Jennifer Layne Gilmore of Hilliard was chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Ohio Pageant, held June 22 at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus.

Jennifer Layne Gilmore of Hilliard was chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Ohio Pageant, held June 22 at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus.

Gilmore, 17, competed in the 16 to 18 age division.

The Nation-al American Miss Pageants emphasize inner beauty, as well as poise and pre-sentation.

Gilmore is in the dental assistant program at the Southwest Career Academy, and works part-time as a dental assistant at Blair & Eisenman D.D.S. in Galloway.

Her sponsors include Jeremie Beckner of the Hatfield KIA dealership, her mother and other family members.