Mr. & Miss Panhandle State contestants — Photo by Hannah Haase

Sep 21, 2018

Panhandle State Communications

Holub and Johnson crowned Mr. and Miss Panhandle State

Goodwell, Okla. — On Tuesday, September 18th, the Centennial Theatre was packed to the max at the resurrection of the Mr. and Miss Panhandle State scholarship competition.

The event could not have been possible without the help of students, faculty and staff across campus. It was hosted by Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) and the Association of Information Technology (AITP) and sponsored by the Student Government Association. Overseeing the preparation, and supervision of the event were club advisors, Kim Tuttle (AITP), and Dr. Sara Hitch (PBL). Students that participated had the chance to win a $2,000 scholarship and receive honorable recognition as the face of the campus.

The show was emceed by the Dean of the College of Business and Technology, Mr. Davin Winger. He began the competition with the introduction of the candidates, program staff, and judges. This year’s panel of judges were strategically chosen from the community to ensure that there was no bias involved with the selection process. Candidates were judged based on casual wear, evening wear, and an on-stage question. Prior to the show, the candidates also submitted resumes and completed a seven-minute interview with the judging panel.

Each candidate successfully exemplified their own individual personalities, and characteristics. Among the thirteen candidates, there were numerous attributes that set each one apart from the other. From a spectator’s point of view, “it was an intriguing experience, and a good way to get to know more students on campus.”

Once the competition had concluded, and the intermission was complete it was time to announce the winners of the competition. Mayor Kim Peterson, Mrs. Sherry Quimby, Mr. Jim Quimby, and Dr. Sara Jane Richter were an essential part of the selection process serving as the judging panel. Announced first were the competition’s runner-up’s. This recognition went to Sequoia Smith, and Jorge Rosas for the title of Mr. Panhandle State, and to Alex Hamilton, and Kaley Conner for Miss Panhandle State.

Mr. Panhandle State 2018 was awarded to Lukas Holub.

“Lukas Holub is a senior from the Czech Republic. He is majoring in Psychology. His goals in life are to live a happy life, which will contribute to making other people more satisfied and motivated as well. Some of Lukas’ accomplishments include President’s honor roll, Dean’s honor roll, and Chi Alpha Sigma. His favorite thing about Panhandle State is that people on campus are super friendly and helpful.”

Miss Panhandle State 2018 was awarded to Hannah Johnson.

“Hannah Johnson is a junior from Texhoma, Okla. She is majoring in History. Her future career plans include pursuing a doctorate in History, teaching at a collegiate level, and coaching cheerleading. Hannah is involved in the History Club as the current president, Cheerleading as a captain, and Student Senate. She also serves as a Residential Assistant. Her favorite thing about Panhandle State is that the close-knit community has allowed her to continue her passions of cheer and history and has also brought her a new perspective of life.”

Congratulations to the winners and to everyone who participated in the show, and a big thank you to all you came out to support!

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