Miss Mountain Laurel, Bridget Oei, was crowned Miss Connecticut 2018 during the competition held at the Palace Theater in Waterbury on Saturday night. She will represent her state at the 2019 Miss America competition on September 9 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
From a young age, Bridget Oei was encouraged to see the science in everything around her, whether that was the physics behind Irish dance, one of her life passions, or thinking of ways to harness the energy of pedestrian traffic. As an environmental science major at the University of Connecticut, Oei strives to use her biomedical research experience in the field of global health.
Oei grew up in Hebron, Connecticut and was homeschooled by her parents, who are engineers. After witnessing the hustle of Grand Central Station during a trip to New York when she was 13, she was inspired to make a floor tile that could store and use the energy created by pedestrians. Her involvement in research as well as the University’s Honors Program inspired her to become a speaker for the University of Connecticut Foundation and share with alumni what the University has to offer.
In addition, she dances and choreographs for the UConn Dance Company and surfs during school breaks. In April 2015, she competed for the sixth time at the World Irish Dancing Championships and placed fifth in her age group. She is also the first place New England Irish Dance champion, a title she has maintained for the past four years.