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April 21, 2014

OU grad crowned Cherry Blossom Queen

NORMAN — Sooner red cowboy boots could barely be seen peaking out from underneath the long, formal white dress Rainey Sewell wore. As a giant Wheel of Fortune was spun at the 2014 National Conference of State Societies’ Cherry Blossom Queen Coronation, Sewell, didn’t expect to be chosen, but fortune came her way, as Oklahoma was selected to serve as the 2014 U.S. Cherry Blossom Queen.

“I wasn’t supposed to wear cowboy boots, but I didn’t think I’d win and that anyone would see them. I guess the Sooner red brought me luck.”

Sewell said there was only a .04 percent chance that the wheel would land on her because the Cherry Blossom Princess, Mary Anne Morgan, from Oklahoma had won the previous year.

“I couldn’t believe it. I was in shock. My jaw is dropped in almost every picture of the crowning because I was just so surprised,” she said.

The Cherry Blossom Princess Educational and Cultural Exchange Program offers young women from across the United States and around the world the opportunity to serve as ambassadors for their state, territory, or country. Candidates are between the ages 19 and 24 and are selected for their leadership, academic achievements and interest in social, civic, community and world affairs. As the Oklahoma State Society Cherry Blossom Princess Sewell spent a week traveling to embassies, military bases, schools, and other DC locations with other state society princesses before the week’s concluding banquet.

Sewell is the daughter of Kay and Randall Sewell. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2013 with a major in communication. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and served as Student Body Vice President her senior year. Currently, Sewell works for Congressman Frank Lucas.

“She’s optimistic and that’s her strength. She never sees a downside,” Kay Sewell, Rainey’s mother, said.

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