Serving as emcee at Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Miss Cinderella Pageant is Miss Oklahoma 2013 Kelsey Griswold. Griswold will lead the pageant on Friday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m. during the annual Homecoming event.
Griswold is a senior at Oklahoma City University majoring in acting. She has performed in numerous productions including professional co-productions with Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park. As a member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, she has held several leadership positions within the house. Griswold is a graduate of Union High School in Tulsa.
Performing since the age of 5 beginning with Theatre Arts in Broken Arrow, where she learned to sing, dance and entertain, Griswold has won several awards; none more life changing than at the age of 8 winning the Oscar Mayer Weiner Jingle Jam Contest when she appeared on the Rosie O’Donnell Show and was awarded a $20,000 scholarship. She has had the chance to perform all over the world including London, England, while she was studying abroad at Kingston University.
Griswold began her journey with the Miss Oklahoma Organization when she was eligible to compete for Miss Oklahoma’s Outstanding Teen at age 13. She competed in the Teen program for several years, placing in the top five and becoming first runner-up to Alicia Clifton in 2008. Miss Bricktown was the first and only local title Griswold held while competing for the title of Miss Oklahoma. In addition to winning the title of Miss Oklahoma 2013, she was awarded the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, was a Preliminary Swimsuit winner, a Rookie Talent winner, and tied for an Overall Preliminary Talent Award. She also was the Rookie Interview Winner and Rookie of the Year.
Experiencing adversity at a young age, Kelsey lost her mother when she was 15. From that early experience was born a heart for the family that is the Miss Oklahoma Organization and the drive to give back to a community that had embraced her during an incredibly tough time.
Her platform, A.R.T.: Artists Reaching Together, is a mentorship program that gives children with disabilities the opportunity to grow and develop creatively through the arts, improving their self-esteem and quality of life. Griswold’s plan as Miss Oklahoma is to educate people about the need for artistic development in children with disabilities, while also promoting the production of these programs throughout the state.
She has been incredibly involved in her community including church and school functions. She was selected as a speaker for the Methodist State Conference held in Oklahoma City, and was chosen as the student speaker for the Incoming Student Matriculation Ceremony.
She is the daughter of General Edward Wheeler and the late Alinda Griswold of Tulsa.
Miss Cinderella Talent Show is Thursday, Oct. 24. Julia Benbrook, Miss Cinderella 2012 will emcee the show. Benbrook is currently a student at OSU.
Tickets for Miss Cinderella will be available at the door on the nights of the Talent Show and Pageant on Oct. 24 and 25. Tickets are $10 each night, or a Homecoming button can be purchased on Thursday at the door for $10, which will grant entry into both Miss Cinderella events and the Ranger football game ($18 at the gate) against Southeastern Oklahoma State University at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Button purchasers need to be aware that seating at events is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Wed, October 23, 2013
by Haley Smith filed under