for them!

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Miss Ohio 2011 Bike Tour!

Tonight Miss Ohio 2011 Ellen Bryan is having an official homecoming celebration in Celina Ohio!  If you're not there right now, fear not, she has plenty of upcoming appearances (click to enlarge):

Also, Ellen has an aggressive Miss Ohio bike tour planned!  Between August 29th to September 24th she will peddle to all six of Ohio's Childrens Miracle Network Hospitals! According to the Bike Tour website, she'll average 40 miles a day and nearly 900 miles total! To learn everything about the tour and donate to the cause, visit the website

I have to say, this is a ridiculously impressive undertaking that seems to have had more than just a month of planning!  I am willing to bet that it was part of Ellen's Miss Ohio paperwork (perhaps her answer to the legacy question?); if it was, it certainly shows how she set herself apart and won an Interview Award!  This event is SO SMART!  She's raising money and awareness for CMNH, as well as getting those legs in shape for Miss America and hopefully garnering some major media exposure!  Seriously, has anyone called Good Morning America yet?!

Ellen's newsletter says "The road will get lonely without some company - so hop on your bike and ride with me for a day or two."  I think every local contestant and titleholder, I repeat, EVERY LOCAL TITLEHOLDER should join her, and yes, add it to your pageant resume!  I'm not a fan of the CMNH donations required to compete, but biking with Miss Ohio will make it easier and even fun.  Ask people to donate per mile.  Also, be sure to call your local newspaper, radio stations and TV channels; get some coverage for yourself, for Miss Ohio and of course, for CMNH! 

Great job Ellen!  I wish my aqua beach cruiser and I were in Ohio to join you!