Oklahoma City teenager Alicia Clifton was crowned Miss Oklahoma’s Outstanding Teen 2008 on June 7 in Tulsa, earning $2,975 in cash scholarships as well as a one-year tuition waiver to Oklahoma City University valued at $10,700. An international award-winning dancer, Alicia mesmerized the audience and the judge’s panel with a tap solo to “Sweet Georgia Brown”. Alicia held the title of Miss Tulsa’s Outstanding Teen and won Spirit, Community Service, Preliminary Talent, Overall Talent, and Overall Interview Awards in addition to capturing the title.
The daughter of Rodney and Tammy Clifton, the 16-year-old will be a junior at Moore High School in the Fall. She is involved in numerous school and community activities including School Council, French Club, Superintendent’s Honor Roll, Relay for Life, Boys and Girls Club, and Children’s Miracle Run. You may have also seen her on Live with Regis and Kelly as she attempted to break her own Guinness Book record for most consecutive pirouettes.
Alicia’s platform issue is “TAP” Into Volunteerism, which encourages children and adults to find the Time, Audience, and Passion to volunteer. She feels that, by leading by example, she can promote the importance of giving back to the community.
With the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant taking place in Orlando August 12-16, Alicia’s summer will be packed with public speaking opportunities, wardrobe fittings, dance lessons, and much more. Alicia is excited to travel to the national pageant and is eager to bring back Oklahoma’s first Teen crown, especially with the history of success Oklahoma has had at the Miss America Pageant.
The Miss Oklahoma’s Outstanding Teen Pageant is held in conjunction with the Miss Oklahoma Pageant each June at the Oral Roberts University Mabee Center and features talented, intelligent, and beautiful contestants from across the state. In its sixth year, Miss Oklahoma’s Outstanding Teen Pageant awarded over $13,000 in scholarships, and $32,000 in tuition waivers were awarded to the 30 Teen contestants. Many girls go on to compete at the Miss Oklahoma Pageant, with 11 of this year’s 42 Miss contestants and 4 of the Top 10 Semi-Finalists having previously competed in the Teen pageant. Past winners include Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson, who was the Teen pageant’s winner in 2004.