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Lawton Native Jeanee Canada Crowned Miss Black UCO 2013

Jeanee Canada

Feb. 11, 2013

Media Contact:  Courtney Harlin, University Relations Staff Writer, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-2121,


University of Central Oklahoma student Jeanee Canada was crowned Miss Black UCO 2013 at Central’s annual scholarship pageant on Feb. 9, celebrating the intelligence, beauty, and talent of African American women.    

Canada, a Lawton native, is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism and public relations. Her new title qualifies her for the opportunity to represent Central at the Miss Black Oklahoma USA pageant in the fall.

In addition to the trophy, crown and title, Canada received a $1,600 scholarship and a Miss Black UCO plaque.

First runner-up Andrea Tharpe, a sophomore elementary education major from Tulsa, received a $400 scholarship and an official Miss Black UCO plaque.

Miari Che Douglas, a junior biomedical engineering major from Moore, was named second runner-up and received a $200 scholarship as well as a plaque.

Central’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the UCO Black Student Association sponsor the Miss Black UCO pageant.

For more information, contact MeShawn Conley, director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, at 405-974-5944 or


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Cutline #1: Honored at the 2013 Miss Black UCO pageant were second runner-up Miari Che Douglas, Miss Black UCO 2013 Jeanee Canada, and first runner-up Andrea Tharpe.

Cutline #2: Jeanee Canda, a junior broadcast journalism and public relations major from Lawton, was crowned Miss Black UCO 2013 at Central’s annual scholarship pageant.