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March 5, 2011

Vying for Miss Velma-Alma

VELMA — The Miss Velma-Alma 2011 pageant will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 25, in the Velma-Alma High School auditorium.  Seventeen young women are competing for this title. Emcees for the evening are Dallas Fox and Miss Velma-Alma 2010, Robyn Sanner.

The contestants will begin the competition in the afternoon on that day, participating in personal interviews with the judges.

The majority of the points come from the interview. During the evening performance, the contestants model both casual and evening wear, escorted by five senior boys voted on by the Velma-Alma student body. 

The escorts for this year’s pageant are Tanner Britt, Peyton Presgrove, Tanner Jenkins and Dillon Dennis. One girl will be named Miss Velma-Alma 2011 and four as runner-ups.

All five will receive scholarships. Miss Congeniality, Miss Photogenic and Mr. V-A will be named. 


— Hannah Witter, 18, daughter of George and Becky Witter is active in cross country and was the 2009 Miss Velma-Alma second runner-up, and 2010 fourth runner-up. She is a member of Beta Club, National Honor Society, Academic Team and Comet Reader. Rindi plans to attend the University of Oklahoma and major in epidemiology.

— Kayla Harman, 17, daughter of Kent and Kimberly Harman is active in cross country and cheerleading. She received the Most Valuable Runner Award in 2008. She is a member of Beta Club, National Honor Society, Student Council and Comet Reader. After graduation, Kayla plans to attend the Forensic Institute at the University of Central Oklahoma.

— Brittni Hopkins, 17, is the daughter of Randy and Beverly McAlister. Brittni is active in track, cross country, FFA and Cheerleading. Brittni received the All-Area Cross Country award. She is a member of Beta Club, National Honor Society, Academic Team and Comet Reader. She plans to attend Cameron University and major in psychology.

— Hillary Tivis, 18, is the daughter of Cary Dale and Sonja Tivis and Dawn McGuire.

As a senior, Hillary is active in basketball, softball and track. She was a state qualifier in discus and named The Duncan Banner All-Area Second Team for three years. She received the Outstanding Female Sportsmanship Award in 2010. She is a member of Beta club, National Honor Society, Comet Reading and FFA. She plans to attend the University of Central Oklahoma and major in early childhood education.

— Ashley Edwards, 18, is the daughter of David and Jodi Edwards. She participates in band and is a member of the Color Guard. She is a member of the business administration class at  Red River Technology Center. She plans to attend Oklahoma City Community College and major in business administration.

— Kristina Sullivan, 18, is the daughter of Brad and Jeanie Sullivan. Kristina is involved in band and Color Guard. She is a member of the Chickasaw Nation Upward Bound Math and Science and Beta club. She intends to major in nursing at East Central University.

— Jordan O’Neal, 18, is the daughter of David and LaGena O’Neal. She participates in Beta Club and FFA. Jordan has won numerous creative writing and essay awards. She plans to attend the University of Oklahoma and major in creative writing.


— Ciara Milligan, 17, is the daughter of Ronnie and Tracy Milligan. She is the MRCA Barrel Racing Champion for 2007 and 2008 and was a state qualifier 2009. After graduation she plans to continue competing in rodeo and attend college to study accounting.

— Haley McNeill, 17, is the daughter of  Robert and Diane McNeill. She is involved in cheerleading and track. She is a Beta club, Gifted and Talented, Comet Reader and National Honor Society. She plans to become a licensed cosmetologist.

— Chelsey Grundy, 17, is the daughter of Temple Lee and Suzy Grundy. She is active in cross Country and cheerleading. Chelsey is the 2010 State Champion in the one-mile run and named All-Area Cross Country.

She is a member of Beta Club, National Honor Society and Student Council. After graduating, she plans to attend college studying forensic science.

— Shelby Rice, 16, is the daughter of Raymond and Sheryl Rice. She is president of the junior class and is active in FFA, a  member of National Honor Society and Beta Club. She holds the title of 2010 Miss Stephens County Fair, was named a 2010 Masonic Student of the Year and was first runner up in the 2010 Miss V-A contest. She plans to pursue a career as a pharmacist.


— Whitney Hall, 16, is the daughter of Shannon and Ronda Hall. She is a 2010 Oklahoma High School Rodeo Association State Champion, a 2010 National High School Rodeo Association National Champion and a member of the Cinch Academic All-Star Team. Whitney plans to attend the Clarendon Community College majoring in ranch management.

— Shalyn Files,16, is the daughter Shan and Starlet Files. Shalyn is active in softball, track, basketball and cheerleading. 

She is the 2010 State Champion Class A pole vault and the 2010 Field Events Most Valuable Athlete. She is a member of the FFA, FCA, Comet Reader and Beta Club. She plans on attending college and is interested in photography.

— Nacona Presgrove, 17, is the daughter of Clay and Lonna Presgrove. Jessica is active in softball, cheerleading and 4-H.  Nacona was the 2009-10 outstanding 4-H member.

Her plans include college and pursuing a career as a dental hygienist.

— Kylee Saville, 16, is the daughter of Tom and Lenora Saville. She is a member of the basketball team, Beta Club, cheerleading and Oklahoma Honor Society. She received the 2009-10 World Geography and Oklahoma History Award. She hopes to attend the University of Oklahoma to major in radiology.

— Christina Stone, 16, is the daughter of Andy and Shelia Bradley. She is a member of Beta Club, Academic Team and track. She hopes to attend Oklahoma State University and is interested in science.

— Taylor Rice, 16, is the daughter of Randy and Beth Weaver and Tommy Rice. After high school, Taylor plans to attend college and would like to become a physical therapist.

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No. It's better in the summer cause kids are out of school.
Yes. More shoppers would come during nice fall weather.
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