Miss Maple City crowns woman for bicentennial year

Zoe Greszler • May 16, 2017 at 2:00 AM

A Case Western University student from South Carolina won the Miss Maple City title following a pageant Saturday night at Main Street School in Norwalk.

Bry Aitchison, 21, began the night well, wowing the judges as she received the first scholarship of the night — the $150 interview scholarship. She then rounded out the evening with the much-coveted crown and its $500 scholarship. She is now eligible to compete in the Miss Ohio pageant.

“It means a lot,” said Aitchison, the daughter of Bryan Henderson and Charlita Atchison, of Spartanburg, S.C. “As soon as we got here and they told us that they have the bicentennial for the city coming up, with that I’m just so excited that I get to be the 26th Miss Maple City and I get to be a part of that opportunity. I’m just so excited.

She said she plans to continue promoting her platform titled “Through the eyes of a child: Children witnessing domestic violence.”

Stephanie Yasechko, 22, of Niles, was named first runner-up, earning a $200 scholarship. Madeline Carter, 19, a student at Baldwin-Wallace University, was second runner-up and received a $100 scholarship for that plus a $50 talent scholarship for her singing performance.

Ava Moore, 15, daughter of Amy and Frank Moore, of Zanesville, was crowned Miss Maple City’s Outstanding Teen and received a $100 scholarship. Her platform was titled “Rescue a friend for life.” Ellie Nickoli, 13, of Mansfield, was named runner-up.

Two Huron County residents were among the 11 young women and five teens completing for the two titles Saturday.

Caitlyn Wallhead, 20, of Willard, displayed her talent for comedic monologue and promoted her platform “See something, say something” as a Miss Maple City pageant contestant. She is the daughter of Tammy Akers Wallhead and Richard Wallhead, of Willard, and attends The Ohio State University.

Josalyn Dendinger, 12, the daughter of Gloria Zapata and John Dendinger, of Norwalk, tried out for the Outstanding Teen and promoted her platform, “Humane societies and shelters.” The Norwalk Middle School student played the violin for her talent.

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