Friday, July 30, 2010

Miss Miami Valley: Now Accepting Applications

Click the flyer to enlarge it and read the contact info.

I was Miss Miami Valley back in... 2004, I think? I can attest that Executive Director Ronda Morris is one of the sweetest people in the Miss Ohio system, and she looks the part! If Matel were to make an Pageant mom/grandma/ED Barbi doll, it would be Ronda!

The fact that the pageant is held outside at the Montgomery County Fair in Dayton is a bonus, if you ask me. When it's over, there are elephant ears to either eat in celebration, or drown your sorrows in sugar! ;) Not to mention, it's good practice for the many appearances at fairs and festivals that Miss Ohio makes.

The application deadline is August 21st!

Monday, July 26, 2010

UPDATED Pageant Pictures: Miss Greater Cleveland & Cuyahoga County

Thank you Bryce Bishop for posting these on Facebook; we all love you!

Miss Greater Cleveland,
Marisa Buchheit

Marisa also won the Interview and Evening Gown awards. For Talent she sang "The Habanera" from Carmen, which is not the song she performed last month at Miss Ohio.

Miss Cuyahoga County,
Jillian Bumpas

Jillian also won Talent; she sang "I Could Have Danced All Night" from My Fair Lady.

2nd Runner-up, Jessica Nelson

Swimsuit winner, Maria Minnick

[No photos found for the 1st and 3rd Runners-up.]

Miss Ohio, Becky Minger and Ohio's Outstanding Teen, Cecili Weber

Outgoing titleholders,
Ashley Warholic and Meggie Wittman

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Congrats to the New Miss Greater Cleveland, Marisa Buchheit and Miss Cuyahoga County, Jillian Kates Bumpas!

[Above, outgoing Miss GC, Ashley Warholic,
with Marisa and Jillian.]

Miss Greater Cleveland: Marisa Buchheit
Miss Cuyahoga County: Jillian Kates Bumpas

1st RU: Allison Goodwin
2nd RU: Jessica Nelson
3rd RU: Rebecca Ribley

Interview: Marisa Buchheit
Talent: Jillian Kates Bumpas
Evening gown: Marisa Buchheit
Swimsuit: Maria Minnick

Spirit: Marisa Buchheit
Photogenic: Allison Goodwin

To the best of my knowledge, this was Jillians very first MAO local; she is a senior at Baldwin-Wallace majoring in Musical Theatre. For her platform she sings at hospitals to children with cancer.

Miss Cuyahoga County Outstanding Teen:
Michelle Goodwin

1st RU: Emily Tabor
2nd RU: Melanie Drews
3rd RU: Alexandra Kay

Talent: Emily Tabor
Evening gown: Emily Tabor
Sportswear: Michelle Goodwin

Spirit: Michelle Goodwin
Photogenic: Alexandra Kay

Congrats to the New Miss Teen USA, Maryland's Kamie Crawford!

Crowning Video:

Complete Results:

Miss Teen USA 2010: Maryland

1st RU: Illinois
2nd RU: California
3rd RU: Utah
4th RU: Mississippi

Top 15:

Alabama * Washington * Alaska * Illinois * New York * Mississippi * Tennessee * Kentucky * Florida * California * Wyoming * Maryland * Utah * Oklahoma * Virginia

Congeniality: Idaho
Photogenic: Texas

The new Miss Teen USA, Maryland's Kami Crawford

Kamie was selected into the medical program for the Congressional Student Leadership Conference at Georgetown University and is currently an Honor Roll student at her high school. She hopes to one day become a world-renowned dermatologist and have her own skincare and cosmetics line. In addition, Kamie donates her time and enthusiasm by giving back to her community. Through the “adopt a family” program, Kamie coordinates donations and deliveries to families who are less fortunate. She also volunteers to raise funds and awareness for Paige’s Run (5K run for Cystic Fibrosis) and the American Heart Association, in tribute to her late grandmother.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

STREAMING LIVE RIGHT NOW: Best of Luck to Bridget Linton, Miss Ohio Teen USA!

Miss Teen USA snuck up on me! The finals are tonight, streaming live online from the Bahamas. If you're not attending Miss Greater Cleveland, tune in at, or They're starting RIGHT NOW! 8 p.m. EST.

Best of luck to Ohio's Teen USA, Bridget Linton, a freshman at the University of Akron, majoring in Broadcast Journalism. Based on this bio that I found here, someone needs to track her down and convince her to compete at Miss Ohio (America):
"Her greatest love is Irish dancing. As a six-time world qualifier and medal holder, Bridget has competed all over North America, Ireland and Scotland. She believes that dancing has given her the poise, discipline, confidence and competitive spirit that has followed her throughout her life. Bridget is a dance instructor and tutor at the O’Hare School of Irish Dance.

A 2009 graduate of Green High School, Bridget was a member of National Honor Society, the Dean’s List for post-secondary studies, Student Council, Yearbook, Musical Theater, and Spanish Club. She was also Cheerleading Captain, Dance Team Captain, Varsity Track, and Homecoming Queen. In high school, Bridget volunteered a number of hours for such causes as Toys for Tots, Battered Women’s Shelter, Volley for the Cure, Kick for the Cure, Relay for Life, and much more."

Best of Luck to the Miss Greater Cleveland & Cuyahoga County Program!

Tonight in the Imperial Ballroom of the Shriners building in Broadview Heights three crowns will be given away, two Miss and one Teen! The pageant begins at 7 p.m. Be sure to check out their new WEBSITE. Sylvia and "Merf's" outgoing ladies were both very successful at Miss Ohio.

Miss Greater Cleveland, Ashley Warholic is a ballerina who studies Marketing at Baldwin Wallace College. In her second year competing at Miss Ohio she was the fifth highest scholarship recipient, racking up $3,400 for awards including Non-semifinalist Interview and CMN Miracle-maker!

Meggie Wittman, Miss Cuyahoga, Valley
was definitely a dark horse contestant this year! She is a vocalist and Musical Theatre major at Kent State University. In her fist year at state, Meggie was a Top 10 Semifinalist!

Ashley and Meggie exuded charm and likability this summer in Mansfield; they were both so elegant in their evening gowns but fun, fun, fun in swimsuit. I would be shocked and disappointed if both of these ladies don't compete in Miss Ohio again!


Rebecca Ribley
Talent: Vocal
Platform: Raising Awareness of Hunger in America
Pageant Past: Top 10 last year at Miss Muskingum Valley

Ashleigh Jarzenski
Eduction: Ashland University / Broadcast & Political Science
Talent: Dance
Platform: REACH: The Benefits of Volunteering
Pageant Past: Experience in various community Queen pageants

Allison Goodwin

Eduction: Ohio University
Pageant Past:

Marisa Buchheit
: Cleveland Institute of Music / Voice
Talent: Opera
Platform: Reaching out with Music
Pageant Past: 2nd RU, Talent & Prelim SS winner at Miss Ohio 2010 as Miss Maple City; Non-finalist Talent at Miss Illinois 2009; Top 15 at Miss Illinois Teen USA

Christina Muha
Education: University of Toledo / Nursing
Talent: French Horn
Platform: Heart to Heart: Be Smart
Pageant Past: has competed for a couple years

Jessica Nelson
: University of Toledo / Pre-Vet & Biology
Talent: Dance
Platform: P.E.T.S: Promoting Eduction, Training & Safety
Pageant Past: has competed for a few years

Victoria Petrosky
Education: Cleveland State University / Arts
Pageant Past: Represented Columbia Station at Miss Ohio USA

Jillian Kates Bumpas
Education: Baldwin-Wallace College / Musical Theater
Talent: Vocal
Platform: Singing for Children with Cancer
Pageant Past:

Kristen Piasecki
Education: Baldwin-Wallace
Pageant Past: Competed once last season; has teen experience in other systems.

Maria Minnick
Education: University of Toledo
Talent: Dance
Platform: Think Ability before Disability
Pageant Past: has competed for a few years


Alexandra Kay
Emily Tabar
Melanie Drews
Michelle Goodwin

Friday, July 23, 2010

Pageant Pictures: Miss Ohio by CWN

On her BLOG Christine Walsh Newton writes, "Shortly after the Miss Ohio Pageant, I was granted the honor of photographing the newly crowned Miss Ohio 2010, Becky Minger. It’s always an honor to be trusted to photograph someone who must appear at her best in finished photographs. Here’s a few of my favorite shots from the session:"

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Pageant Pictures: Miss Lake Festival

Miss Lake Festival 2011, Devon Stansbury!
Is anyone else getting a Katie Harmon vibe,
because of the low blond bun?!

1st RU & Interview winner, Jena Sweigart

2nd RU & Talent winner, Rachel Hertenstein

3rd RU, Samantha Hartings

Miss Lake Festival's Outstanding Teen,
Grace Stammen!
The photos above were taken by Mark Pummell of The Daily Standard; CLICK HERE for all 200+ pictures!