MIAMI — Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College will host the “How the West Was Won” Royalty Pageant on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the NEO Fine Arts Auditorium.
Royalty candidates are selected by their peers to represent various clubs and organizations on campus.
The goal of the homecoming royalty competition is to build professional and leadership skills among candidates, while also encouraging friendly rivalry between clubs.
Royalty candidates are as follows:
Agriculture Education Club — queen, Mattie Haynes, Jay; king, Tyler Stedje, Gruver, Texas
Aggie Society — queen, Georgia Agan, Venedy, Illinois; king, Roy Stovall, Wyandotte
Baptist Collegiate Ministry — queen, Claire Coyne, Miami
Center for Academic Success and Advisement — queen, Sidany Hilburn, Quapaw
Collegiate Farm Bureau — queen, Carly Baumhoer, Hatton, Missouri
Latinos Unidos — queen, Molly Knox, Tulsa; king, Kevin Esquilin, Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico
Native American Student Association — queen, Amber Ortner, Grove; king, Reagan Alsbaugh, Miami
NEO Gold Program — queen, Rosa Garcia, Baxter Springs
NEO Honors Program — queen, Trinity Pruitt, Fairland; king,Nicholas Douglas-Eickhoff, Manhattan, Kansas
NEO Nursing Association — queen, Trista Crook, Webb City, Missouri
NEO Student Ambassadors — queen, Mykala Clower, West Fork, Arkansas; king, Jose Gonzalez, Commerce
Opioid Grant — queen, Brandi Denefrio, Neosho; king, John O’Neal, Lawton
Phi Beta Lambda — queen, Samantha Thompson, Caney, Kansas; king, Gabriel Palos, Chicago, Illinois
Phi Theta Kappa — queen, Alex Miers, Vinita
Resident Life — queen, Anna Turner, Bentonville, Arkansas; king, Caden Hasselbring, Ponca City
Softball — queen, Karis Clark, Mustang
Student Support Services — queen, Kimberly Lopez, Tulsa; king, Malachi Walton, Lawton
Wrestling — king, Colben Dodson, Liberty, Kansas
The pageant is the main aspect of the royalty competition.
Contestants also participate in professional development workshops, create Linkedin.com profiles and more.
Kathy Fuhs, 1969 NEO homecoming queen, will serve as the emcee for this year’s event.
This year’s judges include Delaina Brown, 1990 NEO homecoming queen; Tommy Dodson, NEO Development Foundation board chair; and Daniel Hocker, two-time member of the NEO homecoming court.
Candidates will dress in formal attire and answer two sets of questions. Candidates will also select the Mr. and Ms. Congeniality winners.
A student body popular vote will determine Mr. and Ms. Norse Spirit winners, and the king and queen winners will be announced during halftime of Saturday's homecoming game against Blinn College.
Mr. and Ms. Norse Spirit candidates include:
Student Ambassadors — Jamal Morris, Vinita; Alexis Riley, Grove
Christian Student Fellowship — Sammantha Avants, Durant
Phi Beta Lambda — Hannah Tweed, Chouteau; Logan Hall, Fort Scott, Kansas.
Resident Life Council — Caitlin Harris, Colcord
Latinos Unidos — Roberto Bravo Jr., Wyandotte; Reina Wimp, Claremore
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 “HOMEcoming on the Range” pageant and admission is free.
A complete list of homecoming activities and events can be found at www.neo.edu/homecoming .