Miss NOC Enid and Tonkawa earn scholarships at Miss Oklahoma pageant
Ponca City Now - June 13, 2014 9:43 am
Miss Northern Oklahoma College 2014 Enid and Tonkawa represented NOC at the Miss Oklahoma Pageant held in Tulsa June 3 -7. Robin Whittaker represented Tonkawa and Cortney Lofton represented Enid.
Lofton won the Miss Congeniality award. This award is voted on by the pageant contestants and recognizes the contestant who is most friendly, helpful, genuine and outgoing in the pageant.
Terri Sunderland, Miss NOC Enid Pageant director said both the girls received scholarships.
"Whittaker, Miss NOC Tonkawa, received a $1,000 scholarship to Southwester Christian University and a $400 non-finalist award," Sunderland said. "Lofton, Miss NOC Enid, received a $2,000 scholarship to Mid-American Christian University School of Music, a $400 non-finalist award and she also received the $400 Miss Congeniality Award. Both of these young ladies represented Northern Oklahoma College very well. We are so proud of Cortney and Robin."
Both Lofton and Whittaker earned the right to compete at the state pageant by winning the local dual Miss NOC Enid-Miss NOC Tonkawa Scholarship Pageant competition held on the NOC Tonkawa campus last October. That event included seven Tonkawa and five Enid students competing for Miss NOC honors.
Whittaker is a 2011 Bristow High School graduate and 2014 NOC Tonkawa graduate. While attending NOC she was a member of Northern’s traveling musical show troupe, The Roustabouts, listed on the Dean’s Honor Roll and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
During her high school career Whittaker was an honor student, participated in speech and debate, track and chorus. She received the Martin Luther King JR and Philanthropic Education Organization scholarships. She was cheerleading co-captain and vice president of Leading Youth of Nations.
She is the daughter of Sam and Sharitha Tucker of Bristow.
Lofton is a 2011 graduate of Southeast High School and 2014 NOC Enid graduate. She was listed in the United States Achievement Award Yearbook for Computer Science. She led a team of volunteers at the National Food Bank of American, helping to make hundreds of boxes of food for the less fortunate. She was a leader in the African American club and was a high school basketball team captian. While at Northern she was a 2012-13 Jets women’s basketball team manager and a student worker in the NOC Student Affairs office.
Lofton is the daughter of Donica and Quinn Robles, Sr.
Sunderland said each girl was required to compete in the state pageant.
"Each year, the reigning Miss NOC Tonkawa and Enid participate in the Miss Oklahoma pageant," Sunderland said. " The state pageant is part of the Miss American Organization, and is on of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women."