Stillwater's Claire Grace beat out 32 other competitors in front of a crowd of almost 2,000 to be crowned as Miss Oklahoma’s Outstanding Teen 2019 on June 7.
The next day, Grace crowned Addison Price as Miss Oklahoma. Price is a student at Oklahoma State University, and Grace is enrolled in the concurrent program at OSU as a senior at Stillwater High School.
To qualify in the Miss Oklahoma’s Outstanding Teen pageant, Grace first won the Miss Frontier Country’s Outstanding Teen pageant earlier in the year.
The areas of competition for Miss Oklahoma’s Outstanding Teen consist of a private interview, on-stage questioning with evening wear, talent, active wear and scholastic achievement.
Grace also won the Preliminary Talent Award, tied for the Overall Talent Award and tied for overall interview.
Winning the Miss Oklahoma’s Outstanding Teen pageant earned Grace about $6,000 in cash scholarships and about $150,000 in scholarship funds to various universities.
Now that she has won, Grace will spend the next year traveling across Oklahoma, speaking at schools, organizations and community events to raise awareness and promote her 501(c)(3) organization, the Show Compassion Foundation. Grace is working with local and state administrators to develop an education initiative to get her “See, Stop, Start” approach for interacting with people who are different than yourself into schools across the state.
Grace is now preparing for the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant in Orlando, Florida, from July 23-27, where she will be competing against contestants from all 50 states.
“I’ve gained so many skills and have had a variety of experiences through being a part of this program,” Grace said. “I’m looking forward to all of the new experiences and all the new people I will meet across the state as Miss Oklahoma’s Outstanding Teen.”