By Wayne Allen
Miss Ohio USA Madison Gesiotto is leaving for Batton Rouge, Louisiana Sunday in preparation for the Miss USA pageant. Gesiotto spoke exclusively with the Daily Times before her departure from Columbus.
“From Miss Ohio until now, I’ve been working out, I’ve worked with an interview coach out of Alabama. Overall I’ve been staying healthy and mentally preparing for the competition, it’s going to be a long two weeks,” Gesiotto said. “I grew up as a competitive figure skater for 12 years, so competition is not brand new to me, but each competition is going to be a little bit different.”
Gesiotto as a part of preparations for Miss USA, she has talked with a number of former title holders who have competed for the title of Miss USA in order to understand what to expect.
When asked what she is expecting from the Miss USA experience, Gesiotto said, “it’s going to be a long two weeks. They said it’s going to involve a lot of long days and hurt feet, Overall I’m really excited for the great events and appearances and I’m excited for the telecast on June 8.”
Gesiotto said since being crowned Miss Ohio USA at the Vern Riffe Center For the Arts in November the experience has been great.
“It’s been a wonderful experience, starting back when I won in Portsmouth in November (2013) and until now I’ve made a lot of appearances around the state. I’ve also gotten to visit with a lot of people, I’ve worked with the Pink Ribbon Girls and raising funds and awareness for breast cancer. It’s been a great year so far,” Gesiotto said. “I’ve also personally held a fundraiser with my family fir the Wounded Warrior Project where we raised almost $25,000.”
Also since being crowned, Gesiotto has graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in political science. In August she will be starting law school at The Ohio State University.
When asked how she fits everything into a busy schedule Gesiotto said, “With everything that I do I take it one day at a time and enjoy it. I’m going to give 100 percent at the pageant and however it’s meant to end up it will and I’ll be happy with that. It’s a lot but I think staying busy helps you stay focused. When I have this much going on I always have to make sure I prioritize and schedule everything into my day.”
When asked about her expectations about the Miss USA experience Gesiotto said, “I hope to have a great time meeting all of the other title holders, to get to know the organization and to give 100 percent. What ever way it’s meant to end up it ill. I would love to bring the title and the crown back home to Ohio, Miss Ohio USA has not won the competition since 1981, so it would be a great thing. I’ve prepared to the best of my abilities and plan to give 100 percent to hopefully make that happen.”
The Miss USA Pageant will be aired on NBC on Sunday, June 8 at 8 p.m.
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