November 21, 2014

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Former Apple Festival queen to compete in Miss Ohio pageant


Elyria native Robin Bokor will compete in the Miss Ohio USA pageant this weekend. COURTESY OF DEB KNOSKE PHOTOGRAPHY

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.

Bokor, center, was the 2009 Apple Festival queen. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Bokor, center, was the 2009 Apple Festival queen. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

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.

Bokor was Elyria Apple Festival Queen in 2009.

“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.

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  • Didi Pizaza

    We also have another local girl entering the Miss Ohio Contest Miss Raven Reed from Grafton, Ohio. While Raven is no stranger to any of the modeling contest she has won many of them she has entered. She is very poised and very beautiful. The name Reed is also very well known. with her family very involved in the racing community, Raven is a 2009 Graduate of Midview High School, and earned her Associates Degree in Travel/Tourism at Loran County Community College in 2012. Since then she has entered and won numerous awards in many pageants. She has a huge fan base as well.

    • Phil Blank

      But this article is not about Miss Raven Reed.

      • Linda Bokor

        Robin was told by Miss Ohio USA to contact the Chronicle. She does not make pageants her career. Robin does have a career in Ped. Cardiology. She works with children waiting for heart transplants along with other heart problems. These are not in and out patients. Long care on her floor and so heartbreaking when one passes.