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Published: Sunday, 6/17/2007

Lourdes College student falls short in quest for Miss Ohio


MANSFIELD, Ohio - A Lourdes College student with a genetic heart condition fell short in her bid last night to win the title of Miss Ohio 2007.

Emily Cousino, 22, of Ottawa Lake, Mich., and a senior at Lourdes had hoped to become the next Miss Ohio and compete in the Miss America pageant.

But that honor went to Roberta Camp, 23, from Maple City, who was crowned Miss Ohio in competition at the Renaissance Theater.

Miss Camp received a $10,000 scholarship from Newman Technology. Miss Camp was competing in her third Miss Ohio competition.

The first runner-up was Erica Gelhaus, 19, of St. Henry, who competed as Miss Lake Festival.

Miss Cousino, who likely will need to get a defibrillator implanted in her chest to monitor her heart rhythm and administer shocks because of a condition known as Long QT syndrome, did not leave the pageant empty-handed. She won two honors, the Ya Ya Sisterhood award and the Theresa Wagner Commitment to Excellence award.

Other local women who competed for the Miss Ohio crown included Becky Minger of Sylvania and Lauren Hogan of Napoleon.

The second through fourth runner-ups were Karissa Martin, 18, of Woodsfield, Miss Scioto Valley; Kasey Wilson, 20, of Granville, Miss Central Ohio; Nanciann Strosnider, 21, of Amelia, Miss Lake Erie.

Rounding out the top 10 were Andrea Andryscik, 23, of North Royalton, Miss North Coast; Allie Krucek, 22, of North Canton, Miss Clayland; Christie Youssef, 21, of Canfield, Miss Portsmouth; Sophia Davis, 21, of Pickerington, Miss Miami Valley; and Elyse Healey, 21, of Canfield, Miss Greater Cleveland.

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