Nursing Major from Anderson, S.C., Crowned Miss Gardner-Webb University

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Sarah Bragdon Hopes to Advocate for Special Needs Foster Children

Sarah Bragdon is crowned Miss GWU 2019 by Ashley Robinson, Miss GWU 2018.
Sarah Bragdon is crowned Miss GWU 2019 by Ashley Robinson, Miss GWU 2018. Photo by Austin Billiot

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Sarah Bragdon, of Anderson, S.C., was recently crowned 2019 Miss Gardner-Webb University. A nursing major and Spanish minor, Bragdon will graduate in May 2021.

“I am thrilled to be Miss Gardner-Webb,” she asserted. “I hope to use my position to continue to advocate for Oasis of Hope, a community of group homes for medically fragile and special needs foster children.”

Bragdon has known since she was 10 years old that she wanted to work in the medical field. “I chose to major in nursing because of the amount of time I will be able to spend with patients,” she said. “My future plans include becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner with my doctorate, and being fluent in the two languages I am currently learning, Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL).”

During the talent portion of the competition, Bragdon performed an ASL Interpretation of “Wherever I Go,” by Christian musician Dan Bremnes. She is a member of Joyful Hands (ASL Choir) and enjoys participating in GWU theater productions. Bragdon also serves as the secretary for Release the Captives Anti-Human Trafficking group. In her spare time, she enjoys reading mysteries and spending time with friends and family.

The 2018 Miss Gardner-Webb, Ashley Robinson, crowned the winner and presented awards to the runners-up, most photogenic, most talented, and Miss Congeniality.

Nine contestants competed for the title in five categories—private interview, fun fashion, talent, evening gown and on-stage question.

Other contestants were:

  • Taylor Curry, nursing, Moravian Falls, N.C., most photogenic, most talented, first runner-up
  • Kaitlyn Massengill, nursing, Greenville, S.C., second runner-up
  • Lisa Martinat, photojournalism, Lenoir, N.C., Miss Congeniality
  • Sarah Covington, music, Gastonia, N.C.
  • Julia Cornwell, theater, Greenwood, Fla.
  • Noemi Pascual, criminal justice, Asheboro, N.C.
  • Kiah Johnson, healthcare management, Boiling Springs, N.C.
  • Lunden Davis, business administration, Gastonia, N.C.

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