New Miss Ohio crowned after third time in competition

Miss Maple City Matti-Lynn Chrisman of Cambridge was crowned this year's Miss Ohio Saturday, earning her spot to compete in the Miss America pageant in September.

The 22- year-old captured the crown on her third time competing at Miss Ohio. Chrisman also competed three times as a teenager in the Miss Ohio's Outstanding Teen program.

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“I felt so at peace all week,” Chrisman said while addressing reporters for the first time after her win.

She won the talent preliminary earlier in the week singing "Life of the Party" from the Broadway musical Wild Party, saying the song captures her fun personality on stage.

A Kent State University graduate with a degree in musical theater, Chrisman participated in multiple university theatre productions and sang in several ensemble and acapella groups.

The first year of her local title was spent working on her personal platform "Pain Isn't Always Obvious," focusing on ending the stigma on mental health and suicide prevention.

Chrisman received a $10,000 scholarship, courtesy of the Natalie Ruth Plank Memorial Fund, as well as a 2017 Chevy Cruze, donated by Graham Chevrolet. Chrisman also won the Paul Herlihy Spirit award for a returning contestant.

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First runner-up, Madeline Carter, 21, of Berea, won a $4,000 scholarship. Second runner-up, Hannah Zimmerman, 23, of Circleville, won a $3,500 scholarship. Third runner-up, Mara Mason, 21, of Columbus, won a $3,000 scholarship. All non-finalists took home a $600 scholarship. Miss Ohio awarded more than $46,000 in scholarships this year.

The Miss Ohio Organization is an official state preliminary competition to the Miss America Organization.

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