The new Miss American Indian Oklahoma State University was crowned Saturday night in the Student Union Theater.
Maeghan Murie, a freshman majoring in chemistry, was announced as Miss American Indian OSU 2013 after wowing the judges.
Murie competed against Veronica Arrendondo, a sophomore majoring in civil and environmental engineering; Jordan McLemore, a freshman majoring in sports media; and Cheyenne Nixon, a junior majoring in agricultural education.
Contestants were judged on speeches they gave about important issues and what they were going to do to fix the issues, as well as extemporaneous questions.
Murie gave a heartfelt speech about domestic violence and her plan to promote awareness for the issue.
“No one should have a broken body or a broken heart because of someone else,” she said.
Preserving and maintaining American Indian culture was another issue Murie talked about.
“Not much of our language and culture is still alive,” she said.
An award for Miss Congeniality was also presented, and the audience voted on its favorite contestant for the People’s Choice winner. Nixon won both awards and first runner-up.
Amber Anderson, the 2012 Miss American OSU winner, said she knew that whoever was chosen would do a good job at representing the Native American community.
“I’m so proud of all the contestants,” Anderson said. “All of them have worked really hard.”