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UCO's Lauren Nelson Crowned Miss Oklahoma 2006

June 19, 2006
Contact: Meika Yates, Writer for UCO University Relations (405) 974-2121


UCO?S LAUREN NELSON CROWNED MISS OKLAHOMA 2006


Lauren Nelson, a sophomore at the University of Central Oklahoma, was crowned Miss Oklahoma 2006 at the Oral Roberts University Mabee Center in Tulsa, June 10.
At only 19-years-old, Nelson is the youngest contestant to win the Miss Oklahoma title in the pageant?s history.
A native of Lawton, Nelson will be awarded a $16,000 scholarship and will represent Oklahoma in the upcoming 2007 Miss America pageant.
Nelson sang ?What Kind of Fool Am I? for her talent portion of the competition and her platform focused on furthering public Internet education to better protect children going online.
?Seeing these children and the access they have to the Internet and seeing how it can impact their lives, made me think this is an issue I wanted to be a part of,? Nelson said.
To implement her winning platform, the music theater major plans on working with the community to raise awareness about the dangers and opportunities of Internet safety and children.
Nelson formerly held the titles of Miss Teen Oklahoma 2004 and Miss Oklahoma State Fair.
Among the 43 young women competing in the annual pageant, UCO was well represented with nine students, including Nelson.
Contestants include:
Lauren Nelson: Miss Oklahoma State Fair, Miss Oklahoma 2006
Jennifer Warren: Miss UCO 2004, Miss Oklahoma 2005
Jill Sallee: Miss UCO 2006
Savanah White: Miss Northwest Passage
Tiffany Tolbert: Miss Claremore
Michelle McCoy: Miss Beverly Hills
Gentry Johnson: Miss Green Country
Lindsey Camp: Miss Edmond LibertyFest
Keelee Bright: Miss Rose State/Midwest City
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Editor?s note: Art for publication to accompany this article may be downloaded at this website: http://bronze.ucok.edu/photo/photo5

Cutline: UCO Music Theater Major Lauren Nelson, seen here in the UCO Production of Hot n? Cole, a Cole Porter Revue, was crowned Miss Oklahoma 2006, Saturday June 10, in Tulsa. She will compete in the Miss America pageant early next year.