OUTSTANDING TEEN 2021
Ella Phillips is a 19-year-old freshman pursuing a degree in Musical Theatre at the distinguished Marymount Manhattan College, located on the Upper East Side of New York City.
As an advocate for Early Literacy Development, Ella has partnered with several organizations, including Reach Out and Read, Usborne Books and numerous others, to help provide access to educational books for parents and children in her community. She has also worked alongside policy leaders, administrators and educators to organize book drives, successfully collecting over 10,000 books to donate to children across the state of Oklahoma.
Ella is a Tulsa native. She is the daughter of Dr Chad and Shelley Phillips and big sister to brothers Tucker and Henry. Ella is a longtime fan of Phantom of the Opera. When she's not working on her studies and polishing her art, you can find her exploring her new city with new friends.
Ella's best friends describe her as "the best kind of friend" - one who is thoughtful, eager to offer a listening ear and always there to lift spirits with the many inspirational quotes that she uses as motivational mantras in her own life.
Ella's standout performance earned her a top spot as a semi-finalist at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2022, held July 2021 in Orlando, FL.
In addition to being crowned Oklahoma's 20th Outstanding Teen representative, Ella earned Overall Interview and Overall Talent at MOKOTeen 2021. For her talent, she sang the classical aria, Les Oiseaux Dans La Charmille - The Doll Aria." This aria, from Offenbach's opera Les Contes d'Hoffmann, is arguably the most difficult piece ever written for sopranos.
The MOKOTeen organization is so proud of everything Ella has accomplished and we are honored to have her as our 2021 Miss Oklahoma's Outstanding Teen.