Meet our Miss Oshkosh 2011

Miss Oshkosh 2011 Kelsey McDaniels


My name is Kelsey McDaniels.  I will be graduating from UW-Oshkosh in December with a French major and minors in Business and European Studies.  I am a native of Oshkosh and attended Oshkosh North High School. I am so happy to be able to represent a city that has given me so much, and am happy to have the opportunity to give back.

When I first decided to compete in the Miss Oshkosh Pageant, I never envisioned myself wearing the crown.  I was hoping to place, but I didn’t believe I had what it took to win.  This lack of confidence combined with an overabundance of nerves caused me to go home empty handed my first year competing.  Frustrated with myself, I re-evaluated my approach to the pageant.  I changed my platform to something that meant more to me, and more importantly I changed my attitude; I do have what it takes to win.  With new-found confidence in my mind and a Lady Gaga song in my heart, I went on to be 1st runner up, more than I could have ever expected.  Now, I have the opportunity to take over for the rest of the 2011 term, and I am beyond excited to start my journey.

The Miss Oshkosh Organization has given me so much and taught me many things about myself.  I cannot wait to begin supporting the organization by making a positive impact on our community.  My platform is Alzheimer’s Awareness, a subject that is very close to home because my late grandma suffered from Dementia, a form of Alzheimer’s, and its effects were devastating on her and my family.  This October, I was able to participate in the Fond du lac 2011 Walk to End Alzheimer’s and donate $100 to the Alzheimer’s Association.  I hope that throughout my term I will be able to raise more funds by selling purple Alzheimer’s wristbands and also raise awareness of the disease which effects over 5million people in the US.  For more information about Alzheimer’s or to make a donation visit

I want to extend a huge thank you to the Women’s Division of Oshkosh for sponsoring this organization and giving young women in the community a chance to further their education.  The scholarship money I received from the Women’s Division helped me extend my education all the way across the Atlantic Ocean when I studied abroad in Europe. The unique experiences I gained through studying abroad will stay with me for the rest of my life, and I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to be a part of that.

I also want to thank everyone involved in the Miss Oshkosh Organization, for all of their advice and help throughout this process.  I thank my family and friends for their continued love and support; I could not have done it without you.

















Fun Facts:

  • In the spring of 2010 when I studied abroad I stayed in six different European countries
  • I have a younger sister, Kassidy, and she is one of my best friends
  • I have been playing the violin since fourth grade
  • In high school, I played guitar for an all-girl rock band that performed at our school’s post prom party
  • My family has two bichon-frisé dogs named Casper and Wendy
  • I tutor French at UWO’s Center for Academic Resources
  • I waitressed for 3 years at Mike’s Place Family Restaurant, and am currently employed at Gardina’s Wine-bar and Café

Kelsey’s parents are Kelly and Barb McDaniels, of Oshkosh.

School: UW-Oshkosh, Senior
Major: French with minors in Business and European Studies
Talent: Violin, “Czardos/Alejandro”
Platform: Alzheimer’s Awareness

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