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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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