Francisco, who is representing the Southwest Ohio region, competes for a $10,000 scholarship in the Miss Ohio pageant. She will be singing Gershwin’s “I’ve Got Rhythm” during her talent performance in the Miss Ohio Pageant.
If she becomes Miss Ohio, she has the opportunity to compete for a $50,000 scholarship in the Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas.
She was fourth runner-up in the Miss Michigan Pageant in 2010 when she was attending Eastern Michigan University.
As a graduate of Cincinnati's School for Creative and Performing Arts and a recent graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a degree in psychology, Francisco said her goal is to utilize contest prize funds to further her education. She plans to obtain a master’s degree in clinical social work at Ohio State University, and specialize in relationship and family counseling. She plans to return to the area to pursue her career.
Her platform issue is “Women's Healthcare: Be Your Own Advocate.” As part of her advocacy since becoming Miss Butler County, she has interacted with a number of female students in area schools, encouraging them to become proactive in their healthcare and encouraging young girls to make healthy choices in their lives.
She said she also is concerned about cuts in state funding for healthcare services to women. “I see the biggest problem for women my age is lack of access to healthcare. So, that is why President Obama’s Affordable Care Act is so important (because it) allowed me and other women my age to remain on our parents’ insurance policies until we are 26 years old,’’ she said. Having health insurance is one of the requirements for participants in the Miss Ohio Pageant.
Francisco said her role model is her great-grandmother, Alice Nored of Cincinnati, an assistant teacher who taught her to read at an early age and a member of the local foster grandparent program.
She has six sisters and four brothers in a blended family. She and all of her siblings are or will be high school graduates, and three are in college.
Source: The Cincinnati Herald