October 20, 2008
Miss Oklahoma, Kelsey Cartwright, is a very busy woman; however, Northwestern Oklahoma State University is fortunate enough to have her on campus to emcee this year’s Miss Cinderella Pageant on Friday, Oct. 31.
With 23 contestants participating in the pageant this year, each young woman, members from the community and students are in for a treat with Miss Oklahoma as an emcee. Cartwright also will visit Alva schools to speak to students.
The Oklahoma City University (OCU) junior is a dance management major who has been dancing since she was 2 years old. As much as she loves performing, her true calling is teaching and she plans to open a studio after her graduation in 2011.
Before attending OCU Cartwright trained at Attitudes Dance Studio in her hometown of Collinsville and received numerous championship trophies. She was chosen as the “Senior Dancer of the Year” at Rainbow National Competition and the “Oklahoma Dancer of the Year” at Talent Explosion Dance Competition. The Tremaine Dance Convention also provided Cartwright with scholarships that allowed her to study with the group in their tour throughout the United States.
Going into the Miss Oklahoma Pageant with three other Alpha Phi sisters, Cartwright remained confident despite the fact that she was a rookie. She had competed in 11 local pageants before she captured a local title, and in February 2008, she won her first preliminary as Miss Keystone Lake. Even with little time to prepare for the Miss Oklahoma Pageant, she walked away with a swimsuit preliminary award, Rookie of the Year, the Brooke E. Hailey Scholarship, and the title of Miss Oklahoma 2008.
“We are very excited that Miss Oklahoma will be able to emcee Northwestern’s Miss Cinderella Pageant,” said Tammy Brown, pageant co-director.
“The Miss Cinderella Pageant is excited to bring back the tradition of Miss Oklahoma emceeing our pageant. She will provide our contestants with moral support and guidance during their time at Northwestern,” Brown said.
The Miss Cinderella Talent show is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. with the actual pageant on Friday, Oct. 31, at 8 p.m. Events will be held in Herod Hall Auditorium.
Tickets for the event are $8 for adults and $5 for students or by purchasing a Homecoming button for $10 that allows admission to Miss Cinderella events, as well as the football game on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 4 p.m.
Sat, October 25, 2008
by Valarie Case