Newly Crowned Miss Ohio USA

11 Nov – Megan Wise of Gallipolis, was crowned Miss Ohio USA over the weekend in Springfield but being crowned wasn’t a stroke of luck, it was an act of perseverance.

Wise had previously competed in the competition nine times, starting when she was 18 in the “teen” category and then moving up to the “miss” division where, over the last few years, she was first runner-up and second runner-up multiple times. She was so close so many times, only to come up short.

This year was her final year of eligibility and after a tough second runner-up finish last year, she wasn’t sure if she’d attempt one more try.


“It was a hard loss,” Wise said of the 2015 competition. “I had to really reevaluate if this was something I wanted to do and why.”

After a few months of contemplation, she says she decided this was something she loved doing, and as she put it, she wanted to “take every opportunity to do what I love one last time.”

She said as for why this year’s pageant had a different outcome, it was an evolution that wasn’t about the dress or the makeup coming together.

“Something came together on the inside and I felt at peace no matter which way it went,” she said. “I had the confidence to know I can do this and the loss won’t affect me anymore.” Read full article here.


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