Gaskill earns Miss America Academic Scholarship for second year

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Gaskill earns Miss America Academic Scholarship for second year

June 2, 2009

 Jordan Gaskill
Miss Northwestern Oklahoma State University 2009 Jordan Gaskill currently is representing the university at the Miss Oklahoma Pageant in Tulsa. Here, she is practicing her talent in Herod Hall a few days before leaving for the pageant.
Jordan Gaskill of Waynoka, a senior at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, has been awarded for the second year in a row the $1,000 Miss State Scholar Award from the Miss America Organization in conjunction with the Miss Oklahoma Pageant, currently underway in Tulsa.

Gaskill, competing in this year’s state pageant as Miss Northwestern, received the award at a Kiwanis luncheon for all contestants in Tulsa on Monday. The scholarship is awarded during state pageants to one woman in each state based on academic excellence.

The scholarship was established in 1998 as part of the Miss America Organization’s initiative to increase scholarship giving at the state and local levels. Candidates are evaluated strictly on academics based on the last two years of their transcripts. Scholarship America has the ability to weight the grades in terms of course content, academic standing of the institution and other factors.

The biology major is representing Northwestern for the second time in the Miss Oklahoma Pageant, and last year competed in the state pageant as Miss Northwest Passage.

Miss Oklahoma will be crowned Saturday night during the pageant finals beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Mabee Center.