Miss GWU Sarah Bragdon

Nursing Major Hopes to Advocate for Special Needs Foster Children

Miss GWU

Sarah Bragdon, of Anderson, S.C., was crowned 2019 Miss Gardner-Webb University during the pageant held on March 31. Her talent was performing an American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation of “Wherever I Go,” by Christian musician Dan Bremnes.

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 ASL.”

At GWU, Bragdon is involved in Joyful Hands (ASL Choir) and theater. She 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.