Christian crowned queen

Julie Christian was crowned Miss UCO 2010 this past Saturday, Nov. 14.

“I received $2,300 total in scholarship money which was a big incentive obviously, I pay for my college by myself so I really rely on scholarships and that takes care of a big portion,” Christian said.

“UCO offers some of the best scholarships in the Miss America system.”

Christian competed in three other pageants before winning Miss UCO but said that the UCO pageant was the most enjoyable she competed in.

“Working with girls from your own home university, they didn’t have attitudes or anything like that it was just a really enjoyable experience,” Christian said.

“You really have a support system you don’t have in other pageants. We just cheered each other on, no one was out to get anyone.”

The deadline for applications to compete in the pageant was in September and the process began in October.

There were ten girls that competed in this year’s pageant. The girls had a two-hour nightly rehearsal the week leading up to the pageant.

Christian is obligated to make set appearances as Miss UCO and as a representative of the university.

“My primary focus will be on my platform which is sex trafficking awareness,” Christian said.

Christian works with Oklahomans Against Trafficking Humans, a grassroots activist program that is working to increase knowledge of what is going on in the state.

“Oklahoma is seventh in the nation for sex trafficking and a lot of people don’t know that.

So our main focus is for people to know it’s so popular because of the I-35/I-40 corridor, these are trucking routes where kids are getting wrapped in prostitution at an early age,” Christian said.

Christian spoke about young women who were victims at a young age and are now in their twenties and how it takes them so long to recover.

“I was in an abusive relationship, so that’s part of the reason I chose this platform. I can see how in a small way their story can really help others,” Christian said.

“We can use our pain to publicize what is going on.”

The Miss UCO pageant is a preliminary to the Miss Oklahoma pageant, so Christian will automatically be competing for the Miss Oklahoma title.

“Its’ whatever God has in store for me, if this is the only crown I win I will embrace this opportunity” Christian said.

Christian said her parents were in attendance at the pageant and are very proud and supportive of her.

Her mom was involved and helped her to prepare for the evening by helping her stitch her dress and practice for the talent portion of the contest. For the pageant Christian played Hungarian Rhapsody #2 on the piano.

“We practiced quite a bit, that’s why UCO is great, we were out there so many times that we were performing as ourselves and not as a robot trying to remember steps,” Christian said.

“Miss Oklahoma will be great but my primary focus will be on the months to come as Miss UCO and not the week I will be competing for Miss Oklahoma.”

UCO will hold a human trafficking awareness day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 21 in the Troy Smith lecture Hall in the business building.

The day will include a film as well as a speaker to help increase awareness and Christian plans to be a part of the program. Christian recommends the pageant to all well-rounded young ladies here at UCO.

source: http://uco360.com/?p=2688

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