Miss Cinderella contestants attend pageant orientation

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Miss Cinderella contestants attend pageant orientation

October 8, 2009

Twenty-one young women representing high schools in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas were on the Northwestern Oklahoma State University campus Saturday for an orientation session in preparation for the 58th annual Miss Cinderella Pageant held as part of the school’s homecoming celebration.

The contestants and their sponsors met with the pageant committee to review all requirements and rules associated with the talent show on Oct. 22, the pageant itself on Oct. 23, and Northwestern’s homecoming parade on Saturday, Oct. 24, said Tammy Brown and Jesse Schroeder, co-directors of the pageant.

Dr. Janet Cunningham, Northwestern president, welcomed the contestants to campus.

Miss Cinderella Orientation
Contestants in the 58th annual Miss Cinderella Talent Show and Pageant at Northwestern Oklahoma State University are (back row, from left) RaLonda Ruttman, Miss Woodward; Cassie Stephens, Miss Buffalo; Flor Castellanos, Miss Laverne; Olivia Yandel, Miss South Barber; Samantha Smith, Miss Burlington; Riley Wiebener, Miss Alva; Emily Harmon, Miss Bethany; Nicole Coffey, Miss Fargo; Weslee Simpson, Miss Tonkawa; Tiffany Wright, Miss Fort Supply; Karlie Reed, Miss Chisholm. (Front row, from left) Shaley Brown, Miss Booker; Brooke Holley, Miss Shattuck; Carmen Sanders, Miss Seiling; Hannah Ketterman, Miss Timberlake; Lindsey Thrash, Miss Mooreland; Whitney Sessions, Miss Fairview; Cassandra Bryant, Miss Hooker; Danielle Litzenberger, Miss Waynoka; Carrie Brown, Miss Cherokee; Kaci Kliewer, Miss Ringwood. Not pictured is Hannah Brien, Miss Cimarron, and Lauren Turner, Miss Sharon-Mutual.  

The contestants were assigned to jewel groups—Amethyst, Emerald, Ruby and Diamond for judging—and had their photos taken for publicity purposes. The committee covered rehearsals, judging criteria, wardrobe requirements and all other activities connected with the pageant.

The 2009 contestants and the schools they represent, listed by jewel group are:

Amethyst – Shaley Brown, Booker, Texas; Carrie Brown, Cherokee; Nicole Coffey, Fargo; Tiffany Wright, Fort Supply; Hannah Ketterman, Timberlake; Danielle Litzenberger, Waynoka;

Emerald – Emily Harmon, Bethany; Cassie Stephens, Buffalo; Hannah Brien, Cimarron; Kaci Kliewer, Ringwood; Brooke Holley, Shattuck; Weslee Simpson, Tonkawa;

Ruby – Samantha Smith, Burlington; Flor Castellanos, Laverne; Lindsey Thrash, Mooreland; Carmen Sanders, Seiling; Olivia Yandel, South Barber, Kan.;

Diamond – Riley Wiebener, Alva; Karlie Reed, Chisholm; Whitney Sessions, Fairview; Cassandra Bryant, Hooker; Lauren Turner, Sharon-Mutual; RaLonda Ruttman, Woodward.

Admission to either the Miss Cinderella Talent Show on Thursday, Oct. 22, or the Miss Cinderella Pageant on Friday, Oct. 23, is $9 for adults and $5 for students or a Homecoming button. Both events will be held in Herod Hall Auditorium. The button (with a value of $26) sells for $10 and also is good for admission to the football game with Bacone College on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 3 p.m., at Ranger Field.

Buttons, the main source of financing homecoming, may be purchased from Rialto, 516 Flynn; Radio Shack, 609 College; Great Indoors Furniture, 422 Flynn; and the Alva Chamber of Commerce, 502 Oklahoma Blvd., 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.