MANSFIELD — Alexis Richter, 21, of New Bremen, was crowned Miss Mansfield 2016 on Oct. 17 in Mansfield at the Mansfield Sr. High School.
Richter was awarded with an $1,000 scholarship compliments of Newman Technology, the Interview Award with a $100 scholarship, and the Miss Congeniality Award with a $50 scholarship. Her talent was a classical piano selection.
On June 18, 2016, Richter will be vying for the Miss Ohio 2016 title that will proceed to the Miss America Scholarship pageant in September. However, she is not new to the stage. Richter has also held the titles of Miss Capital City, where she was a preliminary talent winner and top 10-finalist at Miss Ohio 2014.
This past June, Richter was awarded 1st runner up to Miss Ohio 2015 under the title of Miss West Central Ohio. Upon receiving 1st runner up, Richter was honored to represent the state of Ohio at the National Sweetheart Pageant this last September in Hoopeston, Illinois.
The Miss Ohio Scholarship Program is a nonprofit organization that has a long history of empowering young women to achieve their personal and professional goals, while providing a forum for them to express their intelligence, opinions, talents and dedication to community service. Contestants must be well rounded and compete in interview, talent, evening gown, and swimsuit competitions.
Miss Richter is a 2015 graduate from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. She continues to study at Wright State University currently preparing for medical school exams.
While the national platform for Miss America is Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, each contestant must have her own personal platform to raise awareness on. Richter’s platform is entitled Head 4 a Cause, where she is raising awareness on concussions and bicycle helmet safety. She believes that by starting this education to kids at a young age with an activity that is widely used, that the knowledge will transcend into other physical activities later in life.
Upon her journey to raise awareness, she has worked with the New Bremen Police Department to talk to New Bremen Elementary about bicycle safety using her children’s book that she wrote, “The Big Race.” The narrative tells a story about a boy and his love for racing, and what happens to the kids that think they are too cool to wear proper headgear. The book gives tips on how to secure a helmet and also provides four “R’s” when a concussion occurs: Research, Recognize, Report, and Rest. A blog of her platform can be located at: www.head4acause.com. Her parents are Brent and Teresa Richter, of New Bremen.