Nursing Student Crowned Miss Collegiate America

(September 4, 2014) — Armstrong State University student Megan Gordon was crowned the 2014 Miss Collegiate America on July 6 in Orlando, Fla. Gordon, who is originally from North Augusta, S.C., is a junior in Armstrong's nursing program.

Gordon first competed at the state level where she represented her home state and was crowned Miss South Carolina. At the national competition in Orlando, she was selected out of 50 collegiate women from across the U.S. In addition to her title and crown, she received a $10,000 scholarship and a prize package including a $3,000 wardrobe sponsored by Henri's Cloud Nine, trips to Las Vegas and Washington, professional photo shoots and more.

“I can't really put into words how grateful I am for this title and this amazing opportunity,” she said. “I pray that I can inspire people and encourage them to follow any dream they may have.

Gordon will be traveling throughout the year making appearances and speaking about the pageant's national anti-bullying platform, B.R.A.V.E. (Building Respect and Values for Everyone). The platform promotes awareness and teaches tolerance for safe, bully-free environments.

“I'm really excited to travel around to various schools and different states discussing the importance of building respect and values for everyone,” said Gordon. “Bullying is such an important, pressing issue facing today's youth. I'm excited to talk with children about my experiences and healthy, positive ways to handle bullying.”