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"Joy and excitement": Miss SWOSU Natalee Karcher ready for Miss Oklahoma Pageant

Miss SWOSU Natalee Karcher. Photo: Provided
Miss SWOSU Natalee Karcher. Photo: Provided

By Johannes Becht

News Editor

Miss SWOSU Natalee Karcher of Midland, Texas, will represent Southwestern Oklahoma State University at the Miss Oklahoma Pageant set for June 7-12 at the River Spirit Resort in Tulsa.

"I am feeling so much joy and excitement. I'm not one to be nervous about a lot of things, and while I hold myself to a very high standard, I also realize that this is an incredible opportunity and I want to enjoy every moment of it. I can't wait to put all of my preparation into action! I've heard it's a very intense, but rewarding week, so I'm ready for a challenge and a fun new experience," Karcher said.

Tough program - and a lot of preparation

Miss SWOSU was her first competition - and the pageants in Tulsa aren't going to be easier. Karcher has a tough program to complete, consisting of an interview session on Monday, talent on Tuesday, on-stage interview/social pitch on Wednesday and the red carpet event on Thursday. The finals are set to be on Saturday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m.

Karcher: "There was a lot of preparation that went into preparing for Miss Oklahoma. I've had the privilege of speaking to many students, clubs, and community organizations about my social impact initiative 'Positively Healthy: Appreciating Your Healthiest Self.' I have also undergone many talent practices, had to work on my walk (I'm not the most graceful woman), and I have been participating in mock interviews every week for a few months now. I was also able to volunteer at many school events such as the COVID clinic!"

Strong support for the biology student did not only come from family and friends, but also from Kendra Brown, Chief of SWOSU PD and director of the program. "She has been an outstanding guide, role model, mentor, and without a doubt my rock during my time as Miss SWOSU."

For Karcher, SWOSU "truly is my home, and I will forever be so proud to be a Dawg. I don't have enough words to describe what this school and what this community means to me."

Karcher will graduate in May 2022 and then wants to apply to graduate school to earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy.

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