One Auburn alumna’s story of success at Miss America

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Lauren Bradford’s debut at Auburn’s Homecoming Parade. Photo via Elaina Eichorn Photography

On Thursday, December 16, 2021, Alabama’s own Lauren Bradford was crowned first runner-up in the esteemed Miss America pageant. Here’s all you need to know about this Auburn University grad’s journey.

Representing Alabama

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Generations of Miss Alabama. Photo via Miss Alabama Competition Facebook

Bradford graduated from Auburn University in the spring of 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance. She created a social impact initiative as an Auburn student called UNPLUG: The Digital Diet Plan. The initiative aims to educate society about the overuse and negative effects of technology. She has made many public appearances as a motivational and inspirational speaker all across the country.

Miss Alabama 2021

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Governor Kay Ivey with Miss Alabama 2021. Photo via Miss Alabama Competition Facebook

The Auburn grad kicked off the 100th anniversary of the Miss Alabama Pageant on Thursday, June 10, 2021. Competing as Miss Jefferson County, Bradford was crowned Miss Alabama 2021 at the historic Alabama Theatre in Birmingham. The organization’s goal is to award college scholarships to outstanding women in the state, and this title earned her $10,000 in funds.

Miss America 2022

It’s not all about glitz and glam at Miss America 2022. These candidates compete behind the scenes through extensive interviews, leadership opportunities and social initiatives. The organization empowers young women to be the best they can be and serves as the nation’s leading scholarship provider for women.

51 worthy candidates gathered in the Mohegan Sun Arena in Montville, Connecticut for the event. After landing top 10, Bradford blew the crowd away with a violin solo from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 at the talent preliminary. She was awarded a $25,000 scholarship for placing first-runner up behind Alaska’s Emma Broyles.

Auburn, as well as all of Alabama is proud to be represented in this nationally recognized event.

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Maggie Dazzio
Maggie Dazzio
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