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New Miss Northwestern - Lady of the Bracelet wants to encourage volunteerism
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Tori Thompson never gave much thought to a particular family tradition when she was going up. Three generations of Thompson’s family attended Northwestern State University, but it didn’t look like there would be a fourth.

Thompson, a freshman secondary education major from Houston, will get to represent the university that is so important to her family in a high profile way as the 2012 Miss Northwestern – Lady of the Bracelet. She won the pageant’s swimsuit, talent and evening gown competition as well as the Liz Carroll People’s Choice Award which was selected by the audience.

“The past week has been fun,” said Thompson. “It finally sunk in for me when I went to a pageant last weekend and got to wear the crown and bracelet.”

Thompson hasn’t competed in a pageant in several years, but has had her eye on the Miss Northwestern – Lady of the Bracelet Pageant for more than a year.

“I did a few pageants in middle school, but haven’t done a lot,” she said. “I love pageants. I watch Miss America every year. I wanted to be in Miss Northwestern – Lady of the Bracelet ever since I decided to come here. I’ve been preparing for a long time.”

Thompson’s talent was playing the piano. Since enrolling at Northwestern State, she has studied with Diane Temple and NSU faculty member Dr. Christine Burczyk Allen.

“I started playing piano because a lot of my friends started taking piano lessons and I decided I wanted to do the same,” said Thompson. “It was hard at first because I didn’t like practicing. I just wanted to sit down and know how to play. But it good that it took me so long to learn it.”

Thompson is a fourth-generation Northwestern State student going back to her great grandfather Leroy Eversull, who graduated from Northwestern State and was on the faculty from 1950 until 1987. Her grandmother, Sue Champion, is a faculty member in the School of Business.

“I came here for basketball camp and theatre camp, but I never thought of coming here,” said Thompson. “Then in my junior year, I took a campus tour and fell in love with Northwestern. For me, there’s nowhere else to be.”

Thompson is member of Phi Mu Fraternity and is a Presidential Ambassador. This summer, she will be a freshman connector, working with incoming students in the Freshman Connection program.

“It’s very easy to get involved. I got involved in organizations right away and got a little overwhelmed,” she said.

Thompson’s platform issue is “Volunteering – Everybody’s Doing It.”

“I want to reach out to teenagers and let them know about volunteering,” said Thompson. “I was able to get involved in charity work when I was in middle school and high school and it shaped who I am. I want them to know they can do the same thing and that volunteering is a cool thing to do.”

Thompson will compete in the Miss Louisiana Pageant this summer in Monroe. She received more than $8,000 in scholarships and prizes.

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