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NEO to Host Annual Homecoming Pageant

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 ¬- Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) will host the “Under the Big Top” Homecoming Royalty Pageant on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the NEO Fine Arts Building.

Royalty candidates are students selected to represent various clubs and organizations on campus. The goal of the homecoming royalty competition is to build professional skills among candidates while also encouraging friendly rivalry between clubs.

Royalty candidates are as follows:

Aggie Society
Katlynn Martin – Gravette, Ark. – Agriculture Education
Dahlton Berg – Minco, Okla. – Animal Science

Meghan Sharp – Jay, Okla. – Elementary Education
Jacob Turner – Skiatook, Okla. – Music

Behavioral Sciences
Chelsea Landrum – Commerce, Okla. – Business
Aaron Jarvis – Miami, Okla. – Criminal Justice

Forestry Club
Lydia Nicholson – Sapulpa, Okla. – Natural Resources and Ecology Management

Ag-Ed Club
Hanah Schrader – Joplin, Mo. – Agriculture Education
Kell Brown – Lindsay, Okla. – Agriculture Education

Shariece Tate – Nowata, Okla. – Art

Baptist Collegiate Ministry
Grace Volkmann – New Franklin, Mo. – Nursing
Mychaelon Mullins – Fort Worth, Texas – Early Childhood Education

Student Ambassadors
Shelby Acuff – Hindsville, Ark. – Nursing/Pre-BSN
Logan Robrahn – Siloam Springs, Ark. – Agriculture Business

Nursing Class of 2017
Tiffany Conard – Columbus, Kan. – Nursing
Blair Rogers – Jay, Okla. – Nursing

Nursing Student Association
Alissa Terrapin – Miami, Okla. – Nursing
Caleb Cox – Joplin, Mo. – Nursing

Wesley Student Center
Sunny Clark – Gustine, Texas – Physical Education

Phi Theta Kappa
Hannah Stephens – Vinita, Okla. – Business Administration
Gregory Springfield – Vinita, Okla. – Social Science

Resident Life
Miranda Call – Verdigris, Okla. – General Studies
Benjamyn Duncan – Tulsa, Okla. – Natural Science

The pageant is the main aspect of the royalty competition. Contestants will also participate in professional development workshops, create Linkedin.com profiles, and more. Mr. Ryan Orcutt, NEO Reach Higher program and Center for Academic Success and Advising coordinator, will serve as the ringleader and emcee in keeping with this year’s “Greatest Homecoming on Earth” theme.

This year’s judges include Gretchen Evans, Northeast Oklahoma One Stop systems operator; Dr. Karen Holt, retired education administrator; John Lomax, former dean of NEO School of Agriculture and Natural Sciences; Clay Patterson, NEO’s head football coach; and Peggy Rhine, former executive assistant to the NEO president.

Candidates will dress in formal attire and answer two sets of questions. Candidates will also select the Mr. and Ms. Congeniality winners and Dr. Jeff and Donna Hale, NEO president and first lady respectively, will present the Congeniality awards. Free popcorn will be available during the pageant, and attendees will receive a special treat, as Christi Leonard’s Miami Dance Academy troupe will perform “Clowns” to open the pageant.

After the pageant, pageant and project scores will be combined for each candidate and tallied to determine king, queen, first runners-up, and second runners-up (both female and male). Mr. and Ms. Congeniality will be selected by their royalty candidate peers and receive bonus points. A student body popular vote will determine Mr. and Ms. Norse Spirit winners. The winners will be announced during halftime of the homecoming game, on September 24, at 6 p.m.

The homecoming king and queen will each receive $250 scholarships and the runners-up will each receive $100 scholarships. In addition to the scholarship award, the king and queen will attend various events throughout the year and represent NEO to the local community.

The public is encouraged to attend the NEO “Under the Big Top” pageant and admission is free. A complete list of homecoming activities and events can be found at www.neo.edu/homecoming


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