The five Northwestern State students are Logan Wallace of Columbia, Miss Heart of the Pines, Alyson Humphrey of Bossier City, Miss Benton, Tori Thompson of Humble, Texas, Miss Northwestern-Lady of the Bracelet, Hope McFarland of Keithville, Miss Heart of Cajunland and Shannon Byrd of Marshall, Texas, Miss Louisiana Bayou. NSU graduates Ron’eeka Hill of LaPlace, Miss City of Pineville, and Carley McCord of Baton Rouge, Miss Shreveport, are also in the pageant. Hill is a student at Southern University Law Center. McCord, a former Miss Northwestern-Lady of the Bracelet, is a student at LSU.
The interview competition begins Wednesday with the other preliminaries on Thursday and Friday. The finals are Saturday at 8 p.m. and will be telecast around the state on stations including KLAX-TV in Alexandria, KNOE-TV in Monroe and KPXJ-TV in Shreveport. The preliminaries and finals will be streamed online at misslouisiana.org.
“I’ve been working out every day, practicing my talent and going through lots of fittings,” said Thompson, a sophomore secondary education major. “I’m ready for things to get started. I know it will be a non-stop schedule. I can’t believe it’s here.”
Thompson is competing in her first Miss Louisiana Pageant.
“I’d like to win, but my personal goal is to be in the Top 10,” said Thompson. “I’d also like to win the Miracle Maker Award given to the contestant who raises the most money for the Children’s Miracle Network.”
Thompson has raised more than $6,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network.
The current Miss-Northwestern-Lady of the Bracelet has enjoyed the past four months since she won the crown.
“It has been a lot of fun representing Northwestern,” said Thompson. “I have gotten so much support from (NSU President) Dr. (Randall J.) Webb and everyone on campus.”