Ashley Nicole Wheeler, former Miss Altus and now the reigning Miss Bricktown, along with the country swing entertainers “Wendell Sollis and The SIDEKICKS BAND” will perform at the annual “Giddy-Up Gala” on Friday, Aug. 22 at the Jackson County Expo Center. Come to eat barbeque and home-made desserts, enjoy the music and dance to country and western swing. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and will end in time for everyone to attend the Great Plains Stampede Rodeo. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children. The Shortgrass Arts and Humanities Council is sponsoring this event and partial funding is provided by the Oklahoma Arts Council. Tickets are available from the Chamber of Commerce by calling 482-0210, or by calling the SAHC office at 477-1616 and leaving a message requesting tickets.
Wheeler is the 21 year old daughter of J.R. and Melanie Wheeler, and is currently a junior at the University of Oklahoma majoring in Mass Communications and Journalism. She has been singing and performing since the age of 6, and has appeared with Wendell Sollis and the Sidekicks, The Plummer Family, Carl Acuff Jr., Tommy Alsup, Gene Watson and Terry Fator (America’s Got Talent winner). Ashley has recorded two CD’s—“Old Country-Young Heart” and “Oklahoma Girl.”
The list of titles that Ashley has accumulated is impressive including the 2004 World Youth Federation World’s Our Little Miss, KFDX Most Talented Kid, KKNG Colgate Country Showdown, Johnnie High Country Music Review, Miss SWOSU Outstanding Teen 2009, Miss Altus Outstanding Teen 2010, Miss Tulsa County 2011, Miss Northwest Passage 2012, Miss Altus 2013, Miss Lawton 2014, and is currently the reigning Miss Bricktown 2015. Ashley was a 2014 top 10 finalist at Miss Oklahoma. When Ashley was crowned Miss Altus 2013, she made history, by being the first contestant to ever hold the title of Miss Altus Outstanding Teen and Miss Altus.
Ashley is a 2011 graduate of Navajo High School and a 2013 graduate of Western Oklahoma State College. She was senior class valedictorian, senior class vice-president, student body council vice-president, yearbook editor and photographer, and was on the varsity basketball and softball teams. At WOSC, Ashley was actively involved in choir, was Freshman President of Student Senate, President of WOSC Ambassadors, President of Phi Theta Kappa, member of WOSC All-Oklahoma/All USA Academic Team, and a member of WOSC Mind Games Competition Team. Ashley was chosen as Ms WOSC 2013 by the faculty and students and won the title of “Western’s Got Talent 2012.”
Ashley donates her time and talent to several organizations, such as Relay for Life, Red Cross, and Children’s Miracle Network. She also travels to various schools in Oklahoma promoting her platform—READ TO LEAD: Teaching America’s Youth the Importance of Reading.