Miss South Barber Olivia Yandel Wins Cinderella Crown

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Miss South Barber Olivia Yandel Wins Cinderella Crown

October 26, 2009

 Olivia Yandel
Olivia Yandel, Miss South Barber, walked away with the title of Miss Cinderella in the 58th annual Miss Cinderella Pageant at Northwestern Oklahoma State University Friday.

Olivia Yandel of South Barber High School in Kiowa, Kan., was crowned Friday as the 58th Miss Cinderella at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in conjunction with the university’s homecoming celebration.

Yandel is the first Kansas titleholder to be crowned as Miss Cinderella since its inception in 1952.

She also was the talent winner Thursday night, dancing to “I Can’t Do It Alone.”

First runner-up was RaLonda Ruttman, Miss Woodward; second runner-up was Riley Wiebener, Miss Alva; the third runner-up award went to Carrie Bowers, Miss Cherokee; and fourth runner-up was Carmen Sander, Miss Seiling.

Cassie Stephens, Miss Buffalo, was voted as Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants. Stephens also won the interview award.

Yandel and the other 21 contestants rode in Northwestern’s homecoming parade at 10 a.m. Saturday.

As Miss Cinderella, Yandel will receive eight semesters of tuition and a one-year room waiver scholarship at Northwestern-Alva. For winning the talent portion of the contest, she also will receive a one-year room waiver.

2009 Miss Cinderella finalists
Miss Cinderella Olivia Yandel is pictured with the top five contestants and the winner of the interview and congeniality awards. (From left) Carrie Bowers, Miss Cherokee; Riley Wiebener, Miss Alva; RaLonda Ruttman, Miss Woodward; Yandel; Carmen Sander, Miss Seiling; and Cassie Stephens, Miss Buffalo, are photographed after the crowning of Miss Cinderella 2009. 
The Miss Cinderella Pageant provides approximately $8,900 in scholarships for tuition and room to the winner. Yandel also receives an additional $1,300 room waiver for winning the talent portion of the pageant.

Each contestant who participates in the Miss Cinderella Pageant automatically receives a one-year tuition scholarship valued at $1,900 for Northwestern-Alva.

For winning the interview portion of the contest, Stephens will receive a $300 book scholarship, along with a one-year room waiver for being the congeniality winner.

The first and second runners-up will receive six and four semesters of tuition, respectively.

New this year, third and fourth runners-up will receive a one-year room waiver in addition to the tuition scholarship each contestant already receives.