Braden honored at College of the Ozarks Homecoming

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Emily Braden, of Sikeston, was chosen as first runner-up in College of the Ozarks 2019 Homecoming Coronation Ceremony.
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POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. — Emily Braden of Sikeston was chosen as first runner-up in the College of the Ozarks 2019 Homecoming Coronation Ceremony on Oct. 31. This year’s theme was Hard Work U.: Stay True.

Mikayla Nix of Ft. Smith, Ark., was crowned Miss Hard Work U. Her court included first runner-up, Emily Braden, senior public relations and business administration double major of Sikeston. Second runner-up was Kandice Riley, sophomore public relations major of Rogersville. Third runner-up and Miss Congeniality was Lindy Fraker, junior child studies major of Strafford. Fourth runner-up was Emily Brown, senior elementary education major of Branson.

Fourteen C of O student clubs and organizations nominated candidates for Miss Hard Work U. The candidates worked together as a group, along with students from Hollister Star School, on a project to set up lockers filled with inspirational pictures and writing, gifts, and helpful items so that young girls will receive assistance with clothes and personal items.

Votes by the student body and one-on-one interviews went into a cumulative assessment of the top 10 candidates. A panel of judges selected the top five, based on their graded essays and overall stage presence. These candidates answered onstage questions during the Coronation Ceremony. 

The judges crowned Miss Hard Work U. and her court based upon the previous culmination of scores and the impromptu Q & A.