Alice is the second former Miss America delegate to win a state title this year. She was Miss Ohio 2016 and a preliminary swimsuit winner at Miss America 2017 where she was the youngest contestant. She's not unfamiliar with the USA system though - six or so months before she won Miss Ohio as an 18 year old she was a semi-finalist at Miss Ohio Teen USA 2016! I've put a photo of her competing at Miss OH Teen USA & some of her Miss Ohio win and Miss America competition photos up on her profile. A fun fact is that she ended up wearing the same gown at Miss America that the Miss OH Teen USA 2016 winner Olivia Turk wore at Miss Teen USA that year - and both were the same age too!
Isabelle also has experience, as she was fourth runner-up in last year's pageant. She is the first returning runner-up to win since Shelby Stapleton in 2015.
All the competition photos here are by Edwin Shaw Photography - there are some great photos this year & he's outdone himself with how quickly they have been posted! How pretty are the winners' blue gowns?!
First runner-up in the Miss pageant for the second time was Mariah Payne. Mariah was fourth runner-up last year and first runner-up to Dinaleigh Baxter in 2017. Second runner-up went to Photogenic winner Bri Lang who moved up one spot on her 3rd runner-up placement from last year. Third runner-up was Miss Ohio Teen USA 2016 first runner-up Britain Bennett and fourth runner-up was two-time semi-finalist Kellie Hall who won her third consecutive Miss Congeniality award!
Among the semi-finalists were 2018 second runner-up Joanee Church and 2017 fourth runner-up Madeleine Smith. Seven past Miss & Teen semi-finalists made the top 16 again this year: Jealynn Holtz, Jenna Jacobs, Angela Judy, Mackenzie Schutt, Nicole Sherb, Andréa Hunter and Kayelin Tiggs. 2018 non-finalist Jordan Templin made the cut for the first time and the only newcomer in the entire top 16 was Grace Brown!
For the first time ever Swimsuit/Activewear and Evening gown awards were announced on prelims night, judged by a separate panel of judges (from local media organisations). The Miss swimsuit winner was Kellie Hall with Andréa Hunter and Jordan Templin as finalists. The Evening gown winner was Bri Lang with Courtney Rea and Grace Brown as finalists. Courtney is a past two-time runner-up and five-time semi-finalist but she surprisingly missed the cut this year, I was shocked!
In Teen, first runner-up was newcomer Maliyah Lorenzo who I have been told is only 14! Second and third runner-up 2018 semi-finalists Katarina Putnick and Milan Howard respectively. Fourth runner-up was another newcomer Rianna Fee.
Among the top 16 were two more runners-up from last year Marisa Matsanoff and Emi Reindle, Miss Ohio's Outstanding Teen 2016 and 2017 titleholders Madison Heichel and Gracie Fusco, three previous non-finalists Shreya Samadder, Gabriella Morando (Photogenic winner) and Ava Denegar and newcomers Keeley Goldberg, Kylee Long, Kat Sweeney and Emily Whitworth.
The Teen activewear award went to Katarina Putnick with Rianna Fee and Ciara Nishanian as finalists. The evening gown winner was Maliyah Lorenzo with winner Isabelle Jedra and Kat Sweeney as finalists.
1RU: Mariah Payne (4RU 18, 1RU 17)
2RU: Bri Lang (3RU 18)
3RU: Britain Bennett (SF OH TUSA 18, NF 17, 1RU 16)
4RU: Kellie Hall (SF 18, SF 17)
Joanee Church (2RU 18, SF 17)
Jealynn Holtz (SF OH TUSA 17)
Andréa Hunter (SF 18, NF 17)
Jenna Jacobs (SF 17, SF OH TUSA 14)
Angela Judy (SF 18, SF 16, SF OH TUSA 15)
Mackenzie Schutt (SF PA USA 18)
Nicole Sherb (SF 18, NF OH TUSA 17, SF 15)
Madeleine Smith (4RU 17)
Jordan Templin (NF 18)
Kayelin Tiggs (SF 18, NF 17)
Congeniality: Kellie Hall
Photogenic: Bri Lang
1RU: Maliyah Lorenzo
2RU: Katarina Putnick (SF 18)
3RU: Milan Howard (SF 18)
4RU: Rianna Fee
Ava Denegar (NF 18, NF 17)
Gracie Fusco (OH's OT 17)
Madison Heichel (OH's OT 16)
Marisa Matsanoff (1RU 18, SF 17, SF 16, NF 15)
Gabriella Morando (NF 18)
Emi Reindle (3RU 18, SF 17, NF 16)
Shreya Samadder (NF 17, NF 16)
Congeniality: Dhira Mishra
Photogenic: Gabriella Morando