Ashlyn Nichols crowned Miss University of Mobile 2022
Outside Murphy High School in Mobile, the sky was pouring buckets of rain. Inside, the only water found was in tears of joy streaming down Ashlyn Nichols’ face as she was crowned Miss University of Mobile 2022.
Nichols, from Missouri, said, “I immediately started crying. I felt so unworthy and unworthy. When Abigail (Breland, Miss UM 2020-2021) placed the crown on my head, I began to thank the Lord again and again.
For next year, Nichols will represent Mobile University at numerous events, including the Miss Alabama pageant in July. Participation in this pageant is preliminary to the Miss America pageant.
Nichol’s platform as Miss UM is “HeadBand Together”. HeadBand Together’s goal is to educate people about street harassment and how to combat it. She says 78% of women face street harassment on a daily basis, and 13% of girls get called out by the age of 10. The symbol of its platform is a tied headband with the slogan “knotanobject”.
“Know their value”
“Objectification is normalized in society, but just because something is normalized doesn’t mean it’s okay. I want every person to know their worth because they are made in the image of God,” she says.
“I also want them to know what to do when they see someone being harassed in the street. I hope to equip men and women to identify and be able to report it, so that it stops happening.
Nichols is excited about the future. Her schedule will be busy, but she believes that God has prepared her for this exact moment. All of the activities and events she participated in as a student at Mobile University equipped her for this new role, as well as her involvement as a high school student in Distinguished Young Women.
Distinguished Young Women is a national scholarship program that inspires confidence in young women and prepares them for future success. Nichols won the 2018 Missouri title and qualified for Mobile’s national program.
It was DYW who drove Nichols to Mobile University. During their free time, the contestants visited several universities.
“I really like this school,” says Nichols. “The faculty and staff were so nice. They just took me in and I’ve been home ever since.
Home is where the heart is, and during her college years, Nichols grew more comfortable and enamored with Christ-centered college.
At UM, Nichols was active in several programs and organizations. She has served as a UM ambassador, worked as a marketing intern and student life coordinator. Currently, while obtaining her Master of Science in leadership and communication, she is a graduate assistant. As a GA, she supervises female students on a daily basis.
Nichols explains, “Working in all departments has prepared me for this moment. In fact, I will apply all of these skills in my role as Miss UM alone.
Her love for God and college motivates her to be the best Miss UM she can be. Nichols remembers how the faculty, staff and students invested in his life. They talked, taught her and served her.
Because of this, she said, at the coronation ceremony, “I couldn’t help but cry.”
Honors from the Miss University of Mobile contest on January 15 were also awarded:
- First Runner Up – Claire Wood, Ozark
- Second Runner Up – Clara Rebekah Hicks, Franklin
- Talent Winner – Michaella Johnson, Van Wert, Ohio.