|Crowns up for grabs on Niswonger stage|
|Friday, July 26, 2013 12:00 AM|
VAN WERT — The Niswonger Performing Arts Center stage is being set for young ladies from across the region to compete for $60,000 in scholarship prizes. The Miss West Central Ohio Scholarship Pageant, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3, will have 19 girls competing including 12 Miss Contestants, ages 17-24, from 10 counties in the Lima area. The pageant will be taped for broadcast at 8 p.m. Aug. 17 on NBC/Lima Primetime and also on Fox/Lima at noon Aug. 24.
Three winners will be crowned who then move on to the Miss Ohio/Miss America program in May of 2014 in Mansfield. Each winner receives a minimum scholarship of $500. All Miss Contestants receive a $100 scholarship for college. A $50,000 in-kind scholarship to Bluffton, Rhodes State, Ohio State-Lima, or Ohio Northern is also bestowed.
There are seven area teens competing for Miss West Central’s Outstanding Teen program, for girls ages 12-17. Two finalists will move on to Miss Ohio’s Outstanding Teen Pageant in Mansfield in 2014.
All contestants will be judged on talent, intelligence and health and fitness. A Peoples Choice Award will be given based upon votes from the attending audience.
The Miss West Central Ohio 2013 Scholarship Pageant is co-hosted by Miss America 2009, Katie Stam, recently seen on NBC’s The Apprentice and former Miss West Central Ohio and Miss Ohio 2012 Elissa McCracken. The event will be held at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert.
Teen contestants include Rosie Westerbeck, New Bremen; Victoria Knapke, Celina; Alexis Thorbahn, Ottoville; Kylie Hohman, Van Wert; Loren Diane Stukey, Rockford; Jenny Shellabarger, St. Mary’s; and Natalee Patrick, Lima.
Miss West Central Ohio Contestants include Kirsten Fennig, Celina; Nicole Baringer, Defiance; Samantha Hartings, Celina; Anna Wenning, Shelby; Whitney Holbein, Ada; Karissa Place, Van Wert; Alexis Richter, New Bremen; Tanya Korte, Lima; Brittany Holland, Ada; Angela Bouch, Ada; Ashley Heckman, Lima; and Veronica Wende, Lima.
Tickets for the event are available for $20 by contacting the Niswonger Box Office at (419) 238-6722 from 12-4 p.m. on Tuesday.