Pageant winners

Mackenzie Bart, Miss Ohio, left, won the talent preliminary at the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, N.J. The talent award included $2,000 in scholarships and counted as 35 percent of her total preliminary score. The pageant will air live at 8 p.m. Sunday on ABC network. Bart is shown with the current Miss America, Nina Davuluri, center, and Miss Florida, Victoria Cowen, the swimsuit competition winner. (Photo submitted)

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Mackenzie Bart, a native of Brockway, is a contestant in the Miss America Pageant, competing as Miss Ohio.

She won the first night of preliminary competition in the pageant in the talent competition with a ventriloquism routine.

According to Associated Press reports, Bart wowed the crowd with a ventriloquism routine in which her dummy appeared to sing the Mary Poppins song “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”

“I was obsessed with Lamb Chop and I loved Shari Lewis,” Bart told reporters afterward. “I used to sit with an old sock and I would mimic what they were doing. I just loved it.”

Read today's edition of The Courier Express for more details.

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