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Mackenzie Bart crowned Miss Ohio

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Mackenzie Bart will represent Ohio at the Miss America Pageant, scheduled for September in Atlantic City. Bart was crowned Miss Ohio on Saturday at Renaissance Theater in Ontario, Ohio.

Bart, a resident of Columbus, qualified for the state pageant by winning this Miss Montgomery County title. She attends Ohio State University, where she seeks a bachelor’s degree in atmospheric sciences. She also plans to earn a master’s degree in broadcast meteorology

Her pageant talent is ventriloquism. Her pageant platform is “Saving Babies’ Lives: One Heel Prick at a TIme.”

She has lobbied legislators on behalf of universal newborn screening. She has also campaigned for funding for performing arts education.

Among her awards and scholarships are the Miss America Community Scholarship Award, The Miss America Eugenia Fischer Performing Arts Scholarship, The Presidential Volunteer Service Award, Pittsburgh’s Young Outstanding Citizen Award, The Lions Club Community Service Award, The Sons of Italy Service Scholarship, and a national recipient of an award from Amazing Kids.org.

She has worked as a "Covergirl" model and as ambassador for BEBE clothing, Anderson High School Supplies, Pottery Barn, "Seventeen Magazine," "Savvy Magazine" and Supermodels Unlimited.

She has worked as an intern for the Weather Channel, a meteorological intern at WPXI in Pittsburgh, a ceremonial vocalist for a funeral home, a cheerleading instructor at Elite Cheerleading, and as a waitress. Bart also appeared in the “Dinner Impossible” groundhog episode on the Food Network.

Her previous pageant experience includes that of a Miss Pennsylvania semifinalist, and as a contestant who finished in the top three at three Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA pageants.

If Bart is crowned Miss America, she will become the sixth Pennsylvania contestants to wear the national crown. Previous holders of the national title include Miss Columbus Mary Katherine Campbell (who was crowned Miss America twice, in 1922 and 1923), Miss Ohio 1938 Marilyn Meseke, Miss Ohio 1962 Jacquelyn Mayer, Miss Ohio 1971 Laurie Lea Schaefer, and Miss Ohio 1977 Susan Perkins.

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