The Senate welcomed Miss Oklahoma 2009 Taylor Treat to the Oklahoma State Senate Tuesday. Sen. Susan Paddack presented the University of Oklahoma senior with Senate Resolution 84 recognizing her many talents and accomplishments.
"This is a special day. The Treat family have been life-long friends. I’ve known the family since before there was a Taylor Treat,” said Paddack, D-Ada. “There are a lot of people who are beauty queens but Taylor Treat is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. She is an amazing young woman who has made us so proud in Ada.”
Treat was surprised by a large group of supporters from Ada who came to see her receive the resolution including members of the Chamber of Commerce, the Jobs Foundation and other citizens of the community.
Treat reigned as Miss Ada in 2006, Miss University of Oklahoma in 2007, Miss State Fair of Oklahoma in 2008, and Miss University of Oklahoma again in 2009, and was selected Miss Oklahoma on June 24, 2009.
As Miss Oklahoma, her platform is engaging students through service-learning of which she assisted in implementing into her high school in Ada, making it the first public school in Oklahoma to require community service hours for graduation.
“This year has been a wonderful journey of a lifetime. I’m extremely blessed to be the first Oklahoman to receive the Quality of Life award for my platform - Service Learning,” said Treat. “In the future, I’ll be speaking on a national stage for national service-learning with the President of Learn and Serve America and the President of State Farm Insurance. I’m looking forward to representing our great state on the national level. I appreciate you all very much for having me and I hope I continue to make you proud.”
Treat competed in the Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada in January where she was selected as one of the top twelve finalists. She won the $6,000 Quality of Life award, given to the contestant judged to excel in volunteerism and community service. She was the first Oklahoman to receive the award.
In 2008, she created an event known as “Bowling with the Queens” to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network. Since then more than 100 children from the Boys and Girls Club of America have participated in the event which includes bowling and other fun activities.
Treat was a four-year member of the OU Pom squad and was named the 2008-2009 squad Captain. The Human Resources major was selected for the President’s Leadership Class and has been named to the President’s and Dean’s Honor Roll.
Treat told members of the Senate that after graduating from OU, she plans to pursue her masters and get her teaching certificate. She also hinted at possibly pursuing a seat in the Oklahoma State Senate in the future.
She began dancing at the age of three at Central Oklahoma Dance Center in Ada. By the age of ten, she had been accepted into the University of Oklahoma’s Ballet Youth Program, the Austin Ballet and the Houston Ballet. She has been teaching and doing competition choreography at her former studio for several years. She has also played the piano since age ten, was a member of a singing group, and played the trombone for four years.
She graduated in 2005 with honors from Ada High School of which she was President of the Student Council her senior year. While in high school, she produced a nationally-recognized teen safe-driving program entitled “Project Ignition” which teaches teens about driving safety.
She is the daughter of John and Debra Treat and has three brothers Jerrad, Preston and Connor.