MONDAY, JUNE 07
Oklahoma City University will have 10 students in the Miss Oklahoma Pageant this week, a record number of representatives for the school that has been fondly dubbed “Miss America U” for its tradition of success in pageants. The pageant is June 8 – 12 in Tulsa.
Darwina Marshall, executive director and president of the Miss OCU Pageant, said she is proud to accompany such a large group of contenders.
“We’re excited to show the rest of the state why we have such a strong reputation of having the most gifted and hard-working students,” Marshall said. “These young women have been preparing for this contest for many years, and I think each has an excellent chance to win.”
OCU will provide scholarships to all contestants in the Miss Oklahoma Pageant and the Miss Oklahoma’s Outstanding Teen contest. The scholarships are valued at nearly $205,000 for the Miss Oklahoma Pageant contestants and more than $231,000 for the outstanding teen contestants. The winner of the Miss Oklahoma’s Outstanding Teen contest will be offered full tuition for eight semesters, and Miss Oklahoma will be offered half tuition for eight semesters.
OCU has contributed more than $2.2 million in educational scholarships to more than 340 pageant contestants over the past 54 years.
All but one of the OCU contestants in this year’s state pageant participated in the university’s contest in February, with Heather Harris returning as the 2009 winner to crown her successor. Sheridan Fulkerson, Miss South OKC, already had a title to qualify her for the Miss Oklahoma Pageant.
There have been 24 Miss Oklahoma winners and three Miss Americas — Jane Jayroe, Susan Powell and Shawntel Smith — from OCU. Kelsey Cartwright in 2008 was the latest to win the state contest.
OCU is also sending Miss OCU Teen Madison Pride to compete in the Miss Oklahoma’s Outstanding Teen contest next weekend. Georgia Frazier, the 2008 Miss OCU Teen, won the 2009 Miss Oklahoma Outstanding Teen Pageant.
Contestants from OCU include:
Michelle Luneau, Miss OCU
Platform — Seeing It All: Healthy Eyes for Healthy Futures
Talent – Character tap dance to “I Want to be a Rockette”
Sheridan Fulkerson, Miss South OKC
Platform — ICE (In Case of Emergency – When Seconds Count)
Talent — Lyrical dance to “My Heart Will Go On”
Hailey Holloway, Miss Sooner State
Platform — Volunteer for Life
Talent — Piano, playing “Trantella”
Brittany Bisel, Miss Riverwalk
Platform — Appreciation of the Elderly
Talent — Vocal, singing “Bridge Over Troubled Water”
Kelsey Guard, Miss Queen of the West
Platform — Educate, Advocate, Change in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease
Talent — Vocal, singing “Les Oiseaux dans la Charmille”
Heather Harris, Miss Okmulgee County
Platform — Bullying prevention and intervention
Talent — Vocal, singing “Love is Where You Find It”
Amanda Kay Richey, Miss Lawton
Platform — The Magic in Believing
Talent — Vocal, singing “What I Did for Love”
Sarah Jensen, Miss Grand Lake
Platform — Be the Best YOU!, encouraging healthy habits among youth
Talent — Tap dance to “Dibidy Dap”
Jennifer Hancock, Miss Green Country
Platform — Intellectual disabilities awareness
Talent — Ballet en pointe to “Lullaby”
Sonja Barrett, Miss Keystone Lake
Platform — Going Green Today for a Brighter Tomorrow
Talent — Vocal/guitar, playing “At Last”
Madison Pride, Miss OCU Teen
Platform – H.O. T. Lunch – Healthy Options Today for Lunch
Miss OCU 2010 Michelle Luneau walks the stage after being crowned during the contest in October. Luneau and nine of her fellow OCU students will compete in the Miss Oklahoma Pageant June 8 – 12.