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Miss Ohio International™ 2018

Heather DeSantis


If you could teach a class in school, what would it be?
The difference between service and hospitality is that hospitality I believe often can be felt through a warm welcome, having your door opened, bringing you a warm cup of tea... doing everything in your power to ensure that the first time you meet someone for the first time that they feel welcomed and loved... Service is using your god given talents or finances to positively impact those in need. The concept of service is changing and is much more than volunteering at a soup kitchen. With technology and changed times I truly believe that service is defined as using your time, talent and finances to positively impact those in need.

Name one of your strengths and one of your weaknesses
The one thing that successful women have in common is that they have a burning desire to truly make a positive impact. They are driven by something much deeper than status quo, title or money. Successful women know in their heart that they are going to make a difference and feel called to truly use their talents and life experiences to bring positive change. The burning desire and focus of successful women is what keeps them inspired day in and day out even amongst the challenges.

What qualities do you feel a titleholder should possess?
Honestly, I do not find it easy to say no because I truly care about others and at times can be sensitive. I truly value people and connectivity. By realizing that it is hard for me to say "no" at times I will always ask myself if saying "yes" is in alignment with my WHY. Taking time to think before saying YES and adding quiet time to my daily schedule has truly helped with the challenge of saying "no".

What makeup item could you not live without and why?
If I had one more hour in everyday I would take more time to reflect and have gratitude for the day through journaling. Progress is so important but I believe that as an ambitious women it's really important to take time to pause and reflect before beginning the next day.

Do you feel that beauty pageants help or hurt how society views women?
I dream of being able to start a program for at risk teen girls where I can teach them about entrepreneurship, self confidence and goal setting. Middle school was extremely hard for me dealing with bullying and because of that and being a Girl Scout until I was 18 I learned that due to the struggles that I endured with being bullied and low self esteem that I wanted to be a mentor for young women. In college I ran a program called Girl Power for at risk teen girls and I can tell you out of all of the success and experiences that I have had that mentoring young girls has meant the most to me. In addition, I dream of being a National spokesperson for an organization that I believe is truly making a positive difference in this world. I have been in Entrepreneur, Forbes, The Huffington Post, Inc, ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX and I am truly ready to use my platform to be a spokesperson for an organization that I believe in to reach millions of people.

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