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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Pageant Press: Shooting For Miss Ohio Crown

The following is from the Portsmouth Daily Times:

Shooting For Miss Ohio Crown

Staff Writer
Saturday, November 18, 2006 11:41 PM EST

Thirteen contestants took the stage on Saturday at Shawnee State University's Vern Riffe Center for the Arts with hopes of becoming Miss Ohio next year.

Five others were competing for the Miss Portsmouth Outstanding Teen title.

[Photo on the Right: Lindsay Niegelberg - Daily Times - Ashley Miller, of South Gallia High School, sings as part of the talent competition during the Miss Portsmouth Outstanding Teen competition on Saturday night.]

The evening featured the Miss Portsmouth, Miss Scioto Valley and Miss Portsmouth Outstanding Teen pageants. The winners will compete in June 2007 in Mansfield in the Miss Ohio Pageant.

Miss Ohio will then compete for the Miss America crown.

“This is to encourage girls to be involved with Miss America in the years to come,” reigning teen queen and Chillicothe resident Kelsey Ballew said. “We also have a princess program now, which is a feeder to the teens.”

Ballew won her title in April at the Miss Ohio Pageant in Mansfield.

The winners of Saturday's contests were not available at press time. But pageant producer Greg Davis said he will provide them to the Portsmouth Daily Times today for Monday's edition.

There were 13 contestants in the Miss Portsmouth/Miss Scioto Valley Pageant, including SSU student Morgan Allard.

They competed in swimsuit and evening wear contests, performed song and dance routines and had a question-and-answer session.

Emilee Lowe from East Junior High School, Kayla Reedy from Minford High School and Kaci Webb from Wheelersburg High School were among five teen contestants.

They competed in the same events as the older contestants, except for the swimsuit event. The teens wore active wear instead.

This is the 49th year for the Miss Portsmouth Scholarship Program and the first for the Miss Portsmouth Outstanding Teen Program.

“This is a great opportunity and I'm glad I was able to do it,” Ballew said. “I hope that someday I will get to compete at Miss Ohio and maybe Miss America. That's my dream.”

Ballew sang “Someone to Watch Over Me” on the SSU stage.

The winners in several pageants in the afternoon were also announced.

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.

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


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