Oklahoma Is Grand Marshall
Parade Theme: "Christmas: Past, Present & Future"
Parade Entry Fees Benefit Collinsville Angel Tree (Due by Dec. 5th)
Parade Starts at 11am
Giveaway Drawing At 5pm
Return By Dec. 5th
Christmas Parade Grand Marshall
Miss Oklahoma, Kelsey Cartwright
Cartwright, a junior at Oklahoma City University, is a dance management major
setting high goals for her life. Kelsey has been dancing since she was two years
old, and doesnt plan on stopping anytime soon. Dancing throughout college
has been very rewarding for her and allowed her to realize that she cant
be happy doing anything else. As much as she loves performing, her true calling
is teaching, and she plans on opening a studio after her graduation in 2011.|
Kelsey is a member of the prestigious American Spirit Dance Company at OCU and dances in Christmas and Spring shows every year. Also chosen as a Line Captain, she was trusted as leader of over 50 students her age. She was also 1 of 27 members chosen to go on tour and exhibit the esteemed dance program at Oklahoma City University. Before her OCU experience Kelsey trained at Attitudes Dance Studio in her hometown of Collinsville, Oklahoma and got her hands on numerous championships trophies. She was chosen as a Senior Dancer of the Year at Rainbow National Competition and the Oklahoma Dancer of the Year at Talent Explosion Dance Competition. The Tremaine Dance Convention also provided Kelsey with scholarships that allowed her to study with them in their tour throughout the U.S.
She put herself through all AP classes in high school and was able to come out of it as the 2006 Salutatorian of her class. She was the secretary of the National Honor Society as well, and put a lot of her time in high school into community service projects through NHS and Student Council. As a freshman at OCU she was inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma honor society and still holds an office. Also playing a large part in her college life was her sorority, Alpha Phi, where Kelsey held the office of Director of New Member Development. She worked to ensure that active members maintained a strong understanding of Alpha Phis morals and code of conduct.
Going into the Miss Oklahoma Pageant with three other Alpha Phi sisters, Kelsey remained confident despite the fact that she was a first-time rookie. She had competed in 11 local pageants before she captured a local title and in February 2008 she won her first preliminary as Miss Keystone Lake. Even with little time to prepare of the Miss Oklahoma Pageant, she walked away with a Swimsuit preliminary award, Rookie of the Year, the Brooke E. Hailey scholarship, and the title of Miss Oklahoma 2008, proving that no mater the circumstance. Dreams can come true!
Because Kelseys father was adopted, they were never able to embrace their family history or have access to their medical records because Oklahoma has a closed record policy. She and her father immediately began working to have the adoption file opened and once she realized the impact it made on her father she knew she wanted all adoptees to have the same opportunity. Kelsey made this her platform and aids in the effort to change Oklahomas laws. In the meantime, she encourages all individuals to embrace their heritage and family history because its one of the only things that truly belong to you. Kelsey hopes that she can touch the lives of many throughout her year of service.
Shop participating Collinsville merchants through Dec. 11 and bring your ticket stubs to the Downtown Collinsville Plaza at 12th & Main for the prize drawing at 5pm Saturday Dec. 13, 2008. You must be present win.