Twenty-two to compete for Miss Cinderella title

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Twenty-two to compete for Miss Cinderella title

Miss Cinderella group 
Contestants for Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s annual Miss Cinderella Talent Show and Pageant are (front row, from left) Jayme Hernandez, Ashley Jones, Cheney Bird, Mary Shklar, Mikenzie Lee, Kaitlin Ducotey, Lacey Belvin, Alma Rios, Amber Miller, Emma Reed, Taylor McCullough, (second row) Karly Gillispie, Delany Anderson, Peyten Norris, Amanda Jantz, Aryan Gates, Morgan Phillips, Ashlee Beckwith, Kiana Prather, Sadie Vore, and Carmen Coleman. Not pictured is Shelbi Smithton. Miss Cinderella events take place Thursday, Oct.16, and Friday, Oct.17, in Herod Hall Auditorium.

Twenty-two young ladies representing high schools in Oklahoma and Kansas were on the Northwestern Oklahoma State University campus Sept. 21 for an orientation session in preparation for the 63rd annual Miss Cinderella Pageant held as part of the school’s homecoming celebration.

Contestants and their sponsors met with the pageant committee to review all requirements and rules associated with the talent show on Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m., the pageant itself on Oct. 17 at 8 p.m., and Northwestern’s homecoming parade on Saturday, Oct.18, at 10 a.m.

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

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

The 2014 contestants and the schools they represent are: Ashlee Beckwith, Aline-Cleo; Cheney Bird, Alva; Carmen Coleman, Arnett; Alma Rios, Buffalo; Sadie Vore, Burlington; Kaitlin Ducotey, Cherokee; Amanda Jantz, Chisholm; Mikenzie Lee, Cimarron; Aryan Gates, Fort Supply; Emma Reed, Freedom; Amber Miller, Laverne; Kiana Prather, Mooreland; Peyten Norris, Ponca City; Lacey Belvin, Ringwood; Ashley Jones, Seiling; Morgan Phillips, Sharon-Mutual; Karly Gillispie, Shattuck; Taylor McCullough, South Barber (Kan.); Delany Anderson, Timberlake; Jayme Hernandez, Watonga; Mary Shklar, Waynoka; and Shelbi Smithton, Woodward.

Admission to the Miss Cinderella Talent Show on Thursday, Oct. 16, or the Miss Cinderella Pageant on Friday, Oct. 17, is $10 each night for adults and $5 for students with a student ID or $10 total with the purchase of a Homecoming button.  Buttons will be available at the door on Talent Show night. Both events will be held in Herod Hall Auditorium. The button (with a value of $38) also is good for admission to the football game with Southeastern Oklahoma State University on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 3 p.m., at Ranger Field.  Tickets at the gate will be $18.

Each homecoming button is numbered and has a chance to win $500 in Alva chamber bucks.  The winning button will be drawn during the homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 18, and the drawn number must be present to win. Making the button even more of a great deal, some local merchants will be offering discounts to patrons who wear a Homecoming button into their businesses during the week of homecoming. A list of discounts and participating merchants is available at

Buttons, the main source of funding homecoming, may be purchased from Daisy Village, 506 Flynn; Holder Drug, 513 Barnes Ave; Rialto, 516 Flynn; Radio Shack, 609 College; the Alva Chamber of Commerce, 502 Oklahoma Blvd., the Northwestern Foundation and Alumni Office, the Northwestern Business office, all in Alva.

People in the Enid and Woodward areas also will be able to purchase buttons at Northwestern’s campus sites in those locations. Contact Candace Reim, Enid student service coordinator, at (580) 213-3147, and Kristen Mravinec, Woodward campus coordinator, at (580) 254-2503. Buttons also may be purchased through Karen Koehn, button sales chair, at (580) 327-0344 or  

Button purchasers need to be aware that seating at events is on a first-come, first-served basis.