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!

*Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone*

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! 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

RESULTS: Miss Lake Festival!

Miss Lake Festival 2011 - $3,800 
Jena Sweigart 

1st Runner Up - $1,700 
Emily Werling 

2nd Runner Up - $1,400 
Kirsten Fennig

3rd Runner Up - $1,000
Kelsea Eblen


Talent - $600
Jena Sweigart

Private Interview - $600 
Jena Sweigart

Onstage Interview - $300
Kirsten Fennig

Peoples Choice - $200
Ashlyn Jutte 

Commitment to Excellence - $700
Lillian Roessner 

Barbara Wagner Memorial - $200
Ashlyn Jutte

Non-finalist - $500 (each)
Allison Dilbon
Ashlyn Jutte
Lillian Roessner 

An impressive total of $12,000 in scholarships, with $4,000 in-kind, was awarded!

CLICK HERE to read Devon's farewell letter.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Best of Luck to the Miss Lake Festival Program!

Tomorrow night the Celina Field House will be packed, as twelve thousand dollars in scholarships and one glittering crowned are given out!  Miss Lake Festival is a preliminary pageant closed to women of Mercer County; it is held on a Monday so the winner and her court can prepare to reign over this weekends festival.    Both Miss Ohio, Ellen Bryan (a former Miss Lake Festival) and nearby resident Miss Ohio's Outstanding Teen, Kelsey Barrett will be on hand!  

The outgoing Miss Lake Festival is the sensational Devon Stansbury!  She first competed at Miss Ohio in 2010 with a Sweeps title, Miss Mohican Valley, before earning her home county crown.  Devon has danced all her life and studies at the University of Cincinnati; learn more at her new BLOG!   

Ellen Bryan will host, with Devon Stansbury and Grace Stammen.  Seven women will compete for Devon's title.  For what it's worth, my money is on Jena Sweigart or former teen contestant Emily Werling!

Allison Dilbone 
Age: 18
Education: St. Henry High School , 2011 grad
Talent: vocal & dance "Not for the Life of Me"
Platform: Forever Young: Childhood and Adolescent Cancer Awareness 
Pageant Past:  former competitor at WCO's Outstanding Teen

Ashlyn Jutte
Age: 18
Education: Celina High School, 2011 grad; Ball State University / Music Education
Talent: vocal "Mama Who Bore Me"
Platform: Hope Starts Now! Cancer Awareness 
Pageant Past:  none found
Emily Werling
Age: 18
Education: St. Henry High School, 2011 grad;  Capitol University / Vocal Performance
Talent: vocal "I'm a Star" (video)
Platform:  B-CAUS - Breast Cancer Awareness Using Song
Pageant Past: held the titles Miss Scioto Valley's Outstanding Teen, Miss Maumee Valley's Outstanding Teen & Miss All*American City's Outstanding Teen

Jena Sweigart
Age: 19
Education: Celina High School, grad; St. Marys College / Music Education
Talent: Classical vocal "Nessum Dorma" 
Platform: Taking it to the Bank - Feeding Ohio
Pageant Past: she was consistently a RU last year, including 1st RU at this pageant; competed at Miss Ohio's Outstanding Teen 2010 as Miss Grand Lake's Teen

Kelsea Eblen
Age: 17
Education: Celina High School, senior
Talent: vocal "American Honey" (video
Platform: Buddy-up Against Bullying 
Pageant Past: competed in Lake Festival's Outstanding Teen 2009

Kirsten Fennig
Age: 18
Education: Celina High School, 2011 grad; Ohio State University / Human Resources & Psychology
Talent: piano "Maple Leaf Rag"
Platform: American Red Cross 
Pageant Past:  competed in a few Miss locals last year, and Teen locals previously

Lillian Roessner
Age: 18
Education: Coldwater High School, 2011 grad; Dayton School of Medical Massage / Massage Therapy
Talent: vocal "Concrete Angel"
Platform: Fine Arts & a Students GPA 
Pageant Past: none found

The beautiful Grace Stammen represented the Lake Festival and was selected 2nd Runner-up at Miss Ohio's Outstanding Teen 2011 pageant; she also won the outstanding Interview Award!  Unfortunately she will not be crowning a successor this year.  There are, however, four princesses: Naomi Cervantes, Daelynne Mauch, Lauren Wenning and Alexis Yenser.  


Miss Teen USA
Danielle Doty

1st RU - North Dakota
2nd RU - California
3rd RU - Kansas
4th RU - Missouri

Top 15 competition order:  
Texas, North Dakota, Indiana, Minnesota, Colorado, West Virginia, South Carolina, Kansas, Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, California, Missouri, Maine, New Jersey

Congeniality - New Jersey
Photogenic - Hawaii

Miss USA, Miss Teen USA & Miss Universe:

RESULTS & PHOTOS: Miss Greater Cleveland, Cuyahoga County & Outstanding Teen!

Miss Greater Cleveland
Tera Coleman

Miss Cuyahoga County 
Allison Goodwin

1st RU - Camille Dyquiangco
2nd RU - Lauren Gessner
3rd RU - Rebecca Ribley

Swimsuit - Tera Coleman
Gown - Allison Goodwin
Talent - Camille Dyquiangco
Interview - Christina Muha
Spirit - Lauren Gessner

Miss Cuyahoga County's Outstanding 
Teen Sarah Eash

1RU - Emily Tabar 
2RU Sicily Kiesel 

Fitnesswear - Sarah Eash
Gown - Emily Tabar
Talent - Sarah Eash
Interview - Melanie Drews
Spirit - Melanie Drews

Visiting Titleholders: 

 Above: Alicia Huyghe with contestants, Ashliegh Jarzenski; 
below, Meggie Wittman with princess Olivia Anderson.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Saturday Night:
Attend Miss Greater Cleveland in person
or watch Miss Teen USA ONLINE at 8 p.m. EST!
Click here for Miss Teen USA pageant coverage.

Best of Luck to Miss Greater Cleveland / Cuyahoga County & Teen Pageant!

It seems like Miss Ohio was just yesterday, but it's already time to start crowning the class of 2011 - 2012!  The first local preliminary is tonight; Sylvia's Show, otherwise known as Miss Greater Cleveland & Miss Cuyahoga County, will be held at Al Koran Shriners Conference Center in Broadview Heights. 

The talented Marisa Buchheit, Miss Greater Cleveland (left) and stunning Jessica Nelson, Miss Cuyahoga County (right) will be giving up their titles!  Marisa was a Top 10 semifinalist during her second attempt at Miss Ohio.  Jessica, on the other hand, has had a whirl wind pageant experience, assuming her title only four short months ago.  Hopefully both of them return to the Miss Ohio stage next summer! 

Fourteen women are competing in the first local of the year.

I will hopefully add photos and more information later, for now an asterisk denotes the contestants who have previously competed at Miss Ohio.  This is the contestant order:

Lauren Gessner
Education: University of South Alabama
Talent: vocal
Pageant Past: Talent and Fitness awards and Top 8 at America's Jr. Miss in 2008 as Ohio's Jr Miss.

Nina Haaskivi
Education: Bowling Green State University / Sports Management 
Talent: vocal
Platform: Right to Life; Right to Play
Pageant Past: Runner-up in 3 of 4 locals last season, including Sweeps

Allison Vance
Education: Ohio State University / Music
Talent: vocal
Platform: “Suicide Prevention Awareness”
Pageant Past: competed a couple time last season 

Danielle Hackler
Education: Ohio State University 
Talent: dance?
Pageant Past: none found

Allison Goodwin
Education: Ohio University / Dietetics
Platform: Childhood Obesity 
Talent: dance
Pageant Past:  Miss Vacationland 2010; 1st RU at this pageant last year

Rebecca Ribley
Education: Ashland University
Talent: vocal
Platform: “Raising Awareness of Hunger in America”
Pageant Past: has competed for the past couple years; 3rd RU at this pageant last year

Haley Marie Sims
Pageant Past: Miss North Royalton 2010 (non-MAO)

Camille Dyquiangco
Education: Case Western
Talent: dance ?
Pageant Past: Miss Alameda County's Outstanding Teen 2009 (CA)

Education: Ashland University / Digital Media & Journalism
Talent: dance
Platform: Habitat for Humanity 
Pageant Past: competed a few times last year, including this pageant

Christina Muha
Education: University of Toledo / Nursing
Talent: French Horn
Platform: Heart to Heart: Be Smart
Pageant Past: Has competed for a couple years, including this pageant last year

Tera Coleman
Education: The Ohio State University / Law
Talent: vocal
Platform: Appalachian Ohio: Improvement Through Awareness
Pageant Past: Top 10 at Miss Ohio 2010 as Miss Heart of Ohio; competed once or twice last year

Marie Hassan
Pageant Past: none found

Priya Sharma - DID NOT COMPETE
Education: Ohio State University, graduate; Cleveland State University, Masters / Occupational Therapy
Talent: Bollywood dance
Platform: Promoting Cancer Research & Awareness
Pageant Past: Miss Huron County 2011

Des-tiny La Shae Robinson

Pageant Past: none found

While her sister competes for a Miss title, the seemingly spunky Michelle Goodwin will crown a successor!  She was Third Runner-up at her first try for Miss Ohio's Outstanding Teen; six girls are vying for the title: 

Marie Mastellone
Sarah Eash*
Melanie Drews
Erin Simonek
Emily Tabar*
Sicily Kiesel

*Sarah and Emily competed at Miss Ohio's Teen last month.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Welcome to the Blogosphere...

Devon Stansbury! 

Get to know Miss Lake Festival, Devon Stansbury
by visiting her new blog, HERE.