Former Miss Cinderella winners, past director to judge talent show, pageant

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Former Miss Cinderella winners, past director to judge talent show, pageant

September 22, 2011

 Jane Jayroe
Jane Jayroe

 Annie (Arganbright) Milleret
Annie (Arganbright) Milleret

 Lucia (Miller) O'Connor
Lucia (Miller) O'Connor

 Cassie Walden
Cassie (McEachern) Walden

 Dr. Yvonne Carmichael
Dr. Yvonne Carmichael

 Savannah White
Savannah White

In honor of the 60th Anniversary of the Miss Cinderella Talent Show and Pageant at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, four former Cinderella winners and a former pageant director are coming back to campus to judge this year’s event. Jane Jayroe, Miss Cinderella 1963; Annie (Arganbright) Milleret, Miss Cinderella 1967; Lucia (Miller) O’Connor, Miss Cinderella 1972; Cassie (McEachern) Walden, Miss Cinderella 1999; and Dr. Yvonne Carmichael, director for 22 years, have committed to judging the Miss Cinderella Talent Show on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m., and the Pageant on Friday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m.

Both events will take place in Herod Hall Auditorium.

Jayroe began her pageant journey as Miss Laverne before her Miss Cinderella crowning in 1963. After Northwestern’s Pageant, Jayroe was crowned Miss Oklahoma in 1966 and Miss America in 1967. She is married to Gerald Gamble and has one married son and two grandchildren.

Milleret was crowned Miss Cinderella in 1967. Milleret was Miss Alva in 1967 and attended Northwestern for two years before attending Semester at Sea at Chapman College in California. She was Northwestern’s entry in Top Ten Coed Contest for Glamour Magazine in 1968. After returning to Oklahoma, she graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1972.

O’Connor graduated from Buffalo High School and held the titles Miss Buffalo, Miss Wheatheart of the Nation, Miss Cinderella and Miss Queen of the West before attending Oklahoma State University. In 1976 she was named Miss Oklahoma and competed in the Miss America Pageant that year.

A few years after being crowned as Miss Cinderella in 1999, Walden was crowned Miss Northwestern 2002 and Ranger Queen 2003. A year later, she graduated from Northwestern with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. Walden resides in Oklahoma City, with husband Tyler Walden, a 2004 graduate, and daughter, Reese, who’s 1.

Carmichael was involved with Miss Cinderella for 27 years and served as its director for 22 years. She is a retired Northwestern professor emeritus. She also directed the Miss Northwestern Pageant for 10 years. Carmichael sponsored and co-directed the Aquarina Synchronized Swimming Club for 35 years and was a sports coordinator for synchronized swimming in the 1989 Olympic Festival.

Savannah White, Miss Cinderella 2002 and Miss Northwestern 2005, will perform during the pageant on Friday. Currently, she lives in New York City and is pursuing a career in performing. She has been in small cabaret shows, studying opera and currently is writing a two-woman sketch comedy show. White has had the opportunity to model for DEX makeup company, as well as teach classes and just had the pleasure of being a makeup artist for New York's fashion week. She is the daughter of Mickey and Donna White of Alva.

“The Miss Cinderella pageant is such an amazing part of Alva's history and has greatly inspired the lives of many girls,” White said.

Admission to either the Miss Cinderella Talent Show or the Miss Cinderella Pageant is $9 for adults and $5 for students or $10 with the purchase of a Homecoming button. Buttons will be available at the door on Talent Show night. Both events will be held in Herod Hall Auditorium. The button (with a value of $26) also is good for admission to the football game with Missouri University of Science and Technology on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m., at Ranger Field.

Buttons, the main source of funding homecoming, may be purchased from Rialto, 516 Flynn; Radio Shack, 609 College; the Alva Chamber of Commerce, 502 Oklahoma Blvd.; and Alva Vision Clinic, 504 College, all in Alva. Buttons also may be purchased on campus through Cathy Brown, campus button sales chair, at (580) 327-8547 or mcbrown@nwosu.edu

Button purchasers need to be aware that seating at events is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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