Austintown mother crowned Mrs. Ohio encourages community involvement

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AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Heather Fronk, of Austintown, recently earned the title of Mrs. Ohio and is a good example of how to be a wife, mother and beauty queen, all at the same time.

The 34-year-old returned home after a full day of work on Tuesday and prepared dinner for her husband, Steve, and two daughters: Brooklyn, 4, and Taylor, 14.

“We went to a clean eating regiment and whole foods primarily, at least 90 percent of the time,” Heather said.

Ten days earlier, she was named Mrs. Ohio.

“It was funny because about 20 minutes into taking pictures, my director said, ‘Heather, you’re still shaking,’ and I think it was a moment of whenever your hard work met an outcome in God’s timing. It was truly just incredible.”

Originally from South Carolina, Heather studied clarinet at Youngstown State and never left. She married Steve five years ago and a couple of years before that, first mentioned competing in pageants.

“I didn’t know how serious she was and I think over time, she became more and more serious about it,” Steve said.

Competing for the title is something Heather has always wanted to do and when her family gave its support, she dedicated herself 100 percent.

Last year, Heather tried for Mrs. Ohio and placed first runner-up.

“I did things a little differently this year. I knew what to expect, which really put me into a position to grow in other ways and tweak what I needed to. I was so open to feedback.”

The tweaking and feedback worked. On June 11 in New Albany, Heather earned the sash and crown of Mrs. Ohio.

“She was already a great person,” Taylor said. “I know she’s going to use this title in great ways, and I think that in itself has already changed her a lot.”

Heather says her platform is volunteerism because she’s always been involved in the community and feels strongly about passing that on to her family.

“Really being a voice and advocating for a multitude of service organizations in the Valley.”

She has volunteered for the United Way and Junior Achievement, and is especially involved with the Salvation Army.

Heather will compete for the title of Mrs. America on August 27 in Las Vegas.

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Mel Robbins Main Area Middle

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