Local girls are state royalty

SANDUSKY/BERLIN HEIGHTS It's the crowning achievement. Caroline Mastropaolo, 18, of Berlin Heights has been crowned Mi
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY/BERLIN HEIGHTS

It's the crowning achievement.

Caroline Mastropaolo, 18, of Berlin Heights has been crowned Miss Ohio National Teenager 2008.

This July, she will travel to Nashville, Tenn., to compete in the national pageant. Mastropaolo also competed in Nashville last year after being crowned Miss Ohio Sweetheart.

"I was a little overwhelmed at times, but it was a blast," she said.

Mastropaolo said she got started in pageantry when she was elected to the court of the Erie County Fair and soon began looking for other pageants to compete in.

"I went to the state pageant, I won the title and I just loved it," Mastropaolo said.

Also this July, Mastropaolo will travel to Columbus to be a keynote speaker at the Extreme Wheelchair Sports Olympics in support of her platform -- empowering citizens with special needs.

"I want to help with kids who have special needs in our community," she said.

A senior at Sandusky Central Catholic School, Mastropaolo will attend Valparaiso University in the fall. As Miss Ohio, Mastropaolo was awarded more than $8,000 in college scholarships.

Since its inception in 1970, America's National Teenager pageant scholarship program has awarded more than $100 million in scholarships.

And the future of Ohio royalty is getting ready to take the crown.

Brianna Mattox, 11, of Sandusky, has won the title of Miss Ohio Congeniality National Preteen.

A sixth-grader at Hancock Elementary in Sandusky, Mattox said the opportunity to compete in the pageant has been great.

"I got to go to James Bertsch Jewelers and meet Miss Ohio. I have some parades and fairs to go to," she said.

Mattox said her family and especially her parents have been very supportive throughout the whole experience.

Mattox enjoys modeling, dancing and singing. She has aspirations of becoming a doctor when she grows up and for now hopes to continue with pageants.