Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Best of Luck to Miss West Central Ohio / Lima Square Fair / Crystal Lake!

This Friday night, August 6th, at the Civic Center in downtown Lima three rhinestone tickets to Miss Ohio will be awarded: Miss West Central Ohio, Miss Lima Square Fair and the brand new, Miss Crystal Lake! The preshow begins at 7:30, with the pageant at 8 p.m. The $17 ticket includes an after party, complete with cake! The outgoing Miss West Central Ohio, Katie Bowen, is a graduate of Ohio Northern University, where this intelligent beauty earned a degree in Clinical Laboratory Science! She is a flutist who turned heads this summer at Miss Ohio with her soft new look.

Katie's sister titleholder is Shannon O'Neill, a woman who is a great example of the importance of consistency; although this vocalist did not win any preliminary or interview awards at Miss Ohio 2010, she was First Runner-up! Shannon will not be crowning her successor at the pageant. Instead, Shannon O'Neill, Miss Lima Square Fair 2009, is competing. This is a common and acceptable practice at double and triple crown pageants. It is up to each ED to decide if a previous titleholder may compete again; when a contestant does, she may not give a farewell speech or crown the new Miss. In recent years Nanciann Strosnider did this at Miss Lake Erie/ Northern Ohio, as did our reigning Miss Ohio, Becky Minger, with Miss Muamee Valley/ Fallen Timbers/ All*American City. In fact, Miss MV/ FT/ AAC and Miss WCO/ LFS have a fun, intertwined history:

In 2007 Shannon O'Neill was Miss West Central Ohio while Becky Minger was Miss Maumee Valley. The next year Shannon became Miss Maumee Valley, but Becky didn't crown her because she became Miss Fallen Timbers at the same pageant. The third title given at that pageant was Miss All*American City; she was Katie Bowen. So, Shannon, Becky and Katie were sister-titleholders at Miss Ohio 2009. Then Shannon and Katie became sister-titleholders again as Miss Lima Square Fair and Miss West Central Ohio. And then... E.D. Eric Wagener was jumping in the aisle at Miss Ohio 2010 to see Becky and Shannon, two former Miss Maumee Valleys, as the last two standing!

From the producer:


Starring from Nashville... Joby Saad, The Village Idiot.
Jonnie W., the winner of Clean Comedy Challenge 2010
And Leslie Norris Townsend... ONE FUNNY OLD QUEEN!!!


PLUS MISS West Central Ohio 2009, Katie Bowen!
11 year old Singing Sensation, Caleb Francis
Kim Hohmans Dance Works, Van Wert and A Step Above Dancers from Lima.
Rennie Magee, 15 year old Dance Wonder


Alyssa Waldman
Education: Otterbein College
Talent: Vocal
Platform: Encouraging healthy self-esteem among women of all ages
Pageant Past: Non-semifinalist Talent award at Miss Ohio 2010 as Miss Northwestern Ohio

Jamienne Scott
: Ohio Northern University
Talent: Piano
Pageant Past: Putnum County's Junior Miss in 2007, I think?

Samantha Hartings
Education: Incoming Ohio University / Pharmacy
Talent: Lyrical dance
Platform: Books for PLAY: Promoting Literacy At Youth
Pageant Past: 3rd RU recently at Miss Lake Festival; Samantha has experience in locals, Ohio Teen USA and National American Miss.

Katie Ulrich
Education: Rhodes State
Talent: Vocal
Platform: Financial Education for Young Adults
Pageant Past: 2nd RU at this pageant last year

Kara Schoenhofer
Education: Ball State University
Pageant Past: Allen County's Junior Miss in 2009

Grace Needler
: University of Toledo??
Pageant Past:

Cayla Hellwarth
Education: Ohio State University / Business Administration
Talent: Opera
Platform: American Red Cross
Pageant Past: Non-semifinalist Talent awards at Miss Ohio 2010 as Miss Lake Festival

Mindy Fetzer
Education: University of Akron
Talent: Dance
Pageant Past: Junior Miss experience

Rebecca Brunelle
Education: Ohio Northern University
Pageant Past: Junior Miss experience

Megan Wolery
Education: Loyola University & Belmont University / Music Production
Talent: Vocal
Pageant Past: Megan has competed for a few years; she was 3rd RU at this pageant in 2008

Jocelyn Staugler
Education: Incoming Heidelberg College / Accounting
Talent: Flute
Platform: The American Red Cross
Pageant Past: Recently competed at Miss Lake Festival

Shannon O'Neill
Education: Fordham University / Communications & Media Studies
Talent: Vocal
Platform: T.O.N.E.: Teaching about Obesity, Nutrition and Exercise
Pageant Past: 1st RU to Miss Ohio 2010 as Miss Lima Square Fair; Top 10 at Miss Ohio 2009 as Miss Maumee Valley; Top 11 at Miss Ohio 2008 as Miss West Central Ohio

Elissa McCracken
Education: Ohio Northern University
Talent: Piano & Vocal
Platform: Internet Safety
Pageant Past: Non-semifinalist Interview award at Miss Pennsylvania 2009 as Miss Greater Johnston; competed at Miss Pennsylvania's Outstanding Teen 2008

Jena Swiegart
Education: incoming senior at Celina High
: Vocal
Platform: Taking it to the Bank - Feeding Ohio
Pageant Past: 1st RU & Interview recently at Miss Lake Festival; competed at Miss Ohio's Outstanding Teen 2010 as Miss Grand Lake's Teen

** Important note to visiting titleholders: You are invited to wear your crown and sash and you will be introduced on-stage at 7:30 p.m. If you're planning to attend, please email E.D. Madonna Petit at

The pageant will be taped for TV and air two weeks later on Limas NBC and FOX channels. Two Teen crowns will be given at a separate pageant September 26th. (Application deadline: September 15th)

1 comment:

  1. Correction: Alyssa Waldman is from Defiance but attends Otterbein College, NOT Defiance College. :) :)


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