Alva, Oklahoma is home to Lauren Heaton, Miss Rodeo Oklahoma 2014. Lauren is a 2013 graduate of Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor’s of Arts, Strategic Communications dual degree in Public Relations and Advertising. She plans to continue on with her education by pursuing her Masters of Business Administration and go on to a career with an advertising and public relations agency.
When time allows, Lauren enjoys: traveling, reading, working out and running, team roping, hunting, skeet shooting, and baking. She also enjoys participating with “Lil’ Cowgirl’s Club” and organization she developed and implemented for young girls to learn about rodeo and to show how queens can benefit the sport, with all proceeds donated to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund. She volunteers as a member of Omega Phi Alpha, a national service sorority whose mission is to provide opportunities for leadership through participation in service activities, with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Girl Scouts of America, Food Bank of Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma Children’s Hospital. “The purpose of life is to be useful, honorable and compassionate. By making a difference, you will have lived fully and well. As someone in the first decade of my adult life, I already know that service to others makes me feel authentic and rewarded.”
“As part of a fifth-generation family with roots in farming, ranching and rodeo, I have a passion for America’s unique Western heritage and its character traits and positive habits that have been fundamental to our nation’s past and keys to its future. Younger generations, whether associated with rodeo or not, can catch onto the responsibility, independence, initiative and self-reliance embraced through professional rodeo. The excitement of meeting an upstanding, outgoing, proud representative is sometimes the first way rodeo fans are born. As Miss Rodeo America, I would love to be able to achieve these goals and help the bright future of rodeo and its longevity.”