Local Teen Sarah Clapper Runs for Miss Teen Ohio USA

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Sarah Clapper will be competing in the Miss Ohio Teen USA Pageant this upcoming weekend.

The pageant will take place in Portsmouth Ohio, with over 40 contestants.

Sarah is 17 years old and attended Tri-Valley high school before switching over to online school to accommodate her busy lifestyle.

She says her goal is to bring as many people together during this process as possible.

“If I win, in hopes that I do, that’s my main goal, is bringing everyone back together after covid after everything has went on is bringing our community– more than our community, bring Ohio and if we can go farther than that, that is the goal,” she told us.

She is also under PMTM Agency, who have helped her in her preparations for the pageant.

Sarah says that this journey has helped her step out of her shell and she can’t wait to show who she really is. 

“I know the second I feel comfortable I can completely express myself to my full potential that I know who I am that people don’t really get to see in me but the second that I bring that out and that’s what this has really opened up for me again is going around people getting to show them exactly who I am. And it’s been nice and hard at the same time,” she said.

This is Sarah’s first pageant and was pleasantly surprised when she was picked to participate.

She says she hopes to inspire young girls across Ohio, encouraging them to just ‘believe.’

KaJeza Hawkins
KaJéza Hawkins is new to Zanesville, but an Ohio native, born and raised in the Gem City, Dayton, Ohio. KaJéza is very excited to be apart of the WHIZ-TV News Team. She has interned at several stations, including WHIO in Dayton, as well as WRAL in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is a proud HBCU graduate, receiving her degree from Wilberforce University in 2021, where she majored in Mass Media Communication with a concertation in English. KaJéza is also a a part of the NABJ, and is happy to be spending time here in Zanesville. If you see her out, be sure to say hello!