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Officials at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, (NEO) announce the Homecoming Royalty Pageant.  The pageant will be Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the NEO Fine Arts Building. The candidates involved in the royalty competition are students representing different clubs and organizations.  The goal of the pageant is to improve candidates’ professionalism, provide a public speaking experience for them and allow the clubs to engage in some healthy competition through the representation of their candidates.
The students involved in the pageant are as follows:

Arkansas
Springdale
Sabrina L. Terrell- communications
Florida
Delray Beach
Jessica Cryan – musical theater
Kansas
Baxter Springs
Michael Rarick – musical theater
Leon
Mackenzie Baxter – animal science  

Missouri
Joplin
Glenn Underwood – nursing
Oklahoma
Commerce
Kylee Williams — nursing
Grove
Daniel Hocker – sports management
Kadie Jackson — nursing
Sarah A. Tanner – Psychology
Guthrie
Corina Plain – business administration medical assistant
Miami
Teiryn Welch – elementary and early childhood education
Oaks
Joshua T. Warren – pre-athletic training
Sand Springs
Rebecca Harris – general education
Tulsa
Kayla M. Patterson – general studies
Ramona
Kennedy Banta — animal science
Vinita
Connor Couch – natural resource ecology and management  
Kelsey Hinson – general studies
Hanna Minson – agriculture education
Tim Taylor – agriculture education
Wesley R. Schrick – nursing
Wann
Dylan Woolfolk – agriculture education
Welch
Anothony T. Freeman – biology
Randi D. Willard – music education
The pageant is the main aspect of the royalty competition. (Other events include a dinner, interviews and the creation of Linked-In profiles.) This year, candidates were judged on the content of their Linked-In profiles, interview performance and they will be scored on their pageant presentation. Jennifer Penate, local news anchor from KODE, will serve as emcee. The candidates will wear formal attire and answer two sets of questions.  Miami Little Theatre will provide entertainment in between the two sets of questions. NEO will conduct live audience polling for Mr./Ms. Congeniality (those awards are presented at the pageant) and the emcee will introduce the judges. After the pageant, there will be free ice cream for everyone.
The competition also serves to raise spirit on campus. It is not a beauty contest, but general poise/presentation is scored. The candidates’ responses to their questions are worth the most points. Also, Mr./Ms. Congeniality are awarded a couple of bonus points.  After the pageant, judges’ score sheets are combined for each candidate and tallied to determine king, queen, first runners-up and second runners-up (both female and male). The winners are announced during NEO’s half-time of the homecoming game during the coronation ceremony. The homecoming king/queen receive $250 scholarships and the runners-up receive bookstore gift certificates. The king/queen attend various events throughout the year and represent NEO in the local community.
The pageant will be Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the NEO Fine Arts Building.
The public is invited to attend the NEO Homecoming Pageant and admission is free. 
A complete list of all Homecoming activities can be found at https://neo.edu/StudentLife/Activities/Homecoming.
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