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Four with NOC ties in Miss Oklahoma Pageant

Emma Valgora and Mia-Claire Jones        Chandler Brown and Lexi Neahring

Cutline #1:  Emma Valgora and Mia-Claire Jones

Cutline #2:  Chandler Brown and Lexi Neahring

Four with NOC ties in Miss Oklahoma Pageant

Four current or former NOC students will compete for Miss Oklahoma next week in Tulsa June 8-11.

Current Miss NOC Tonkawa Emma Valgora and current Miss NOC Enid Mia-Claire Jones will compete alongside Miss Heartland Chandler Brown and Miss Ponca City Lexi Neahring.

Valgora and Brown are both from Ponca City.  Brown was Miss Runner-Up in the 2022 Miss NOC Tonkawa competition.  Jones is from Morrison while Neahring was Miss NOC Enid in 2018.  Neahring is from Enid, Oklahoma.

The Miss Oklahoma winner advances to the Miss America Pageant in December.

The Kiwanis Club of Tulsa has been the co-sponsor of the pageant since 1966, and took over full sponsorship in 1972 with Charles Welch as the Executive Director.  Today the Executive Director is Kay Alexander.

The Kiwanis Club of Tulsa has contributed to the success of the Miss Oklahoma. They have provided volunteers, donors and sponsors to make this organization what it is today.

The Miss Oklahoma Organization is proud to offer over $2 million in scholarships to candidates each year statewide.  These scholarships are given out through the local competitions and the Miss Oklahoma Scholarship Foundation.

Over $8 million dollars have been made available and nearly 10,000 women have participated in the Miss Oklahoma program in state and local competitions since The Kiwanis Club of Tulsa started sponsoring in 1972.

The Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Each year, the Miss America Organization makes available millions in cash and tuition scholarship assistance. This assistance is not just for the handful of young women who become Miss America, but is available to all young women who compete in the state and local competitions as well.

For more information visit the Miss America website at

Northern Oklahoma College, the state’s first public two-year community college, is a multi-campus, land-grant institution that provides high quality, accessible, and affordable educational opportunities and services.

NOC serves nearly 4,000 students through the home campus in Tonkawa, branch in Enid, and NOC/OSU Gateway Program in Stillwater.  Of these students about 80% receive financial aid and/or scholarships. 75% of NOC students complete their degree with zero debt.

The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers associate degrees in three general areas: Arts, Science and Applied Science; the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs; and the Accreditation Commission for Education and Nursing.

For more information about Northern Oklahoma College please call (580) 628-6208 or visit the NOC website at