Maggie Bond, vocal performance/economics senior, was crowned Miss OCU 2018 on Oct. 21, making her the 37th student to win the title.
Ten women competed for this year’s Miss OCU crown, earning scores for private interview, lifestyle and fitness, evening wear, onstage question, and talent.
Bond placed first in the lifestyle and fitness category. She sang “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel for her talent. Her question was, “If you could counsel the president on any one issue, what would it be?” Bond directed the question to platform and said she would educate the president on disability awareness and the inclusion of disabled people in workforce to boost the economy. She said she would also discuss the education system with him.
As Miss OCU, Bond receives a full year of tuition, valued at more than $27,000. She also will go on to represent OCU in the Miss Oklahoma pageant in June.
Chandler Hardy, economics senior, won first runner-up, and Mackenzie McIntyre, music theater sophomore, won second runner-up, as well as the Miss Congeniality award. Ashleigh Robinson, music theater junior, won the People’s Choice award and the Director’s award.
Gabrielle Gore, 14, was crowned Miss OCU Teen 2018. Gore sang “Journey to the Past” for her talent. Her platform is “Music for Wounded Warriors.” She received a full year of tuition at OCU.
The pageant, which lasted three hours and 10 minutes, featured Miss OCU 2016 Monica Thompson as the masters of ceremony. Contestant talents consisted of three dances and seven vocal performances.
“I love watching people rock it out onstage and love what they’re doing,” said Louisa Holland, dance junior.
Matthew Tuley, acting junior, said he was impressed with the talent and thinks the judges have a hard job.
“My favorite part was when one of the teen contestants did a great song from Smash,” Tuley said. “I love Smash, so I flipped out.”
Photos: Elina Moon