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Contestant looks to improve environment                                                                                              Plenty of Bristol ties
     By MIKE CHAIKEN                                                                                                                 at scholarship pageants

                                                                                                          “
      EDITIONS EDITOR                                                                                                                     Eight young women
      Riki Bradley of Bristol                                                                                                        with ties to Bristol will be
looked in the mirror,                                                                                                                competing in the 80th
metaphorically, and didn’t                                                                         I’m ready and                     annual Miss Connecticut
                                                                                                                                     Scholarship Pageant, as
like what she saw.                                                                                prepared to take                   well as the fourth annual
      Riki, who is competing
as Miss Rocky Hill this                                                                              on the job                      Miss          Connecticut’s
                                                                                                                                     Outstanding Teen Pageant,
Friday and Saturday at the                                                                            (of Miss                                                          Juli Bradley of Bristol is
Miss Connecticut
Scholarship Competition at
the Garde Arts Center in
New London, was asked to
                                                                                                          “
                                                                                                    Connecticut).
                                                                                                                                     to be held on June 27 and
                                                                                                                                     28 at the Garde Arts Center
                                                                                                                                     in New London.
                                                                                                                                          Five of the young
                                                                                                                                                                        competing as Miss
                                                                                                                                                                        C a p i t o l R e g i o n’s
                                                                                                                                                                        Outstanding Teen.
do a project for one of her                                                                                                          women will be competing
college classes.                                                                                                                     for the title of Miss                   Miss       Forestville
      Riki was asked to figure                                                                       Bristol’s Riki Bradley,         Connecticut 2008. The             Danielle Simone is a senior
out her carbon footprint,                                                                               Miss Rocky Hill              other three will compete for      at Quinnipiac University
which is a measurement of                                                                                                            the Outstanding Teen title.       where she is majoring in
how her activities impact                                                                                                            Preliminary competitions          marketing and is on the
                                                                                                Miss Teen Bristol said, “I
the environment. “Mine                                                                                                               will take place at 7 p.m.         dean’s list. She will be
                                                                                                had a really good experi-
was kind of outrageous,”                                                                                                             June 27 and 1 p.m. June 28.       singing in the pageant’s tal-
                                                                                                ence last time. She said she
said Riki. “I was embar-                                                                                                             Twenty Miss contestants           ent competition. Her issue
                                                                                                had a lot of fun and she met
rassed by that.”                                                                                                                     and 16 Teen contestants           of concern is youth literacy
                                                                                                a lot of good people who
      So, Riki began to                                                                                                              will be competing for             and she has implemented
                                                                                                share her interests and pas-
change her own ways. “If                                                                                                             $37,000 in college scholar-       youth-focused literacy pro-
                                                                                                sions. It also was a good
every person figures (their                                                                                                          ships in both pageants,           grams for public libraries.
                                                                                                opportunity to get more
carbon footprint) out and                                                                                                            which are affiliated with         She has organized youth
                                                                                                involved with the Miss
tries to lower that, it really                                                                                                       Miss America. The finals          book drives in conjunction
                                                                                                Connecticut organization.
helps, even if it’s just one                                                                                                         competition, at which time        with the Greater Hartford
                                                                                                      “I like the people who I
person,” said Riki.                                                                                                                  the top eight Teen contest-       Literacy Council. She won
                                                                                                got to meet,” said Riki.
      That project also                                                                                                              ants and the top 10 Miss          various awards while a stu-
                                                                                                “Everyone is there (at Miss
inspired Riki’s issue of con-                                                                                                        contestants will compete,         dent at Southington High
                                                                                                Connecticut) for different
cern for the Miss                                                                                                                    will be held at 7 p.m. June       School, including the
                                                                                                reasons and different issues
Connecticut competition.                                                                                                             28.                               Presidential        Physical
                                                                                                of concern.” But, Riki said,
      Riki’s platform is “Go                                                                                                              The winner of Miss           Fitness Award.
                                                                                                all the contestants have a
Green,” which is as it                                                                                                               Connecticut will replace                Brittany Decker of
                                                                                                common goal of wanting to
sounds—a platform that                                                                                                               Miss Connecticut 2007             Bristol is serving as Miss
                                                                                                do something positive for
promotes environmental                                                                                                               Dana Daunis of Watertown,         Hartford County. She will
                                                                                                their communities.
awareness. “It’s so huge                                                                                                             and will represent the state      be a sophomore at Western
                                                                                                      Each contestant also
today,” said Riki of the                                                                                                             at Miss America in Las            New England College,
                                                                                                must prepare a talent for
importance of environmen-                                                                                                            Vegas in January. The             where she majors in psy-
                                                                                                the competition. And Riki
tal issues. And when it                                                                                                              Outstanding Teen winner           chology and elementary
                                                                                                will be singing. “It’s been
comes to the enormity of                                                                                                             will      replace        Miss     education. She is vice pres-
                                                                                                something I loved for
protecting the environ-                                                                                                              Connecticut’s Outstanding         ident of the residence hall
                                                                                                awhile,” said Riki. “It’s a
ment, Riki said, “All other                                                                                                          Teen Karen Link of                association and vice presi-
                                                                                                good way to express
issues are secondary.”                                                                                                               Terryville, and will go to her    dent of the dance team at
                                                                                                myself… I love music.”
      In particular, Riki’s                                                                                                          national      pageant       in    Western New England, She
                                                                                                      Asked why she thought
platform focuses on the Go                                                                                                           Orlando, Fla., In August.         is a 2007 graduate of Bristol
                                                                                                she would be a good Miss
Green Initiative, which is a                                                                                                              Brianna Carello is this      Eastern High School. She
                                                                                                Connecticut, Riki said, “I’ve
comprehensive program                                                                                                                year’s Miss Bristol. She          was student council presi-
                                                                                                done a lot of research, real-
created specifically for                                                                                                             obtained an associate’s           dent, president of the Best
                                                                                                ly getting to know what the
schools. Riki is working on                                                                                                          degree in nursing from            Buddies and volunteer
                                                                                MIKE CHAIKEN    job entails… I’m prepared
getting schools across the                                                                                                           Goodwin College and now           coordinator      for      the
                                                                                                and ready to take on the job
state to register for the pro-           Riki Bradley of Bristol, Miss Rocky Hill                                                    works as a nurse in the           National Honor Society at
                                                                                                if given the opportunity.”
gram. This way, children                                                                                                             emergency department of           Bristol Eastern. She was
                                                                                                      Comments? Email
can become more aware of         the environment.                second trip to Miss                                                 the Hospital of Central           involved in a children
                                                                                                mchaiken@BristolObserver.
how they can help protect             This year will be Riki’s   Connecticut. The former                                             Connecticut at New Britain        dream make-over and
                                                                                                com.
                                                                                                                                     General. She is a member          directed “Believe,” a variety
                                                                                                                                     of the Bristol Republican         show for Bristol’s youth.
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