Monday, March 16, 2009

Keeping-up with Karissa

In the last few months of her reign, Miss Ohio, Karissa Marin has been keeping busy!

She is speaking at schools across the state to grades five through nine on behalf of the R.J. Reynolds anti-tobacco program. She says she talks about "the importance of making good choices and dealing with peer pressure positively along with pointing out the risks tobacco poses to our health."

Karissa is also working with the American Cancer Society to publish a kid-friendly brochure about skin cancer prevention. An art contest is being held to find illustrations for the brochure; students in grades first through eighth will be asked to draw pictures of the "Slip! Slap! Slop!" method of skin care. Karissa will be one of the judges choosing the winning drawings.

* If there are any schools interested in having Miss Ohio speak, email her at *

Recent Pictures (Click each to enlarge)

More from CMN Pancake Day

Left: Karissa received a police escort to the University of Cincinnati's Dance Marathon!

Right: Karissa did the Cha Cha Slide with Bonnie Blueberry!

Below: She made pancakes with Bill Radebaugh, IHOP Southern Division Vice President and his wife Sheila.

On February 21st Karissa spoke at the Monroe County Republican's annual Lincoln Day Dinner. On the right, she poses with Sargent Master 3rd Class Paul W. McGinnis. He is a "World War II veteran and survivor of the U.S.S. Indianapolis which was torpedoed on July 30, 1945 by a Japanese I-58 submarine during a mission. He and his shipmates were stranded in the Pacific Ocean for a harrowing 4 days and 5 night before being rescued. Of 1,196 crew members, only 317 survived."

Mark your calendars!

April 4th will be Karissa Martin Day in Woodsfield
, her hometown. From 1 -3 p.m. a small ceremony will be held at the Brown Center and Karissa will be a celebrity waitress at Traditions from 7 - 9 pm.

May 9th she will be in Hannibal Ohio for "Bras and Boxers Across the Bridge." Karissa explains the event: " Monroe County Relay for Life (my home county) is partnering with Wetzel County Relay for Life of West Virginia in order to raise awareness for breast, prostate, and testicular cancer. Myself and possibly Miss Ohio Outstanding Teen, Sarah Hider will be on the Ohio side of the bridge and Miss West Virginia, Kayla Lynham and Miss West Virginia Outstanding Teen, Bethany Lojewski will be on the West Virginia side. We are linking approximately 4,000 bras and boxers together across the bridge and have asked both Fruit of the Loom and Hanes to donate bras and boxers."

If you would like to donate a bra and/or boxers for the event or be involved in the event, contact Karissa at the email above or Julie Ellenwood at

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