Chelsie Rich/Project Specialist
McKane, Lamb capture titles
OKMULGEE, Okla. — The 2016 Miss and Jr. Miss Muscogee (Creek) Nation Scholarship Pageant was held June 4 in the Mvskoke Dome at the Claude Cox Omniplex in Okmulgee.
“It’s a big process. Actually, our pageant committee work year around. We don’t ever stop planning for this big day,” Pageant Committee chairperson Terra Beaver said.
After hours of competition, Brittany McKane was crowed Miss MCN and received a $5,000 scholarship, among other prizes.
“I was shocked… It feels amazing now having getting over that initial shock. I’m just really excited and happy for this opportunity,” McKane said.
Madeline Lamb was crowned Jr. Miss MCN and received a $1,500 scholarship, among other prizes.
“I feel ecstatic. I’m so excited that I was chosen to be Jr. Miss Muscogee (Creek) Nation and it’s just an honor,” Lamb said.
Beaver spoke of different strategies they had for this year’s pageant.
“What we did different was go around to different communities. We promote other pageants, talked about our guidelines and recruiting contestants,” Beaver said. “We just want to reach out beyond our jurisdiction… looking for girls who want this opportunity.”
Beaver said that by reaching out to the community, the committee was able to inspire 13 young ladies to come forth to compete.
Five contestants ages 17-24 competed to be Miss MCN, Bailee Allen, ShawnDea Dunzy, Amberly Proctor, Baileigh Roberts and McKane.
Eight contestants ages 14-17 competed for the title of Jr. Miss, Angel Hartley, Claudia McHenry, Olivia Kinsey, Kierra Monawee, Tesha-LaShay Phillips, Kayla Broncho, Danielle LaSarge and Lamb.
Family, friends, citizens and visiting royalty gathered in support to witness the crowning and the pageant committee also invited former MCN royalty to attend a retreat and the pageant.
According to the event program, each contestant had to write an essay, give a personal interview with the judges, prepare a self-introduction, wear traditional dress, give a traditional presentation and answer an impromptu question.
It states MCN royalty serve as representatives of the Nation and positive role models for Muscogee (Creek) citizens.