With a few laughs and a couple of cheers, four young women were added to the Miss Grand Lake / Miss Delaware County pageant family, as the first non-school event came to a close in the Grove High School Performing Arts Center.
As the judges results were read by Mistress of Ceremonies Martha Betterfield, the two miss and two teen crowns were awarded on Saturday, Sept. 1.
The pageant, which typically takes place in late July, was postponed by state officials in order to use the recently completed PAC for the competition.
In the end, Georgia Matlack and Cassie Harding were named Miss Grand Lake and Miss Delaware County's Outstanding Teens (respectively), and Meaghan Dorn and Danielle Simms were crowned Miss Grand Lake and Delaware County.
The four will represent northeast Oklahoma at the Miss Oklahoma pageant, set for June 2018.
Miss Delaware County
For Simms, 20, the title Miss Delaware County, comes as a "dream come true."
Simms just completed her year as the 2017 Miss Huckleberry, a Miss Oklahoma pageant based in Jay.
"It took a lot to get here," Simms said. "I get to represent the same county again, which means I get to know more people and get to be able to represent them again."
Winning the title Saturday, also means Simms will return home in a way. Her first teen title came in 2013, when she was crowned Miss Grand Lake's Outstanding Teen.
As she accepted her honor, Simms confessed she brought a bit of good luck with her - wearing the same dress she wore in 2013, when she won the teen title.
Simms is a junior dance performance major, with a psychology minor, at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa. She eventually hopes to pursue a career as a dance and movement therapist.
Simms said she chose this profession because it gives her a chance to help change people's lives through dance and exercise.
Her platform, known as "Get Movin'" strives to show how people can benefit, not only physically, but mentally, from movement.
"I just want to dig deeper into my platform," Simms said. "I want to mentor kids and allow them to get more involved in physical education clubs."
Simms, a resident of Broken Arrow, is the daughter of Val and Warren Simms.
Miss Delaware County's OT
Simms will be joined by Harding, a junior at Bartlesville High School. This is the second teen title Harding has won.
Last year Harding, 16, served as Miss Tulsa State Fair's Outstanding Teen.
"I'm thrilled with the opportunity to go back to the Miss Oklahoma pageant and compete," Harding said after her win. "You get to meet so many new people. I have friends all across Oklahoma."
Harding said she is excited to promote her platform, "Fill Their Plate", an initiative which strives to end childhood hunger.
Her platform emerged after working with Agape Mission, a non-profit ministry in Bartlesville, which strives to provide more than 2,000 meals per month to people in need. The mission's program Food 4 Kids, which began in 2005, provides more than 1,400 sacks a month of meals for the weekend food initiative within 12 schools in Washington County.
"I can't wait to spread my platform to a bigger audience," Harding said.
Harding is the daughter of Melinda and David Harding of Bartlesville.
Miss Grand Lake
Dorn, 20, could hardly contain her enthusiasm as she embraced her best friend, Loclynn Lively, following her win.
This is the second miss title for Dorn. In 2017 she represented Miss Altus at the Miss Oklahoma pageant.
A student at Western Oklahoma State College in Altus, Dorn hopes to become a preschool teacher.
Her platform, "Where the Heart Matters," is designed to promote heart health. At the age of 5, Dorn underwent open heart surgery.
As a former Children's Miracle Network child, Dorn has set a lofty goal for her time as Miss Grand Lake.
She hopes to win the Children's Maker Award at the 2018 Miss Oklahoma pageant.
"Being a miracle kid myself, I want to give back," Dorn said, adding she would like to surpass $3,000, which would let her break the current individual contestant record within the state pageant system.
Dorn is the daughter of Tiffany and Josh McGill of Magnum and Philip Dorn of Oklahoma City.
Miss Grand Lake's OT
Twelve-year-old Matlack appeared visibly shocked and delighted as her name was called for the Miss Grand Lake teen title.
While this is the first title within the Miss Oklahoma system, for the seventh grader from Jenks, it is not her first exposure to the pageant system.
In the past year, she served as the star for 2016 Miss Oklahoma Sarah Klein.
"This is so different," Matlack said. "It feels like I'm a whole different person.
"It's so special, I've wanted to be in the outstanding teen [program] for so long. I've been around [the pageant] my whole life. It's amazing to get a title myself."
After her crowning, Matlack celebrated with her pageant friend Caroline Friesenhahn, who won the Miss Grand Lake's Outstanding Teen title in 2011.
"When I started in pageants, it was my first title," Freisenhahn said. "I've known her since she was 4, and watched her grow up. Now she has the same title I started with."
Like Dorn, winning the title gives Matlock a chance to spread information about her heart-healthy platform, With All Your Heart.
The initiative is designed to help educate people on the importance of having a healthy heart and how to keep themselves healthy through exercise.
Matlack is the daughter of Stacy Kukal of Tulsa and Matthew Matlack of Jenks. She is also the granddaughter of Junior and Mary Jackson and the great-niece of Wanda Spychlski and Mary Jane Bower, all of Grove.