• Miss Arkansas 2016 -  Savvy Shields

$25,000 Scholarship / Shannon & Ted Skokos / CITGO

Miss America 2017

• Miss Arkansas 2016 -  Savannah Skidmore

$25,000 Scholarship / Shannon & Ted Skokos / CITGO

 

 

 

2nd Runner Up - Brooke Cornelius

$7,000 Scholarship

 

3rd Runner Up -  Bailey Moses

$6,000 Scholarship

 

4th  Runner Up - Ashton Purtle

$5,000 Scholarship

Top 5

 

 

1. Savvy Shields

 

2. Bailey Moses

 

3. Brooke Cornelius

 

4. Savannah Skidmore

 

5. Ashton Purtle

 

Top 11

Top 11, in order of announcement

1. Stoni Butler

2. Maggie Benton

3. Bailey Moses

4. Destiny Quinn

5. Savannah Skidmore

6. Savvy Shields

7. Samantha Hudon

8. Jennifer Ulloa

9. Brooke Cornelius

10. Ashton Skylar Purtle

11. Caitlyn Cook

 

Miss Arkansas 2016 Savvy Shields won a $25,000 scholarship provided by Ted and Shannon Boy Skokos, Citgo and the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation and more than $75,000 in awards, wardrobe, transportation, and gifts.  

Nearly $122,000 in scholarships were awarded throughout the Miss Arkansas pageant week to various contestants.

UPDATE:  When Savvy Shields won Miss America, Savannah Skidmore assumed the job of Miss Arkansas 2016.  The Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation granted Savannah an additional $15,000, so that she too received $25,000 in scholarships as promised to Miss Arkansas 2016.  This brings the 2016 Miss Arkansas Pageant to a total of $134,800 in scholarships to young women.  

 The other Top Five Finalists were:  
1st runner-up (receiving a $10,000 scholarship sponsored by Charles and Susie Morgan):  Miss University of Arkansas Savannah Skidmore
2nd runner-up (receiving a $7,000 scholarship sponsored by the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation):  Miss South Central Arkansas Brooke Cornelius
3rd runner up (receiving a $6,000 scholarship sponsored by Former Miss Arkansas Association): Miss ASU Bailey Moses
4th runner-up: (receiving at $5,000 scholarship sponsored by Robin Houseworth and Sarah Nail): Miss UCA Ashton Purtle 

The six semi-finalists were (each receiving a $2,000 scholarship sponsored by Jane White Cosmetics and Skin Care) – finishing 6-11 and listed in random order:
*Miss Central Arkansas Caitlyn Cook
*Miss Ouachita River Samantha Hudon
*Miss Northeast Arkansas Destiny Quinn
*Miss Greater Hot Springs Stoni Butler
*Miss Arkansas Delta Maggie Benton
*Miss Lights of the Delta Jennifer Ulloa

Also announced were those finishing 12-15 in random order (each receiving a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by Oaklawn, Regions Bank of Hot Springs, Clay & Brittany Combs, MAEDA and the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Fund)
*Miss Lake Dardanelle Alexis Sanders
*Miss Dogwood Abby Lindsey
*Miss Greater Jonesboro Jade Collins
*Miss Northwest Arkansas Jacey Winn

Additional awards announced during Saturday’s pageant:

*Tony Bowls Designs Overall Evening Gown - $1500 given by Tony Bowls Designs – Heart of the Ozarks Savvy Shields
*Katie Bailey Overall Swimsuit - $1500 given by Dr. Michael Cooper – Heart of the Ozarks Savvy Shields
*Sarah Slocum Overall Interview - $2000 given by Renee Fronabarger – Arkansas Valley Darynne Dahlem
*Buddy Coleman Memorial Overall Talent - $2500 given by Buddy Coleman Family – Central Arkansas Caitlyn Cook

*Dreamer Scholarship - $250 – Alexis Sanders, Lake Dardanelle – presented by Simone Mullinax
*Overall Service Before Self Award - $250 – Suzie Gresham, OBU – presented by the Miss Arkansas Pageant
*Julie Blackwood Steele Smart Swimsuit Award -$250 – Ashton Purtle, UCA – presented by Julie Blackwood Steele
*Shannon Albright Memorial Congeniality Award - $350 – Kelli Collins, Greater Jacksonville – presented by June and Leland Felix
*Newcomer Awards - $500 each – Alexis Sanders, Lake Dardanelle / Ashton Purtle, UCA / Savvy Shields, Heart of the Ozarks – presented by Dr. Rhys Branman
*Miss Arkansas People’s Choice Award - $1000 – Miss Sweetheart of Arkansas Jennifer Nottenkamper – presented by the Miss Arkansas Pageant
*Gracie Nail Education Award in Talent – $500 – Alexi Sanders, Lake Dardanelle – presented by Sarah & John Nail and Bill Hunter
*Lainie Nail Education Award in Interview – $500 - Alexis Sanders, Lake Dardanelle  - presented by Sarah & John Nail and Bill Hunter
*Overall Alpha Evening Gown - $250 – Savvy Shields, Heart of the Ozarks – presented by the Miss Arkansas Executive Directors Association
*Overall Alpha Talent - $250 – Savvy Shields, Heart of the Ozarks – presented by the Miss Arkansas Executive Directors Association
*Overall Alpha Swimsuit - $250 – Savvy Shields, Heart of the Ozarks – presented by the Miss Arkansas Executive Directors Association
*Overall Alpha Interview - $250 – Savvy Shields, Heart of the Ozarks – presented by the Miss Arkansas Executive Directors Association
*Ashlen Batson Esprit De Corp Award - $500 – Samantha Hudon, Ouachita River – presented by Bill Tarkington and Mike Spivey
*Mary Jane Mullins Non-Finalist Interview Award - $500 – Darynne Dahlem, Arkansas Valley – presented by Dr. Patti Mullins
*Non-Finalist Swimsuit Award - $500 – Sarah Clayton, Southwest Arkansas – Anne Marie Gibbs and Fine Lines Personal Training
*Non-Finalist Dance Award - $250 – Jennifer Nottenkamper, Sweetheart of Arkansas – presented by The Studio by Lauren / Lauren Wood
*Non-Finalist Vocalist Award - $250 – Rebecca Zurcher, North Central Arkansas – presented by Brad and Zach Stout
*Overall Instrumentalist Award - $250 – Alexis Sanders, Lake Dardanelle – presented by Kerry Jucas Baldwin
*Sloane Roberts Overall Dance Award - $500 – Brooke Cornelius, South Central Arkansas - 
*Frances Wilson Overall Vocalist Award – $500 – Caitlyn Cook, Central Arkansas – presented by CJ Wilson
*Miss America State Scholar -$1000 – Carly Copeland, Arkansas Tech University – presented by the Miss America Organization
*Miss America Community Service - $1000 – Caitlyn Cook, Central Arkansas – presented by the Miss America Organization

*Miss Arkansas Quality of Life - $2000 – Bailey Moses, Arkansas State University – presented by the Miss Arkansas Pageant 

•Preliminary Award Winners

 

Friday

Preliminary Artistic Expression - Rebecca Zurcher

Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit - Savvy Shields / Savannah Skidmore

 

Friday (Alpha)

Preliminary Artistic Expression - Rebecca Zurcher

Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit - Savvy Shields

 

•Preliminary Award Winners

 

Thursday

Preliminary Artistic Expression - Caitlyn Cook

Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit - Ashton Purtle

 

Thursday (Alpha)

Preliminary Artistic Expression - Savvy Shields

Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit - Ashton Purtle 

 

•Preliminary Award Winners

 

Wednesday

Preliminary Artistic Expression - Ashton Purtle

Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit - Bailey Moses

 

Wednesday (Alpha)

Preliminary Artistic Expression -  Ashton Purtle

Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit - Kyla Soden








MISS ARKANSAS ARRIVAL JUNE 3, 2016

Photo by Danny Barger with You've Got the Look Photography.





$92,937.20 raised for Children's Miracle Network this year by our Miss Arkansas contestants!!

The top 5 fundraisers were announced at the Arrival Ceremony (L to R):

Miss UCA Ashton Purtle
Miss Sweetheart of Arkansas Jennifer Nottenkamper
Miss ASU Bailey Moses
Miss Ouachita River Samantha Hudon
Miss Northwest Arkansas Jacey Winn

Photo by Danny Barger with You've Got the Look Photography.






 




2016 CONTESTANTS

     
GROUP A
MONDAY: INTERVIEW
WEDNESDAY: ARTISTIC EXPRESSION
THURSDAY: LIFESTYLE & FITNESS
FRIDAY: PRESENCE & POISE /
ON STAGE QUESTION
GROUP B
TUESDAY: INTERVIEW
WEDNESDAY: PRESENCE & POISE /
ON STAGE QUESTION
THURSDAY: ARTISTIC EXPRESSION
FRIDAY: LIFESTYLE & FITNESS
GROUP C
TUESDAY EVENING: INTERVIEW
WEDNESDAY: LIFESTYLE & FITNESS
THURSDAY: PRESENCE & POISE /
ON STAGE QUESTION
FRIDAY: ARTISTIC EXPRESSION
     


B18
Arkansas Delta
Maggie Benton
Platform:Giving is a Gift
Talent: Vocal
"Cry Me a River"
Age: 21
Hometown: Jonesboro
University of Arkansas
 

C38
Arkansas River
Isabella Catron
Platform: The Greatest Wealth is Health
Talent: Dance - Tap
"Proud Mary"
Age: 19
Hometown: Van Buren
University of Central Arkansas
     
     


C39
Arkansas State University
Bailey Moses
Platform: Suitcases for Kids:
Advocacy for Foster Care Children
Talent: Dance - Contemporary
"Story of My Life"
Age: 21
Hometown: Cabot
Arkansas State University
 

C32
Arkansas Tech University
Carly Copeland
Platform: Mentoring Matters: Make a Difference
Talent: Vocal
"Ain't No Sunshine"
Age: 19
Hometown: Clarksville
Arkansas Tech University

     
     


B22
Arkansas Valley
Darynne Dahlem
Platform: Too Smart to Start
Talent: Vocal
"Let Him Fly"
Age: 19
Hometown: Greenwood
University of Arkansas Honors College
 

A1
Batesville
Reagan Wheelis
Platform: Breast Cancer Awareness: Early Detection Is Key
Talent: Piano
"El Cumbana Medley"
Age: 19
Hometown: Melbourne
University of Arkansas
     
     


B24
Central Arkansas
Caitlyn Cook
Platform: Staying Alive: Be Red Cross Ready
Talent: Vocal
"And This is My Beloved"
Age: 23
Hometown: Conway
University of Central Arkansas
 

B15
Conway
Catherine Elisabeth Coleman
Platform: Building a Healthy Community: One Step At a Time
Talent: Jazz - Lyrical
"Something in the Water"
Age: 18
Hometown: Conway
 Arkansas State University
     
     


B20
Diamond Lakes
Carleigh Tackett
Platform: Digital Responsibility
Talent: Dance - Jazz
"Raise You Up"
Age: 18
Hometown: Russellville
Arkansas Tech University
 

C42
Dogwood
Abby Lindsey
Platform: Social Network Safety
Talent: Vocal
"All in Love is Fair"
Age: 23
Hometown: Van Buren
Ouachita Baptist University
     
     


A6
Grand Prairie
Haley Bird
Platform: Be a PAL! Food Allergy Awareness
Talent: Tenor Drums
"Happy"
Age: 20
Hometown: Camden
Southern Arkansas University



A10
Greater Hot Springs
Stoni Butler
Platform: Raise Your Hand:
Reaching Higher with Higher Education
Talent: Dance - Tap
"U Can't Touch This"
Age: 22
Hometown: Camden
Ouachita Baptist University
     
     


C31
Greater Jacksonville
Kelli Collins
Platform: Make-A-Wish
Talent: Vocal
"The Impossible Dream"
Age: 19
Hometown: Dardanelle
University of Central Arkansas


A14
Greater Jonesboro
Jade Collins
Platform: Live the United Way
Talent: Vocal
"I Who Have Nothing"
Age: 20
Hometown: Hector
Arkansas State University
     
     


A2
Greater Little Rock
Haven Brock
Platform: Carson's Kids: Embracing Autism
Talent: Vocal
"Don't Rain on My Parade"
Age: 21
Hometown: Haskell
Arkansas Tech University
 

B17
Heart of the Ozarks
Savvy Shields
Platform: Eat Better, Live Better
Talent: Dance - Jazz
"They Just Keep Moving the Line"
Age: 21
Hometown: Fayetteville
University of Arkansas
     
     


A5
Henderson State University
Mariah Janae Brown
Platform: Mentoring Matters:
Closing the Gap to Help Youth Succeed
Talent: Dance -Tap
"Dancing Machine"
Age: 24
Hometown: Little Rock
Henderson State University
 
A11
Johnson County
Hannah Jo Hatchett
Platform: B.A.B.Y. Steps: Build a Better You
Talent: Vocal / Jazz Dance
"Dear Future Husband"
Age: 19
Hometown: Clarksville
Arkansas Tech University

     
     


B19
Lake Dardanelle
Alexis Sanders
Platform: All Hands Down: Volunteer
Talent: Instrumental - Flute
"Sing, Sing, Sing"
Age: 20
Hometown: Conway
University of Cerntral Arkansas
 

A13
Lights of the Delta
Jennifer Diane Ulloa
Platform: Preserving Cultural Diversity in America
Talent: Dance - Jazz
"America"
Age: 22
Hometown: Jonesboro
Arkansas State University
     
     


B25
Magnolia
Randee Jo Langley
Platform: Expect Respect
Talent: Dance - Tap
"Circus"
Age: 21
Hometown: Crossett
Southern Arkansas University
 

C33
Metro
Kyla Soden
Platform: Mentoring To Make a Difference
Talent: Acro - Jazz
"Proud Mary"
Age: 18
Hometown: Cabot
Arkansas State University
     
     


A3
Natural State

Kelsey Theall
Platform: Focus on the Children: Improving Literacy
Talent: Dance - Irish
"Lord of the Dance"
Age: 23
Hometown: Vilonia
University of Central Arkansas
 

C40
North Central Arkansas
Rebecca Zurcher
Platform: Eating to Live, Not Living to Eat
Talent: Vocal
"I Will Always Love You"
Age: 17
Hometown: Mountain Home
University of Arkansas
     
     


B16
Northeast Arkansas
Destiny Quinn
Platform: Vote! It's Not Just Your Right, It's Your Duty
Talent: Dance - Tap
"Work"
Age: 21
Hometown: Jonesboro
Arkansas State University
 

C35
Northwest Arkansas
Jacey Winn
Platform: Stand Tall, Stand Proud!
Talent: Dance - Tap
"Bosa Nova Baby"
Age: 21
Hometown: Wynn
University of Arkansas
     
     


B28
Ouachita Baptist University
Suzie Gresham
Platform: First Aid First: Don't Wait - - Initiate!
Talent: Vocal
"Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"
Age: 22
Hometown: Hope
Ouachita Baptist University

 

C36
Ouachita River
Samantha Hudon
Platform: Get UP! Get MOVING!
Encouraging a More Physically Active Lifestyle
Talent: Vocal
"California Dreaming"
Age: 24
Hometown: Hot Springs
 University of Central Arkansas
     
     


C37
Ozark Highlands
Brooklyn Woodworth
Platform: Gluten Free is Key
Talent: Instrumental - Piano
"Piano Fantasy"
Age: 19
Hometown: Harrison
 Arkansas Tech University
 

C34
Ozark Mountain
McCartney Drouin
Platform: Make-A-Wish: Change a Life
Talent: Vocal
"Feeling Good"
Age: 19
Hometown: Mountain View
Arkansas Tech University
     
     


A8
Petit Jean Valley
Mallori Hartsfield
Platform: Choose My Plate
Talent: Vocal
"House of the Rising Sun"
Age: 21
Hometown: Pine Bluff
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

 

B21
River Delta
Elli Fowler
Platform: Shatter the Stigma:
Urging Teens to Speak Out and Be Heard
Talent: Vocal
"The Prayer"
Age: 22
Hometown: Wynne
Arkansas State University
     
     


A9
Southern Arkansas University
Natalie Morrow
Platform: Mentoring H.E.R.O's:
Helping Everyone Reach Outstanding
Talent: Dance - Tap
"Get Up Offa That Thang"
Age: 24
Hometown: Bryant
Southern Arkansas University
 

B23
South Central Arkansas
Brooke Cornelius
Platform: Protect Our Youth: Bullying Is Not OK
Talent: Dance - Tap
"Sandstorm"
Age: 22
Hometown: Hope
Henderson State University

     
     


B26
Southwest Arkansas
Sarah Clayton
Platform: Be-YOU-tiful: More Than Just a Number
Talent: Vocal
"Oceans (Where Feet May Fall)"
Age: 22
Hometown: Camden
Southern Arkansas University
 

C30
Spirit of Arkansas
Kenzie Williams
Platform: I Am That Girl
Talent: Dance - Lyrical
"Rise Up"
Age: 18
Hometown: Benton
Arkansas State University
     
     


C41
Sweetheart of Arkansas
Jennifer Nottenkamper
Platform: Domestic Violence: The Hidden Hurt
Talent: Baton
"Barcelona"
Age: 24
Hometown: Fayetteville
University of Arkansas - University of Central Arkansas
 

A12
UAFS
Katie Brown
Platform: Make-A-Wish: Making Dreams Come True
Talent: Vocal
"Blue Moon of Kentucky"
Age 20
Hometown:  Alma
UAFS
     
     

B27
University of Arkansas
Savannah Skidmore
Platform: Speak Up Now: Suicide Prevention and Awareness
Talent: Vocal
"Finding Wonderland"
Age: 21
Hometown: Calico Rock
University of Arkansas
 

A4
University of Central Arkansas
Ashton Skyler Purtle
Platform: H.A.L.O.: Healthy Active Lifestyle Options
Talent: Acro Lyrical Dance
"Listen"
Age: 20
Hometown: Russellville
University of Central Arkansas
     
     


A7
Western Arkansas
Logan Moore
Platform: Food For All
Talent: Flute
"Patriotic Medley"
Age: 21
Hometown: Van Buren
Arkansas Tech University
 

C29
White River
Alyson Tyler
Platform: Empowering Musical Minds
Talent: Vocal
"Almost There"
Age: 22
Hometown: Rogers
University of Central Arkansas