MANSFIELD ─ After two years of waiting, the Buckeye state welcomed its newest Miss Ohio on Saturday night ─ Lora Current.
Current, 20, will represent Ohio at the Miss America Competition later this year. The first runner-up of 2021 Miss Ohio was Miss Miami Valley Mackenzie Rian Perry. The second runner-up was Grace Brown, Miss Franklin County.
Current, from Rosewood in Champaign County, is the current Miss South Central. She is also a student of The Ohio State University, majoring in social work.
After on-stage interviews, social impact pitch, talent and the red carpet competition, she defeated 22 other contestants and won the title. She also received a $10,000 scholarship.
When asked the first thing that she wanted to do after being crowned, the new Miss Ohio said she wanted a Pepsi ─ and she got one soon after from the competition’s staff.
The 2020 Miss Ohio program was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This was Current’s first year in the competition program. She tap-danced with the song “It’s Good to be Alive” in the talent competition. Current said she started dancing when she was 2 years old. She now teaches junior high and high school girls to tap dance as well.
Her social impact pitch was ReadOn: Empowering Literacy, Learning, and Leadership. The project aims to empower students to overcome obstacles and reach their potential by connecting families to resources and creating literacy opportunities.
Current said she wants to help students with learning disabilities and encourage them to pursue their dreams.
While just being crowned Miss Ohio, she already knows how she wants to contribute to the program. Current said she is looking forward to bringing in more sponsors as well as participants to the competition. She wants to let more people know that it is not just a beauty pageant.
She wants to talk to high school and college students her age about the opportunities of getting involved in this type of program.
“I want to talk about confidence,” the new Miss Ohio said.
She said she wants to tell the girls that they can compete at any level, even at a local competition.
Current said she is excited about being 2021 Miss Ohio and is grateful for the opportunity. She made a promise to all Ohioans on Saturday night.
“My heart really is to serve Ohio well and represent Ohio well,” she said. “I will make you proud.”