It was a night full of grace, elegance and talent at the Miss OSU Scholarship Pageant. Twelve Oklahoma State students took to the stage in the Seretean Center Concert Hall to compete for the coveted title of Miss OSU and a $1,200 scholarship.
The Miss OSU pageant consists of five areas of competition, including an on-stage question, a 10-minute interview with a panel of judges, health and fitness, talent and evening gown.
Julia Benbrook, a senior multimedia journalism major, won the crown and will continue on to compete in the Miss Oklahoma Pageant.
Benbrook, a member of the OSU Pom Squad, performed a lyrical dance in the competition. Other contestants performed baton twirling routines, a comedy act, Irish dancing, solo songs and more. The contestants answered on-stage questions regarding politics, education funding and the gender wage gap.
Each Miss OSU winner has a platform that she will carry into her year with the title. Last year’s winner, Triana Browne-Hearrell, chose “Heart to Heart: Healthy habits, healthy lives.” She partnered with The American Heart Association in Tulsa while promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Benbrook’s platform is called “Live to Give,” which will promote volunteering. She said she hopes to share her platform with students from elementary age to those attending OSU.
“I actually have a couple of plans because I see Miss OSU as more of a job than it is a title,” Benbrook said. “I’m excited to be implementing volunteer projects throughout my platform on campus.”
The Miss Oklahoma Pageant will take place in June 2017 where Benbrook will represent OSU against women from all over the state. Benbrook participated in the 2016 Miss Oklahoma Pageant and has been preparing a new dance routine for the Miss OSU competition since, she said.
“I think that being on campus and being a part of that is something that’s so important,” Benbrook said. “There is nothing better than representing your school.”