Miss 2018 Newsletter

Hello Southwest Michigan Family!

My name is Brianna McQuistine Gleason and I am excited to begin my journey as Miss Southwest Michigan 2018. I would like to introduce myself. I am 20 years old and I recently completed my sophomore year at Southwestern Michigan College. I am working towards an elementary education degree.

I pride myself on having an outgoing and bright personality. I enjoy being around others and just enjoying their company. I have loved to sing since before I can even remember. My family is my biggest supporter; I believe the old line of it takes a village and I’m sure that I would not be where I am in my life without my village. From traveling across the country to watch me cheer in competitions to being my cheerleader on the sidelines while I played my love of track and soccer.

It was a honor to be selected as Miss Southwest Michigan, I want to be the best role model that I can for younger and even older people to look to. I believe that this was truly a chosen path for me.

My platform is Little feet, Big imprints. I want to use my platform to raise awareness to childhood congenital heart defects. As my family has personally been touched by CHD I want others to know that there are outlets available. I hope to raise awareness and education for prevention and treatments that can be available to those with CHD.
Most don’t know the percentage of babies that are born with a congenital heart defect. That number is 1 in 100. That is extremely common. I want to raise the amount of people that know these stats.

I am looking forward to going into the communities that are in the southwest area and speak about this and let them know that I truly believe that I was lead to this position to let this be an outlet for me to be his voice. And allow his memory to live through me.

I would like to thank everyone that has volunteered for the Southwest Michigan Scholarship Program. I am honored that you have trusted me with such an amazing position and opportunity. I hope that I can make you so very proud to call me you Miss Southwest Michigan 2018.


Brianna McQuistine Gleason
Miss Southwest Michigan 2018