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Michelle Evans crowned Mrs. Oklahoma 2014 now Mrs. America 2015

Oklahoma has yet another reason to be proud. Her name is Michelle Evans, recently crowned Mrs. Oklahoma 2014 at the Guthrie Scottish Rite Theater.

 Michelle Nicole Evans was born and raised in Oklahoma. Growing up Michelle enjoyed playing competitive soccer and modeling. She continued her soccer career on scholarship at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, where she graduated with honors pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and a minor in Marketing.

Michelle is married to Dr. Heath Evans who is an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon. Heath and Michelle went to middle school together at Union Public schools, and occasionally ran into each other at weekend soccer tournaments. They have a one-year-old daughter Camden Faith Evans who was born in New York where they lived for four years.

Michelle is a neonatal intensive care nurse in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has a passion for the pediatric population and is extremely grateful and humbled to offer care to families at such a critical and precious moment in their lives. Recently Michelle was accepted into the Stony Brook University Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Masters program, but will be delaying furthering her education to focus on her title and platform maximizing the unique opportunity to be Mrs. Oklahoma.

During her reign as Mrs. Oklahoma, Michelle will be championing the cause of Drug Awareness with a specific focus on the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse. Oklahoma leads the nation in prescription drug abuse and Michelle has a strong personal connection to this issue, losing her brother to a prescription drug overdose. She will be partnering with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, Above the Influence, and Drugfree.org

The Mrs. Oklahoma pageant, official state preliminary competition for the Mrs. America contest, celebrates the achievements, poise, grace and personality of Oklahoma's highly accomplished married women. The competition involves civically engaged married women making a difference by being involved in their communities who are excited about celebrating marriage. Michelle was one of fifteen candidates competing for the coveted title based on overall personality and articulation skills, confidence, achievements, poise and appearance throughout the competition. Fifty percent of the overall score went to the interview competition, and twenty five percent went to physical fitness and evening gown competitions, respectively.

The 2014 Mrs. Oklahoma America winner receives more than $10,000 in prizes including a trip to the compete in the 2015 National Mrs. America Pageant in August in Arizona.
 

Danelle Burwell accepts title of Mrs. Oklahoma 2014

Danelle Burwell was born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma, she Is the daughter of Jim Landrum of Shawnee, Oklahoma and Karen Beecham of Crandall, Texas.

She is a proud Oklahoman at heart and currently resides in Edmond with her husband, Dr Robert "Chad" Burwell, an anesthesiologist. They have been married since December 2007.

She works part time as a nurse at Integris Baptist Medical Center on the orthopedic and neurosurgery floor, and also Bajaj Plastic Surgery.

Danelle states that her greatest occupation is being a full time wife, and a full time volunteer for Heartland Labrador Rescue, which is the organization that she plans to champion during her reign as Mrs. Oklahoma. Danelle states "My heart belongs to Heartland Lab Rescue, where I am able to help neglected, abused, and abandoned Labradors from all over our state." She is the only volunteer to have won "Volunteer of the Year" twice with the organization in 2010 and 2012. She feels her reign of Mrs. Oklahoma, along with her energy and passion will provide more opportunities to raise awareness of the animal cruelty issue in our state.

Danelle and Chad currently do not have any human kids but are proud parents to four "fur babies" which are named : Ellie Bunnie, Kingsford Blue, Jessie Woo, and Allie Bug. They have a foster Labrador whom they have named Ky- Frog.

Another interesting fact about our Mrs. Oklahoma is that she trained as a competitive figure skater nationally and internationally representing the Oklahoma City Figure Skating Club, and as a member of the United States Figure Skating association.

She is a huge fan of Oklahoma's own Hanson, a Tulsa based music group. Some of her hobbies include learning to garden, and collecting handbags.

She is thrilled to represent the wonderful state she loves calling home, and to be a voice for Heartland Lab Rescue.

 

1st Runner up - Jennifer Beard
2nd Runner up - Danelle Burwell
3rd Runner up -  Kelly Davis
4th Runner up -  Nichole Potter

Rounding out the Top 9:
Kathy Henry
Ginger Adams
Heather Zeka
Kelsey Peters

Other Award Winners:
Fabulous Face - Kathy Henry
Mrs. Facebook - Danelle Burwell
Mrs. Photogenic –  Kelsey Peters
Interview Award- Nichole Potter
Fitness Award – Jennifer Beard
Evening Gown Award – Heather Zeka
Directors Award – Emery Lazenby
Community Service – Sarah Hofrichter
Marriage Longevity – Elizabeth Hill
Non-finalist Interview - Kathy Henry
Non-finalist Fitness –  Ginger Adams
Non-finalist Gown – Kathy Henry
Ambassador Award –  Stephanie Higginbotham
Career Achievement – Jane Wilkerson
“Smile Solutions” Most Beautiful Smile – Kelly Davis
Contestants Choice – Jane Wilkerson
Mrs. Congeniality – Brittany Bailey
Most Ticket Sales –Elizabeth Hill
Memory Book Award – Kelly Davis

 

 

 

 

The Mrs. Oklahoma America Pageant encourages every married woman in the state to come together to discuss marriage, family issues, and community service. The Mrs. Oklahoma Program, in partnership with the Mrs. America Pageant and the Mrs. World Pageant, is the largest system of its kind in the world. With a record number of applicants seeking to participate in the Mrs. America Pageant, it is now projected that this is the fastest-growing pageant program in the United States. Julie will represent Oklahoma in the Mrs. America Pageant, established in 1977, this National Competition is devoted to proving that America's 60 million married women are extraordinarily poised, articulate, hard-working and versatile.

CONTACT: Tracy Crist, Executive Producer of Mrs. Oklahoma America Pageant, 214-785-9717 or visit our website at www.MrsOklahomaAmerica.com