The crown strikes again.
Kate Dawson, a native of Grove, won Miss Oklahoma Teen United States on May 18 at the Casady Fee Theater in Oklahoma City.
“It has been an amazing experience being crowned Miss Teen Oklahoma United States!,” Dawson said. “I am very excited to represent the State of Oklahoma as I compete for the national crown.”
Dawson started competing in pageants in November 2013.
“I knew I wanted to compete for a title because I wanted to make a change in not only my life but the lives of others,” Dawson said. “By participating in pageants, it has facilitated me into a more confident teen.”
Dawson is the founder of her platform she promoted at the competition, which is a non-profit organization called “Infinity Foundation of Hope.”
“The mission of this foundation is to bring awareness, education and promote positive change to children, parents and educators in response to the ongoing bullying and cyber bullying that our youth/teens face daily,” Dawson said. “It provides scholarships to young athletes and wellness activity programs in need of funding.”
Unlike the Miss America pageant, the Miss United States organization does not have a talent portion.
If their was a talent portion, Dawson would dance because she’s well rounded in dance and cheerleading, she said.
“I am currently the 2013 Inside Cheerleader of the Year for Inside Cheerleading Magazine and awarded Today’s Top Cheerleader.”
Dawson has received more than $50,000 in scholarships. She acquired the scholarships through her cheerleading awards and pageant competitions.
“The money will strictly be used for college expenses,” Dawson said. “I am humbled by the opportunities that I have been given and I hope to inspire others to find ways to improve their chances for scholarships.”
Dawson knows that she was making a difference in herself and determined to win, which was her favorite part about competing in Miss Oklahoma Teen United States.
“Winning is great but if you are really going to be successful at something in life, the secret is learning how to lose,” Dawson said. “Nobody goes undefeated all of the time, so being able to pick myself up after a defeat, and then going on to win the next time feels amazing!”
Dawson will compete for Miss Teen United States during the July 4th weekend in Washington D.C. She will compete with 50 girls and is hopeful for the national crown because she is intensely preparing and has a unique foundation.
“I believe that anything is possible when you believe in what you are doing,” Dawson said. “I know that with or without the crown, I have been successful and that it will not be the end of the road for me if I should not walk away with the crown.”
Dawson hopes to gain personal growth, networking for her future and building her communication skills.
“I encourage any young lady to try competing at least once, and see if she does not walk away from the experience a more well rounded and disciplined young woman.”
Dawson is the daughter of Lyndon and Sheila Dawson and granddaughter of Dale and Charlene Dawson, Grove. Her family owns property in Oklahoma and Missouri but she spends most of her time in Oklahoma. She is student at Carthage (Missouri) High School.
Dawson is a member of the Cherokee tribe. She believes her experiences in Grove has shaped her to be the person she is today.
"Grove has established a great strength in me and has helped me prepare for my future success and failures," Dawson said. "I have wonderful memories from Grove and love to spend time on Grand Lake with my family and friends."