Sauer and Shryock Win Miss SWOSU Pageant Titles
For the first time since 1991, a Weatherford High School graduate has won the crown of Miss SWOSU.
Tia Sauer of Weatherford won the Miss SWOSU 2013 title at Saturday’s (November 10) Miss SWOSU Pageant, and Ashlee Shryock of Shattuck won the title of Miss SWOSU’s Outstanding Teen before a large and enthusiastic crowd on the Southwestern Oklahoma State University campus.
Sauer will represent SWOSU at next summer’s Miss Oklahoma Pageant, while Shryock advances to the Miss Oklahoma’s Outstanding Teen Pageant, which is held the same week at the Miss Oklahoma Pageant in Tulsa.
Sauer won the title and a $2,500 scholarship. She is a junior majoring in elementary education. Her platform issue is “Instilling Pride in One’s Community.” Sauer also won the Peer Respect/Leadership Award, which was the second year in a row for Sauer to win the award.
The last Weatherford High School graduate to win the title was Jennifer Chapman in 1991.
Laura Burleigh of Poteau finished as first runnerup. The freshman won a $1,500 scholarship, and Burleigh also won the Talent Award. Mikah Pendleton of Yukon was second runnerup and winner of a $1,000 scholarship. She also won the Swimsuit, Crowd Pleaser and Most Tickets Sold Awards.
Jessica Heiser of Altus finished as third runnerup, and Bailey Bell of Weatherford won fourth runnerup and also the Most Scholarship Patrons Sold Award.
All non-finalists each won $500 SWOSU scholarships.
For winning the Miss SWOSU’s Outstanding Teen title, Shryock won a $500 scholarship to SWOSU and various gifts and certificates from area businesses.
Kaely Bond of Oklahoma City (Mount St. Mary) finished as first runnerup. She won a $300 scholarship to SWOSU and various gifts and certificates. Andrae’ Cook of Weatherford finished as second runnerup and won a $200 scholarship to SWOSU. Cook and Madison Moore of Sayre tied for the Most Scholarship Patrons Sold Award. Moore also won the Most Tickets Sold Award.
Aalyiah Gilbert of Oklahoma City (Southmoore) won the Talent Award, and Jahven Tanner of Weatherford won the Crowd Pleaser Award.
All non-finalists in the teen pageant each won $100 SWOSU scholarships.