OKMULGEE, Oklahoma– Mvskoke Nation Youth Services is excited to announce the applications for the 2022 Miss and Jr. Miss Muscogee (Creek) Nation Scholarship Pageant are now available.
According to the Mvskoke Royalty website, the pageant provides an educational scholarship opportunity for young Mvskoke women to represent the Nation as goodwill ambassadors.
The two young ladies selected will serve a yearlong reign which include educational, social, cultural and public appearances as well as speaking engagements. Through this pageant, young women develop their sense of self-confidence, poise, public speaking skills, social skills, and expand their cultural knowledge of Mvskoke history, customs and traditions.
Eligibility to apply for the pageant include the following: contestants must be between the ages of 14-17 for Jr. Miss and 17-24 for Miss, be a Muscogee (Creek) citizen, have a 2.5 GPA and enrolled in high school, college and this year the pageant has added vocational or trade school as an option for participants.
Once applications have been submitted, the contestants are expected to attend the Royalty Retreat. The retreat is set for April 2 at the College of the Muscogee Nation. This mandatory event will be a full day of classes for the contestants.
“We have assigned them a language speaker,” Mvskoke Royalty Coordinator LuAnn Bear said. “Contestants have trouble with their introductions or scared to do it, so we have assigned them their own instructor. They will have their language instructor all the way until pageant day.”
Vendors will be set up at the retreat for the girls where they will be assisted in ordering dresses, moccasins, beadwork and anything needed for the pageant. Other classes include helping the contestants with their talent or makeup.
Another day is set aside for the contestants to walk through the pageant, known as Royalty Ready, set for May 7. They will be able to practice their introductions, dress descriptions and all the elements it takes to compete in the pageant.
Bear said she is looking forward to the number of candidates the contest might have this year.
Pageant day is set for June 4 with the location to be determined. Application deadline is March 4 by 5 p.m.
Applications can be picked up at Mvskoke Nation Youth Services on 700 N Mission in Okmulgee located across from OSU-IT.
Applications are also online at: https://www.mvskokeroyalty.com/become-a-contestant.
For more information, contact: 918-549-2557.