FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        January 23, 2008

AMANDA SCHROEDER TO EMCEE MISS NORTHWESTERN PAGEANT

            Amanda Schroeder of Alva will emcee the 2008 Miss Northwestern Oklahoma State University Pageant to be presented in Herod Hall Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8. She is the 2007 Mrs. Woods County International.

Tickets for the event are $8 in advance and may be purchased from any contestant or from Misti Knopf, pageant director. She may be contacted at (580) 327-8194 or mfknopf@nwosu.edu. Tickets at the door will be $10, and Northwestern students with a current ID card will be admitted free.

            Contestants are Courtney Brice, Enid junior; Shala Campbell, Mooreland freshman; Ashlynn Frey, Lahoma freshman; Kaylen Kirby, Pond Creek junior; and Eva Woolwine, Ashland, Kan., junior.

            Schroeder is a 1999 graduate of Freedom High School and represented her school in the 1998 Miss Cinderella Pageant. She is a 2003 graduate of Northwestern in criminal justice and currently is working toward a graduate degree in adult education management and administration with an emphasis in English.

            She has worked with Arbonne International for several years and achieved the office of regional vice president and earned a Mercedes-Benz automobile in 2005. Additionally, she worked as a speaker/trainer at seminars throughout the United States.

            She appeared in the Northwestern theatre production “Foolin’ Around with Infinity” last year and earned an Irene Ryan Nomination as an actress in a lead role.

            As Mrs. Woods County International, Schroeder competed in the state pageant and earned four awards—the only contestant to do so. She was presented the Director’s Award, which is determined by the pageant director; the Visibility Award for being the local titleholder who makes the most appearances; and two top awards for non-finalists—top scores in both evening gown and interview.

            Her platform was “Women’s Health and Wellness Issues,” and she has presented numerous seminars to various community organizations. She also has worked with Relay for Life and Hospice.

            Schroeder and her husband Jesse, an instructor in mass communications at Northwestern, have two children: Brayden, 4, and Parker, 2.

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