Being Miss Maumee Valley

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Pageant Press: Barrett earns Miss WCO title

The following article is from the St. Marys Evening Leader.

Barrett earns Miss WCO title

ST. MARYS — With tears of joy, a Wapakoneta graduate walked away with the crown at the Miss West Central Ohio title Saturday night at the St. Marys Theater.

Up against nine other contestants, Jessica Barrett of Wapakoneta showed she had what it took to succeed Kyrsten Chambers as the 2006 Miss West Central Ohio queen.

"I'm ecstatic and absolutely shocked," Barrett, 19, said after receiving the crown.

Barrett, who took first runner-up in the 2005 pageant, said that she spent the year critiquing her skills to be better ready for this year's events.

But despite her "Wicked" performance and cute charms, the crown still came as an amazement to her.

"There were so many talented girls. I didn't know how my chances were," she said.

Throughout the show, Barrett dazzled the crowd with her poise, smile and entertaining performance of "Popular" from the Broadway musical "Wicked." For that performance, she also took home the talent award and a $150 gift certificate courtesy of Sears in St. Marys.

But for winning the Miss WCO title, Barrett took home a cash scholarship of $2,700 from WLIO/NBC Lima, a gown from the Island Shoppe in St. Marys, a $250 gift certificate from Elizabeth Michael and, of course, a trip to compete in the Miss Ohio pageant in Mansfield in June 2007 — a trip Barrett is looking forward to.

"It's exciting. I love being on stage," she said. "It's just another step up. I'm very excited."

Saturday night's events also brought an end to the reign of 2005 Miss WCO reign Kyrsten Chambers.

But Chambers, a Memorial High School graduate, said she was happy for Barrett, a fellow pageant member who is also a society sister.

"We go to school together," Chambers said, explaining that they both attend Miami University. "Her talent was so great. She's a great girl. All the girls were great."

She also reflected back on her own year and wished Barrett the same success.

"It's been a really great year, and I wish her the best," Chambers said.

Along with Barrett, a couple of other hometown contestants were able to walk away with prizes from the competition.

Amanda Sampson of St. Marys took home the Brittany Shaffer Service Award worth $250, Jenelle Fleagle of St. Marys took home $180 for winning the Samantha Graham Spirit Award, and her sister, Joy Fleagle took home the ticket award, which was a gift certificate from Sears of St. Marys for $100.

Taking third runner-up for Saturday's pageant was Grace Caudill of Spencerville, taking second runner-up was Ashley Rodabaugh of Lima, and taking first runner-up was Marisa Minor of Fort Recovery, who competed earlier this month for Miss Ohio.

The first runner-up received a $1,000 cash scholarship from the VFW Post 9289 in St. Marys. The second runner-up received a $500 cash scholarship from Koggee Plumbing and Heating in St. Marys. And the third runner-up was awarded a $150 cash scholarship.

Judging the event this year were Stephanie Winland of Zanesville, Lynn Weaver, Susan Short of Toledo, Susan Ward of Lima, John Moul of St. Marys, Brian Keegan of Lima and Molly Elston of Manassas, Va.

Hosting this year's live show was former Miss America's Kellye Cash, 1987, and Kaye Lani Raye Rafko-Wilson, 1988.

Special entertainment was performed by The Dance Centre in Wapakoneta, Leslie Norris-Townsend of St. Marys and Kalvin Wayne of St. Marys along with members of the St. Marys VFW.


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