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Miss Ohio exits early in contest, still makes ONU family proud


August 25. 2013 6:23AM
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ADA — Miss Ohio, Elissa McCracken, didn’t make it to the semifinal round of Saturday’s Miss America competition, but she’s already been crowned a winner at Ohio Northern University.



The senior pharmacy major from Waynesburg, Pa., competed all week, but failed to make the final 16 contestants to move on during the televised contest Saturday night.



“Ohio Northern University is incredibly proud of Elissa and her advancement to the Miss America Competition,” said ONU President Dan DiBiasio. “Her passion and commitment to stop cyberbullying is to be commended.”



Excitement over Saturday night has been brewing on ONU’s campus since McCracken was named Miss Ohio in June in Mansfield. The school held a sendoff party last month and 20 of McCracken’s Delta Zeta sorority sisters made the trip to Las Vegas for the preliminary and final rounds of competition.



“So proud to be a Delta Zeta and have my sisters here cheering me on,” McCracken tweeted this week.



During introductions on Saturday’s show, McCracken referenced being a Buckeye and said she was there to “prove we are not all nuts.”



McCracken’s platform is cyberbullying, choosing it because she was cyberbullied in middle school. Throughout the year, McCracken has talked to students about her three-step method of stop, block and tell: Stop communicating with the bully, block them from communicating with you, and tell an adult.



McCracken, a 21-year-old pianist, began the competition on Monday with the interview portion, followed by her talent performance on Tuesday, on-stage question on Wednesday, and the swimsuit and evening wear portion on Thursday.



“I can’t believe I’ve lived out my dream of being up on that stage! Incredible!” McCracken tweeted before the competition Saturday.





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