For Immediate Release:
June 26, 2007
Miss Oklahoma 2007, Makenna Smith, interned with the State
Senate Communications Division in the 2005 session and helped unveil
its wi-fi service at a State Capitol press conference.
Senators Congratulate Former Intern on Miss Oklahoma Title
Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Morgan and Co-President Pro Tempore
Glenn Coffee have extended their congratulations to Miss Oklahoma
winner, Makenna Smith. The Oklahoma City University graduate student
interned at the Senate in 2005 when she was completing her bachelor’s
degree at the University of Oklahoma.
“We’re very proud that one of our former interns will
be representing our state in the Miss America pageant. We’re
certainly wishing her all the best from everyone here in the State
Senate,” Morgan said.
Smith interned during the 2005 legislative session with the Senate
Communications Division, assisting with press releases and at a
press conference unveiling the Senate’s wireless internet
“We’ve had many outstanding students intern here, but
I believe this is our first Miss Oklahoma. Senator Morgan and I
have prepared a citation of congratulations for Makenna, and she’s
been invited to come back and visit us in the 2008 session when
all our members can have an opportunity to extend their congratulations
as well,” Coffee said.
Smith said she was still “on cloud nine” and enjoying
her new role as Miss Oklahoma, and said she was looking forward
to returning to the State Senate. She said her internship helped
her to become a more involved citizen.
“The first day I walked in, the staff told me I would get
the bug and not want to leave. I have been back every year, sitting
in the gallery to listen and becoming more involved in making my
voice heard,” Smith said. “It really changed the way
that I view what goes on in our state—I understand the process
more. It encouraged me to take a more active role in our state government.”
Smith, whose platform as Miss Oklahoma is seat belt safety, said
she hoped to be involved with safety issues at the State Capitol
in the coming year.
For more information contact:
Senator Morgan's Office - (405) 521-5605
Senator Coffee's Office - (405) 521-5654