Thank you to everyone who took part in our 2022 Cover Kids Search!
The Oklahoma City metro is not short on kids with dazzling smiles, bright personalities and kind hearts! We loved meeting each and every child who participated in our 2022 Cover Kids Search contest. After the registration period, you our readers and fans voted on your favorite Cover Kid hopefuls in each category, selecting our top-voted finalists. Each of the finalists was interviewed by a panel of local community leaders. Our thanks to Dr. Mautra Staley Jones, Langston University; Kylee Holland, Sisu Youth Services; Dora Evans, Sunbeam Family Services and Lance Evans, Variety Care, for serving on our panel interviews.
Congratulations to MetroFamily’s 2022 Cover Kids!
Ages 2-3: Katelyn
Katelyn is an imaginative 2-year-old from Piedmont who loves to make up games to play with her family, tell jokes and hang out with her cat Pretzel. She enjoys playing outside in the mud, visiting local playgrounds, fishing and attending gymnastics at Dynamo. Katelyn likes to get crafty and creative by coloring, painting and baking with her mom. She frequently requests having her nails painted. Katelyn is the daughter of Tara and Benjamin and little sister of Bonnie and Leon. The family’s favorite places to visit in the metro are Scissortail Park and the OKC Zoo.
Ages 4-5: Sergio
Sergio attends Peace Preschool in Edmond where his teacher reports his favorite thing to talk about is his little sister, who calls Sergio her “superman.” Sergio began drawing when he was 2 and especially likes to sketch people. He loves to ride his scooter and bike, build with LEGOS and magnet blocks, sing, dance and swim. Compassionate and loquacious, he is quite the host and likes to makes sure his family and friends have their favorite things to eat and drink. Sergio is the son of Cheryl and Brian and big brother of Sierra, and together they love to play and learn at Science Museum Oklahoma.
Ages 6-7: Sufyan
Sufyan is in the first grade at Western Gateway School and he wants to be an astronaut and deliver babies when he grows up. He’s exceptional at running track, has competed at the state level and is one of the fastest 6 year olds in Oklahoma. Sufyan also enjoys playing t-ball and basketball as well as swimming and participating in gymnastics. He’s learning Arabic and Spanish and loves all things about dinosaurs and space. Sufyan is the son of Jihan and Masood and little brother of twins Ahmad and Ma’isah, and the family’s favorite place to visit in OKC is Scissortail Park.
Ages 8-9: Nora
In the second grade at Oakdale Schools, Nora is smart, kind and funny. She loves pretend cooking and playing with her babies. Nora enjoys being outdoors, playing tennis and baseball, riding scooters and biking on the Arcadia trail with her family of six. She and her three brothers are high-energy and love to wrestle, watch movies and have sleepovers. She’s a big fan of going to Chick Fil A and visiting playgrounds around the metro. Nora rocks an extra chromosome, and her family says she is the hardest working person they know. She is the daughter of Jessica and Brian.
Ages 10-12: Ethan
Ethan attends Classen School of Advanced Studies, where he was elected vice president of student council for the 5th grade student body. He loves to play basketball and video games, beat his mom in Monopoly and visit his Nana in her nursing home. Extremely creative, Ethan enjoys drawing and hopes to design his own shoe and clothing brand and own his own production company to give other kids a chance to explore their talents. Ethan is the son of Nikesia, and they enjoy visiting the Oklahoma City National Memorial, Myriad Gardens and Science Museum Oklahoma together.
Siblings: Evyn & Eryn
Twin sisters Evyn and Eryn have very different personalities but share a love of celebrating the individuality in the people around them. The homeschooled first graders are serious fashionistas and are quite adept at sketching designs and creating doll clothes out of everyday items. In 2020, the girls started a clothing company with their slogan “every child is beautiful.” The kindhearted sisters enjoy swimming lessons at Goldfish Swim School, gymnastics classes at Metro Gymnastics, playing outside and filming dance videos. They are the daughters of Jayla.