MARCH 16, 2005


NSU senior survives another round on 'American Idol'

Members of the Northeastern community gather for the inaugural Carrie Watch & Voting Party held recently. "Access Hollywood," a national entertainment program, was one of several broadcast and print media on hand for the event.

When Carrie Underwood of Checotah, Okla., made her debut on the ever popular reality show "American Idol" this year, her early success came as no surprise to the Northeastern State University community.

"Northeastern could not be more excited for this talented, young woman,” said NSU President Dr. Larry Williams. “Like proud parents, the entire Northeastern community has watched Carrie’s talents blossom – both as a gifted entertainer and scholar. Northeastern is proud to have her as part of their family.”

A senior mass communications major at NSU, Underwood is regarded by her NSU professors as ‘bright, capable and energetic.’ The talented performer made her debut on Northeastern stages as a two-time competitor in the Miss NSU Scholarship Pageant (2002, 2003), placing in the top three each year including the First Runner Up and Overall Talent Winner in 2002.

Underwood was also a regular cast member of the NSU Repertory Company’s Downtown Country Show (summer 2003, 2004) and the Downtown Country Christmas Show. Off the stage, she took a turn behind the camera, serving as producer of The 'Quah,’ Northeastern’s student-produced television program. Underwood also wrote articles for The Northeastern, NSU’s award-winning student newspaper. An active member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority at NSU, she wants to pursue a career in broadcasting

At press time, Underwood was ranked in the top 12 performers for "American Idol."

Contact: Nancy Garber, 1-918-456-5511, ext. 2885