MANSFIELD -- Thirteen Miss Ohio Princesses are rapt students at this week's Miss Ohio competition in Mansfield.
The girls, ages 6 to 11, are also part of the show. The princesses were in the parade last weekend and then participated in the fashion show at the Richland Mall Shopping Center.
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Katelyn Bednarz is the 10-year-old daughter of Terri Herlihy & Brian Bednarz She is a 6th grader at St. Peter’s Elementary School in Mansfield. Katelyn enjoys playing soccer, swimming, aerial yoga, and hanging out with her friends and pets. Her favorite show is 7 Little Johnstons.
Brooke Bowling is the 12-year-old daughter of John & Susan Bowling. She is a 7th grader at St. Mary’s School in Wooster. Brooke loves reading, dancing, reborn dolls, traveling and writing historical fiction. Her favorite show is Little House on the Prairie.
Michaela Duda is the 6-year-old daughter of Star & Mike Duda. She is a 1st grader at Crestview Elementary in Ashland. Michaela loves dancing, swimming, running, playing games and helping to cook. Her favorite show is Fancy Nancy.
Valarie Duffey is the 8-year-old daughter of Steven & Jessica Duffey. She is a 4th grader at Eastern Elementary School in Mansfield. She enjoys soccer, book club, creating military care packages, many community service projects. Her favorite show is Loudhouse.
Mary Faith Hammontree is the 11-year-old daughter of Charles & Angela Hammontree. She is a 6th grader who is homeschooled in Canton. Mary Faith enjoys dancing, swimming, writing, reading and coasters at Cedar Point. Her favorite show is Friends.
Isabella Heichel is the 11-year-old daughter of David & Candace Heichel. She is a 6th grader at Eastern Elementary in Lexington. She loves lipgloss, fake nails and foxes, and singing with her sisters. Her favorite show is Psych.
Emma Henderson is the 11-year-old daughter of Gregory & Jennifer Henderson. She is a 6th grader at Ontario Middle School in Ontario. Emma likes to sing, draw, read and golf. Her favorite show is Fuller House.
Lola Maxwell is the 8-year-old daughter of Jim & Kierstyn Maxwell. She is a 3rd grader at Longcoy Elementary in Kent. Lola enjoys basketball, softball, soccer, dance and educating people about her hearing aid. Her favorite shows are Liv & Maddie and Bunk’d.
Kenley Miles is the 6-year-old daughter of Mitchell & Morgan Miles. She is a 1st grader at Butler Elementary in Perrysville. Kenley enjoys dancing, baton, playing with her three little brothers and eating pickles. She doesn’t have a favorite TV show – just YouTube.
Carlie Schnittke is the 9-year-old daughter of Carl & Brenda Schnittke II. She is a 4th grader at Stingel Elementary in Ontario. Carlie loves dancing, playing basketball, soccer and softball, and any outdoor activities. Her favorite show is Game Shakers.
Grace Speelman is the 11-year-old daughter of Chris & Wendy Speelman. She is a 6th grader at Madison Middle School in Mansfield. She enjoys playing soccer, basketball and competitive dance. Her favorite show is Dude Perfect.
Meghan Wallace is the 10-year-old daughter of Hilary & Branden Wallace. She is a 5th grader at Capstone Classical Academy in Nashville, Ohio. She is president of her 4H club, enjoys welcoming veterans, twirling baton. Her favorite Show is Bunk’d
Madelyn Yoha is the 10-year-old daughter of Joyce & Brad Wells and Mike & Monica Yoha. She is a 5th grader at St. Peter’s Elementary School in Mansfield. Madellyn enjoys swimming, skiing, dancing, singing and playing piano. Her favorite show is World of Dance.
"It's kind of a feeder system," said Joyce Wells, princess coordinator. "It goes from here to Miss Outstanding teen (ages 13 to 18) then to Miss Ohio.
"It teaches them stage presence -- they have to introduce themselves, they have a stage question -- they have to walk in evening wear and learn two dances."
Some of the princesses have been in the program for three to five years. The girls, who spend all week in Mansfield just like the Miss Ohio candidates, have a relatively grueling week, Wells said.
"The really follow the big girls around and do everything they do at a smaller, lower level," Wells said. "Plus they enjoy watching them on big theater stage (Renaissance Theatre.) It's a lot of fun for them."