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