When you hear the word testosterone, what comes to mind? Many folks think of a large, muscle-bound man who is too aggressive and macho. Of course, that stereotype is untrue. Testosterone plays a role in a man's motivation and vigor, but it does much more than that. The truth is that testosterone is crucial for the male body because it affects development from puberty through old age.
As your primary androgen, testosterone helps develop the characteristics that make you the man you are. Controlled by your pituitary gland and your hypothalamus, testosterone helps maintain and develop:
Unfortunately, when your body suffers from low testosterone (also called hypogonadism), you'll start to notice concerning symptoms that affect every aspect of your life.
This is a question we get all the time at Rank One Medical. Though the true answer is nuanced, the bottom line is that aging is most often the reason for low T. Every man who ages will most likely have lower testosterone than younger men. Other causes of low testosterone include prescribed medications, drug abuse, injuries, and obesity.
When you lose large amounts of testosterone, it alters your testosterone and estrogen. Low T levels usually result in more abdominal fat, which in turn causes estrogen synthetase levels to jump. This creates even higher levels of estrogen in your body. With more estrogen and less testosterone, several concerning issues manifest.
Some of the most common symptoms associated with low testosterone include:
If you're a man struggling with just one of the symptoms above, it could be because you have low testosterone. However, the only way to be certain is to have your testosterone levels tested. If your testosterone levels are low for a man of your age, TRT in McAlester, OK, may be the next logical step.
Have you noticed that you don't feel like "you" when you're working or relaxing at home? Do you always feel lethargic or unmotivated, even on your days off? Do you find it challenging to maintain an erection? Many men mistake these symptoms for being overworked or over-busy. Truthfully, though, there's a good chance these are symptoms of low testosterone. Since no two males have the same symptoms of low testosterone, it's prudent to understand and recognize some of the most common signs.
When you have low T, it's not unusual for sex to be unappealing. Crazy, right? If you're one of the thousands of men in the United States suffering from a low sex drive, it might not be you. It could be low testosterone. Don't settle for a mediocre libido - reclaim your sex life with Rank One Medical.
Also called ED, these are two words that every man hopes to avoid. When you're unable to perform in the bedroom, it's not just embarrassing - it can also affect your long-term relationships and even your mental health. ED is a challenging topic to talk about. But it doesn't have to be. TRT in McAlester, OK can help re-light that special spark you've been missing for so long.
Your brain has many testosterone receptors. However, when you're suffering from low testosterone, it can affect your mood. With time, those feelings can lead to serious psychological issues like depression. However, studies show that TRT can help rebalance your hormones, which can lead to improved mood and a life without depression.
When you work hard all day, most men want to come home, eat some dinner, and try to go to sleep. Unfortunately, men with low testosterone tend to toss and turn, even when they're exhausted. Whether you have undiagnosed insomnia or a different sleep disorder, low T could be the culprit.
When testosterone levels lower as we get older, men have a harder time lifting heavy items. That's true even if you're hitting the gym and lifting weights to maintain your muscles. If you're making a concerted effort to keep your muscle mass and strength but aren't making gains, it could be due to low testosterone.
Do you find it extra challenging to finish normal tasks at work? Do you believe your memory is getting worse? Does your spouse or partner yell about not paying attention to them? Trust us; we've been there. The effects of low testosterone don't just affect your body - they can also affect your mind and memory. When TRT brings your testosterone levels back within normal range, brain fog and other concentration issues will often go away.
At Rank One Medical, we understand what men go through every day when living with low testosterone. They suffer from low libido, lack of motivation, and often feel abnormal and out of place. But as bad as those are, living with low testosterone can have more severe health risks that put your vital organs at risk.
Some of the health risks you should be concerned with include the following:
When you're diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes, you may be wondering why. Sometimes, the culprit is having low T. Statistically, men with low testosterone have a higher chance of getting diabetes as they age. In the same vein of thought, men with diabetes are also much more likely to have low T. This fact establishes a relationship between testosterone and diabetes. This relationship is furthered by the fact that men with low testosterone have more challenges resisting insulin. Though TRT in McAlester, OK won't cure your diabetes, research shows that men with healthy testosterone levels also have healthier blood sugar levels and are usually not as obese.
Have you been told by your primary care doctor that you have high blood pressure? Do you have an idea what may be causing your high blood pressure? Is it aging? Is it hereditary? Is it something else?
According to research, men with low testosterone have higher chances of suffering from cardiovascular illnesses. Because, when your testosterone levels are low, red blood cell reproduction slows. That, in turn, causes plaque buildup in your arteries. With time, plaque buildup can cause life-threatening issues like heart attacks or strokes.
If you look in the mirror in the morning and are disgusted with how fat you've gotten, you're not alone. Many aging men have problems with obesity. If you eat well and exercise like you should but still can't shed embarrassing body fat, low T could be the cause.
Research shows a link between obesity and low T, with testosterone playing an essential role in food metabolism. It's also involved with insulin, glucose, and fat regulation. Thankfully, when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise, men who use TRT often lose weight and benefit from better blood glucose and low-density cholesterol levels.
When a man has anemia, his body lacks much-needed blood cells, meaning organs have less oxygen to properly function. Normal testosterone levels have been linked to healthy red blood cell counts, so it makes sense that men with low T are at risk of anemia. In fact, a study conducted in 2009 found that aging men with low testosterone were five times more likely to have anemia versus men with healthy testosterone. TRT isn't a cure for anemia, but with healthier levels of testosterone, your body will produce more red blood cells, which can prevent anemia.
Up to this point, we've explained some of the revolutionary benefits of TRT but haven't dug into how it works. TRT does exactly what its name implies: it's a therapy backed by science that replaces low T levels in men.
Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT is a form of hormone replacement therapy for men that helps them deal with and triumph over the debilitating side effects associated with low testosterone. Originally created by scientists in the 1930s, TRT has grown from a little-known treatment to a life-changing solution for millions of men worldwide.
Without boring you with facts and scientific speak, TRT gives your body the testosterone it needs to function properly. Without healthy T levels, your body isn't able to maintain the natural processes it needs for your well-being. As a matter of fact, men with low T are more likely to develop serious health problems like heart disease and type-2 diabetes. Until their testosterone levels are restored, most men suffer from the symptoms of low testosterone without hormone replacement therapy like TRT.
With TRT from Rank One Medical, your hormones are rebalanced so your body can finally begin to heal, relieving and even eliminating many of the most common signs of low testosterone.
Unlike some TRT clinics, Rank One Medical takes a comprehensive, careful approach to testosterone replacement therapy. To ensure our patients get the best results in the most efficient time frames, we have developed a 10-step physician-prescribed plan for TRT in McAlester, OK.
You Complete Our Initial On-Boarding Form
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In addition to our easy 10-step process for TRT, every Rank One Medical patient benefits from our affordable prices and personalized service. After all, every man has a different body, and as such, will need different TRT. Our valued patients also benefit from the following:
Did you know that 13 million men have low T and that 90% of them go untreated by doctors? Living with the harmful side effects of low testosterone is no way to live. If you believe your testosterone levels are unhealthy, it's time to contact Rank One Medical. Living with low testosterone is definitely risky. But with help from our male HRT clinic, you can reclaim your youth and health with TRT in McAlester, OK.
Unlike other TRT clinics, our highly-trained team uses a functional approach to male health, which lets us solve the causes of your symptom instead of putting a proverbial band-aid on them. Ready to get started? We're ready to help you every step of the way. Contact Rank One Medical and make a difference in your life today.
The Loren Cook Company is opening a new manufacturing plant in McAlester, with plans to hire from 30-to-40 local employees by the end of the year.City of McAlester Economic Development Director Adam White said the company plans to open its McAlester plant in the former National Oilwell Varco building. Company headquarters will remain in Springfield, Missouri.“It’s basically an extension plant for them,” White said. “They needed to expand operations.”Loren Cook Co. company manufactures a vari...
The Loren Cook Company is opening a new manufacturing plant in McAlester, with plans to hire from 30-to-40 local employees by the end of the year.
City of McAlester Economic Development Director Adam White said the company plans to open its McAlester plant in the former National Oilwell Varco building. Company headquarters will remain in Springfield, Missouri.
“It’s basically an extension plant for them,” White said. “They needed to expand operations.”
Loren Cook Co. company manufactures a variety of fans, including industrial-sized air-moving products.
“It will be a mix of white-collar and blue-collar jobs,” White said of the positions to be filled at the plant. “By the end of the year, we’re expecting from 30-to-40 positions.”
Average pay will be approximately $40,000 a year, White said.
“I know they will be excited to get down and start hiring people,” he said.
Loren Cook Company executives said they are looking forward to opening the new plant.
“We are very excited to get things rolling in McAlester,” said Loren Cook Vice President of Operations Jeff Kallenberger.
Loren Cook Company Senior Vice President and Chief of Operations Dennis Blake said he expects the McAlester site to be operational in from four-to-six months.
Blake said a lot depends on when the equipment that’s already been ordered arrives at the site and when things such as emission permits are finalized.
He said Loren Cook Co. has already purchased the former National Oilwell building.
“Right now we have contractors in the building,” including electricians and plumbers, he said. Landscapers are working on the plant grounds.
How many workers does Blake initially expect to be hired when the McAlester plant opens?
“We’re expecting between 15 and 30 to start with,” Blake said. “As we grow, we’ll go from there.”
How will the hiring process work?
“Right now we’re planning on having a big event and job fair,” Blake said. The time and place has not yet been selected.
He said applicants can do an online application if they want on the company’s web site. The company is currently replying it is not hiring at this time, he said.
Blake said the company has been in business for more than 80 years.
It has two plants in Springfield and two in Coffeyville, Kansas.
“We are fans and blades for air-moving equipment,” Blake said. He noted that schools and hospitals for example, have systems that move air in and move air out of their buildings.
“That’s what we do,” he said.
Employees at the McAlester plant will be doing things such as running lasers and shears, painting sheet metal and welding. Once the fan blades are manufactured, motors and drives will be installed.
Finished products will be shipped to customers from McAlester, Blake said.
White said he’s glad to see the city come out on top in the competitive field of obtaining new manufacturing jobs.
“This is McAlester’s first big industrial win in about a decade,” White said.
City Manager David Andren shared in the enthusiasm.
“We’re really happy to have them here,” Andren said. “We will do everything we can to make it a success.”
Andren said White has been working very hard with the Loren Cook Company to bring the manufacturing facility to McAlester.
Several entities worked together to make the project happen, White said. They include the city of McAlester, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
White said the city of McAlester and others have been working on the project with the Loren Cook Company since last October.
“We’re really excited they made the decision to come here,” he said.
White said Loren Cook Company representatives were impressed with the people they’ve met in McAlester.
“A ‘thank you’ to everyone in McAlester who had interaction with them,” White said. He said the Kiamichi Technology Center participated in the process.
McAlester Mayor John Browne also expressed his delight at the opening of a Loren Cook Co. facility in McAlester.
“It’s great anytime we can add jobs, especially manufacturing jobs, to the economy,” Browne said.
He said manufacturing jobs are multipliers. “For every job they pay out, it multiplies in the community,” he said.
“We’re very proud,” Browne said. “Adam White did a great job putting this together.
“We also had partners throughout the state and the community,” Browne said. “My thanks to them.”
White expects to see more economic expansion. In addition to the initial hires, he said there will be secondary benefits with supporting jobs for every manufacturing job.
“They will need additional support,” he said.
“We’re hoping to eventually have from 120-to-150 jobs,” White said, although he said he did not have an exact timeline.
White said this is the first project he’s been able to work on from start-to-finish since he came on board as the city of McAlester’s Economic Development Director.
“It’s a good indicator that the community is moving in the right direction for economic development,” said White.
Combine Saturday’s annual Crazy Days sales in downtown McAlester with Oklahoma’s weekend sales tax free holiday and you get something special: Prices that are “Out of This World.That’s according to Kristen Lloyd of Common Roots at 111 E. Choctaw Ave, who is one of many downtown merchants participating in the annual event.This year Crazy Days is set for Saturday, Aug. 5, in downtown McAlester.“Most stores are opening up at 8 a.m.,” Lloyd said. Many downtown stores plan to remain open th...
Combine Saturday’s annual Crazy Days sales in downtown McAlester with Oklahoma’s weekend sales tax free holiday and you get something special: Prices that are “Out of This World.
That’s according to Kristen Lloyd of Common Roots at 111 E. Choctaw Ave, who is one of many downtown merchants participating in the annual event.
This year Crazy Days is set for Saturday, Aug. 5, in downtown McAlester.
“Most stores are opening up at 8 a.m.,” Lloyd said. Many downtown stores plan to remain open throughout the day until their regular closing times, which varies from store to store.
“Everybody does their own thing,” said Lloyd, who expected to keep Common Roots open until at least 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Such other-worldly sales are expected that it describes this year’s event.
“The theme is “Out of This World,” Lloyd said. “A lot of people will be decorating their stores and dressing up.”
Some merchants are offering special enticements, ranging from temporary tattoos and hair stencils at The Parlor, to a vintage candy pop-up shop planned by The Buffalo Nickel Vintage Candies. Some stores plan to hold drawings as well.
A food truck festival is being held in the parking lot of Honey Beene Boutique located at 319 E. Choctaw Ave. from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event will feature several area food vendors and live entertainment from the band Uninvited Outlaws. The event is being put on by the McAlester Event and Entertainment Team.
At Common Roots, employees Emily Mattioda and Jennie Walters helped make sure the store’s window displays feature an “Out of This World’ theme.
The even crazier cost to customers is a result of Crazy Days coinciding with the state of Oklahoma’s Tax Free Holiday.
While Crazy Days starts at 8 a.m. Saturday and continues throughout the day, the tax free holiday has even longer hours.
It begins Friday, Aug. 4, at 12:01 a.m.and extends through midnight on Sunday, Aug. 6.
It’s a time period when sales taxes are exempt — not collectible or payable — on articles of clothing or footwear “designed to be worn on or about the human body and the sales price of the article is less than $100,” according to the Oklahoma Tax Commission.
It does not apply to the sale of “accessories, special clothing or footwear primarily designed for athletic activity or protective use that is not normally worn except when used for athletic activity or protective use, or to the rental of clothing or footwear,” OTC said.
Crazy Days is the biggest sale involving the most downtown merchants for the entire year. It’s a downtown shopping tradition that goes back so far it’s difficult to determine exactly when and how it started, said Lloyd.
While the city of McAlester will not benefit from sales tax collections on clothing apparel during the tax free weekend, Crazy Days draws plenty of shoppers to the city.
“We definitely enjoy the amount of people who come downtown and go shopping,” said McAlester Tourism Director Billy Sumner.
“I hope it’s a way for more people to enjoy our shops along with seeing the changes we’re trying to make downtown.”
Jason Strickland said the McAlester Community Theatre wanted to do something big for its 25th season.The MCT president said the organization wanted to celebrate its 25th season and embarked on the high-flying production of Tarzan that will bring an enchanting score and story to McAlester with four shows this week.“It’s the biggest show we’ve ever done,” Strickland said.Tarzan is a stage adaptation of the classic story by Edgar Rice Burroughs and the Disney animated film of the same name. The music...
Jason Strickland said the McAlester Community Theatre wanted to do something big for its 25th season.
The MCT president said the organization wanted to celebrate its 25th season and embarked on the high-flying production of Tarzan that will bring an enchanting score and story to McAlester with four shows this week.
“It’s the biggest show we’ve ever done,” Strickland said.
Tarzan is a stage adaptation of the classic story by Edgar Rice Burroughs and the Disney animated film of the same name. The musical follows the adventures of Tarzan, a young boy raised by gorillas in the African jungle after his parents die in a tragic shipwreck. Tarzan grows up as part of the gorilla family, but starts to question his place in the world as he becomes a young man.
A group of explorers arrives in the jungle and Tarzan forms a deep connection with adventurous young woman Jane Porter as they navigate challenges of love, identity, and the clash between civilization and the wild.
Famed artist Phil Collins composed and recorded songs integrated with Mark Mancina’s score that incorporates new songs and beloved classics from the Disney film.
The Tarzan soundtrack was released on May 18, 1999 and peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 during the film’s theatrical run. The album reached double platinum status in the U.S. and sold 2,586,000 copies as of April 2014.
The production also utilizes innovative set designs that bring lush jungle to life on stage while actors perform aerial stunts.
“Flying is definitely the most unique part of the show,” Strickland said with a chuckle. “This show has flying all throughout the show and being able to choreograph the effects that are taking place in the air. And the choreography that’s taking place on the stage has been a challenge. But when you see the final product, it’s really gonna make it come to life because of those effects.”
MCT’s production of Tarzan is set for a three-day production on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the S. Arch Thompson Auditorium at 201 E. Adams Ave. in McAlester.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with attendees taking seats at 7 p.m. before a 7:30 p.m. start to the shows on Thursday and Friday.
MCT will have shows on Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 and are available at the door or at https://buy.ticketstothecity.com/purchase.php?event_id=12790&fbclid=IwAR1rCvNzxkvO426_IG1Gr0MSxmJBZt6SGagosE6s5bl9eHhSIuGlM12UEPo.
McAlester News-Capital readers can use a coupon code MNC23 to receive $5 off the ticket price for online sales.
Strickland is a lifelong McAlester resident and McAlester High School graduate who has worked 19 years inside S. Arch Auditorium.
He was part of productions on Beauty and the Beast, Hello Dolly, and Wizard of Oz under the direction of Dr. Cynthia Perkins and started working with MCT in 2016 before being appointed to social media manager in 2017. Strickland joined the MCT Board of Directors in 2018 and was elected as MCT president in 2022.
Strickland has worked with MCT as technical director, assistant director, and director on several productions. MCT normally produces three shows per year, with Strickland saying the organization strives to promote arts in the area for students to learn and for all to enjoy.
“I got involved just to make a difference and a place to plug in,” Strickland said.
MCT had to cancel several shows during the COVID-19 pandemic before reopening with Little Mermaid Jr. in 2021 and it “was our biggest show to date” with roughly 1,000 total attendees, Strickland said.
Strickland said organizers anticipate three times that many attendees over the four Tarzan shows with a quality production across the board.
“The striving goal for MCT is just to bring arts to McAlester because so often if you want to see a show like what we’re putting on, you have to travel to Tulsa, or Dallas, or Oklahoma City to a PAC to see it,” Strickland said. “And so being able to offer a place for students to have an outlet is our primary focus for our summer programs.”
Drenched in sweat, the Buffaloes weren’t going to let anything stop them.5A-No. 3 McAlester hit the road to face Broken Bow Friday at Broken Bow Memorial Stadium, where the Buffs persevered and pushed their way to a 23-13 win.McAlester coach Forrest Mazey said it was a gritty win amongst the adversity, but his team found a way to get the job done.“So hot and cold, just nothing consistent,” Mazey said. “After Wagoner I thought we had a great, physical scrimmage — and we kind of waded through ...
Drenched in sweat, the Buffaloes weren’t going to let anything stop them.
5A-No. 3 McAlester hit the road to face Broken Bow Friday at Broken Bow Memorial Stadium, where the Buffs persevered and pushed their way to a 23-13 win.
McAlester coach Forrest Mazey said it was a gritty win amongst the adversity, but his team found a way to get the job done.
“So hot and cold, just nothing consistent,” Mazey said. “After Wagoner I thought we had a great, physical scrimmage — and we kind of waded through the water here a little bit. We waded through and found our way.
“But at the end of the day, you either have excuses or you found a way,” he surmised. “And the kids found a way to grit through. That’s perseverance, that’s what we do.”
After trading possessions to start the game, Broken Bow (0-1) took advantage of a blocked punt to put itself into McAlester territory. But the Buffs’ defense held strong, forcing Broken Bow to take a field goal attempt. The ensuing kick would be blocked by the Buffs, keeping their opponents off the scoreboard.
Taking the momentum into its offense, McAlester (1-0) began driving down the field thanks to back-to-back scrambles by quarterback Caden Lesnau to put the Buffs into enemy territory. Ethan Watkins followed that up with a run out of the wildcat, marching his way down to the 10-yard line.
It didn’t take long before Lesnau once again tucked the ball under his arm, pushing his way with some help from his teammates across the goal line for the touchdown. The Buffs nailed the PAT, and would take a 7-0 lead into the second quarter.
A defensive back-and-forth once again took hold for most of the remainder of the half, but Broken Bow found its way into the end zone with just less than 90 seconds to play in the quarter. But its extra point try would be blocked by the Buffs, leading to the 7-6 halftime lead for McAlester.
In the second half, the Buffs wasted little time in adding to their score — with Watkins housing a 53-yard touchdown run to ignite the McAlester offense. But Broken Bow answered with a touchdown of its own, making it a tied 13-13 game after three quarters.
Broken Bow began driving once again, finding itself in the red zone. But the Black Death Defense held strong, forcing its opponent to attempt a field goal. The try flew left of the upright, keeping Broken Bow off the board.
McAlester took back over on offense, and used the strength of Lance Stone to power forward. Stone next used his arm, completing a pass to Watkins to put the Buffs into enemy territory.
A pass was made to Carter Lance, and he shed any would-be tacklers as he raced toward the endzone. Leaping into the air, Lance seemingly crossed the plane as he was tackled at the pylon — but would be called down a few blades of grass short of the score.
Mazey made his appeal to the officials, forcing a conference among the crew. After waddling and mulling over the decision, the officials reversed the call and signaled a touchdown to put McAlester back in the lead.
The Buffs continued to push on the offensive side of the ball, adding in a 35-yard field goal from Trenton Greer to extend the lead to 10 points.
With one last offensive possession, Broken Bow looked to add one final score. But on fourth down, Malachi Wrice raced in for the quarterback sack to give McAlester possession. The Buffs assumed victory formation, sealing away the win.
Watkins led the ground game with nine carries for 65 yards and a score, adding in a 35-yard reception. Jordan Clark followed with 51 yards, followed by Stone with 43 yards, and Lesnau with 28 yards and a touchdown.
Stone also led the passing game, completing four passes for 82 yards, while Lesnau added the touchdown pass to Lance. Jaxon Lauerman led the Buffs receivers with four catches for 48 yards, while Lance had the 14-yard touchdown reception.
Next up for McAlester, the Buffs will host Prescott, Ark., in the first home game of the season Sept. 1.
Mazey said it’ll be the another test for the Buffs, but they will be right back in the lab come Sunday.
He was proud of how McAlester pushed its way to the victory to open the season, and knows they’ll find the way forward together.
“The kids found a way, and this coaching staff found a way,” he said. “It wasn’t pretty, but they found a way and I’m proud of them.
“That’s the bottom line,” he added, looking over his gold jersey-clad team. “I love these kids, and I will go to bat for these kids until I’m gone.”
Hensley Kidd covered her smile in shock amid cheers as she became the third former teen winner to become crowned as Miss McAlester.The Pittsburg High School senior previously won the 2022 Miss McAlester Outstanding Teen title before hearing her name called as 2024 Miss McAlester on Saturday at S. Arch Auditorium.“It’s unbelievable,” Kidd said after the event. “I didn’t expect to hear my name.”The Miss McAlester and Miss McAlester Teen competition is affiliated with Miss Oklahoma and Mi...
Hensley Kidd covered her smile in shock amid cheers as she became the third former teen winner to become crowned as Miss McAlester.
The Pittsburg High School senior previously won the 2022 Miss McAlester Outstanding Teen title before hearing her name called as 2024 Miss McAlester on Saturday at S. Arch Auditorium.
“It’s unbelievable,” Kidd said after the event. “I didn’t expect to hear my name.”
The Miss McAlester and Miss McAlester Teen competition is affiliated with Miss Oklahoma and Miss America. The local contest is required to give one scholarship to the winner — but offers one to everyone who competes.
The Miss McAlester Organization awarded $15,800 in cash scholarships, plus $30,960 in-kind tuition scholarships will be made available from eight different colleges and universities across Oklahoma — totaling $46,760.00.
Kidd said the Miss McAlester title brings more responsibility to set an example as the area representative in the Miss Oklahoma competition for the next year.
She plans to start a foundation to provide scholarships to high school seniors who lost a parent.
“Near the end of my tenure (as Miss McAlester Outstanding Teen) I started to think about a foundation,” Kidd said. “So I found an attorney willing to dedicate their time and five board members. That’s my next goal.”
Kidd said she plans to attend Oklahoma State University after graduating high school and encourages anyone thinking about participating in the Miss McAlester competitions to do so.
She said her father, Shawn Kidd, died of brain cancer when she was 10 years old and it took a toll on her. So she worked to help local children facing similar struggles through Kidd Strong on her platform during her Miss McAlester Outstanding Teen campaign.
“I just know that he would be so proud that I’m taking his life and story and using it for something good,” Kidd said.
Sophie Eaton was named Miss McAlester’s Teen and will serve with Kidd for one year as brand ambassadors, speaking with children and adults in various capacities and attending events before representing the area at next year’s Miss Oklahoma competition.
Eaton’s parents are Trent and Aimee Hardaway and she attends McAlester High School. Her talent was a flute solo and her Community Service Initiative was When I Awake.
Beta Iota of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International has sponsored the event since 1979 and Miss McAlester 2016 Dr. Camryn Sanders Lopez emceed this year’s event.
Candidates compete in the following phases with percentage of the total score in parentheses:
• Private Interview (30%)
• On Stage Conversation (10%)
• Health & Fitness (20%)
• Talent/HERStory (20%)
• Evening Gown (20%)
Each delegate is required to have a Community Service Initiative, which she promotes during her year as a titleholder to spread awareness throughout the surrounding area.
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