Mrs. Oklahoma International 2008 to emcee Miss Northwestern Pageant Jan. 31

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Mrs. Oklahoma International 2008 to emcee Miss Northwestern Pageant Jan. 31

January 20, 2009

Mrs. Oklahoma InternationalSasha Townsend, Miss Oklahoma International 2008, will emcee the 2009 Miss Northwestern Oklahoma State University Pageant held in Herod Hall Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31.

As Mrs. Oklahoma, Townsend speaks to adult and youth audiences about advocacy for children of divorce and offers real-world solutions to help children and families in transition. As an adult child of divorce and long-time volunteer, she has witnessed this risk factor in action. It is her mission to teach others that divorce support for youth is a worthy issue, and there is something that can be done to help children of divorce.

Specifically, Townsend is working with community leaders to implement divorce support programming with a peer support focus for children and youth in schools, churches and community centers across the state of Oklahoma. She supports the Banana Splits program, Rainbows International, and DivorceCare for Kids as three working peer support options for adults who want to help children experiencing the loss of a parent figure.

Townsend also is a graduate student and calculus recitation instructor at the University of Tulsa, with aspirations of becoming a math professor. She is a magna cum laude college graduate with degrees in psychology and mathematics from the University of Tulsa and Oklahoma State University, respectively. She also is an honors graduate of Blake High School of the Arts in Tampa, Fla., where she studied vocal music and acting.

When she's not studying, teaching, tutoring or volunteering, Townsend loves to dance with her husband, play board games, study theology and sing karaoke with her family and friends.

In 2007, Townsend competed in the Mrs. Oklahoma International pageant as Mrs. Creek County. At that pageant, she earned the private interview and fitness awards, and placed first runner-up to Mrs. Oklahoma 2007, Brooke Good. Townsend has held many pageant titles over the years, most notably Miss Florida American Teen 1999 in the Miss America Teen organization.

Townsend competed in the 2008 Mrs. Oklahoma International pageant as Mrs. Tulsa International. In addition to the title, she was voted Mrs. Congeniality by her peers and earned the online people's choice award and the evening wear award.

Townsend and her husband, Bobby, reside in Tulsa with their black lab George.

Tickets for the event are $8 in advance and may be purchased through the Northwestern Business Office at (580) 327-8534 or from JoDe Bradt, pageant director. She may be contacted at (580) 430-1978. Tickets at the door will be $10, and Northwestern students with a current ID card will be admitted free.

Contestants for 2009 Miss Northwestern are Paige Fischer, Jet freshman; Jordan Gaskill, Waynoka junior; Audra Halliburton, Laverne freshman; Eileen Hess, Enid junior; Brandi Parker, Fort Supply senior; and Ashley Schmitz, Laverne freshman.