NATCHITOCHES – Breanna Collier has done a lot of moving as she grew up, but she has found a home at Northwestern State University. Collier, a sophomore theatre major from Bossier City, will represent NSU for the next year as the winner of the 2013 Miss Northwestern-Lady of the Bracelet Pageant.
Collier, a sophomore theatre major, will represent Northwestern State in June’s Miss Louisiana Pageant in Monroe. She received more than $8,000 in scholarships and prizes. Collier won the talent competition and the Liz Carroll People’s Choice Award which was selected by the pageant audience.
“It’s been crazy and a bit surreal. None of this has sunk in yet,” said Collier. “I am so proud to have the opportunity represent my peers. Anyone who competed could have won and I am excited to hold the title.”
Collier is the daughter of Michael Collier Sr. and Mary Collier. She is a member of Phi Mu Fraternity, the Student Theatre Organization, the Demon Dazzlers and the NSU Glee Club. Collier thinks getting involved in campus organizations adds to her college experience.
“I wanted to reach out to other people on campus,” she said. “I want to make friends from diverse backgrounds and being involved on campus allows me to do that. You are only in college for a short time and you don’t get to go back, so I want to do as much as I can.”
The Miss Northwestern-Lady of the Bracelet Pageant was Collier’s first pageant in the Miss America System. She competed in various pageants between age four and 12.
As Collier grew up, her family moved from Alabama to Kentucky then to Gonzales and Bossier City as her father was transferred.
“Moving so much was both good and bad,” said Collier, a graduate of St. Amant High School. “I never was able to be established in one place, but moving to new places helped me be more outgoing. I am a people person and I found myself meeting new people often.”
Collier said entering the pageant was another way to branch out on campus.
“I thought being in the Miss Northwestern-Lady of the Bracelet Pageant would be a good experience and would let me meet new people,” said Collier. “The pageant is one of the top preliminary pageants in the state and is a good gateway.”
Collier had the lead role of Dorothy in the Northwestern Theatre and Dance production of The Wiz. She has also appeared in New Faces and the Christmas Gala. That experience helped her prepare for the pageant.
“Being in theatre helps you in a pageant,” said Collier. “In theatre, you are forced to be outside your comfort zone. You learn to relate to people and be well spoken. You are also used to making quick changes between acts.”
According to Collier, the decision to attend Northwestern State was easy for her.
“I knew Northwestern State had the best musical theatre program in the state,” said Collier. “I did a lot of research into the program and talked to friends who came to Northwestern State. They all told me what a great program this was.”
Collier’s platform issue is promoting the arts
“When school budgets are cut, the first thing to go is the arts,” said Collier. “But art is the only outlet many children have. Art can help children battle depression and other social disorders. Art has been an important part of my life. As I moved from state to state, art helped keep me grounded. Art makes the world go around and can help so many people.”