Being Miss Maumee Valley

Monday, November 20, 2006

Pageant Press: Pageant Playoff

The following is from the Portsmouth Daily News:

Pageant Payoff
Youssef, Martin and Miller take home titles in pageant

Sunday, November 19, 2006 9:53 PM EST

Christie Youssef, Karissa Martin and Ashley Miller were the winners in Saturday's pageants at Shawnee State University's Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.

Youseff, a 21-year-old Westmont College student, is the new Miss Portsmouth.

[Photo by Lindsay Niegelberg/Daily Times; Christie Youssef takes the stage Saturday night at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts during the pageants. Youssef was named the new Miss Portsmouth.]

“This shows that hard work pays off,” the Canfield native said. “I've been working hard for this for the last couple of months.”

Much of that hard work was spent practicing the harp. Youseff played “The Baroque Flamingo” for the talent portion of the show. Youseff lives about five hours away, but the Miss Portsmouth title is open to all women in the state. Besides working on her music, Youseff also planned her platform, which focuses on preventing domestic abuse.

Martin, an 18-year-old West Liberty State College student is Miss Scioto Valley. She could not be reached for comment.

Jillian Dansko from John Carroll University was first runner-up, Ashley Brown from Evangel University was second runner-up and Wright State University's Camp was third runner-up. Shawnee State University's Morgan Allard also competed.

Miller, 16, won the initial Miss Portsmouth Outstanding Teen pageant. She attends South Gallia High School.

“This is the first contest I've competed in,” Miller said. “I was just focused on having fun and enjoying the experience. I hoped I would be picked, but I didn't have my heart set on it.”

Amber Miller was the first runner-up. The 16-year-old's school was not available.

Emilee Lowe from East Junior High School, Kayla Reedy from Minford High School and Kaci Webb from Wheelersburg High School also participated in the pageant. The contestants competed in swimsuit and evening wear contests, performed song and dance routines and had a question-and-answer session. The teen contestants, however, did not participate in the swimsuit event. Instead, they wore active, or sportswear, clothing.

The winners will compete in June 2007 in Mansfield in the Miss Ohio Pageant in their respective programs.

Miss Ohio will then compete for the Miss America crown.

The event also featured several other pageants. Haven Dillow won the Tiny Miss title. Sicily Kiesel is the new Little Miss.

Brooklyn Thompson took the Junior Miss crown and Fred Gillenwater is Little Mr. Portsmouth.

Amy Allen won the Ellen Pasturzak Spinner Spirit Award.

Pasturzak is a former Miss Ohio from Franklin Furnace.

JEFF BARRON can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 236.


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