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The American Indian Center for Excellence (AICE) at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) crowned Robynn Roan Rulo as the first ever Miss Indian NEO Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012.

Rulo is a sophomore at NEO and is from Pawhuska, Okla. After graduating from NEO in the spring she plans to go on to a university and major in echo cardiology. Rulo’s first assignment as Miss Indian NEO will be dancing at the Kah-Ne Hall Powwow on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. 

Teiryn Welch was the first runner-up and Jayde Drummond was second runner-up. AICE and NEO’s Native American Student Association, (NASA) sponsored the event. 

“Our AICE and NASA organizations had the idea that they would like someone to represent the campus, our organizations, and Native American Indian community in our Northeastern region of Oklahoma,” said Claudia Little Axe, AICE cultural specialist. “We felt that the title of Miss Indian NEO would serve as an Ambassador to our College, our Native American clubs and the Indian community in Miami, Okla.”

The judging process for Miss Indian NEO was broken down into two categories: Academics and Pageantry. Academics included an essay section, extracurricular activities, interview skills, and interview attire. Each section was worth 15 points for a combined total of 60 points.

Pageantry included an appearance section which scored the contestants on poise, question and answer, and general effect. Each section was worth 10 points for a combined total of 40 points.

The combined total of points from both categories determined who won the title of Miss Indian NEO.

“I am excited for Robynn, and I believe she exhibits great leadership and will reflect positively on NEO,” Little Axe said. 

Photo caption: (from left to right) Robynn Rulo, Miss Indian NEO; Teiryn Welch, first runner-up; and Jayde Drummond, second runner-up.  


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