Six to vie for Miss Northwestern title

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Six to vie for Miss Northwestern title

January 16, 2009

Six women have entered the 2009 Miss Northwestern Pageant to be presented in Herod Hall Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31.

Tickets for the event are $8 in advance and may be purchased through the Northwestern Business Office at (580) 327-8534 or from JoDe Bradt, pageant director. She may be contacted at (580) 430-1978. Tickets at the door will be $10, and Northwestern students with a current ID card will be admitted free.

The contestants will seek the title currently held by Ashlynn Frey, Lahoma sophomore, and the right to represent Northwestern in the Miss Oklahoma Pageant later this year.

The women will compete in fitness and swimsuit, talent, evening gown and poise.

The contestants are Paige Fischer, Jet freshman; Jordan Gaskill, Waynoka junior; Audra Halliburton, Laverne freshman; Eileen Hess, Enid junior; Brandi Parker, Fort Supply senior; and Ashley Schmitz, Laverne freshman.

Paige FisherFischer is taking classes at Northwestern to pursue her dream of becoming the owner of an orthodontic office. The valedictorian of Timberlake High School, she was named to the superintendent’s and president’s honor rolls, president of the freshman class and a member of the Presidential Leadership Class. She also was selected as Miss Cinderella 2008 during Northwestern’s Miss Cinderella Pageant.

Fischer has chosen “CPR: (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) Caring People Respond” as her platform. In the talent portion of the contest, she will perform a piano solo, “Toccata.”

The big sister to brother, Drew, she enjoys playing the piano, being around young children and cooking. She is the daughter of Bryan and Mona Fischer.

Jordan GaskillGaskill is majoring in biology with hopes to become a physical therapist. She is the recipient of the Oklahoma State Regents’ Academic Scholars Program scholarship, Miss America State Scholar scholarship, and named to the president’s honor roll at Northwestern.

Gaskill won the 2008-2009 Women Mean Business Humanitarian award. She also is the Alpha Sigma Alpha secretary and public relations chair and was crowned Miss Northwestern in 2007 and Miss Northwest Passage in 2008.

Gaskill has chosen “Promoting Service Learning through Education” as her platform and will perform a vocal solo, “I Who Have Nothing,” as her talent presentation.

She is from a family of Northwestern graduates and the sister to three siblings. Her parents are Rob and Patti Gaskill.

Audra HalliburtonA major in elementary education, Halliburton wants to eventually receive her master’s in elementary education and teach third grade.

A graduate of Laverne High School, she was named Miss Laverne in 2007 and the first runner-up during Northwestern’s Miss Cinderella competition. She also was named to the superintendent and president’s honor rolls and active in sports and choir events.
Halliburton will perform the pop vocal solo “My Destiny” as her talent. She has chosen “Better Care for the Elderly,” as her platform.

The daughter of Randy and Lea Ann Halliburton, she has an older sister and two younger siblings.

Eileen HessHess is majoring in elementary education and holds an associate of social sciences degree from Northern Oklahoma College (NOC). The graduate of Bitburg American in Bitburg, Ga., she was named to the NOC dean’s honor roll and the vice president’s honor roll at Northwestern. She also was selected as Miss NOC-Enid in 2007.

She has a desire to travel when the opportunity is available and has even lived overseas in such places as Panama, Turkey and Germany.

Hess will present a vocal performance for her talent. For her platform, she has chosen “Families of Deployed Military Members.”
The daughter of Jonathan and Colleen Williams, she has two brothers.

Brandi ParkerParker received her bachelor of science in psychology degree from Northwestern and currently is pursuing her masters of counseling degree to eventually become a family counselor. She was named to the president’s and vice president’s honor rolls and was a member of Phi Chi and Conserving Our Ranger Environment (CORE).

She is a fourth generation graduate of Northwestern and active in her church.

For her talent, Parker will perform a dance, “Almost Lovers.” Her platform issue is “Save Green by Going Green,” which promotes making environmentally friendly decisions.

She is the daughter of Randy and Bobbi Parker and is the youngest of three.

Ashley SchmitzSchmitz is majoring in vocal music education and is the recipient of the Reichenberger Vocal Scholar Award scholarship and a member of the Northwestern Singers and Chorale.

The Laverne High School graduate was voted “Most Talented” by her fellow senior classmates and was named Outstanding Vocalist in 2008.

For the talent portion of the contest, Schmitz will perform an opera vocal solo, “Think of Me.” Her platform is “Keeping the Fine Arts in Schools.”

She is the daughter of Steve and Carol Schmitz and is the big sister to Austin.