Miss SWOSU Finalists
The Miss SWOSU 2023 Finalists are Mercy Stevens, 4th runnerup; Chloe Mellot, 3rd runnerup; Miss SWOSU’s Outstanding Teen 2023 Landri Jones, Miss SWOSU 2023 Megan Bradley, Mackynsie Mckedy, 1st runnerup and Angela Nichols, 2nd runnerup.
Outstanding Teen Candidtates
The Outstanding Teen 2023 candidates are Zoey Martin, Savannah Williams, Miss SWOSU’s Outstanding Teen 2023 Landri Jones, first runner-up Mattilyn Bixler, and Foster Tischler.
In 1919, a senior girl was selected and named simply, “Beauty Queen.”
1920 - 1929
From 1920 through 1929, a May Queen and her Robin Hood, who were dressed in theme, were selected and they were joined by a “Garden of the Girls.”
1940 and 1941
In 1940 and 1941, a Mr. and Miss Southwestern and their court were named. But by 1942 the court had been eliminated.
In 1954, the campus beauty won the title of Yearbook Queen.
It wasn’t until 1958 that the pageant and title took on a more familiar look and became known as “Miss Southwestern.”
In 1993, the official title underwent a name change, becoming the “Miss Southwestern Scholarship Pageant."/p>
During the 2000 year, the Miss America Scholarship Program started the Miss America 2.0 and several things changed, such as contestants being called candidates; pageants were called competitions; girls are now ladies; and the lifestyle in fitness in swimsuits was dropped from the competition. Also, Miss Southwestern became Miss SWOSU.
In 2009, the Miss SWOSU’s Outstanding Teen Competition began as a mentoring tool for statewide teens to see the SWOSU campus and experience the hospitality “on the hill.”
One titleholder in 2011 was the “FIRST” in Oklahoma to win the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen title.
In 2020, a national pandemic shut down cities, schools and lifestyles around the world and because of the COVID virus, a two-year shut down of all local competitions took place.
In 2023, SWOSU will crown it’s 65th Miss SWOSU titleholder and its 14th Miss SWOSU’s Outstanding Teen. The local competition is one of the only ones in the state with live jazz music provided by the SWOSU Music Department. The competition is held in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium.