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The Miss America Organization Board of Directors is excited to announce an increase in the candidate age eligibility effective immediately!  

The Miss America Organization is revising the language in the 2022 Miss and MAOTeen State and Local Candidate Agreements to include the extended age eligibility.  A public announcement will be made available after the 100th Anniversary events at Mohegan Sun Resort and Mystic, CT from Sept. 6th to 8th.  

In the meantime, you may share the information below internally with your State Board, Local Directors, and potential candidates for upcoming Local Competitions. 

1. Immediate Age Eligibility Changes for MAO & MAOTeen
 Miss America program maximum age for candidates increases to twenty-six (26) years old by December 31st in the state competition year - from twenty-five (25).
 MAOTeen program maximum age for candidates increases to eighteen (18) years by December 31st - from seventeen (17) years by July 31st.  
 Miss and MAOTeen programs will both have the same calendar cutoff date of December 31st in the state competition year.
The education level requirement which also determined whether candidates were eligible for either the Miss or MAOTeen programs has been removed with the increases in age.

 

  • Benefits after Transition Year 
    Age eligibility cutoff dates are now consistent for Miss and MAOTeen Programs
    Miss Candidate ages will be 18 - 26 (if 18 years on Dec 31st, then MAOTeen)
    All Miss Candidates will be legal adults by their State Competition
    More Miss Candidates will have completed high school or equivalent and have an opportunity to attend post-secondary education by their State Competition  
    MAOTeen Candidate age increases to 13 - 18 (no older than 18 on Dec 31st)
    Age alone determines which program, regardless of education level
    Age eligibility is easier to understand and interpret


Execution for 2022 State and Local Season Transition

1. MAO Candidates 18 years of age on Dec 31, 2022 are grandfathered to continue in the “Miss” program and not mandated to compete in the MAOTeen program
Candidates currently competing for 2022 State Titles are able to remain in the Miss program in 2022

2. MAOTeen Candidates 18 years of age on Dec 31st may continue in the “MAOTeen” program and grandfathered to continue competing in the MAOTeen program and not mandated to the Miss program 
Candidates currently competing for 2022 State Titles are able to choose either the Miss or MAOTeen program

3. 2022 Candidate agreements (Miss & MAOTeen) as well as 2022 Candidate Agreement Amendments for existing executed agreements are being created and will be available by mid-September.

 

Proposed Candidate Agreement Age Eligibility Language Changes 

A. 2022 MAO State and Local Candidate Agreements
1. Must be at least nineteen (19) years of age on December 31st in the calendar year of the State Competition in which she competes;
2. Must not be older than twenty-six (26) years of age as of December 31st in the calendar year of the State Competition in which she competes 
For the avoidance of doubt, Candidate cannot turn twenty-seven (27) years of age at any time during the calendar year in which she could compete at the State Competition. (Calendar Year defined as January 1st through December 31st).

For the avoidance of doubt, Candidate cannot be eighteen (18) years of age on December 31st in the year she could compete at the State Competition. If the candidate is eighteen (18) years of age on December 31st in the year she could compete at the State Competition, then she must compete in the MAOTeen program, unless she meets the Grandfather Clause below.

Grandfather Clause for 2022 State and Local Agreements ONLY: Since age eligibility was revised after the start of the 2022 state & local competition season, Candidates who are:

1) eighteen (18) years of age on or after July 31, 2022 (the year of the State Competition) are eligible to compete in the Miss program, as long as the candidate is also a 2) high school graduate or equivalent by July 31, 2022

Note, this grandfather clause will not be in effect for the 2023 State & Local Competition season.

B. 2022 MAOTeen State and Local Candidate Agreement

1. Must be at least thirteen (13) years on the first day of the State Competition in which she compete
2. Must be no older than eighteen (18) years of age as of December 31st in the calendar year of the State Competition in which she could compete.
For the avoidance of doubt, Candidate cannot turn nineteen (19) years of age at any time during the calendar year in which she could compete at the State MAOTeen Competition (January 1st through December 31st). 
Grandfather Clause for 2022 State and Local Candidate Agreement ONLY: Since the age eligibility was revised after the start of the 2022 state & local competition season, Candidates who are: 1) eighteen (18) years of age on or after July 31, 2022 through December 31, 2022 (the year of the State Competition) may choose to compete in either the MAOTeen or Miss

 

 

 

 

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June 19, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Miss University of Arkansas Whitney Williams wins the title of Miss Arkansas 2021
Toni Lindsey – Director of Media and Publicity – missarkansaspress@gmail.com
Toni Lindsey - Director of Media and Publicity

 
LITTLE ROCK - Miss University of Arkansas Whitney Williams won the title of Miss Arkansas 2021 Saturday night at the 83rd Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant. The pageant took place at the Robinson Center in Little Rock in front of a crowd of nearly 2000.
 
Williams won a $30,000 scholarship provided by Ted and Shannon Boy Skokos and the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation and more than $75,000 in awards, wardrobe, transportation, and gifts. She will represent Arkansas at Miss America in Connecticut and will make appearances across the Natural State promoting her personal platform of “Heart for the Arts” and speaking in support of the goals of the Miss Arkansas and Miss America system.

Williams was crowned by the outgoing Miss Arkansas, Darynne Dahlem, of Greenwood who has served for the past two years.
 
Nearly $215,000 in scholarships were awarded throughout the week to various contestants.
 
Williams is the 23-year old daughter of David and Kay Williams of Conway. She is a Senior at the University of Arkansas majoring in Speech Pathology. For her talent she performed a Baton Twirling routine to “Conga.” Williams is a member of the Razorback Majorettes.
 
She competed as Miss Gateway to the Ozarks in 2019 and finished in the Top 10 and won Preliminary and Overall Talent.

Williams also won the following awards:
 Coleman Dairy Overall Talent Award
Sarah Slocum Overall Interview Award
Preliminary Talent
Preliminary Evening Gown
Preliminary On Stage Question
Overall Medical Professions Marketplace Scholarship
Overall Arrival Award
Williams takes home a total of $42,500 in scholarships from all the awards she won this week.

The other Top Five Finalists were:
1st runner-up (receiving a $10,000 scholarship sponsored by Dr. Rhys Branman): Metro Ebony Mitchell
2nd runner-up (receiving a $8,000 scholarship sponsored by the Former Miss Arkansas Association) :River Delta Jessica Miller

3rd runner up (receiving a $6,000 scholarship sponsored by Friends and Miss Arkansas Board Members in Loving Memory of Mrs. June Felix): Arkansas Valley Sydney Wendfeldt
 
4th runner-up: (receiving at $5,000 scholarship sponsored by Don and Robin Houseworth): Greater Little Rock Taryn Bewley
 
**Additional information on all candidates can be found at missarkansas.org**

The Semi-Finalists finishing 6th and 7th will each receive a $3,000 scholarship sponsored by the Miss America Organization. They are listed in alphabetical order:
*Petit Jean Valley Callie Scherrey
*South Central Arkansas Tiffany Lee
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Also announced were those finishing 11-15 in random order (each receiving a $1,500 scholarship sponsored by the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation and the Miss America Organization)
*Arkansas Tech University Olivia Battles
*Diamond Lakes Gracie Stover
*Greater Hot Springs Mady Rottinghaus
*Historic Batesville Cori Keller
*Northeast Arkansas Ellie Stafford
*Southeast Arkansas Hannah Barbaree
*Spirit of Arkansas Anna-Marie Wright
*Sweetheart of Arkansas Sophie Sligh

Additional awards announced during Saturday’s pageant:
*Buddy Coleman Memorial Overall Talent - $3000 scholarship given by Buddy Coleman Family – University of Arkansas Whitney Williams
 
*Sarah Slocum Overall Interview - $2500 scholarship given by Renee and Don Ed Fronabarger –University of Arkansas Whitney Williams
 
*Overall On Stage Interview Award - $2500 scholarship given by Dr. Michael Cooper – Ouachita River Julie Williams
 
*Bill Tarkington Overall Evening Wear - $2500 scholarship given by Sharon and Johnny Bale – Ouachita River Julie Williams

*The Grace Award, in the amount of $2500 and given in memory of Madelyn Grace Johnston by Brad Lacey & Dr. Melanie Smith: Boston Mountains Sophie Reiss
*The Melonie McGarrah Overall Vocalist Award, in the amount of $2000 and provided by Brian Moore & Family: Rice Capital Kelsie Everett
 *Legacy Overall Dance Award, in honor of Kathy Wheatley, in the amount of $1000 and provided by Erin Wheatley: Diamond Lakes Gracie Stover
 *The Overall Service Above Self Award, in the amount of $1000 and provided by the Miss Arkansas Executive Directors Association: Diamond Lakes Gracie Stover
 *The Miss Arkansas Community Service Award, in the amount of $1200 and provided by the Miss Arkansas Organization: Texarkana Twin Rivers Izzy Baughn
 *The Frances Wilson Non-Finalist Overall Talent Award, in the amount of $1000 and provided by CJ Wilson: Rice Capital Kelsie Everett
 *The Non-Finalist Overall On Stage Interview in the amount of $1000 and given by Michelle Parham Rudolph: Ouachita River Julie Williams
 *The Mary Jane Mullins Non-Finalist Interview Award, in the amount of $500 and provided by Dr. Patti Mullins:  Ozark Highlands Lauren Brown
 *The People’s Choice Award in the amount of $1000 and provided by the Miss Arkansas Organization and JC Productions: Conway Mattison Gafner
 *The Non-Finalist Dance Award in the amount of $500 and provided by Danielle Crafton Crain and Austin Crain: Heritage Shalexis Shelton
 *The Overall Instrumentalist Award, in the amount of $1000 and provided by Beth Ann Rankin: Arkansas River Madeline Adams
 *The Non-Finalist Vocal Award, in the amount of $500 and provided by Brad & Zach Stout: Rice Capital Kelsie Everett
 *The Ashlen Batson Espirit De Corp Award, in the amount of $650 and provided by Bill Tarkington and Mike Spivey: Mid-South Cait Light
 *The June Felix Overall Alpha Interview Award, in the amount of $1000 and provided by Vicki Rima and Jared Green:  Petit Jean Valley Callie Scherrey
 *The Tara Rushing Overall Evening Gown Award, in the amount of $1500 and provided by Missy and John Gibson Family: Petit Jean Valley Callie Scherrey
 *The Catherine Raines Overall Alpha Talent Award, in the amount of $1000 and provided by Catherine Raines Simms Family: Rice Capital Kelsie Everett
 *The Overall Alpha On Stage Interview Award, in the amount of $1000 and provided by Shirley Walters: Petit Jean Valley Callie Scherrey
*The Patti Camuso “Neat As A Pin” Award, in the amount of $1000 and provided by Patti Camuso: Johnson County Angel Wyatt
 *The Shannon Albright Congeniality Award, in the amount of $500 and provided by Lance & Leland Felix and Brian W. Albright:  Red River Valley Dawn Coffman
 *The Dreamer Award, in the amount of $750 and provided by Simone and Chris Sellstrom: Henderson State University Jordan Jones
 ***Each candidate will also receive a $400 scholarship!!***
The pageant is co-sponsored by the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant, Inc., the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation, the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau and the City of Little Rock.

For more information visit www.missarkansas.org or to schedule an appearance with the new Miss Arkansas please email bookmissar@gmail.com  or call 501-321-5606. You may also visit missarkansas.org/book. For more information regarding the Miss Arkansas in general please email info@missarkansas.org.
***If you need more information regarding this release or wish to schedule an interview with the newly crowned Miss Arkansas, please contact Toni Lindsey at missarkansaspress@gmail.com at your earliest convenience. *** 

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Toni Lindsey
Director of Media and Publicity
Miss Arkansas Scholarship Competition





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