State Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) today honored Megan Rae Wise as Miss Ohio USA 2016. Wise, a resident of Gallipolis, was crowned in November in Springfield, Ohio.

“I am honored to sponsor this resolution honoring Megan’s achievement,” said Smith. “Megan is a tremendous young woman who serves as an excellent representative for Ohio.”

Wise has been competing in pageants since she was 18 and had claimed the title of first runner-up and second runner-up multiple times before being named Miss Ohio USA. This year was her final year of eligibility to compete and one that proved successful in her goal to become Miss Ohio.

After graduating from The University of Rio Grande with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education, Wise went on to work as a first grade teacher at Meigs Primary School in Pomeroy. She has also appeared on America’s Next Top Model as a finalist in 2012.

Wise will now compete at the 2016 Miss USA Pageant in July, where the winner will go on to compete at the 2016 Miss Universe Pageant.

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