Verdigris High School senior Kelsie Fox was recently crowned Miss Teen Tulsa 2014. Fox was one of 50 contestants in her age divison chosen to compete in the finals on Feb. 15 at the Thoreau Demonstration Academy in Tulsa.
The pageant was Fox’s first, she said.
“I received a letter in the mail from the pageant agency, asking me if I wanted to enter Miss Teen Tulsa. At the time, I was wanting to try something new and exciting, so I decided to go for it,” said Fox. “I really didn’t know what to expect.”
Fox was given two separate interviews before she was chosen to participate in the finals. She then took part in a training day and third interview with the pageant judges. The finals consisted of a casual wear and formal wear competition, followed by a question from the judges.
The question was “what is your definition of a winner?” She answered, “winning is not an action, but a way of thinking. If you can walk away knowing that you learned something or experienced something spectacular, you’ve already won.”
After making it to the top 10, Fox was given a “mystery question.”
“It was somewhat nerve-racking knowing that I was not able to prepare for the question,” said Fox.
The question was “what is some advice you would give to someone your own age, and why?”
“I began to give my answer before I even realized what I was saying. It was right at that moment I felt God in action,” she said. “I answered -- take your eyes off of yourself. If you look around, there is millions of people hurting. Don’t be so focused on yourself, and take the time to reach out your hand to others.”
Fox said unselfishess and generosity toward others, are qualities she admires in her grandmother.
“I really look up to her. We’ve been through a lot together,” she said, “No matter what storm she’s going through or how much she’s struggling, she’s the type of person that will reach out a helping hand, and put you first.”
Fox said her grandmother is a mentor, and has been supportive throughout her life.
“When the judges announced that I had won Miss Teen Tulsa, I could feel my jaw dropped. All of the other contestants did such a good job, I thought for sure one of them would win,” said Fox. “I was shocked, happy and thankful all at the same time. My family was screaming while jumping up and down with excitement, and there was my grandma leading the way as they came to the stage to congratulate me.”
Along with the crown and trophy, Fox won an all expenses paid trip to Orlando, Fla. to compete in the National Miss Teen competition in 2015. The winner of National Miss Teen will receive a $40,000 scholarship and a 2015 sports car.