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Student Hopes Award Launches Her to Next Title
OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma City University student competing in the Miss Black OCU pageant Saturday is riding on a high note after being named the national Martin Luther King Jr. Award recipient during the recent Big XII Conference on Black Student Government held in Austin, Texas, last month. Bailey Perkins, sophomore political science major and Clara Luper Scholar, will compete against nine other young women for the pageant title. And if successful, she’ll be in pretty good shape to win the state title. OCU’s representative has won the Miss Black Oklahoma each year from 2005 to 2008. But even if she doesn’t win, Perkins is on a one-way track to success. When the sophomore finishes her political science degree a year early she plans to go after a Juris Doctor degree in hopes of eventually running for political office. “I always did pageants as a child, all the way up to ninth grade,” Perkins said. “After a long break I decided it’s time to take it up again.” The Miss Black OCU pageant will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Kirkpatrick Auditorium of the Fine Arts Center at Blackwelder Avenue and N.W. 24th Street. Perkins has yet another option to fall back on for a living — her voice, which will be used during the talent portion of the pageant. She is a six-time all-state vocalist and currently performs in the group, Wings of Harmony. Perkins is also active in the OCU Black Student Association, which was awarded the Robert Page Jr. Non-Big XII Council of the Year during the February conference. The award is given to the council that demonstrates the most commitment to unity, academic achievement, scholarship, campus programming, community service, and evidence of a sound operation and effective council management.