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NOC participants shine at Miss Oklahoma Pageant

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

Four Northern Oklahoma College students participated in the Miss Oklahoma Pageant in Tulsa June 7-11.

Miss NOC Tonkawa Emma Valgora received a $500 non-finalist talent award, a $500 dreamer award (given by the judges for a young lady that stood out in interview and impressed the judges), and a $1,000 non-finalist award.   Valgora is from Ponca City.

Miss NOC Enid Mia-Claire Jones received a $500 community service achievement award and a non-finalist award of $1,000.   Jones is from Morrison.

Miss Heartland Chandler Brown received a $1,000 non-finalist award.  Brown was the runner-up Miss NOC Tonkawa in 2021.  She is from Ponca City.

Miss NOC Enid 2017 Lexi Neahring received a $500 Miss America empowerment award and a $10,000 scholarship to Oral Robert’s University and a $1,000 non-finalist award.   Leahring is the current Miss Ponca City and is from Enid.

Miss NOC Directors Shannon Varner, Tonkawa, and Terri Sutherland received Miss Oklahoma 2022 local directors of the year.

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