Northwestern State University will hold the 61st annual Miss Northwestern – Lady of the Bracelet Pageant Saturday, Sept. 15 at 3 p.m. in the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium. Admission is free but donations will be accepted for the Children’s Miracle Network.
Seven contestants will compete in the pageant, which is a preliminary for the Miss Louisiana Pageant. The contestants are Jansen Chisley of Monroe, Noel Cusick of Alexandria, McKay Crews of Bossier City, Akeia Carbins-Gray of Lafayette, Ronesha Johnson of New Orleans, Jourdan Waddell of Slidell and Casey Williams of Leesville. The winner will receive more than $8,000 in scholarships and prizes.
The Mistress of Ceremonies will be Holli’ Conway Miss Louisiana 2018. Conway was second runner up and a preliminary talent winner at Sunday’s Miss America Pageant. Conway is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Northwestern State with a Bachelor of Science in Theatre. She spent the year prior to becoming Miss Louisiana traveling the world on Carnival Cruise Line’s Sunshine and Elation as a playlist performer.
Conway has been a featured performer in “Hairpsray,” “Rent,” “Songs for a New World,” “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” and “Avenue Q.” She can sing in three languages and is trained in ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance.
Conway grew up as a competitive athlete, finding her inspiration from her dad, a two-time Olympic medalist.
She travels the state promoting her personal platform, InspHIGHER, a motivational program that guides men, women and children as they strive to reach their highest aptitudes. Conway is the official hostess for the State of Louisiana and spokesperson for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Vantage Health Plan, Propane Dealers of Louisiana and the Louisiana Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
Chisley is a senior biology major. She is a member of the Purple Pizazz Pom Pon Line and the National Society of Leadership and Success.
Cusick is a sophomore early childhood education major. She is event coordinator for the Student Activities Board, a designer for the campus yearbook, the Potpourri, and a member of Alpha Omicron Pi. Cusick is active in the Baptist Collegiate Ministry. She is a Dean’s List student.
Crews is a sophomore early childhood major. She is a member of Make Your Own Theatre, the Student Theatre Organization and the National Society of Leadership and Success.
Carbins-Gray is a sophomore psychology major.
Johnson is a sophomore psychology major. She is a member of the Lady Demon track team, A Million Records of NSU, Juice Athletics and the Social Work Club. She is a Dean’s List student.
Waddell is a junior psychology major. She is a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, Alpha Lambda Delta and Sigma Alpha Pi honor societies and was a Demon Days Volunteer. Waddell is a President’s List student.
Williams is a sophomore nursing major. She is a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, the Purple Pizazz Pom Pin Line and is active in the Baptist Collegiate Ministry. Williams is an NSU Presidential Ambassador and a member of the National Society for Leadership and Success.