Bradley crowned 2018 Miss Northeastern

BY STAFF REPORTS
12/10/2017 02:00 PM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Cherokee Nation citizen Carrigan Bradley receives her crown after being named 2018 Miss Northeastern on Nov. 2 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation citizen Carrigan Bradley, of Fort Gibson, recently won the 2018 Miss Northeastern scholarship pageant.

Bradley, who also won the pageant’s talent competition, is a biochemistry major expected to graduate in 2020. She said she that after graduation she plans to continue her education with a doctorate in pharmacy.

Bradley said she’s looking forward to representing Northeastern State University and her platform “Words have P.O.W.E.R.” The idea for the platform began when Bradley auditioned for the “X-Factor” at age 15, and the harsh critique from judge Simon Cowell that prompted online backlash.

“My hope in creating this platform is to advocate for people in being kind to themselves with positive self talk, as well as being kind to others in their day-to-day conversations,” Bradley said. “As a titleholder, we get to be a voice and a role model for children of all ages to look to. 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.”

CN citizen Kayse Stidham, of Grove, was named second runner-up and crowd pleaser. Stidham is an early childhood education major expected to graduate in 2018. After graduation, she said she plans to teach pre-kindergarten and continue volunteering in her Girl Scout Service unit.

During the pageant, more than $5,500 in scholarships and tuition waivers was awarded to contestants.

For more information about Miss Northeastern, email Kirsti Cook at cookk@nsuok.edu.

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