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Name: Jane Smith                                                                               
Title: Miss Local
Hometown: Anytown, America
Contestant Number:________
Date of Birth:  May 1, 1990
 
Education:                                       University of State – sophomore – Bachelor of Science, Liberal Arts
                                                          Frederick Douglas High School

Platform Issue:                                Celebrating Cultural Diversity and Inclusiveness

Scholastic/Career Ambition:          Obtain a Masters of Business Administration

Talent:                                              Pop Vocal/”Fallen”

Scholastic Honors: Recipient of National Coca-Cola Scholarship; Recipient of the Metropolitan Urban League National Scholarship; Dean’s List; Member of the President’s Leadership Council at the Univ. Central Florida.

Leadership Roles: Created and implemented a comprehensive Cultural Diversity Education Curriculum for grades K-12 in twelve Public Schools; University Student Body Senator; H.S. Sr. Class Pres.; College Sorority President.

Accomplishments: Recipient of the J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service to Community; Recipient of the National Conference for Community and Justice Humanitarian Award; Performer, Grand Ole Opry in Nashville; Piano Performance scholarship at State University.

Interesting Facts: First person on either side of my family to attend college; Youngest of five children with a 13- year gap between me and my next oldest sister and an almost 20-year gap between the oldest and myself.

Employment: Internship with a Law Firm; Internship with local ABC television affiliate; Student Assistant at UCF

Legacy:  My hope is that in the year of my service as Miss Northwestern Oklahoma State University, I would leave a marked, concrete, and measurable difference in this nation regarding the way we respect each other's cultural heritage.  I hope that through my continued involvement on the national level with the National Conference for Community and Justice that we will hold events at the grassroots level that not only discuss that topic, but also bring about local and statewide policy changes in which we address cultural diversity in the workplace.

Why I should be Miss Northwestern Oklahoma State University this year:  It is critical that this nation face and embrace its cultural diversity issues and it must be done now.  The traditional ethnic make-up of our country is rapidly changing and unless we confront and inoculate the potential conflicts that might arise, we are headed to potential racial conflicts we have not seen since the 1960's.  These conflicts are generally caused by fear and ignorance.  Through a nation-wide spokesperson who can give this issue a face and a voice, we can begin the educational process that needs to take place.  The reality is that Miss Oklahoma can have her greatest sphere of influence among our nation's youth.  By placing Miss Oklahoma in the midst of our nation's young people and we can start the process of changing mindsets and, ultimately, changing the way in which they will treat one another in the future.  The issues related to Celebrating Cultural Diversity and Inclusiveness is not just related to race, but also to religion, cultural differences, and sexism.  There is no greater role for Miss Oklahoma than to educate, empower, and embrace the issue of cultural diversity at this point in our nation's history.