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18 will vie for crowns at pageant

Eighteen contestants from Southwest Oklahoma will vie for the titles of Miss Lawton and Miss Lawton's Outstanding Teen during the two-crown pageant at 7 p.m. Saturday at the McMahon Memorial Auditorium.

The contestants will compete in five categories. Prior to the evening's pageant, each contestant will go through a private interview with the judges. During the pageant, the contestants will compete in physical fitness, evening wear and onstage question. Awards will be given to the title winner, first runner-up, second runner-up and third runner-up, and there will be other special awards for both miss and teen contestants.

Titles, crowns, scholarships

Besides taking home the title, crown and sash, Miss Lawton will walk away with a $750 cash scholarship for educational purposes; a $500 scholarship to Southwestern Oklahoma State University; and a paid entrance to the Miss Oklahoma pageant along with pageant prepartion assistance from the Miss Lawton Board. Miss Lawton will also receive $1,200 toward a Miss Oklahoma dress provided by Crowning Around; a $300 wardrobe allowance provided by the family of Miss Lawton 2011 Lindsey (Allen) Foster; and a $250 talent preparation award provided by Bill and Sharon Stephen.

Miss Lawton's Outstanding Teen will walk away with a $500 cash scholarship for educational purposes and a paid entrance to the Miss Oklahoma's Outstanding Teen pageant and help with pageant preparations from the Miss Lawton Board. Miss Lawton's Outstanding Teen will also receive $1,200 toward a Miss Oklahoma's Outstanding Teen dress provided by Crowning Around and a $250 talent preparation award provided by Bill and Sharon Stephen.

According to Michael Richey, pageant director, the titleholders are representatives of the community.

"They will make appearances at various functions around the city and surrounding communities," Richey said. "They go out into the schools and promote their platforms. They participate with the Salvation Army Angel Tree ceremony, community parades, Arts for All Festival, to name some of them. They will also represent Lawton in June (2018) at the Miss Oklahoma and Miss Oklahoma's Outstanding Teen Pageant as they compete for those titles."

Saturday's pageant will also be the final walks for Miss Lawton 2017 Lacey Anderson and Miss Lawton's Outstanding Teen 2017 Addie Coody. Richey thanked Anderson and Coody for their service and "for being such wonderful representatives."

"It has been an honor to get to work with both of them this year," Richey said. "I feel these girls are like one of my own daughters and want to continue to be involved with what is happening in their lives. It has been a pleasure to work with their families and get to know them throughout this year. They have become, and will always be, family to all of the Miss Lawton Board."

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