Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: March 23, 2009
Miss Oklahoma Kelsey Cartwright poses with Collinsville Mayor
Stan Sallee and Sen. Randy
Brogdon after she was presented on the Senate floor Monday.
State Legislature Honors Miss Oklahoma
The State Legislature honored Miss Oklahoma 2008
Kelsey Cartwright Monday. State Sen. Randy
Brogdon authored Senate Concurrent Resolution 6 recognizing
her many talents and accomplishments.
“I’ve had the opportunity to spend some time with
Miss Cartwright, and I can tell you she is a fine lady that represents
the state of Oklahoma extremely well. She is a tremendous young
lady who is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside,”
said Brogdon, R-Owasso. “We were so pleased to get to honor
her and wish her all the best during her reign and in her future
Cartwright was selected Miss Oklahoma at the 36th annual scholarship
pageant at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma last year.
The then 20-year-old sophomore dance management major at Oklahoma
City University won the preliminary swimsuit competition. In the
talent portion of the competition she performed a lyrical dance
to “I Want You to Need Me”. Cartwright qualified for
the state competition by winning the Miss Keystone Lake pageant.
One of 42 contestants in the Miss Oklahoma pageant, she received
a $16,000 scholarship and a new car. She then went on to compete
in the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada in January.
SCR 6 was co-authored by Rep. Earl Sears who also represents Cartwright’s
hometown of Collinsville.
“We are so proud of Kelsey, and were delighted to have her
at the Capitol and get to congratulate her and thank her for being
such an outstanding representative for our state,” said
Sears, R-Bartlesville. “She is a great role model for all
ages, and she’s going to help so many Oklahomans who want
to learn more about their adoption.”
During her reign, Cartwright has been traveling around the state
and nation promoting her platform of open adoption to nontraditional
families. She got the idea from her father’s experience
in attempting to learn about his adoption. Oklahoma currently
has closed adoption laws and has placed legal barriers in the
path of those wanting information about their adoption.
When introduced in the Senate, Cartwright talked about traveling
around the state visiting schools.
“It’s been an incredible experience being Miss Oklahoma,”
said Cartwright. “Our youth and students are on such a great
path. They’ve got huge goals and high ambitions. I’m
proud to say that I’m able to represent them. I get to talk
about setting goals and making good choices, and hopefully just
be a phenomenal role model for them. That’s what I love
to do. I think I have the best job in the entire world.”
The Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading
achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of
scholarship assistance for young women. The Kiwanis Club of Tulsa
has sponsored the Miss Oklahoma Scholarship Pageant for 33 years,
during which they have awarded over $40 million in cash and tuition
scholarships to young Oklahoma women.
For more information contact:
Sen. Brogdon's Office - 405-521-5566
Rep. Sear's Office - 405-557-7358