By Ashley French and Shania Dauterive
The Lady of the Bracelet pageant has carried on valuable traditions throughout its years at Northwestern State University. By displaying beauty and charm many of the winners have been able compete for the title of Miss Louisiana.
This year five women from NSU will be competing for the title to be the next Lady of the Bracelet for 2017: Emily Jackson, Erica Jarlock, Stephanie Parker, Maria Rome and Peyton Curry.
Taylor Holloway, Lady of the Bracelet coordinator, discussed the process and procedures for the pageant.
1. The winner of the pageant then attends the state meeting in April
2. Compete in the Miss Louisiana pageant in June near Father’s Day
3. Plan for the next Miss Lady of the Bracelet and apply on orgsync.com
4. Compete in Preliminaries to perform talents
5. Raise at least $100 for Children Miracle Network
6. Learning opening number for the pageant
7. Pick a winner and repeat cycle
“At first, the pageant hasn’t always been a scholarship pageant but a beauty pageant. It became a part of the Miss Louisiana system in 1971,” Holloway said.
According to tradtions.nsula.edu, Lady of Bracelet all began in the early 1920s, the Northwestern’s yearbook staff the Potpourri, helped sponsored the first beauty pageant hosted on the university’s main campus.
The bracelet has now become a symbol that has been passed down to previous winners over the years.
In 1971, Mr. Robert W. Wilson Sr. and the Student Union Governing Board purchased the first franchise from the Miss Louisiana pageant, qualifying the Miss Lady of the Bracelet to compete for state completion.
The Student Union Governing Board has continued to sponsor the Lady of Bracelet pageant continuing on their rich tradition of enjoyment for the Northwestern State’s community.
Contestant Stephanie Parker, junior majoring in Hospitality Management and Tourism shares her insight on if she would win Miss Lady of the Bracelet.
“If chosen as Miss Lady of the Bracelet, I will serve as an ambassador for NSU and be a role model on campus and the community. I will also promote my platform “Royal Treatment” while raising awareness and money for Children’s Network Hospital.”
A first time competitor for Miss Lady of the Bracelet, junior and dance major, Payton Curry, shares her goals and plans if she is to be crown the next Miss Lady Lady of the Bracelet.
“With service being my favorite part, I want to share how important it is for the young crowd of today’s society the importance of being well involved in your community,” Curry said, “I also want to share my platform out to the city of Natchitoches and hopefully get as many students involved in stating a community service project dealing with special needs kids.”
“It’s not about winning, just have fun and remember that you are all queens,” said Taylor Holloway giving some last words of advice.
Miss Lady of the Bracelet Scholarship pageant will Saturday at 3.p.m at A. A. Fredricks Auditorium. Please come out and support your fellow demons!
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