Bradley crowned 2018 Miss NSU
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Bradley crowned 2018 Miss NSU

Published 12/7/17

Trista Vaughn

TNE Writer

In early November, eight women had high hopes of becoming the 2018 Miss NSU. Contestants competed in talent, physical fitness in swimsuit, interview and beauty for the judges panel and the audience. All the contestants had the want and desire for the title, but only one came out on top.

“I was so excited and surprised when they announced the winner was me,” said Carrigan Bradley, 2018 Miss NSU. “The girls competing with me were so kind, smart and capable of being Miss NSU. I'm so lucky to have been chosen from the great group of girls.”

Bradley has always been passionate about performing ever since she was a little girl.

“She was first inspired at a young age when she attended Woodall Public Schools,” said Mitzi McFarland, Bradley’s mother. “However, music was not played very much around the home at that time because it was just too painful.”

McFarland said when Bradley was  2 years old, everything about music changed. Bradley’s niece who was 19 years old at the time, the same age as Bradley now, passed away in a car accident the summer after her freshman year.

“I was devastated and my heart just didn’t enjoy music like it did, but then God gave Carrigan a passion and a desire for music,” said McFarland. “I remember the first time she would not leave me alone about singing in Woodall’s school talent show. So we went to the only place I knew to get music, the bookstore my niece would purchase her music from.”

McFarland said Carrigan has been performing ever since and she is so blessed by her love and passion for music.

Each contestant had to have platform during the competition. A platform is a cause  the contestant chooses to volunteer her time to either bring awareness to, raise money for or implement a program she has created that will help address the problem. Bradley’s platform for the 2018 Miss NSU Pageant was “Words have P.O.W.E.R.”

“My platform, Words have P.O.W.E.R., stems from an experience when I was 15 and I auditioned for the X-Factor,” said Bradley. “Simon Cowell told me, ‘You trying to sing is like trying to chop down a tree with a banana.’ From this comment I received online backlash from people I'd never met and ridicule in person because this man publicly humiliated me for views on a television series.”

Bradley said she was ready to quit singing, something she had been training to do since she was 4 years old.

Her hope in creating this platform is to advocate for people being kind to themselves with positive self-talk, as well as being kind to others in their day-to-day conversations.

“As a titleholder, we get to be a voice and a role model for children of all ages to look to,” said Bradley. “I hope by speaking out about my experience and urging people to be kind and intentional with their words, I'll be able to change the way we speak to one another.”

Bradley’s family and friends are very supportive of her new title and think she will do phenomenal.

“On top of being extremely talented, I think the judges could see the kind of person Carrigan is,” said Elzie Fields, Broken Bow senior. “Carrigan takes this very seriously and she loves to perform and be on stage. This title and position mean a lot to her and I would like to think the judges could see that and could see how genuine and personable she is.”

Bradley has many titles under her belt. She was Miss Keystone Lake's Outstanding Teen, Miss Tulsa's Outstanding Teen, Miss Edmond LibertyFest's Outstanding Teen, Miss Oklahoma's Outstanding Teen and Miss NW Oklahoma City.

Bradley is also  the Delta Zeta awards chair, the Rookie Bridge Camp director of registration and recruitment and a part of the President's Leadership Class.

“As an NSU alumni member, I’m proud and excited for her to have that honor to represent a place that I loved being a part of,” said McFarland. “I have great memories at NSU, and to watch her build life long friendships and experiences there makes me happy for her.”

Bradley will continue her journey as Miss NSU as a competitor in the Miss Oklahoma competition. The competition s June 6-9 in Tulsa.

“Tickets will go on sale closer to the Miss Oklahoma competition and I would love for people to come support me,” said Bradley.

Bradley is singing the National Anthem at the OKC Thunder game on New Year’s Eve.

The Miss Northeastern Scholarship Pageant is made possible through generous sponsor donations and support.

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