Miss Talawanda 2023 Ivy Parker
Ivy Parker is a 2022 graduate of the University of Northwestern Ohio with a degree in medical assisting technology. While attending the university, Ivy was a recruited captain of the collegiate cheerleading team, while also serving on the UNOH medical assisting advisory board. As an intellectually gifted young woman, Ivy earned spots on both the President and Dean’s lists in college and passed her certification exam prior to graduating. Ivy’s long-term goal is to continue her education to obtain a doctorate in clinical laboratory science.
Ivy currently works as a care coordinator for Blanchard Valley Health System where she travels to multiple locations for the Pain Management department. In addition to her career in healthcare, she also coaches both gymnastics and cheerleading, and even has her own business creating handcrafted earrings from sustainable materials. In her free time, Ivy enjoys creating her own earrings to add to her (immaculate) collection, spending time with her cat, Pumpkin, trying new foods, going on adventures with friends, and spending valuable alone-time at the gym.
As a 2020 graduate of Columbus Grove High School, Ivy was active in numerous extracurriculars such as Leo Club, National Honors Society, soccer, softball, and cheerleading. While in school, Ivy had the opportunity to attend the annual Buckeye Girls State as a representative of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 516, sing as a member of the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir, and perform at both the Ohio Statehouse’s Christmas celebration and Governor DeWine’s inauguration.
Now, Ivy stays busy organizing “Clothing Swap” events, scheduling trips for her “Heart of the Earth” campaign, coordinating events for “Ohio Means Jobs” within Northwest Ohio, touring area elementary and high schools, and choreographing for Putnam County varsity cheerleading teams. As an advocate for environmental sustainability, her mission is to teach Ohio’s youth how to lead more sustainable lifestyles using interactive methods of teaching specifically created to catch students’ attention and cultivate habits. After speaking with more than 50,000 students and saving nearly one million gallons of water, Ivy urges you to reach out to her to find out how you can make a difference today and Grow with Ivy.