MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) - A 20-year-old Ohio Northern University student has been crowned the new Miss Ohio and will compete for the Miss America title.
The News Journal in Mansfield reports that Ellisa McCracken beat out 24 other contestants Saturday night in the statewide Miss Ohio Scholarship Program finals in Mansfield in north-central Ohio. The pianist from Waynesburg, Pa., also won a $10,000 scholarship from Newman Technology and other gifts.
McCracken is a pharmacy major at Ohio Northern in Ada. She will compete for the Miss America title in Las Vegas on January 12th.
McCracken was crowned by outgoing Miss Ohio, Ellen Bryan. This year's runner-up was Alissa Brumbaugh, of North Canton.
McCracken's platform is "stop cyberbullying."
Miss Ohio 2011 Ellen Bryan of Celina leaves her crown behind, but has much to look forward to. She is already employed and working at the ABC Affiliate, WTVQ in Lexington Kentucky as the new weekend anchor / reporter. Bryan is a former intern of Your Hometown Stations.
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The following was released by the Miss Ohio Scholarship Program at 6:20 pm on Sunday June 24th.
Elissa McCracken Crowned Miss Ohio 2012
Mansfield, Ohio – June 24, 2012 – The Miss Ohio Scholarship Program announced today that Elissa McCracken was crowned Miss Ohio 2012 at the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield, Ohio.
McCracken is the 20-year-old daughter of Jeff & Helen McCracken. Elissa is a student at Ohio Northern University. She is a pianist and her platform is "Stop Cyber-Bullying." Elissa's hobbies include baking, scrapbooking and traveling. She will be representing Ohio at the Miss America competition in January, where she will have the opportunity to earn even more scholarship dollars.
First Runner-Up was Alissa Brumbaugh, Miss Montgomery County. Brumbaugh is a 21-year-old student at the University of Akron. She is a vocalist from Canton, and her community service platform is "FCS for Success: Promoting Family and Consumer Sciences in Schools."
Second Runner-Up was Anjelica Francisca, Miss Greater Butler County. Francisco is a 24-year-old graduate of Eastern Michigan University. She is a vocalist from Cincinnati, and her community service platform is "Women's Healthcare: Be Your Own Advocate."
Third Runner-Up was Kristen Free, Miss Maple City. Free is a 22-year-old student at The Ohio State University. She is a vocalist from Frankfort, and her community service platform is "Living as a Light for the Future Generations."
Fourth Runner-Up was Mahogany Fleming. Fleming is a student at the University of Toledo. She is a vocalist from Cincinnati, and her community service platform is "Keeping the Arts Alive in School."
The other semi-finalists in the Miss Ohio competition were Heather Wells, Miss Miami Valley; Layne Schneider, Miss Vacationland; Cayla Hellwarth, Miss Mansfield; Gabrielle Bailey, Miss Central Ohio; and Tera Coleman, Miss Greater Cleveland.
Contestants competed in five areas of competition, including a 10-minute private Interview with the judges worth 25 percent of the total score, followed by the on-stage competitions of Talent worth 35 percent of the score, Evening Wear which accounts for 20 percent, Swimsuit worth 15 percent, and On-Stage Interview which accounts for five percent of the total score.
The Miss Ohio Scholarship Program is a non-profit organization and part of the Miss America Organization, which is one of the nation's leading achievement programs and the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. For more information about the organization, please visit its website at www.missohio.org.