June 20, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
On Wednesday, Scioto County resident and Senior at Minford High School Olivia Thoroughman competed with 18 other teens for the title of Miss Ohio Outstanding Teen in Mansfield, Ohio.
At the end of the competition, Thoroughman was crowned the winner and will now compete for a national title in Florida later this summer.
“It was so much work but, every bit of it was worth it, with the feeling that came of hearing my name being called as the winner,” Thoroughman said. “I certainly did not expect it but, when I heard my name called it was the best thing in the world. It’s really indescribable. It’s likely the best feeling I’ve had in my life so far. I was just so happy.”
Miss Ohio Outstanding Teen 2012 Sarah Eash of Lakewood, Ohio was on hand Wednesday night to crown Thoroughman.
“I was so glad that Sarah Eash Miss Ohio Outstanding Teen 2012 got to crown me. We’ve became really good friends since I came up here. Being crowned is amazing, but being crowned by one of your new best friends is even better,” Thoroughman said.
She said on Thursday she had started preparation for the Miss America Outstanding Teen pageant set to take place in August.
A group of her family and friends traveled to Mansfield to watch her compete.
“I seriously have the best family and friends in the world. They all had T-shirts on that had my name on the back and my platform on the front. They all drove three hours to come up and watch me and that’s a long way,” Thoroughman said. “I definitely had the loudest cheer section there. I could here them screaming with every part of the competition. When I would go back into the dressing rooms to change, everyone complimented me on my cheering section.”
Lori Lowe, a pageant advisor to Thoroughman, said her platform is called “heart to heart” promoting heart healthiness in kids and teens.
“She has presented to Kiwanis, presented to local schools and as a part of her platform, has developed a coloring book that SOMC has published for her. She has been handing those out to kids,” Lowe said.
In addition to winning the title she also won the talent portion of the competition.
For her talent session she sang a song from the movie Princess and the Frog, titled “Almost There”.
“That’s really fitting for my pageant journey. In the song the character in the movie works really hard and has worked her whole life to open up a restaurant, but she is really poor. She keeps working and eventually opens it. It fit my journey of being almost there, I had worked so hard to get to this point and now I am here,” Thoroughman said.
Thoroughman said she will remain in Mansfield to perform her talent during the Miss Ohio pageant and then its on to preparation for the next pageant.
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