By Elizabeth Keys
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Shreaks of excitement thundered up the Oklahoma State University Seretean Center Oct. 25 when Michelle Langford, an Oklahoma City Thunder Girl, was crowned Miss OSU 2013.
Langford, a senior liberal arts student from Del City, earned a $1,000 scholarship and the title to represent the university in the state competition for Miss America.
Oklahoma State has a strong history at the state contest, with former student Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson, placing runner-up to Miss America in 2011.
Langford is hoping her destiny leads to a win at Miss America in 2013. At the Miss OSU competition, Langford stole the show with a spicy tango-inspired ballet pointe dance to “Man of La Mancha.”
Dancing has been part of Langford’s life since she was a 4-year-old. She graduated from Oklahoma City’s Classen School of Advanced Studies with emphasis in the performing arts of modern dance and ballet. On the OSU pom squad for four years, Langford cheered on the Cowboys at many athletic events.
As a dance teacher at Rhythm Alley in Perkins, she is training the next generation. Many of her students came to cheer her on to win the title.
“I love teaching dance and I’m promoting health with my platform — Get Active: Creating a Healthy Lifestyle,”’ she said. “Going outside and getting some exercise is crucial to staying healthy.”
She hopes to visit many elementary and junior high schools to discuss balancing stress and being physically fit.
“My planner is my best friend,” Langford said in revealing how she manages so many priorities. “I love meeting all the other contestants, too.”
Eight contestants vied for the crown with Clara Gregory, first runner-up; Bailey Sharp, second runner-up; and Charity Pennington, third runner-up. Events included an off-stage 15-minute interview with the five judges, and on-stage question with Miss OSU 2012 Aly Akers, physical fitness in swimsuit competition, evening wear modeling and the talent competition, which counts for the most points in the scoring of contestants.
“The scholarship will really help me finish school,” Langford said.
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.
Last year the Miss America organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance.
This assistance is not just for the handful of young women who become Miss America, but is available to all young women who compete in the state and local competitions as well.
For more information visit the Miss America website at www.missamerica.org.