Miss Indian NEO crown still worn by Pawhuskan

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

MIAMI, Okla. — Allison Jones-Reyes was recently named as Miss Indian NEO for 2015 at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.

Reyes, a sophomore from Pawhuska, received the honor at a Nov. 18 pageant held as part of NEO’s Native Heritage Month observance. The contest was open to female students who met grade point-average requirements. Candidates were scored on their their pageant performance as well as on essays and reference letters they provided to a panel of judges.

The fourth-year event was hosted by the American Indian Center for Excellence and the Native American Student Association. As the winner, Reyes qualifies for a future national competition. She also earned a $200 scholarship presented by the President’s Partners from NEO.

Reyes was crowned by the 2014 Miss Indian NEO, Dava Daylight, who also is from Pawhuska.

“As Miss Indian NEO, I will promote the importance of education, culture, and leadership,” said Reyes in her acceptance speech. “I would like to see more Native American girls voice their opinions and become involved in their heritage, education and tribal government.”