Audrey Bolte(photo courtesy of
Audrey Bolte
(photo courtesy of

Miss Ohio Audrey Bolte was named second runner-up in the 2012 Miss USA Pageant.

Audrey is the daughter of former Highland County residents Bill Bolte and Shelly (Johns) Bolte.

Twenty-year-old Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo won this year's pageant.

Rounding out the top five contestants were first: runner-up Nana Meriwether of Maryland, second runner-up Audrey Bolte of Ohio, third runner-up Jade Kelsall of Nevada and fourth runner-up Jasmyn Wilkins of Georgia.

Bolte of Batavia was crowned Miss Ohio USA 2012 on Oct. 15 at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts in Portsmouth.

The Miss Ohio USA 2012 results included:

• Winner: Audrey Bolte

• 1st runner up: Megan Wise – Miss River City USA;

• 2nd runner up: Sarah Newkirk – Miss Ohio Valley USA;

• 3rd runner up: Kelsey Stevens – Miss Aurora USA; and,

• 4th runner up: Becky Minger – Miss Sylvania USA.

According to the Miss Ohio USA and Miss Ohio Teen USA Pageant ( the crowning of the Miss Ohio USA 2012 includes more than $50,000 in scholarship funds for the winner.

For more information on this year's pageant, go to