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by Cindy Davis,
The third time was definitely the charm for 22-year-old Jenna DePizzo, of Cortland, who was crowned the 2015 Miss Clayland on Saturday evening at Claymont High School in Uhrichsville.
“I had competed two years previously, but didn’t place either time,” said DePizzo, who was literally shaking with excitement. “This is just such an honor. The scholarships will enable me to finish my graduate program.”
DePizzo was awarded a scholarship of $4,000 for the win, plus $500 from Kent State University at Tuscarawas. Before learning she had won the title, DePizzo had been presented the Community Service Award, earning $250. This year’s Community Service Award, which was determined by an essay submitted by all contestants prior to the event, was awarded in memory of Miss Clayland volunteers who recently had passed away. They were Jay Williams, Roberta “Bert” Wolfe, Barb Whitman, Dick Arn, John Williams, Joe Pangrazio and Colleen Espenschied Smith. DePizzo’s paper was about her platform “Inclusion in America: Our Duty to the Future.”
During the talent portion of the program, DePizzo sang “At Last” by Etta James and wore a melon-colored two-piece suit for the swimwear competition.
During the interview with the judges, DePizzo was asked “What would I invent if I could invent anything?”
“I said an ice-cream flavor that changes with every bite,” she said of her response.
DePizzo added that she likes answering the on-stage, impromptu questions the best, saying, “I love that pressure.”
Her on-stage question regarded the pros and cons of having the various 24/7 news cycles.
“It’s an absolute positive to have the news available when I can watch it,” DePizzo said, but cautioned, “You have to be able to sort the truth from opinion.”
Allison Vance, 22, of Mount Gilead, was first runner-up and received a $300 scholarship. Vance won the Ray King Talent Award and the Interview Award, each worth $250.
Bry Atchison, 19, was second runner-up, receiving a $200 scholarship. Atchison is attending Case Western Reserve University.
Prior to the talent portion of the program, Brooklyn Affolter, the first Miss Clayland Outstanding Teen, received her crown from current Miss Ohio Outstanding Teen, Rosie Westerback. Affolter will represent the area in June, at the Miss Ohio Teen Pageant. She received a $100 scholarship.
Affolter, 16, is a junior at Indian Valley High School and the daughter of Kimberly and David Watkins and Shane Affolter of Uhrichsville. She is active in basketball, track, dance, Select Choir, pep club, student council and the Immaculate Conception Church Junior Choir. She also has volunteered at the Lady Braves Biddy Ball Camp and the Polar Express. She will dance for her talent at the upcoming pageant, and her platform is Autism Awareness.
By Cindy Davis
Posted Oct. 14, 2013 @ 12:01 am
Updated Oct 14, 2013 at 2:03 PM
It’s not often that people talk about an interview as their favorite thing to do, but the new Miss Clayland does — and she has the crown and a bonus to show for it.
Lindsay Hanson, 23, of Dayton, won the title at the 58th annual Miss Clayland pageant Saturday night. In addition to a $4,500 scholarship, she received $250 for Best Interview. She called the interview her favorite phase of the pageant.
“There is so much self-analysis while preparing for an interview,” she said. “My interview was politically heavy, with questions about Obamacare and the upcoming debt ceiling. There’s a lot to examine there.”
Hanson said she views the swimsuit competition as the most challenging for her. “I have celiac disease (gluten intolerance), which is a point of difficulty for me,” she said. “It also makes it hard to get the weight off.” During the talent contest, she sang Adele’s “Turning Tables.” Hanson’s platform for advocacy is “Seize Hope,” which focuses on awareness about epilepsy.
Cecili Weber, 18, of Ironton, will serve as first runner-up from the pageant. She performed a contemporary dance to Stevie Nicks’ “Rhiannon.” Weber’s platform is H.E.A.R.T. (Helping- Expressing- Achieving- Reaching-Teaching with the Arts.) She was awarded a $300 scholarship.
The second runner-up is Kara Mitchell, 23, of Columbus. Mitchell’s energetic jazz dance to an Alicia Keys song wowed the audience. She received a $250 scholarship and chose “Just Ask Me: Testimony for a Change” as her platform.
The winner of the $250 Community Service Award was Jenna DePizzo, 21, of Cortland. Her platform is “Inclusion in America: Our Duty to the Future.” She sang the classic song “Happy Days Are Here Again.”
The Community Service Award for this year was in memory of two former pageant volunteers who died within the past year, Dave Smith and Jeanne Peters. Their families were recognized during the program and had photos taken with DePizzo after the pageant.
There was a first-place tie for the $250 Talent Award between Weber and Gabby Bailey, 19, of Dover. Bailey performed a contemporary dance to “Sort Of” by Ingrid Michaelson.
Bailey was second runner-up to last year’s Miss Clayland Mackenzie Bart, and was a Top 10 finalist in the 2012 Miss Ohio Pageant, as well as a grand talent winner. Bailey said she has had great experiences during her time as Miss Clayland.
“This has been an amazing experience,” Bailey said. “This is the smoothest running program there is.”
Bailey said she will be competing in the Miss Maple Heights Pageant in the near future and hopes to compete in the Miss Ohio Pageant in June.
“A Night of Broadway” was the theme for this year’s Miss Clayland event with Bart performing many show tunes including, “Maybe This Time,” “Circle of Life,” “I Dreamed a Dream” and “What I Did for Love.” But perhaps her most memorable performance was leading the audience in a round of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” as she and Mistress of Ceremonies Stephanie Meisberger Winland (Miss Clayland 1997 and Miss Ohio 2000) stalled for time as judges reviewed their scores for the 12 contestants.
The judges were June Contini, Junior Bitikofer, Allie Hoffman, Bill Demora and Marcia Victor. The auditors were James Alpeter and Linda Eggan.
Bart told the large audience that she is continuing her studies in atmospheric science at Ohio State University.
“That actually means I’ll be a meteorologist,” Bart said, with a laugh. “So when Al Roker decides to retire, I’ll just sneak in there.”
Winland said jokingly that they would call her the “best weather guesser.”
Miss Clayland Executive Director Martha Campbell offered special thanks to the Uhrichsville Elks, a new sponsor and scholarship provider for the pageant. The Elks also provided a meal for contestants prior to the event, which was held in the Claymont High School auditorium.
“We are so excited to work with Lindsay to prepare her to compete in Miss Ohio,” Campbell said. “We have been honored to work with this amazing group of young women today. The board is indebted to the many businesses, organizations and individuals who have donated scholarships, sponsorships and time for this pageant. Without their generosity, there would be no Miss Clayland Scholarship Program.”
The program is a preliminary event to the Miss Ohio and Miss America scholarship pageants.
Mackenzie Bart, 20, of Brockway, Pa., ws crowned Miss Clayland 2013 at Saturday’s 57th Miss Clayland Scholarship Program at Claymont High School in Uhrichsville. She attends Ohio State University. Her platform was “Universal Newborn Screening: State by State, Baby by Baby, One by One.” She received a $4,000 cash scholarship and a $500 scholarship to Kent State University at Tuscarawas. She advances to compete in the Miss Ohio pageant in June.
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2013 Miss Clayland hopes to work with March of Dimes
The 2013 Miss Clayland has a platform that encourages universal newborn screening and hopes to work with the March of Dimes to get legislation passed.
Mackenzie Bart, 20, of Brockway, Pa., was crowned Saturday evening at Claymont High School.
Bart, a student at Ohio State University, received a $4,000 scholarship plus $500 from Kent State University at Tuscarawas in New Philadelphia.
There was a tie in the Interview Award, with Bart and Allison Goodwin, 20, of Broadview Heights, each receiving a $250 scholarship.
“I think the Interview phase is my favorite part of the competition,” said Bart. “The judges asked me a lot about my platform and questions dealing with the upcoming election, such as the presidential debate. I did watch it,” she said.
Bart wore a red, two-piece bathing suit for the swimsuit phase and modeled a white strapless gown with a gold overlay on the bodice for evening gown. She sang a contemporary rendition of “Somewhere,” by Barbra Streisand for her talent.
Her platform is “State by State, Baby by Baby, One by One,” which encourages universal newborn screening.
“I am looking forward to working on my platform with the March of Dimes and hopefully getting some kind of legislation,” Bart said.
First runner-up was Goodwin, who also received a $500 scholarship. She performed a tap routine to “Sparkling Diamonds,” from the movie “Moulin Rouge.” She wore a pink, two-piece bathing suit and a black satin, strapless dress with a large bow and silver accents on the bodice.
Second runner-up was local contestant Gabby Bailey, 19, of Dover. Bailey was the recipient of a $350 scholarship and also was the Ray King Talent Award Winner with a $250 scholarship. Bailey wore a two-piece red bathing suit and a red gown with silver sequined accents. Bailey performed a Walt Disney-inspired dance routine.
Bailey is a student at Ohio State University with the platform M.O.V.E. – “Making Opportunities for Volunteer Experience.” She is a former First Town Days Queen and placed in the top 10 at last year’s Miss Ohio Pageant.
Serving as emcee for the event was Cathy Hooker Sciarretti, a former Miss Clay Week. She was also a Miss Ohio top 10 recipient, who once competed in the Miss Canton and Miss Buckeye Trail contests in the mid-1990s. During the evening, Sciarretti brought out the many items she had kept from her memorable pageant days.
“Here’s the lovely swimsuit I was required to wear when I competed,” said Sciarretti, with a laugh. “Of course it’s bright, construction-cone orange and very heavily lined.”
Sciarretti also held up a pink gown with silver accents and large shoulder pads. At one point, when asked to stretch time until the judges could make their decision, she joked, “Don’t make me get out my batons!” which was her talent in the past competitions. Sciarretti’s daughter, Anna, performed an energetic dance number in between phases of the 57th annual program.
Ashley Warholic, Miss Clayland 2012, performed two dances during the evening, including her Miss Ohio talent presentation to “Fabulous Baby” from “Sister Act.” Warholic said she now is working as a mission representative for Ashland University. Dennielle Stull opened the show with the national anthem. The theme for the evening was “Dance the Night Away.”
A total of $7,500 in scholarships was awarded for the night, with those not placing receiving $200. Judges were Christophen Henize, Clara Pearch, Michele Henry, J. R. Bitikofer and Gail Rupert. “We are so grateful to all of our sponsors who make these scholarship donations possible,” said Martha Campbell, a director for the program.
The Miss Clayland Pageant is a preliminary to the Miss Ohio and the Miss America Program.
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The Miss Clayland Scholarship Program will crown their 57th winner on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at Claymont High School.
Applications are available at missohio.org with additional paperwork available at http://missohio.org/miss-ohio/local-preliminaries/. Please scroll down to the Miss Clayland information to get the additional paperwork.
The Miss Clayland Scholarship Program is a preliminary to the Miss Ohio and Miss America Scholarship Programs. Contestants between the ages of 17 and 24 compete in five phases of competition: judges interview, talent, swimsuit, eveningwear and on-stage question.
The Miss Clayland Scholarship Program is for young women who are bright, talented, articulate, accomplished and who take personal pride in physical fitness and health. Each contestant is required to have a personal platform to support and promote a community or social issue. The winner of the 2013 Miss Clayland crown will go on to compete at Miss Ohio in June of 2013.
Miss Clayland 2013 will receive a minimum scholarship of $2,500. The winners of the interview and talent competitions will each receive a $250 scholarship. Each contestant will receive a minimum scholarship of $150.
Deadline for applications is September 15, 2012.
For additional information, please contact Martha Campbell at 330-340-0390 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Miss Clayland Scholarship Program is sponsored by the Uhrichsville Elks.
Warholic is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College, and her platform is “Creating Strong Leaders for Tomorrow.” For the talent portion of the contest, she performed a ballet to “Waltz to Coppelia.” Her scholarships for the evening totalled $1,900, which includes $500 from Kent State University Tuscarawas.“I’ve been a volunteer with the Miss America pageant since I was 7 years old,” Warholic added. “I was the helper who took the crown and flowers out on stage to be given to the winner. I’ve just worked my way up.”
First runner-up was 20 year-old Cayla Hellwarth, of Celina. She is a student at Ohio State University and performed an operatic number for her talent. She received a scholarship of $300.
Second runner-up and the recipient of $200 was Alicia Huyghe, 23, of Uhrichsville. Huyghe wowed the large crowd with an energetic tap routine. She is a student at Cleveland State University, and her platform was “Get Kids Active! The Fight Against Childhood Obesity!”
Gabrielle Bailey, another local contestant from Dover, received the Ray King Talent Award and a scholarship of $200 for her contemporary dance performance. Bailey is a senior at Dover High School and served as the 2010 First Town Days Queen. Her platform was “Being a Cancer Advocate — SPEAK UP!”
Stealing the show was Ellen Bryan, Miss Clayland 2011 and the current Miss Ohio. Bryan sang three numbers during the pageant” “On My Way,” “The Circle of Life” and “Believe.” Never missing a beat, Bryan told a quick story to fill time during a small glitch in the program and later prodded the crowd to sing “Happy Birthday” to her dad, Ken.
A video depicting Bryan’s 850-mile bike tour across Ohio showed her inner beauty as well, as frame-by frame, Bryan could be seen with children from the various Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. So far, $20,000 has been raised through her tour. Those interested in donating can go to www.missohiobiketour.com.
“Of all the memories I’ve made throughout this past year, these are the memories that will stand out the most,” said Bryan, referring to the children.
Bryan noted that she had learned a lot about cycling and that there were a “few” obstacles along the way.
“There were hills, heat and rain, rain and more rain,” said Bryan, smiling.
Bryan, along with Heather McDonald, Miss Clayland 2001, emceed the program. Judges were Larry Sams, Cathy Hooker Sciarretti, Shane Statler, Wendy Schanz and Willie Grove.
This was the 56th year for Miss Clayland, making it one of the longest-running pageants in the state. The Miss Clayland Pageant is a preliminary to the Miss Ohio and Miss America programs.