Allison Cook, a junior at the Oregon Institute of Technology, was crowned Miss Oregon 2013 on Saturday, June 29, 2013.
KLAMATH FALLS, ORE. – Allison Cook, a junior at the Oregon Institute of Technology, was crowned Miss Oregon 2013 on Saturday, June 29, 2013. A native of Granite Bay, Calif., she is currently a student within the Radiologic Science degree program at the Klamath Falls campus. Crowned Miss Southern Gem 2013 in May of this year, Miss Cook will begin her year of service as Miss Oregon, continuing on to the Miss America competition, scheduled for September in Atlantic City.
Miss Cook presented her platform promoting athletic concussion awareness and performed a rendition of the Black Eyed Peas’ hit “Let’s Get it Started” on the electro-acoustic fiddle. She also showcased her knowledge of current affairs by answering a question about the constitutionality of the Patriot Act.
“It feels amazing,” Cook told The Daily Astorian. “To be representing a state such as Oregon is such an honor and I cannot wait to begin my year of service with Children’s Miracle Network, the Red Cross and promoting concussion awareness.”
She received a $10,000 cash scholarship and won “The Spirit of Katie Scholarship,” named after Oregon’s own Miss America 2002, Katie Harman Ebner. Cook also received the Tiffany Phillips Scholar-Athlete Scholarship and the Patty Jenson Memorial Community Service Scholarship.
Oregon Tech Support
A large supporter of scholarship pageants in Klamath County and Miss Oregon, Oregon Tech President, Dr. Maples, was in the audience when Miss Cook was crowned and has kept in close contact with her along the way as she is a current recipient of Oregon Tech’s Miss Southern Gem scholarship.
"It was very exciting," Dr. Maples said. "Allison did a wonderful job. All of the contestants were very talented and we are so proud to see Allison represent Klamath County, Oregon Tech, and now all of Oregon.”
As a student at Oregon Tech, Miss Cook has been involved in the Radiologic Science Club, volleyball team, and serves as a basketball official. Her platform of athletic concussion awareness is closely linked to her studies: “Throughout my life, I have sustained four concussions and all of them played a part in finding my passion and career: healthcare,” writes Miss Cook. “My dream job would be to become a Magnetic Resonance Imaging Tech that is specialized in imaging brain trauma. With this, I could bridge my volunteer service of athletic concussion awareness and education with my career.”
About the Oregon Institute of Technology
Founded in Klamath Falls in 1947, Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) is one of seven universities in the Oregon University System, and the only public institute of technology in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon Tech provides degree programs in engineering and health technologies, management, communication, and applied sciences that prepare students to be effective participants in their professional, public, and international communities through hands-on learning. Oregon Tech has a full-service, residential campus in Klamath Falls and an urban, industry-focused campus in Wilsonville. Visit www.oit.edu to learn more about Oregon Institute of Technology.