By Kevin Shannahan
NSU junior and musical theater major, Erika Jarlock of Covington, was named NSU’s 2018 Lady of the Bracelet Sept. 23. The iconic pageant, a long standing campus and community favorite, is in its 60th year and still going strong. The evening featured a fast paced series of events as the contestants vied in swimsuit competition, talent, people’s choice and evening wear competitions and had their composure tested with an on stage question.
Miss Louisiana 2017, Laryssa Bonacquisti, entertained the crowd followed by 2017 Miss Northwestern Lady of the Barcelet, Maria Rome’s farewell walk and charm presentation after which the winners were named.
The Lady of the Bracelet is a Miss America preliminary pageant, so this is far from the end of the road for the winner. In addition to the title, Miss Lady of the Bracelet will garner a number of prizes: a $2,000.00 per semester scholarship, free textbooks, a free meal plan, $1,000 to prepare for the Miss Louisiana competition and a free trip to the Miss Louisiana pageant.
The evening’s winners were: Miss LOB Erika Jarlock, 1st runner up Jourdan Waddell, 2nd runner up Aly Jacobs, 3rd runner up Abigail Reynolds, 4th Runner up Reagan Escude.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal wishes to commend all of the young ladies who competed in the Lady of the Bracelet Pageant and to wish Miss Jarlock all the best in the Miss Louisiana Pageant-and beyond.