By Sam Shriver – firstname.lastname@example.org
LIMA — A 17-year-old girl from Lima has been crowned Miss Ohio Teen USA.
Grace-Anne Larschied earned the crown in the pageant which wrapped up Saturday night at St. Matthews Auditorium in Sharonville.
Her platform was an anti-vaping message.
In early 2017, Grace-Anne, who has never vaped, almost died from bacterial pneumonia and has spoken out against vaping. She spoke to a number of groups and organizations over the past year.
In an article that appeared in the Columbus Dispatch and The Lima News last year, she said she still feels the effects.
“I have what someone vaping for six months or a year could have,” said Grace-Anne, whose lungs are significantly scarred. “That’s why I’m doing this. I didn’t have a choice, but people who vape do have a choice.”
Grace-Anne will represent Ohio for the title of Miss Teen USA 2021 in November.
Grace-Anne Larschied stopped by the Shawnee Township Fire Department prior to competing in the Miss Ohio Teen USA pageant, which she won Saturday night.
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