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Howland native is Miss Ohio 2013

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A Howland native taking the stage in this year's Miss America Pageant stopped by the 21 News studio.

23 year-old Heather Wells was crowned Miss Ohio over the weekend. Wells describes the moment as a sigh of relief. After competing in the Miss Ohio pageant for six years, this was her last shot for the title under the pageant's age guidelines.

"I'm still in the state of shock," said Wells. "I still can't believe it but knowing how hard I worked I felt like this could be a possibility."

Wells first took to the pageant stage at the Canfield Fair, when she was 3 years-old.

Not afraid to express who she is, or where she's come from, Wells is an advocate for divorce counseling, specifically for the children of divorced families. An issue she personally connects with after her parents separated.

"I think it's hard for children to sometimes figure out what divorce means, a lot of kids blame themselves, I know I did," said Wells. "So I think I want children to understand that divorce is an adult problem."

The Kent State Graduate has a degree in Broadcast Journalism and is working towards her Masters Degree in Nutrition, with the goal to become a health reporter.

The idea to report blossomed through her experiences in the Valley.

Wells shared with 21 News, photos of herself and Anchor Bob Black at the Canfield fair when she was a child.

"The way that everyone connects so well with the community, and always welcomed me as a little girl and growing up even as a young adult," recalled Wells.

Tuesday evening, while visiting WFMJ, Black light heartedly asked Wells to sign the photos, just in case she takes the title in September as Miss America.

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