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Miss West - Kara Carter

Hello, my name is Kara Carter, and I am honored to be your Miss West 2023!  I am the daughter of Kristi and Larry Carter. I have an older sister, Sydney Carter, a twin, Sara Carter, and a younger sister, Lola Carter. I am a six-year member of the Portsmouth West High School Sensational Senators Marching Band and am specifically a member of the Color Guard! I am Vice-President of my school’s Beta Club as well as Secretary of Ohio Beta. I am a two-year member of Ohio Model United Nations where I currently serve as Secretary-General for the entire state. I am also a member of Science Bowl, Quiz Bowl, Mock Trial, Thespian Troupe #5739, Pep Band, and Prima (select girls choir group). I am a college credit plus student through Shawnee State University where I maintain a 4.0 GPA. I also attended the Hugh O’ Brian Youth Leadership Seminar as an ambassador for Portsmouth West High School this past summer! I enjoy participating in musicals, volunteering in my community, and leadership!


Having an 8-year-old sister and a deep passion for leadership, I chose my platform entitled “Today’s Learners, Tomorrow’s Leaders, Making the I.M.P.A.C.T.”. The word impact is an acronym standing for intentional, motivating, practical, academic, collaboration, and tutoring! I will be using all of these key terms to mentor kids on how to have stronger social, emotional, and academic skills throughout their life. I plan to show them the importance of the seemingly small foundational skills they learn throughout their childhood! My platform is strongly tied to closing the developmental gap that COVID-19 created for our youth. I have an ultimate goal of creating strong leaders for our future. 


Being named Miss West 2023 is such an exciting opportunity to work closely with my community! I am honored to have a title that gives me the ability to make a large impact on so many kids! I am thankful for Senator Nation who has so graciously shown an outpour of love and support. It is my turn for the chance to finally bring the crown back to West after 43 long years! Proudly representing the Portsmouth West Senators in the 60th River Days Pageant, I am Miss West 2023, Kara Carter!

The contestant with the most money turned in for People’s Choice this year will be awarded 1⁄2 of the amount of money she raised in the form of a scholarship!

The People's Choice Award will be announced during crowning.

Portsmouth River Days is operated by Friends of Portsmouth, a registered 501c3.

Platform:   Today’s Learners, Tomorrow’s Leaders, Making the I.M.P.A.C.T.



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