Okeechobee—On July 14, Okeechobee's Kathleen Turner will compete for the title of Miss Florida USA 2013.
Pageant week begins July 10, in Hollywood, Fla. The delegates will be compete in five phases; personal interview before the pageant, opening number, swimsuit, evening gown and on-stage question. The pageant will be held on the campus of Broward University in Bailey Hall and will be televised 8 to 10 p.m. On WTVX CW34. Both the preliminary and final competition will be live streamed from www.missfloridausa.com.
Miss Turner is preparing for the pageant with Kim Decker of Exquisitie Coaching, Megan Cleminti - Miss Florida USA 2010 and Arnold Kolozsvari of Revive Fitness.
On Oct. 16, 2011, Kathleen Turner was crowned Miss North Florida USA. The pageant was held in Florida State University's Moore Auditorium.
Miss Turner said her most memorable moment as Miss North Florida has been welcoming home the WWII veterans from their Honor Flights.
Miss Turner is a junior at FSU double majoring in English Literature and Political Science with a minor in Latin. She has been on the dean's list every semester and is ranked in the top 10 percent of her class.
She is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honors Organization, FSU College Republicans, FSU Student Alumni Assoc. and is an FSU Athletic Booster.
In Spring 2012 she interned for Representative Pat Rooney and Spring 2011 she interned for Representative Eduardo Gonzalez.
Miss Turner is working for Verizon Wireless in Okeechobee this summer. She is the FSU campus representative for Southern Tide as well as Stephen Bonanno Sandals.
Miss Turner graduate eighth in the OHS class of 2010. She was Miss Brahman 2010 and Miss Okeechobee USA 2010. She was a Scholar Athlete and Scholar Musician. As a four-year letterman in Band she played the clarinet and tenor saxophone in marching band, symphonic band and jazz band. She was also a two-year letterman in Tennis.
She was a Bright Futures Academic Scholar and Advanced Placement Scholar. She received the OHS Principals Award for Leadership and the President's Education Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence. In 2009 she represented OHS as the American Legion Girl's State Delegate.
Miss Turner is the daughter of George and Julie (Alexander) Turner and the granddaughter of Ann Alexander and Chris Schad.
To follow Miss Turner's progress, you can "like" her Miss North Florida USA 2013 page on Facebook.