A Colcord young woman is the newest Miss Huckleberry, after earning the title during the annual pageant on Saturday, June 24.

Bryce Bennett, 17, Colcord, walked away with the Miss Huckleberry 2018 title, while Summer Tate, 16, of Broken Arrow, earned the Miss Huckleberry's Outstanding Teen title.

In addition to her title, Bennett, won Miss Congeniality and swimwear.

Other winners in the Miss competition included Whitney Farley, 20, Jay, who won talent, crowd pleaser and first runner-up. Ally Lane, 17, Broken Arrow, was second runner up, while Olivia Goodrich, 18, Broken Arrow, was third runner up.

In the teen pageant, Tate also earned Miss Congeniality, and awards in the talent and fitness wear competitions. 

Other winners in the teen division included Sara Borza, 15, of Broken Arrow who won first runner-up, Jaylin Gomes, 13, of Grove who won the crowd pleaser and second runner-up and Cameron Chaffin, 14, of Tulsa, who won third runner-up.

"I have two great girls this year," said Brooke Hester, pageant director. "I can't wait to see what our year holds. 

"It starts this weekend with the Huckleberry Festival. I love to show the girls around and show them how everything works in the Huckleberry Capitol. 

"They also get to taste test the goodies - and that's the best part - experiencing their first with them. We're going to have a blast together."

Meet the winners

Miss Huckleberry

Bryce Bennett 17, lives in Colcord with her parents, Gayla Aman-Bennett and Darrel Bennett. 

Bennett will be a senior at Siloam Springs High School, in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. She attends the school because her mother works in Siloam and because of family connections.

"It's crazy," Bennett said of her win - which took place in her first pageant as a Miss contestant. "The title is so different. You have to walk on stage in a swimsuit, which is a much different experience."

Bennett said she was unsure about taking part in the swimsuit competition. So much so she was ready to throw in the towel on Friday evening.

"My mom and Brooke [Hester, pageant coordinator] couldn't get me out of the bathroom to practice," Bennett said. "I thought there's no way I can do this - then I won the swimsuit competition on Saturday."

Bennett said she is looking forward to serving along side Tate. The pair met in the past year, as they competed within the outstanding teen division of the Miss Oklahoma pageant. 

"We became really good friends as teens," Bennett said. "She's definitely like a sister to me."

Bennett said she's looking forward to this weekend's festival, simply because she wants to meet tons of people in the community. She also hopes to talk about her platform HERO - Helping Everyone Respect Others, a bullying prevention program.

She knows her platform, like Tate's focuses on bullying within the school systems. 

"We get to go into [locations] together, and talk about our platforms and bounce off of each other," Bennett said. "I just want to make people aware of how big the bullying issue is, and how it can relate to their lives."

While this is Bennett's first Miss title, it's her fourth in the Miss Oklahoma Pageant system. She has held the Miss Grand Lake's Outstanding Teen in 2015 and 2017, and was Miss Green Country's Outstanding Teen in 2016.

"I'm super excited," Bennett said. "It's going to be such a fun year."

Miss Huckleberry's Outstanding Teen

Summer Tate, 16, lives in Broken Arrow with her parents Marquita and Kevin Tate. She's grown up coming to Delaware County, spending several summers at her best friend's lake house on Monkey Island.

"I'm really excited," Tate said after her win. "I get to be the second Miss Huckleberry's Outstanding Teen, and I get to be a part of the Jay community."

Tate said she's ready for this weekend's Huckleberry Festival and is especially looking forward to having a huckleberry milkshake.

She's also excited to have an opportunity to talk about her platform: P.S.A.T. Please Stop and Think Before You Speak.

"It's all about overcoming bullying," Tate said. "I love coming into schools - especially smaller schools like Jay, to talk about how school should be a safe, happy zone.

"I like talking about my experiences with bullying, so I can connect with kids."

This is the second title for Tate, who has been competing for two years. Last year she served as Miss Broken Arrow's Outstanding Teen.

She's excited to serve alongside Bennett. The pair grew close in the past year, as they both competed as an outstanding teen.

"We really connected last year at state," Tate said. "Now she's my Miss and I'm her teen. She's like an older sister, always supporting me."

One thing with Bennett

One person who inspires you?

My mom, because she's super strong and has always been there for me. She encourages me to be the best Bryce I can always be.

One thing you can't live without?

My car keys. I'm always on the go, and if I don't have my keys, I can't make it anywhere. They are a symbol of independence.

One piece of advice you've been given?

Always be yourself. There will never be a better you, than yourself. You are always enough.

One thing you want people to know

I'm going to be there, as Miss Huckleberry, always doing something in the community. I want to be super involved.

One thing with Tate

One person who inspires you?

My mom, because she was with me with everything that's happened. She's always supports me and my dancing. She's been a big role model for me.

One book that's stuck with you?

Heaven is for Real. I love the book. It makes you think, when you think about a little boy who has been through so much. He tells people about God, and he knows there's a God because he's been there.

One thing you can't live without?

My cell phone. I went all day without it at state (the 2017 Miss Oklahoma Pageant). I went through withdrawal. Most of the time it's always with me. I learned I don't always need my phone with me at all hours.

One thing that might surprise people?

I'm the youngest of six kids. I have five brothers. They are constantly protecting me. I like having people around me, knowing I can get help if I need it.

One piece of advice you've been given?

Always be yourself. That's what people are looking for. They want someone to show them the real person.