ELYRIA — Robin Bokor is very familiar with the critical fire under which beauty pageants have come in recent years.
And while this weekend’s Miss Ohio USA pageant at Shawnee State University near Portsmouth will see its female contestants alternately don swimsuits and gowns for judges, they will also give considerable weight to interviews and poise.
“Something I really like about this pageant is that a lot is based off of interviews,” Bokor, 24, said.
“They also look at the confidence you exhibit and the way you carry yourself,” the Elyria woman added. “It’s a little bit different than a lot of your stereotypical pageants.”
A 2007 Elyria High School graduate, Bokor received her associate degree in nursing from Lorain County Community College in 2011, after which she embarked in an online bachelor of science in nursing degree program through Ohio University.
“I just received that degree last week,” Bokor said.
As she continued her academic studies, Bokor has received on-the-job experience as a registered nurse working in pediatric cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic.
She also works one day a week as a general pediatrics nurse at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.
The daughter of Robert and Linda Bokor of Elyria, Bokor confessed to fluctuating between “butterflies” and “excitement and confidence” as the moment of truth approaches.
“After that, I began to get information on different pageants,” Bokor said.
Acknowledging she grew up fantasizing about one day being named Miss Ohio, Bokor watched the Miss USA pageant as a child.
“I never thought I’d get the chance to do this,” Bokor said.
She seriously considered entering the Miss Ohio contest two years ago but opted to wait until she had completed her studies.
Bokor plans to remain in the field of pediatrics as a nurse-practitioner.
“You do a lot of one-on-one work with families, gathering data and seeing patients under doctors’ supervision,” Bokor said.
Tonight’s opening round will see 15 semifinalists selected to advance to Saturday’s finals, where judges will select a winner from five finalists who will give spontaneous answers to onstage questions.
The woman crowned Miss Ohio 2014 will advance to the 2014 Miss USA pageant.