COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)– A Westerville teen is vying for the Miss Arnold Teen Fitness crown.
Maddie Miller is a junior at Westerville North. The 17-year old has plenty of modeling and acting under her belt, but this is her first pageant.
“It’s overwhelming, but I’m excited,” she says.
But her path to the competition hasn’t been easy. Last year, the spunky teen was sidelined with a stress fracture to her lower back.
“It was definitely traumatic. When I found out I was like, ‘what I can’t cheer? Six months with a back brace?'” she says.
Maddie’s been tumbling and dancing for years, and sitting out wasn’t easy. But getting back in the gym and healing also helped to push her to enter the Miss Arnold Teen Fitness.
Her family couldn’t be prouder.
“She has a bright future and this is a really wonderful opportunity,” says Maddie’s aunt, Roxanne Malek.
So, with her bags packed, Maddie Miller hopes to bring home the crown.
“If I do win then, yay, that’s the goal. But either way I’m gonna have fun,” she says.
There are 15 other girls vying for the title. Miss Arnold Teen Fitness is Sunday at 11:45 at the Ohio Expo Center. Tickets are $20 each.