Local teen to compete in Miss Ohio

Mya Wilson, 14, daughter of Bill and Shelley Wilson and Shannon and Dave DeSouro, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Ohio Pageant to be held July 20 and 21 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus. The pageant is held for girls ages 13 through 15.

Mya is in the eighth grade at West Branch Local Schools. Her activities include cheerleading, gymnastics and competitive dance, and she enjoys spending time with her family. Her sponsor is Morris Financial Group in Salem.

The newly crowned Miss Junior Teen Ohio will receive a $1,000 cash award, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses and air transportation to compete in the national pageant at Disneyland in California. She has the chance to represent the state for the entire year. She will also tour Hollywood and walk away with a modeling scholarship.

Pageants are held for girls ages 4 to 18, in five age groups. Contestants will compete in four overall categories including formal wear modeling, personal introduction, interview and community service project.

National American Miss is dedicated to celebrating America’s greatness and encouraging its future leaders. Each year the pageant awards thousands in scholarships and prizes to recognize and assist in the development of young ladies nationwide. All activities are age-appropriate and family-oriented.

The National American Miss Pageant System is the largest in the nation. The focus of the organization is to create future leaders and to equip them with real-world skills to make their dreams a reality. The program is based on inner beauty, as well as poise and presentation, and offers an “All-American spirit of fun for family and friends.” Emphasis is placed on the importance of gaining self-confidence and learning new skills, such as good attitudes about competition, as well as setting and achieving personal goals.