Miss Black UCO Celebrates 30th Year of Scholarship Pageant

Jan. 28, 2014

Media Contact: Lindsay Houts, Staff Writer, UCO University Relations, 405-974-2121, lhouts@uco.edu


The University of Central Oklahoma will host its 30th annual Miss Black UCO scholarship pageant at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 in Constitution Hall, located in the Nigh University Center on Central’s campus. Doors to the auditorium will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are free with a UCO ID and $7 without.

The pageant, themed “The Essence of Elegance: A Woman Emerged,” is sponsored by Central’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) and the UCO Black Student Association. Senior broadcasting and public relations major Vincent Burr will serve as emcee.

Winners of Miss Black UCO will be eligible for nearly $3,000 in tuition waivers, with the overall winner receiving $1,600, the first runner-up receiving $850 and the second runner-up receiving $500. Additional awards include the People’s Choice Award, Future Business Woman Award, Jackie Shaw’s Photogenic Award and the Lyndall Walls Director Award.

The women’s talents vary from monologue to martial arts to mime, while platforms include domestic violence awareness, homelessness awareness and lupus awareness, among others.

This year's contestants, followed by hometown, classification and major are:

Boikgapo Bolelang
Junior, Forensic Science/Criminal Justice
Edmond, Okla.

Courtney Hornebeak
Freshman, Psychology/Forensics
Oklahoma City, Okla.

Daniele Hunter
Sophomore, Psychology
Lamesa, Texas

Brea’ LaShun Miller
Sophomore, Criminal Justice
Ada, Okla.

Jordan Moss
Sophomore, Psychology
Tulsa, Okla.

Akilah Aset Smith
Junior, Psychology
Oklahoma City, Okla.

Dai’Juanna Lakis Strotter
Freshman, Kinesiology
Wichita, Kan.

Stephanie Opal Swan
Sophomore, Fashion Marketing
Owasso, Okla.

Berontaye Ra’Shea Wallace
Freshman, Political Science
Oklahoma City, Okla.

Briauna De’Juan Williams
Freshman, Early Childhood Development
Midwest City, Okla.

Brittany Shantel Wilson
Sophomore, Community Health
Moore, Okla.

For more information, contact Stevie Johnson, coordinator for ODI, at 405-974-5946.