Miss Northwestern and Miss Northwestern's Outstanding Teen
Meet Our Miss Northwestern, Miss Northwestern's Outstanding Teen & Miss Northwestern Star 2019
Alysson Stewart (right) was named Miss Northwestern Oklahoma State University 2019.
Paisley Heath was named Miss Northwestern’s Star 2019 (center).
Autumn Hudgins (left) was crowned as Miss Northwestern’s Outstanding Teen 2019.
Chesnei Thomas, Executive Director
Jennifer Redinger, Teen Director
Miss Northwestern 2019 Pageant
Sunday, October 28
Herod Hall Auditorium
NWOSU Students Free with ID
If you are interested in having Miss Northwestern make an appearance please contact Chesnei Thomas at (580) 327-8547 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updates will be posted as events are finalized.
Be A Contestant in Miss Northwestern
To be eligible
Be between the ages of 17-24 years of age. No older than twenty-four (24) years of age on December 31, 2016.
Must be enrolled in and attending classes on a full-time (12 hours) basis prior to the pageant at Northwestern Oklahoma State University- including the Alva,
Must be a citizen of the United States of America at the time she enters her first pageant and a resident of Oklahoma for 6 months.
Must be a high school graduate or have successfully completed the G.E.D. testing program for high school equivalency or have successfully completed the academic requirement for entry into Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Must have a grade point average of 2.5 or above.
To Compete You Must
- Be between the ages of 17 and 24.
- Have never competed in any National Finals of the Miss America Organization.
- Have never held the title of Miss Northwestern
- Be a United States citizen.
- Meet residency requirements for competing in a certain town or state.
- Meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss America Organization.
- Be in reasonably good health to meet the job requirements.
- Be able to meet the time commitment and job responsibilities as set forth by the local program in which you compete.
- Have never been married.
- Have never been pregnant or be the adoptive parent of any child.
never havebeen convicted of any criminal offense.
- Must not have criminal charges presently pending.
- Must not use or consume any illegal controlled dangerous substances or abuse the use of alcohol or other dangerous substances.
- See contestant contract for additional requirements.
Must raise $100 for the Children's Miracle Network
Sell two pages of advertisements for the Miss Northwestern Pageant program
Attend all rehearsals
Attend Informational Session on [DATE YET TO BE FINALIZED], at 6:00 p.m. in the Wyatt Room
Submit Letter of Intent
Complete entry form and all other documents by set due dates
in toChesnei Thomas (email@example.com)
Attend photo shoot with Lynn Martin Photography - date and time to be announced.
618 Barnes St.
All ads must be completed and turned in by [DATE YET TO BE FINALIZED] at 4 p.m.
- Miss Northwestern Pageant Entry Form
- Letter of Intent
- Talent Clearance Form
Be A Contest in the Teen Pageant
- Be at least thirteen (13) years of age by the first day of the local competition. Must not be older than seventeen (17) years of age by the National Pageant in August. Contestant cannot turn 18 before July 31, 2013.
- Must be an upcoming senior in high school or younger and still attending high school by the time of the National Pageant.
- Be and always been female.
- Be a United States citizen.
- Have been a resident of Oklahoma for at least six (6) months prior to the first local or state competition.
Miss Northwestern's Outstanding Teen Forms
- Entry Forms
- Miss Oklahoma's Outstanding Teen Local Contract
- Rules and Miss Northwestern's Outstanding Teen Contract
Miss Northwestern will receive:
- $1500 tuition scholarship
- $500 cash scholarship
- Official Oklahoma State Crown
First Runner-Up will receive:
$1000 Tuition Scholarship
$200 Cash Scholarship
Second Runner-Up will receive:
$1000 Tuition Scholarship
$100 Cash Scholarship
Miss Northwestern Contestants will receive:
- $200 cash participation scholarship
Miss Northwestern Outstanding Teen will receive:
- $1500 tuition scholarship
Teen first runner-up will receive:
- $1250 tuition scholarship
Teen second runner-up will receive:
- $1000 tuition scholarship
Teen Contestants will receive:
- $200 tuition participation scholarship
Miss Northwestern Star Contestants
- Gift bag
Other gifts and prizes to be included!
Platform Issue Statement
Please remember. This is your opportunity to explain to the judges what your chosen platform is and why it is important for the Miss Oklahoma and Miss America Organizations to embrace this platform. In addition, it should explain how your platform will further the Miss America Organization "brand" to the public.
This ONE (1) page, single-spaced document, combined with the Contestant’s Resume, will comprise your entire application for this job. The judges will receive exactly what is submitted. Any items submitted that do not fit the established criteria will be returned for correction only once. Any items that do not meet the criteria or are submitted after the deadline will not be given to the judges. If your Platform Statement arrives on the day of the deadline but does not meet the criteria, there will not be time for you to correct it; therefore, it will not be given to the judges. The contestant may explain the lack of judging material during her interview, if she so chooses.
1. Go to the word processing program of your computer.
2. Start a “new” document
3. Set margins for 1” on all four sides. You may use the font style of your choice. It may not be any smaller that “10” point and no larger that “12” point type using the Times New Roman font style, only! Remember, depending on the font size chosen, the number of times you should hit the tab bar will change. Please refer to the attached sample to verify you are following the requested format.
4. With the justification set for left, type “Name:” in bold. Following the colon (:), hit the space bar twice. Then, type your name as you wish the judges to know it. (If your name is LaCricia Shawntel Smith and you want to be know as “Shawntel Smith” , please type “Shawntel Smith”.)
5. Then, move to the next line and type “Title:” in bold. Following the colon (:), hit the space bar twice. Then, type the name of the Pageant you are competing in.
6. Double space down. Set your justification to “center”. Then type in bold and underline the title of your Platform.
7. Double space down. Write what you feel is critical for the judges to know about your platform and why it is necessary for you to have the job of Miss Northwestern to promote this issue. What you write will be what the judges know about your platform, your role in successfully dealing with this issue, and the role the Miss Oklahoma/Miss America Organization may play in your plan.
8. This essay may include some of the following items (this is not meant to be an exhaustive list):
- A clear definition of the platform and the specific issues you wish to address
- A plan on how you have or will create awareness of the platform
- The way in which you have or will change attitudes regarding this issue
- The way in which you have or will change behaviors related to this issue
- The way in which your platform issue will move the Miss America Organization forward
- Your media plans
- Your marketing strategy
- How you propose to fund you ideas/plans
- Any significant accomplishments you have made in regard to your issue
9. At the bottom of the page, you MUST set the justification to the right. Type a line of 26 spaces. Below that line, you must type Signature/Date. Once you have printed the document, you must sign and date the document.
Due Date is Friday, August 23, 2013. The original platform statement must be submitted to the pageant director by 4:00 p.m. on the 23rd. Further, it must be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Name: Jane Doe
Pageant: Miss Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Celebrating Cultural Diversity and Inclusiveness
It is imperative that this nation face and embrace its cultural diversity. While many people have talked about this issue, I believe that most of them have only paid lip service to the true necessity of what needs to be addressed related to this issue. There is a false truth in merely accepting and tolerating cultural diversity. I intend to prove that in order to accept and understand people of other cultures; one must be willing to step out of a personal cultural comfort zone and identify the origin of their prejudice. I will specifically focus on three areas: Children, Communities, and Businesses.
The title of Miss Pageant, combined with the national media already looking at the surface of this issue, will allow me to create a national awareness that must exist. Currently, the term “Cultural Diversity” is well known in the halls of institutions of higher learning and, perhaps, even in the public school classroom because of the need for some to be politically correct. But. in order for us to make a true change in attitudes and behaviors of Americans, we must move beyond talk and into action and policy changes.
My plan is to motivate the media and to partner with the National Conference for Community and Justice. This organization has chapters in every major city in the nation and, in many cases those chapters have community leaders involved who can, with encouragement and challenging, bring this issue out of hiding and into the public light in each of those communities.
Obviously, the media and the NCCJ already exist. However, what is lacking is a lightning rod to draw attention to this issue. This is where the Miss America Organization steps into the lead. What better role is there for Miss Pageant that to be an agent of change in organizing our nation to accept our differences and to create an environment that values each person on individual characteristics rather than on stereotypes or assumptions?
For years, Miss America was seen as a young woman who cut ribbons and appeared in parades. It is time for Miss America to step out of the convertible and lead the parade. Our country’s ethnic make-up is changing rapidly and our citizen’s fear of terrorism can explode already existing, but deeply hidden prejudices. I want to be the leader that this nation needs.
This nation needs this issue addressed now and through the already existing NCCJ and its local and state organizations combined with the power of the Miss America Organization, we can make a concrete difference now, which will change the direction and the future of our nation.
Name: Jane Smith
Title: Miss Local
Hometown: Anytown, America
Date of Birth: May 1, 1990
University of State – sophomore – Bachelor of Science, Liberal Arts
Celebrating Cultural Diversity and Inclusiveness
Obtain a Masters of Business Administration
Scholastic Honors: Recipient of National Coca-Cola Scholarship; Recipient of the Metropolitan Urban League National Scholarship; Dean’s List; Member of the President’s Leadership Council at the Univ. Central Florida.
Leadership Roles: Created and implemented a comprehensive Cultural Diversity Education Curriculum for grades K-12 in twelve Public Schools; University Student Body Senator; H.S. Sr. Class Pres.; College Sorority President.
Accomplishments: Recipient of the J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service to Community; Recipient of the National Conference for Community and Justice Humanitarian Award; Performer, Grand Ole Opry in Nashville; Piano Performance scholarship at State University.
Interesting Facts: First person on either side of my family to attend college; Youngest of five children with a 13- year gap between me and my next oldest sister and an almost 20-year gap between the oldest and myself.
Employment: Internship with a Law Firm; Internship with local ABC television affiliate; Student Assistant at UCF
Legacy: My hope is that in the year of my service as Miss Northwestern Oklahoma State University, I would leave a marked, concrete, and measurable difference in this nation regarding the way we respect each other's cultural heritage. I hope that through my continued involvement on the national level with the National Conference for Community and Justice that we will hold events at the grassroots level that not only discuss that topic, but also bring about local and statewide policy changes in which we address cultural diversity in the workplace.
Why I should be Miss Northwestern Oklahoma State University this year: It is critical that this nation face and embrace its cultural diversity issues and it must be done now. The traditional ethnic make-up of our country is rapidly changing and unless we confront and inoculate the potential conflicts that might arise, we are headed to potential racial conflicts we have not seen since the 1960's. These conflicts are generally caused by fear and ignorance. Through a nation-wide spokesperson who can give this issue a face and a voice, we can begin the educational process that needs to take place. The reality is that Miss Oklahoma can have her greatest sphere of influence among our nation's youth. By placing Miss Oklahoma in the midst of our nation's young people and we can start the process of changing mindsets and, ultimately, changing the way in which they will treat one another in the future. The issues related to Celebrating Cultural Diversity and Inclusiveness is not just related to race, but also to religion, cultural differences, and sexism. There is no greater role for Miss Oklahoma than to educate, empower, and embrace the issue of cultural diversity at this point in our nation's history.
Please remember. This is your opportunity to demonstrate to the judges why they should consider you for the job of Miss Northwestern. You may list as many or as few items under each category as you desire. Your only restriction is that it must follow the established format and it must fit on one (1) page. This page, combined with the Platform Statement, will comprise your entire application for this job. The judges will receive exactly what is submitted.
Any items that do not meet the criteria or are submitted after the deadline will not be given to the judges. If your resume arrives on the day of the deadline, but does not meet the criteria, there will not be time to return it to you; therefore, it will not be given to the judges. The contestant may explain the lack of judging materials during her interview, if she so chooses. The original must be submitted to the pageant director. It must also be submitted electronically to email@example.com.
1. Go to the word processing program of your computer.
2. Start a “new” document
3. Set margins for 1" on all four sides. You may use the font style of your choice. It may not be any smaller than “10” and no larger than “12” point type using Times New Roman font style . Remember, depending on the font size chosen, the number of times you should hit the tab bar will change. Please refer to the attached sample to verify you are following the requested format.
4. With the justification set for left, type “Name:” in bold. Following the colon (:), hit the space bar twice. Then, type your name as you wish the judges to know it. (If your name is LaCricia Deborah Smith and you want to be known as “Deborah Smith”, please type “Deborah Smith).
5. Then, move to the next line and type “Title:” in bold. Following the colon (:), hit the space bar twice. Then, type your local title.
6. Then, move to the next line and type, “Hometown:” in bold. Following the colon (:), hit the space bar once. Then, type your hometown including the city and the state.
7. Move to the next line and type, “Contestant Number: __________”. You will not know your contestant number at the time you are typing this information, which is why you will need to type a line. If you notice, it is “Contestant number”, then a colon (:), hit the space bar twice and then begin the line. All of which is in bold. Type the line to be long enough to reach the end margin.
8. Move to the next line and type, “Date of Birth:” in bold. Hit the space bar two (2) times, and type the month, day, and year of your birth. (Ex. October 10, 1989)
9. Double space down and type, “Education:” in bold. Hit the tab bar three times and then type your most recent school first and your classification for the fall. If it is grad school indicate it as such. List degree seeking (all on the same line as the name of the school), move to the line underneath that to list your undergraduate school and degree sought/achieved, and below that list your high school. If you are a High School Senior go ahead and list your college for the fall (ex. Oklahoma State University – Freshman)
10. Double space down. Hit the tab bar once. Type “Platform Issue:” in bold. Hit the tab bar three times. Type the TITLE of your platform, MAKING SURE IT LINES UP WITH THE INFORMATION ABOVE IT. DO NOT TYPE ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE TITLE.
11. Double space down. Hit the tab bar once. Type “Scholastic/Career Ambition:” in bold. Hit the Tab bar once, MAKING SURE IT LINES UP WITH THE OTHERS ABOVE IT. Then type the type of degree/education you would ultimately like to achieve and beneath that, list your career ambition.
12. Double space down. Hit the tab bar once. Type “Talent:” in bold. Hit the tab bar three times. Type the type of talent and specific selection. MAKE SURE IT LINES UP WITH THE INFORMATION ABOVE IT. (i.e. Pop Vocal - “Crying”, Tap Dance - “Staying Alive”, etc.)
13. Double space down. Type “Scholastic Honors:” in bold. Hit the space bar twice. Each item should be separated by a colon (:).
14. Double space down. Type “Leadership Roles:” in bold. Hit the space bar twice. Each item should be separated by a colon (:).
15. Double space down. Type “Accomplishments:” in bold. Hit the space bar twice. Each item should be separated by a colon (:).
16. Double space down. Type “Interesting Facts:” in bold. Hit the space bar twice. Each item should be separated by a colon (:).
17. Double space down. Type “Employment:” in bold. Hit the space bar twice. Each item should be separated by a colon (:).
18. Double space down. Type “Legacy:" in bold. Hit the space bar twice. Please answer the question in sentence form.
19. Double space down. Type “Why I should be Miss Northwestern Oklahoma State University:" in bold. Hit the space bar twice. Please answer the question in sentence form.
Use your best judgment on what is most important for the judges to know about you. Use your space wisely. Attached you will see an example of what it should look like. Any variations from this form will not be considered acceptable. Your materials will not be retyped. The judges will receive your original work.
This form will be given to the judges along with your platform statement. You will notice there is a required signature line at the bottom of the Platform Statement. When these two pages are put together, they will create your entire application. Your signature will cover the materials listed ON BOTH PAGES. Your signature verifies that everything on your forms is true and accurate. If it is proven that any information on these forms is not true, correct, and factual, you risk losing your local/state title. Some spacing issues may arise. Simply follow the example provided.
Original resume is to be submitted to the pageant director. Electronic copy is to be submitted to Rachel Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org on the due date. Due by Friday, August 23, 2013.
Competition and Judging
Scoring Percentages for State and Local Pageants
- Interview 25%
- Evening Wear 20%
- On Stage Question 5%
- Talent 35%
- Swimsuit 15%
The Private Interview
- A podium will be used
- Interview begins immediately Interview continues until the 9 minutes and 30 seconds timing mark
- 30 seconds to close this phase of competition
- If discussion ends before the 30 seconds are up, then the interview ends
- The Lifestyle and Fitness in swimsuit is designed to see how well the contestant maintains a lifestyle of good physical health, whether she meets the public expectation of a titleholder, and whether or not she has the confidence need to be a titleholder. The contestant’s drive, energy, and presence are to be likewise considered.
- Swimsuit may be one or two piece
- The time limit for talent presentation is one minute and thirty seconds. Nothing longer will be accepted, and this will be strictly enforced! Contestants should plan a performance that will not exceed this limit.
Evening Wear Competition
- The Evening Wear phase of competition is designed for the judge to assess the contestant’s beauty, poise, grace and commanding stage presence. The contestant’s total look is considered. Her evening wear (not the value of the evening wear) should complement the contestant’s individuality.
FAQs About the Pageant
Frequently Asked Questions
What outfits will I need in order to compete in the Miss Northwestern Scholarship Pageant?
- Opening Outfit - This is to be announced; however, will possibly consist of a Northwestern t-shirt, jeans, and tennis shoes.
- Swimsuit - Swimsuit can be two-piece or one-piece. NO thongs will be allowed! The final "okay" will be given by the director.
- Talent - Gown or Costume
- Evening Gown
- Interview Outfit - For the day of the interview only. Wear an outfit that you would wear to a job interview.
Is there a list of items that I should have with me in my dressing room for the night of the pageant?
- Bring your own makeup
- Fresh Firm Grip/Medical Tape/Duct Tape
- Baby Wipes
- Hair brush, comb, hair pins
- Vitamins/aspirin/any prescribed medications needed
- Q-tips, cotton balls, Kleenex
- Toothbrush & Toothpaste
- Safety Pins
- Power Strip
- Curling Iron/Hair Dryer/Flat Iron
- Hair Spray
- Personal Hygiene items
Be sure to label all of your items.
What will the judges be looking for in selecting the next Miss Northwestern?
The judges will be looking for someone who can fulfill the job description of Miss Northwestern and the potential next Miss Oklahoma:
- Highly Articulate
- Non-programmed, Fresh, and Approachable
- Able to Relate to Community Leaders and Elected Officials
- Must be Reflective of Women her age
- Have that "IT" quality that is hard to define
- Committed to her Platform
- Willing to promote and support the efforts of the Children's Miracle Network
- Mature enough to handle the job and the responsibilities
- Strong work ethic
- In good health
- Maintain grace and poise in crowds
- Compassionate towards children
- Manageable, Punctual
- PIZAZZ, PERSONALITY, PEOPLE SKILLS, PURPOSE
***The next Miss Northwestern will not have to be the "most" in any of these areas, but she must possess ALL of these qualities.
The Miss Northwestern Pageant provides a personal and professional opportunity for NorthwesternOklahoma State University young women to promote their voice in culture, politics, and the community. The pageant empowers young women to achieve their personal and professional goals, and provides a forum in which to express their opinions, talents, and intelligence.
Who is Miss Northwestern?
The Miss Northwestern Pageant attracts the most intelligent, highly motivated, and community-oriented young women Northwestern Oklahoma State University has as students. All young women meeting the age and other requirements are eligible to compete from all three of Northwestern's campuses.
Source of Scholarship Funds
The Pageant was revived in 2001 from an 18-year absence through the cooperative effort of the Presidential Partners program, Northwestern Oklahoma State University and community involvement. Tuition scholarship awards are funded through the Northwestern Foundation. Cash scholarship awards are funded through the Presidential Partners Program and community involvement at Northwestern Oklahoma State University
For More Information
For more information concerning the Miss Northwestern Pageant or if you wish to schedule an appearance by Miss Northwestern contact Chesnei Thomas, Executive Director, email@example.com.