For Immediate Release: March 19, 2007
Miss America Lauren Nelson addresses the Senate alongside Sen.
Don Barringon, Miss Oklahoma
Lindsey Miller and cancer-survivor Kristin Lepard.
Senate Welcomes Miss America and Miss Oklahoma
The Oklahoma State Senate
welcomed Miss Oklahoma 2006 Lindsey Miller and Miss America
2007 Lauren Nelson to the floor of the Senate Monday.
Senate Resolution 18, authored by Sens. Brian Crain and James
A. Williamson, was presented to the new Miss Oklahoma Lindsey
Miller commending her for her many talents.
"It is such a privilege and honor to be here at the State
Capitol as well as taking over as the new Miss Oklahoma,"
said Miller. "I''m going to continue speaking about my
platform, which is mentoring with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters
Organizations and I'm also going to speak to students about
positive image, self-esteem and about winning every single day,
about doing what's right and doing their best and not giving
up. That's the message that I'm taking to school students here
The 23-year-old, a graduate of Oral Roberts University, currently
resides in Tulsa. She has been traveling and speaking to school
students for over a month.
"Lindsey is an outstanding student and vocalist but more
importantly, she's an incredible, loving and generous human
being. She is a shining example for those around her and Getting
was so grateful that she could take time out of her busy schedule
to come share a few words with us," said Crain, R-Tulsa.
"We wish her the best during her reign."
Miller, while attending ORU, was a Collegiate All-American Scholar,
a member of Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, the Dean's List, and
the President's Honor Roll. She anchored her college news station
and produced a nationally syndicated women's talk show, "Make
Your Day Count". She also sang on a nightly television
program, "The Hour of Healing".
"We are so proud of Lindsey and her message to Oklahoma's
youth," said Williamson. "Our kids today are faced
with so many more pressures than we were at their age - pressures
to look and act a certain way. It's wonderful that Lindsey is
using her role as Miss Oklahoma to address this issue and help
build self-esteem in our youth."
Nelson, a Lawton native, was also presented with SR 19 congratulating
her for her victory at the Miss America pageant. The resolution
was authored by Sens. Don Barrington, Randy Bass and Clark Jolley
along with Reps. Don Armes (R-Faxon), Ann Coody (R-Lawton),
Joe Dorman (D-Rush Springs), T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton) and Ken
"My homecoming has been one of the events that I've been
looking forward to since the night that I was crowned,"
said Nelson. "I can't think of a better year for us to
have back to back Miss America's than our centennial right here
in Oklahoma. It's such an honor to represent the State of Oklahoma."
"Lauren is a tremendous role model. She has put tremendous
emphasis on living Christian values, being guided by the Scripture,
and praying before programs during her travels," said Barrington,
R-Lawton. "That's the kind of message our youth need to
be hearing and we applaud her efforts and thank her for sharing
her message with us today."
Nelson, the daughter of Mark and Sherrell Nelson, is a sophomore
music theater major at the University of Central Oklahoma where
she is preparing for a career as a Broadway performer.
"The University of Central Oklahoma is proud to have one
of its own attain such a high honor," said Jolley, R-Edmond.
"Edmond is more than happy to adopt her as an Edmondite
as she pursues her education. We're thrilled that yet another
example of excellence with Edmond ties is visible from the world's
Oklahoma is one of only three states to claim Miss America winners
in consecutive years and is now tied with two other states boasting
a total of six Miss Americas. The 20-year-old Nelson, who was
also Miss Teen Oklahoma 2004, is the 80th Miss America to be
"Oklahoma has a long standing tradition in the Miss America
pageant and we are so proud of Lauren for keeping that tradition
alive," said Bass, D-Lawton. "I applaud her for her
efforts to bring awareness to Internet safety. This is an issue
that Governor Henry and the Oklahoma legislature have been working
very hard to address, and it's assuring to know that we have
such a bright, young woman fighting this battle with us but
on a much larger scale."
Although her personal platform is Internet safety and protecting
kids online, her national platform is serving as the National
Goodwill Ambassador for the Children's Miracle Network, a group
of over 170 hospitals nationwide that helps over 17 million
children a year. Nelson brought a special guest, four-year-old
Kristin Lepard, to the floor with her.
Lepard is the daughter of Shawn, a lobbyist at the Capitol,
and Stephanie Lepard. Kristin was diagnosed with a Wilm's cancer
tumor in her kidney in September 2006, but because of the care
she received at the Jimmy Everest Children's Cancer Center at
the OU Children's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Kristin will soon
be cancer free. Her last chemo treatment is Friday.
"Seeing the humanity of people and how much they care has
helped our family get through this challenge," Shawn said.
"This was awesome for Kristin and her sisters. For her
to feel so special gettingg to meet Miss America - we know she's
going to okay."
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Senate Communication's Office: (405) 521-5698