Miss Arkansas 2017 -  MAGGIE BENTON

$30,000 Scholarship / Shannon & Ted Skokos / CITGO / Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation

 

 

1st Runner Up - Darynne Dahlem

$10,000 Scholarship (Susie & Charles Morgan)

 

2nd Runner Up - Ashley Ehrhart

$9,000 Scholarship (Dr. Rhys Branman)

 

3rd Runner Up -  Bailey Moses

$7,500 Scholarship (Former Miss Arkansas Association)

 

4th  Runner Up - Claudia Raffo

$5,000 Scholarship (Robin & Don Houseworth)

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT = 3RD RUNNER UP - BAILEY MOSES, 1ST RUNNER UP - DARYNNE DAHLEM, MISS ARKANSAS 2017 MAGGIE BENTON

2ND RUNNER UP - ASHLEY EHRHART, 4TH RUNNER UP - CLAUDIA RAFFO 

 

TOP 10 IN ORDER OF ANNOUNCEMENT:

1. Reagan Wheelis

2. Maggie Benton

3. Kenzie Williams

4. Destiny Quinn

5. Darynne Dahlem

6. Ashley Ehrhart

7. Jessica Miller

8. Claudia Raffo

9. Jacey Winn

10. Bailey Moses

 TOTAL SCHOLARSHIPS GIVEN: $172,000!!! 
Each of the 44 contestants received a $400 scholarship provided by the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation ($17,600 total).
 

 


The five semi-finalists were (each receiving a $3,000 scholarship sponsored by Jones and Son Fine Jewelry) – finishing 6-10 and listed in random order:
*Miss Apple Blossom Reagan Wheelis
*Miss Arkansas State University Destiny Quinn
*Miss Gateway to the Ozarks Jacey Winn
*Miss Metro Kenzie Williams
*Miss Spirit of Arkansas Jessica Miller

Also announced were those finishing 11-15 in random order (each receiving a $1,500 scholarship sponsored by the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Fund)
*Miss Arkansas Tech University Kelsey Stone
* Miss South Central Arkansas Mady Rottinghaus
*Miss Heart of the Ozarks Ashton Yarbrough
*Miss Arkansas River Bethany Kasper
*Miss Texarkana Twin Rivers Kathryn Barfield

Additional awards announced during Saturday’s pageant:

*Bill Tarkington Overall Evening Gown - $2500 scholarship given by Sharon and Johnny Bale – White River Claudia Raffo
*Katie Bailey Overall Swimsuit - $2500 scholarship given by Dr. Michael Cooper – White River Claudia Raffo
*Sarah Slocum Overall Interview - $2500 scholarship given by Renee and Don Ed Fronabarger – Greater Jonesboro Maggie Benton
*Buddy Coleman Memorial Overall Talent - $2500 scholarship given by Buddy Coleman Family – Arkansas Tech University Kelsey Stone

*Dreamer Scholarship - $250 scholarship presented by Simone and Chris Sellstrom – Henderson State University Olivia Moore

*Julie Blackwood Smart Swimsuit Award - $250 scholarship presented by Julie Blackwood Steele (given to the contestants who does well in swimsuit and interview) – Greater Jonesboro Maggie Benton

* Shannon Albright Congeniality Award - $650 scholarship presented by June & Leland Felix, Rena Albright Verucchi & Ryan Albright – Ouachita Baptist University Tiffany Lee

*Savvy Shields Overall Alpha Evening Gown Award - $1000 scholarship given by the Miss America Homecoming Celebration Committee – Arkansas Delta Ashley Ehrhart

* Savannah Skidmore Overall Alpha Swimsuit Award - $1000 scholarship given by Kim and Jerry Skidmore – Arkansas Delta Ashley Ehrhart

*Overall Alpha Interview Award - $1000 scholarship given by Vicki Rima – Arkansas Delta Ashley Ehrhart

*Frances Wilson Overall Alpha Talent Award - $1000 scholarship given by CJ Wilson – Arkansas Tech University Kelsey Stone

*Ashlen Batson Espirit de Corp Award – (given to a contestant based on integrity and a strong sense of style) - $500 scholarship given by Bill Tarkington and Mike Spivey – Gateway to the Ozarks Jacey Winn

*Non-Finalist Vocal Award - $250 scholarship given by Brad and Zach Stout – Johnson County Emma Pitts

* Fine Lines Training Non-Finalist Swimsuit Award –  $500 scholarship given by Ann Marie & Kenny Gibbs – Batesville Christian Weatherly

*Studio by Lauren Non-Finalist Dance Award  -  $500 scholarship given by  Lauren & Jacob Wood – Ouachita Baptist University Tiffany Lee

*Mary Jane Mullins Non-Finalist Interview Award  -  $500  scholarship given by Dr. Patti Mullins – Heart of the Ozarks Ashton Yarbrough

Non-finalist Talent Award provided by the Miss Arkansas Pageant. $500... Miss Arkansas Tech University Kelsey Stone

*Miss America State Scholar Award -  $1,000 scholarship given by the Miss America Foundation – Henderson State University Olivia Moore

*Miss America Community Service Award - $1,000 scholarship given by the Miss America Foundation – Northeast Arkansas Bailey Moses

*RockStar Performance Award -(given to a contestant with a performance that is moving, memorable, entertaining or passionate but does not necessarily have to be the highest scoring performance) $1,000 scholarship given by RockStar Passes – Johnson County Emma Pitts

*Overall Instrumentalist Award -  $500 scholarship given by Kerry Jucas – Arkansas Tech University Kelsey Stone

*Sloane Roberts Overall Dance Award -  $500 scholarship given by Michelle & John Mark Roberts – Northeast Arkansas Bailey Moses

*Melonie McGarrah Overall Vocalist Award -  $2,000 scholarship given by Brian Moore & Family – University of Arkansas Darynne Dahlem

*Grace Award  -  $4,000 scholarship given in memory of Madelyn Grace Johnston by Brad Lacey & Dr. Melanie Smith – White River Claudia Raffo

*People’s Choice - $1000 scholarship given by the Oaklawn Jockey Club – Greater Jonesboro Maggie Benton

·       Alpha Arrival Award -  $250 scholarship given by Bill Tarkington & Mike Spivey – Miss Southeast Arkansas Rachel Langley

·       Savvy Shields Alpha Interview Award (from Alpha Group) -  $250 scholarship given by the Miss America Homecoming Celebration Committee – Miss Central Arkansas Hannah Burrow.

·       Healthy Lifestyles Platform Award - $500 scholarship given by Sharon Turrentine – Miss Texarkana / Twin Rivers Kathryn Barfield. 

·       Loren McDaniel “Confidently You” Scholarship (2 given) -  $500 scholarship given by Melissa & Kevin McDaniel (given to two alpha contestants based on platform) –

o   Miss Spirit of Arkansas Jessica Miller.

o   Miss Arkansas River Bethany Kasper. 

·       Social Media Promotions Scholarship - $1000 scholarship given by the Miss Arkansas Pageant – Miss Southwest Arkansas Suzie Gresham. 

·       Savvy Shields Alpha Interview Award (from Sigma Group) -$250 scholarship given by the Miss America Homecoming Celebration Committee – Miss Arkansas Delta Ashley Ehrhart. 

·       Combs Caught Ya Act of Kindness Award (Voted on by the contestants – based on an act of kindness) - $250 scholarship given by Brittany and Clay Combs – Miss Batesville Christian Weatherly. 

·       Jessie Bennett Leadership Award (Chosen for leadership on her college campus and within in her community) - $500 scholarship given by Bill Tarkington and Mike Spivey – Miss University of Arkansas Darynne Dahlem. 

·       Renee Fronabarger Overall Arrival Award - $500 scholarship given by Stacey Utley – Miss Southeast Arkansas Rachel Langley. 

·       Overcomer Award (given to a contestant raised by a single parent) - $750 scholarship given by Rendezvous Formal Wear – Miss Arkansas Delta Ashley Ehrhart. 

·       Kattie Hansen Spirit of the Pageant Award (given to a contestant with the passion and spirit that represents Miss Arkansas) - $1000 scholarship given by Kattie Hansen – Miss Diamond Lakes Jade Collins. 

·       Marty Walker Memorial Scholarship (given to a contestant based on paperwork, professionalism and responsibility) - $1000 scholarship given by Chris Walker and Family – Miss Arkansas Delta Ashley Ehrhart.

·       Children’s Miracle Network Miracle Maker (top fundraiser for CMN) - $1000 scholarship given by the Miss America Foundation – Miss University of Arkansas Darynne Dahlem.

·       CMN Miracle Maker Finalists (2nd – 5th highest fundraisers for CMN) - $500 scholarship each given by the Miss America Foundation –

o   2nd Place – Miss Greater Little Rock Brooke Cornelius. 

o   3rd Place – Miss Apple Blossom Reagan Wheelis. 

o   4th Place – Miss Northwest Arkansas Raygan Sylvester.

o   5th Place – Miss Grand Prairie Taylor Jaggers. 

·       Savvy Shields Alpha Interview Award (from Mu Group) -$250 scholarship given by the Miss America Homecoming Celebration Committee – Miss Heart of the Ozarks Ashton Yarbrough.

·       Delta Dental Smile Award - $1000 scholarship given by Delta Dental – Miss Ouachita Baptist University Tiffany Lee.

·       Bringing Beauty to Life Award (judged by an independent marketing agency and given to a contestant who the most effectively markets the EcoTools brand on social media) - $1000 scholarship given by Paris Presents – Miss Henderson State University Olivia Moore.  

·       Sharon Evans Bale “We Are More” Award (given to a contestant who demonstrates that they are more than a pretty face, and who represents strong character and a passion for serving others) - $1000 scholarship given by Bill Tarkington and Bill Spivey – Miss Greater Little Rock Brooke Cornelius. 

 

 

•Preliminary Award Winners

 

Thursday

 

Preliminary Artistic Expression - Bailey Moses (Northeast Arkansas)

Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit - (TIE) Christian Weatherley (Batesville) Maggie Benton (Greater Jonesboro

 

Thursday (Alpha)

Preliminary Artistic Expression - Ashley Ehrhart (Arkansas Delta) Tiffany Lee (Ouachita Baptist University)

Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit - Christian Weatherley (Batesville)

 

•Preliminary Award Winners

 

Wednesday

 

Preliminary Artistic Expression - (TIE) Emma Pitts (Johnson County) Maggie Benton (Greater Jonesboro)

Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit - Claudia Raffo (White River)

 

Wednesday  (Alpha)

Preliminary Artistic Expression - Emma Pitts (Johnson County)

Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit - (TIE)  India Kuykendall (Lights of the Delta) Hannah Oliver (River Delta)

 

 

•Preliminary Award Winners

 

Tuesday

Preliminary Artistic Expression - Kelsey Stone (Arkansas Tech University)

Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit - Bailey Moses (Northeast Arkansas)

 

Tuesday (Alpha)

Preliminary Artistic Expression -  Kelsey Stone (Arkansas Tech University)

Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit - Ashley Ehrhart (Arkansas Delta)

 







MISS ARKANSAS ARRIVAL JUNE 10, 2016

Photo by Danny Barger Photography.





Miss Arkansas





2017 CONTESTANTS

 
GROUP MU
SUNDAY: INTERVIEW
TUESDAY: TALENT
WEDNESDAY: SWIMSUIT
THURSDAY: EVENING GOWN / ON STAGE QUESTION
GROUP ALPHA
SUNDAY:INTERVIEW
TUESDAY: EVENING GOWN / ON STAGE QUESTION
WEDNESDAY: TALENT
THURSDAY: SWIMSUIT
GROUP SIGMA
MONDAY: INTERVIEW
TUESDAY: SWIMSUIT
WEDNESDAY: EVENING GOWN / ON STAGE QUESTION
THURSDAY: TALENT
 


Apple Blossom
Reagan Wheelis
Platform:Breast Cancer Awareness: Early Detection Is Key
Talent: Piano Solo
"Pirates of the Caribbean Medley "
Age: 19
Hometown: Melbourne
University of Arkansas
 

Arkansas Delta
Ashley Ehrhart
Platform:Defeating Depression: Promotion of a Healthy Mind
Talent: Jazz Dance
"Mein Herr"
Age: 20
Hometown: Jonesboro
Arkansas State University
     
   


Arkansas River
Bethany Kasper
Platform: Our Kids Read
Talent: Vocal
"Maybe This Time"
Age: 18
Hometown: Jacksonville
University of Arkansas
 

Arkansas State University
Destiny Quinn
Platform: Vote! It's Not Just Your Right. It's Your Duty
Talent: Dance - Tap Dance
"September"
Age: 22
Hometown: Jonesboro
Arkansas State University
     
     


Arkansas Tech University
Kelsey Stone
Platform: Healthy Habits 4 a Healthy Life
Talent: Vocal & Piano
"Rise Up"
Age: 20
Hometown: Russellville
Arkansas Tech University
 

Arkansas Valley
Carly Copeland
Platform: Mentoring Matters
Talent: Vocal
"A New Life"
Age: 20
Hometown: Clarksville
Arkansas Tech University
     
     


Batesville
Christian Weatherley
Platform: S.M.I.L.E. : Seeing Miracles in Life Everyday
Talent: Clogging
"Can't Stop the Feeling!"
Age: 19
Hometown: Cabot
Arkansas State University
 

Central Arkansas
Hannah Burrow
Platform: See the S.I.G.N.S.: Deaf Awareness
Talent: Tap Dance
"Play that Sax"
Age: 24
Hometown: Foreman
University of Central Arkansas
     
     


Conway
Megan McAfee
Platform: So the World May Hear;
Changing the World for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired
Talent: Vocal/ Piano
"Another Day of Sun"
Age: 20
Hometown: Gravette
University of Central Arkansas
 

Diamond Lakes
Jade Collins
Platform: Live The United Way: Creating A Brighter Future Through Education
Talent: Vocal performance
"I Who Have Nothing"
Age: 21
Hometown: Hector
Arkansas State University
     
     


Gateway To The Ozarks
Jacey Winn
Platform:Stand Tall, Stand Proud!
Talent: Vocal
"Next Time I Love"
Age: 21
Hometown: Wynne
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
 

Grand Prairie
Taylor Jaggers
Platform: A Chance to Dance:
Working to Achieve a Sound Body and Mind
Talent: Jazz Dance
"Big Spender"
Age: 20
Hometown: Rison
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
     
     


Greater Hot Springs
Courtney DeVane
Platform: Keeping School smART:
Promoting the Arts
 in Schools
Talent: Vocal
"A New Life"
Age: 18
Hometown: Hot Springs
University of Arkansas Honors College


Greater Jacksonville
Kyla Soden
Platform: Mentoring to Make a Difference
Talent: Acrojazz
"Proud Mary"
Age: 19
Hometown: Cabot
Ouachita Baptist University

     
     


Greater Jonesboro
Maggie Benton
Platform: Giving Is a Gift
Talent: Broadway Vocal
"The Music of the Night"
Age: 22
Hometown: Jonesboro
University of Arkansas



Greater Little Rock
Brooke Cornelius
Platform: Protect Our Youth: Bullying Is Not Ok!
Talent: Dance - Tap
"Sandstorm"
Age: 23
Hometown: Hope
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
William H. Bowen School of Law
     
     


Heart of the Ozarks
Ashton Yarbrough
Platform: Passion to Action: Volunteer
Talent: Vocal
"Open Arms"
Age: 20
Hometown: Gravette
University of Arkansas
 

Henderson State University
Olivia Moore
Platform: Reach A Reader
Talent: Vocal
"Stone Cold"
Age: 19
Hometown: Gurdon
Henderson State University
     
     

Johnson County
Emma Pitts
Platform: Inspiring Creativity Through Arts Education
Talent: Vocal
"Gimme Gimme"
Age: 19
Hometown: Clarksville
Ouachita Baptist University
 


Lake Dardanelle
Raigan Alexis Purtle
Platform: Mentoring: I.O.U. (It's Okay to be Unique)
Talent: Lyrical Dance
"Castle"
Age: 20
Hometown: Russellville
 Arkansas Tech University
     
     


Lights of the Delta
India Kuykendall
Platform: Anti-Bullying
Talent: Vocal
"What A Wonderful World"
Age: 20
Hometown: Blytheville
Arkansas State University
 

Magnolia
Jordan Duran
Platform: Leave A Legacy
Talent: Clogging Dance
"Banjo Fantasy"
Age: 19
Hometown: Magnolia
Louisiana Tech University
     
     


Metro
Kenzie Williams
Platform: Food Insecurity: H.O.P.E
Hunger Oppresses People Everyday
Talent:Jazz Dance
"Boogie Wonderland"
Age: 19
Hometown: Benton
Arkansas State University
 
Natural State
Alexis Sanders
Platform: All Hands Down: Volunteer
Talent: Flute Instrumental
"Sing Sing Sing "
Age: 21
Hometown: Conway
University of Central Arkansas
     
     


North Central Arkansas
Ebony Mitchell
Platform: S.A.F.E. Connections
Talent: Tap Dance
"I Wanna Dance With Somebody "
Age: 20
Hometown: Harrison
University of Central Arkansas

 

Northeast Arkansas
Bailey Moses
Platform: "Suitcases for Kids" Advocacy for
Foster Care Children
Talent: Jazz Dance
"Respect"
Age: 22
Hometown: Cabot
Arkansas State University
     
     


Northwest Arkansas
Raygan Sylvester
Platform: Arrive Alive
Talent: Jazz Dance
"Fake Your Way to the Top"
Age: 21
Hometown: North Little Rock
University of Arkansas

 

Ouachita Baptist University
Tiffany Lee
Platform: Stay Hydrated, Stay Healthy
Talent: Tap Dance
"A Little Party"
Age: 20
Hometown: Benton
Ouachita Baptist University
     
     


Ouachita River
Taryn Bewley
Platform: Reading Matters
Talent: Tap Dance
"I'm A Star"
Age:18
Hometown: Conway
University of Mississippi Honors College
 


Ozark Highlands
Rebecca Ward
Platform: Importance of the Arts in Education
Talent: Vocal Opera
"O Mio Babbino Caro"
Age: 18
Hometown: Clarksville
 Arkansas Tech University
     
     


Ozark Mountain
Madison Oswalt
Platform: Volunteer With a Purpose
Talent: Jazz Dance
"Gimme Gimme"
Age: 18
Hometown: Harrison
Arkansas Tech University
 

Petit Jean Valley
Payton Marshall
Platform: One Foot Forward
Talent: Vocal
"Love Yourself "
Age: 19
Hometown: Belleville
Arkansas Tech University
     
     


River Delta
Hannah Oliver
Platform: Multiple Sclerosis: Taking Steps Toward a Cure
Talent: Tap Dance
"One More Time"
Age: 19
Hometown: Stuttgart
Mississippi State University
 

Southern Arkansas University
Kelsie Madison
Platform: Ability Beyond Disability
Talent: Dance: Jazz
"Dr Jazz"
Age: 20
Hometown: El Dorado
Southern Arkansas University
     
     


South Central Arkansas
Mady Rottinghaus
Platform: See the Good: Appreciating Diversity
Talent: Piano
"An American Tribute "
Age: 17
Hometown: Hot Springs
Ouachita Baptist University
 

Southeast Arkansas
Rachel Langley
Platform: "Sheep Dog Impact Assistance"
Talent: Tap Dance
"Pump It Up"
Age: 19
Hometown: Crossett
University of Arkansas at Monticello
     
     


Southwest Arkansas
Suzie Gresham
Platform: First Aid First: Don't Wait--Initiate!
Talent: Jazz Dance
""Woman's World""
Age: 23
Hometown: Hope
Ouachita Baptist University
 
Spirit of Arkansas
Jessica Miller
Platform: SAVE: Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
Talent: Tap
"Pump It"
Age: 18
Hometown: Bryant
Bryant High School
     
     


Sweetheart of Arkansas
Cameron Willis
Platform: Table Talk- Breaking The Silence of Eating Disorders
Talent: Vocal
"All I Ask of You"
Age: 20
Hometown: Sheridan
Norbert O. Schedlers Honors College at UCA

 
Texarkana Twin Rivers
Kathryn Barfield
Platform: Energizing YOUth:
Promoting Healthy Habits in Children and Teens
Talent: Flute
“Shenandoah/Dueling Banjos”
Age 22
Hometown:  Texarkana
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
College of Pharmacy
     
     


University of Arkansas
Darynne Dahlem
Platform: Know Who You Are
Talent: Vocal
"Somewhere "
Age: 20
Hometown: Greenwood
University of Arkansas Honors College
 


UAFS
Logan Moore
Platform: Food For All
Talent: Flute Solo
"Take 5"
Age 22
Hometown:  Van Buren
University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
     
     


University of Central Arkansas
Kelli Collins
Platform: Make-A-Wish
Talent: Vocal Solo
"I Dreamed a Dream"
Age: 20
Hometown: Dardanelle
University of Central Arkansas
 


White River
Claudia Raffo
Platform: New Life Saves Lives: Umbilical Cord Donation
Talent: Lyrical Dance
"Time"
Age: 21
Hometown: Jonesboro
Arkansas State University