Miss Ohio 2014 Mackenzie Bart is one of the top 10 in the Miss America competition on Sunday night.
The 22-year-old hails from Columbus.
She graduated from Brockway Area High School and is currently a senior at Ohio State University. She’s close to getting her Bachelor of Science Degree in Atmospheric Sciences and further plans to obtain a Masters Degree in Broadcast Meteorology.
“She hopes to one day host her own children’s educational weather program and has interned with The Weather Channel, LLC, in Atlanta, GA, and at various other weather broadcasting outlets,” according to the Miss Ohio website.
“If Al Roker ever retires, I would love to have his job,” she said about her professional ambitions.
Her talent is ventriloquism and her platform issue is Universal Newborn Screening –The STEM of It.
She advocates for the screening because of her younger sister’s medical condition that was not caught on the newborn heel prick screen. Her sister suffers from Smith Lemil Opitz Syndrome, meaning her body does not produce cholesterol.
“It was unknown and for a while she wasn’t receiving the proper care,” she told the Press of Atlantic City.