CAC's Kady Bryant has winning formula for Miss Arizona contest
By Ashton Graham
APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. - Kady Bryant, 19, has been a performer her whole life.
"My entire high school career was nothing but plays and flag line," Bryant, who attended Apache Junction High School, said.
After high school, Bryant became a Promise for the Future scholar at CAC's Superstition Mountain Campus. At SMC she was able to explore the field of science by taking chemistry and biology courses, but something was still missing.
While browsing Facebook, Bryant came upon a link posted by a friend that sparked her interest. That click ultimately led her to interviews, applications, callbacks, and to where she is today - a contestant in the running for Miss Arizona in the Miss USA pageant.
"I've been going through withdrawals," Bryant joked. "When you're passionate about something, you miss it. This beauty pageant is different from my past experiences, but it's another chance for me to perform."
Bryant is among the 80 percent of approximately 70-80 Miss Arizona contestants who will be entering a pageant for the first time, according to the pageant directors.
"My parents were skeptical at first, but I researched the pageant and made sure it wasn't a scam."
Bryant said her friends are really excited for her. She also receives emotional support from the director, Britt Boyse, who gives her ideas on how to the raise money to be eligible to compete.
Bryant must raise $1,100 to participate in the pageant and the first half of the payment is due Oct. 25. She has raised $350 so far from organizations and family donations.
Businesses that sponsor Bryant will receive advertisement in the form of their logo printed in the program books as well as displayed on the website for a year. As she searches for other sponsors, Bryant said she receives her fair share of "No's."
"It can be hard to stay up beat," Bryant said, but she looks forward to the workshops that will train her in all the aspects of pageantry such as hair, makeup, wardrobe, interview skills, walking and poise.
"Theater teaches you how to get onto a stage and be someone else, and this will teach me how to get onto a stage and be myself."
The Miss Arizona pageant will take place on Nov. 19-20 at the Mesa Arts Center, and Bryant seems excited and confident in almost all areas.
"I have to wear four-inch heels; I'm a little nervous about that," she said.
Bryant plans on graduating from CAC in the spring with her associate of science degree and then hopes to transfer to the University of Arizona. She is majoring in biology and envisions working in a hospital lab someday.