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June 18, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday Preliminary Winners Announced at Miss Arkansas / Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen 2021
Toni Lindsey – Director of Media and Publicity
missarkansaspress@gmail.com

LITTLE ROCK - Miss University of Arkansas Whitney Williams won the Preliminary Artistic Expression in Talent Award and Miss Ouachita River Julie Williams won the Evening Gown Preliminary Award.  Miss Arkansas Valley Sydney Wendfeldt and Miss Sweetheart of Arkansas Sophie Sligh tied for the Preliminary On-Stage Interview Award on Friday, the final night of Preliminaries for the 83rd Annual Miss Arkansas Competition at Robinson Center in Little Rock.

For winning Talent, Whitney Williams will receive a $2,000 scholarship provided by former Miss Arkansas Local Former Titleholders Association.

 

Julie Williams will receive a $500 scholarship for winning Evening Gown provided by Emerge and Renee Stone.

 

Wendfeldt and Sligh will both receive a $1000 scholarship for winning On-Stage Interview provided by the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation.

 

For her talent, Whitney Williams performed a baton twirling routine to “Conga.” She is a member of the University of Arkansas Majorettes.

 

For more information on our preliminary winners please visit missarkansas.org.

Emcees for this year’s Miss Arkansas Competition are KATV’s Chris Kane and Miss Arkansas 2009 Sarah Slocum Collins.

 

Ashton Campbell Gill was the emcee for the Outstanding Teen Pageant held during the afternoon. She was Miss Arkansas 2014 and 2nd Runner Up to Miss America, as well as Miss Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen 2011.

 

Miss Arkansas 2019 / 2020 Darynne Dahlem of Greenwood and Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen 2019 / 2020 Sarah Cate Lay of Little Rock were on hand to present the awards.


The 40 Outstanding Teen Contestants are competing for over $40,000 in scholarships and the chance to represent Arkansas at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant in Orlando this summer.  

 

Metro’s Outstanding Teen Makayla Shipe for the Talent Preliminary Award. She will receive a $100 scholarship from former MAOT Contestant and America’s Got Talent Semi-Finalist Mary Beth Byrd. 

 

She performed a vocal to “Phantom of the Opera” for her talent.

 

Natural State’s Outstanding Teen Shelby Cook won the Preliminary Evening Gown Award tonight.  She will receive a $100 scholarship given by Hannah Wright from The Royal We.

 

Additional information on the Teen contestants can be found at missarkansasot.org.

Miss Arkansas Alpha Awards were also given out tonight.  These are presented to first-time Miss Arkansas contestants that garnered the most points in their respective groups each night.  

Alpha Award winners announced Tuesday night were: 
Talent – Southern Arkansas University Carson Beeching (receiving a $500 scholarship from former Miss Arkansas Micki Konecny)
Evening Gown – Petit Jean Valley Callie Scherrey (receiving a $500 scholarship from Hannah Wright at The Royal We)

On Stage Interview – Sweetheart of Arkansas Sophie Sligh (receiving a $500 scholarship from ZenStudio)

 

The Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen Pageant also recognizes Alpha Award Winners each night. 

Friday’s Alpha Awards in Teen were:

Fitness: (tie) Historic Batesville’s OT Jordan Young and Ozark Highland’s OT Brenna Ralston
Evening Gown: Southern Arkansas University’s OT Kenleigh Garner
Talent: Greater Hot Springs OT Addi Rae Dowdy

For winning an Alpha Award these young ladies will each receive a $100 scholarship given by the Miss Arkansas Executive Directors Association.

Additional Miss Arkansas Scholarship Winners announced were:
(For additional information on these winners please visit
missarkansas.org and click on Candidates)

 

Claudia Raffo Enhance Arkansas Award, in the amount of $500 given by The Raffo Family – Ouachita River Julie Williams

  

Stephanie Green Teachers Make Teachers Award, in the amount of $750 given by Stephanie and Jared Green – Apple Blossom Allison Thompson

 

Asher Ray Mentor Award, in the amount of $1000 given by Mr. and Mrs. Murray Benton – Greater Jonesboro McKenzie Williams

 

Sharon Evans Bale “We Are More” Award, in the amount of $650 given by Bill Tarkington and Mike Spivey – Arkansas Valley Sydney Wendfeldt

 

Don’t Limit Me Award, in the amount of $500 given by Christie Alexander – Red River Valley Dawn Coffman

 

Service Above Self Award for Mu Group, in the amount of $500 given by the Miss Arkansas Executive Directors Association – Central Arkansas Haley Morton

 

Service Above Self Award for Sigma Group, in the amount of $500 given by the Miss Arkansas Executive Directors Association – Northeast Arkansas Ellie Stafford 

 

Alpha Interview Award for the Mu Group, in the amount of $500 given by Paula Swindle – Petit Jean Valley Callie Scherrey

 

Additional Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen Awards given tonight were: (for more information on these contestants please visit www.missarkansasot.org)

 

·       Overall Arrival (3-way tie)

·       Lake Dardanelle OT Aishani Singh Vengalaa

·       Southeast Arkansas OT CariAnne Kelley

·       Diamond Lakes OT Chloe Hargis

 

·       Each winner will receive a $250 scholarship provided by Steamroller Blues and the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation

 

 

·       Teens in Action Finalists

·       Greater Little Rock OT Tori Lane Kiser

·       Central Arkansas OT Haley Shourd

·       Southwest Arkansas OT Blaise Batson

·       University of Arkansas Kennedy Holland

·       Each finalist will receive a $100 scholarship given by Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen 2018 Camille Cathey

 

 

 

 

This year’s Miss Arkansas Pageant celebrates the 83rd Year of the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Competition.  The show features 51 Miss Candidates and 40 Outstanding Teen contestants from around the state who are competing for over $214,000 in scholarship funds.

Competition continues with the crowning of the new Outstanding Teens on Saturday, June 19th at 1pm.  The crowning for Miss Arkansas 2021 is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Saturday, June 19th.

 

For ticket information please visit www.ticketmaster.com or the Robinson Center box office.

For those who can’t attend the 2021 Miss Arkansas competition you can watch each night of preliminary competition on
www.missarkansas.org

 

The final night of Miss Arkansas competition will also be broadcast live statewide on KATV Channel 7 on Saturday.  It will begin with a 30-minute special at 7:00p.m. leading up to the pageant at 7:30 p.m.

 

MISS ARKANSAS AND MISS ARKANSAS OUTSTANDING TEEN PHOTO CREDIT - DANNY BARGER PHOTOGRAPHY 

 

*PRELIMINARY WINNER MEDIA ACCESS* -Miss and Teen Preliminary winners are available for media interviews immediately following the competition in the BLT Room on the 2nd Level of the Robinson Center.  Additional interviews may be scheduled by text (479-409-4389) or email (missarkansaspress@gmail.com)

 

*PRESS CREDENTIAL REQUEST* - Please request credentials for pageant coverage in writing, on company letterhead, to missarkansaspress@gmail.com.  The cut off for requests will be Friday, June 14th at Noon and requests will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.  Be sure to include which nights you would like to attend, the name of the person covering the pageant and whether they are a writer, photographer or videographer.  Seating is limited and preference will be given to those outlets covering the pageant multiple nights.

 

**PRESS CONFERENCE WITH THE 2021 MISS ARKANSAS** - The newly crowned 2021 winners will be available immediately following their crowning in their first official press conference.  This will take place in the BLT Room 2nd level of Robinson Center.  All media are invited and encouraged to attend. 

***If you need more information regarding this release, or wish to schedule an interview with Darynne, Sarah Cate or the newly crowned winners, please contact Toni Lindsey at 
missarkansaspress@gmail.com for more details.***

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Toni Lindsey
Director of Media and Publicity

Miss Arkansas Scholarship Competition

 

 

 

 

June 17, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday Preliminary Winners Announced at Miss Arkansas / Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen 2021
Toni Lindsey – Director of Media and Publicity
missarkansaspress@gmail.com

LITTLE ROCK - Miss Diamond Lakes Gracie Stover won the Preliminary Artistic Expression in Talent Award and Miss Metro Ebony Mitchell and Miss University of Arkansas Whitney Williams tied for the Evening Gown Preliminary Award.  Miss Ouachita River Julie Williams won the Preliminary On-Stage Interview Award on Thursday, the second night of the 83rd Annual Miss Arkansas Competition at Robinson Center in Little Rock.

For winning Talent, Stover received a $2,000 scholarship provided by former Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation and FretMonkey Recording Studio.

 

Mitchell and Williams will both receive a $500 scholarship for winning Evening Gown provided by Emerge and Renee Stone.

 

Williams will receive a $1000 scholarship for winning On-Stage Interview provided by the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation.

 

For her talent, Stover performed a Tap Dance to “Epic Duel.”

 

For more information on our preliminary winners please visit missarkansas.org.

Emcees for this year’s Miss Arkansas Competition are KATV’s Chris Kane and Miss Arkansas 2009 Sarah Slocum Collins.

 

Ashton Campbell Gill was the emcee for the Outstanding Teen Pageant held during the afternoon. She was Miss Arkansas 2014 and 2nd Runner Up to Miss America, as well as Miss Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen 2011.

 

Miss Arkansas 2019 / 2020 Darynne Dahlem of Greenwood and Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen 2019 / 2020 Sarah Cate Lay of Little Rock were on hand to present the awards.


The 40 Outstanding Teen Contestants are competing for over $40,000 in scholarships and the chance to represent Arkansas at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant in Orlando this summer.  

 

Dogwood’s Outstanding Teen Sydney Allensworth won for the Talent Preliminary Award. She will receive a $100 scholarship from former MAOT Contestant and America’s Got Talent Semi-Finalist Mary Beth Byrd.  She performed a tap dance to “Get Up Offa That Thing” for her talent.

 

Lights of the Delta’s Outstanding Teen Counts Shanks won the Preliminary Evening Gown Award tonight.  She will receive a $100 scholarship given by Hannah Wright from The Royal We.

 

Additional information on the Teen contestants can be found at missarkansasot.org.

 

Miss Arkansas Alpha Awards were also given out tonight.  These are presented to first-time Miss Arkansas contestants that garnered the most points in their respective groups each night.  

 

Alpha Award winners announced Tuesday night were: 
Talent – tie - Sweetheart of Arkansas Sophie Sligh and Dogwood Olivia Jane Wilks (receiving a $500 scholarship from the Jim and Kay Hinkle Family)
Evening Gown – tie - UAFS Jayson Toney and Red River Valley Dawn Coffman (receiving a $500 scholarship from Hannah Wright at The Royal We)

On Stage Interview – tie - Spirit of Arkansas Anna Marie Wright and Petit Jean Valley Callie Scherrey (receiving a $500 scholarship from ZenStudio)

 

The Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen Pageant also recognizes alpha award winners each night. 

Thursday’s Alpha Awards in Teen were:

Fitness: Heartland’s OT Haven Williams
Evening Gown: Greater Hot Spring’s OT Addi Rae Dowdy
Talent: River City’s OT Marie Kershaw
For winning an Alpha Award these young ladies will each receive a $100 scholarship given by the Miss Arkansas Executive Directors Association.

Additional Miss Arkansas Scholarship Winners announced were:
(For additional information on these winners please visit
missarkansas.org and click on Candidates)

 

·       Miracle Maker / Spotfund Miracle Maker – Texarkana Twin Rivers Izzy Baughn

                    2nd – Diamond Lakes Gracie Stover

                    3rd – Greater Hot Springs Mady Rottinghaus

                    4th – Conway Mattison Gafner

                    5th – Northeast Arkansas Ellie Stafford

 Baughn will receive a $750 scholarship.  Stover, Rottinghaus, Gafner and Stafford will each receive a $500 scholarship. All five of these will be provided by the Miss Arkansas Executive Directors Association.  

 

·       Overall Arrival Award, in the amount of $1000 given by E. Leigh’s Boutique – University of Arkansas Whitney Williams

  

·       Service Above Self Award for Sigma Group, in the amount of $500 given by the Miss Arkansas Executive Directors Association – Arkansas Valley Sydney Wendfeldt

 

·       Marty Walker Memorial, in the amount of $1000 given by Chris Walker – Greater Little Rock Taryn Bewley

 

·       Jessie Ward Bennett Leadership Award, in the amount of $650 given by Bill Tarkington and Mike Spivey – Greater Little Rock Taryn Bewley

 

·       Alpha Interview Award for the Sigma Group, in the amount of $500 given by Ms Alix Butler– Red River Valley Dawn Coffman

 

Additional Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen Awards given tonight were: (for more information on these contestants please visit www.missarkansasot.org)

 

·       Male Role Model, in the amount of $500 given by Sandon Williams – Trey Matthew Smith

·       CMN Miracle Maker, $300 given by Alliance Utilities – Dogwood’s OT Sydney Allensworth

 

 

This year’s Miss Arkansas Pageant celebrates the 83rd Year of the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Competition.  The show features 51 Miss Candidates and 40 Outstanding Teen contestants from around the state who are competing for over $214,000 in scholarship funds.

Competition continues with preliminaries on Friday. Outstanding Teens preliminaries begin at 2:30 p.m. and Miss begins at 7:00 p.m. Final competition for the Outstanding Teens will be Saturday, June 19th at 1pm.  The crowning for Miss Arkansas 2021 is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Saturday, June 19th.

 

For ticket information please visit www.ticketmaster.com or the Robinson Center box office.

For those who can’t attend the 2021 Miss Arkansas competition you can watch each night of preliminary competition on
www.missarkansas.org

 

The final night of Miss Arkansas competition will also be broadcast live statewide on KATV Channel 7 on Saturday.  It will begin with a 30-minute special at 7:00p.m. leading up to the pageant at 7:30 p.m.

 

MISS ARKANSAS AND MISS ARKANSAS OUTSTANDING TEEN PHOTO CREDIT - DANNY BARGER PHOTOGRAPHY 

 

*PRELIMINARY WINNER MEDIA ACCESS* -Miss and Teen Preliminary winners are available for media interviews immediately following the competition in the BLT Room on the 2nd Level of the Robinson Center.  Additional interviews may be scheduled by text (479-409-4389) or email (missarkansaspress@gmail.com)

 

*PRESS CREDENTIAL REQUEST* - Please request credentials for pageant coverage in writing, on company letterhead, to missarkansaspress@gmail.com.  The cut off for requests will be Friday, June 14th at Noon and requests will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.  Be sure to include which nights you would like to attend, the name of the person covering the pageant and whether they are a writer, photographer or videographer.  Seating is limited and preference will be given to those outlets covering the pageant multiple nights.

 

**PRESS CONFERENCE WITH THE 2021 MISS ARKANSAS** - The newly crowned 2021 winners will be available immediately following their crowning in their first official press conference.  This will take place in the BLT Room 2nd level of Robinson Center.  All media are invited and encouraged to attend. 

***If you need more information regarding this release, or wish to schedule an interview with Darynne, Sarah Cate or the newly crowned winners, please contact Toni Lindsey at 
missarkansaspress@gmail.com for more details.***

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Toni Lindsey
Director of Media and Publicity

Miss Arkansas Scholarship Competition


 

 

 

 

 

 

June 16, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday Preliminary Winners Announced at Miss Arkansas / Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen 2021
Toni Lindsey – Director of Media and Publicity
missarkansaspress@gmail.com

LITTLE ROCK - Miss Rice Capital Kelsie Everett won the Preliminary Artistic Expression in Talent Award and Miss Greater Hot Springs Mady Rottinghaus and Miss Mid-South Cait Light tied for the Evening Gown Preliminary Award.  Miss Metro Ebony Mitchell and Miss University of Arkansas Whitney Williams tied for the Preliminary On-Stage Interview Award on Wednesday, the opening night of the 83rd Annual Miss Arkansas Competition at Robinson Center in Little Rock.

For winning Talent, Everett received a $2,000 scholarship provided by former Miss Arkansas Hall of Fame recipients.

Rottinghaus and Light will both receive a $500 scholarship for winning Evening Gown provided by Emerge and Renee Stone.

Mitchell and Williams will both receive a $1000 scholarship for winning On-Stage Interview provided by the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation.

 

For her talent, Everett performed a vocal to “How Great Thou Art.”

 

For more information on our preliminary winners please visit missarkansas.org.

Emcees for this year’s Miss Arkansas Competition are KATV’s Chris Kane and Miss Arkansas 2009 Sarah Slocum Collins.

 

Ashton Campbell Gill was the emcee for the Outstanding Teen Pageant held during the afternoon. She was Miss Arkansas 2014 and 2nd Runner Up to Miss America, as well as Miss Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen 2011.

 

Miss Arkansas 2019 / 2020 Darynne Dahlem of Greenwood and Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen 2019 / 2020 Sarah Cate Lay of Russellville were on hand to present the awards.

 

The 40 Outstanding Teen Contestants are competing for over $40,000 in scholarships and the chance to represent Arkansas at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant in Orlando this summer.  

 

Natural State’s Outstanding Teen Shelby Cook won the Talent Preliminary Award. She will receive a $100 scholarship from former MAOT Contestant and America’s Got Talent Semi-Finalist Mary Beth Byrd.  She performed a lyrical jazz dance to "Via Dolorosa" for her talent.

 

Dogwood’s Outstanding Teen Sydney Allensworth and Conway’s Outstanding Teen Kelsey Flynn tied for the Preliminary Evening Gown Award tonight.  They will each receive a $100 scholarship given by The Royal We.

 

Additional information on the Teen contestants can be found at missarkansasot.org.

 

Miss Arkansas Alpha Awards were also given out tonight.  These are presented to first-time Miss Arkansas contestants that garnered the most points in their respective groups each night.  

 

Alpha Award winners announced Tuesday night were: 
Rice Capitol Kelsie Everett (Talent – receiving a $500 scholarship from the Jim and Kay Hinkle Family)
Dogwood Olivia Jane Wilks (Evening Gown – receiving a $500 scholarship from Emerge / Renee Stone)

Southwest Arkansas Melody Stott (On Stage Interview – receiving a $500 scholarship from the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation)

 

The Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen Pageant also recognizes alpha award winners each night.  Tuesday’s Alpha Awards in Teen were:

Fitness Award (tie): Central Arkansas OT Haley Shourd and Greater Hot Springs OT Addi Rae Dowdy
Evening Gown: Conway’s OT Kelsey Flynn
Talent (tie): City Light’s OT Lindsay Hague and Heartland’s OT Haven Williams
For winning an Alpha Award these young ladies will each receive a $100 scholarship given by the Miss Arkansas Executive Directors Association.

Additional Miss Arkansas Scholarship Winners announced were:
(For additional information on these winners please visit 
missarkansas.org and click on Candidates)

 

·       Inspirational Male Scholarship is chosen by the reigning Miss Arkansas and receiving a $500 scholarship is provided by the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation – Brenton Jennings

 

·       Confidently You Scholarship - in the amount of $500 provided by Mrs. Carol Pafford – Heartland Alexus Flannagan

  

·       Service Above Self Award for Alpha Group, in the amount of $500 given by the Miss Arkansas Executive Directors Association – Diamond Lakes Gracie Stover

 

·       Healthy Lifestyle Platform, in the amount of $500 given by Sharon Turrentine – South Central Arkansas Tiffany Lee

 

·Alpha Arrival Award, in the amount of $500 given by Stephanie Throckmorton Duty – Dogwood Olivia Jane Wilks

 

·       Alpha Interview Award for the Alpha Group, in the amount of $500 given by The Honorable Cindy G. Thyer – Sweetheart of Arkansas Sophie Sligh


 

Additional Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen Awards given tonight were: (for more information on these contestants please visit www.missarkansasot.org)

 

·       Alpha Arrival (tie): Southeast Arkansas OT CariAnne Kelly and Lake Dardanelle OT Aishani Singh Vengala

 

Inducted into the Miss Arkansas Hall of Fame tonight were Brandi Watkins Adams and Sheri Smeltzer Stell.

 

This year’s Miss Arkansas Pageant celebrates the 83rd Year of the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Competition.  The show features 51 Miss Candidates and 40 Outstanding Teen contestants from around the state who are competing for over $211,000 in scholarship funds.

Competition continues with preliminaries on Thursday and Friday. Outstanding Teens preliminaries begin at 2:30 p.m. and Miss begins at 7:00 p.m. Final competition for the Outstanding Teens will be Saturday, June 19th at 1pm.  The crowning for Miss Arkansas 2021 is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Saturday, June 19th.

 

For ticket information please visit www.ticketmaster.com or the Robinson Center box office.

For those who can’t attend the 2021 Miss Arkansas competition you can watch each night of preliminary competition on 
www.missarkansas.org

The final night of Miss Arkansas competition will also be broadcast live statewide on KATV Channel 7 on Saturday.  It will begin with a 30-minute special at 7:00p.m. leading up to the pageant at 7:30 p.m.

 

MISS ARKANSAS AND MISS ARKANSAS OUTSTANDING TEEN PHOTO CREDIT - DANNY BARGER PHOTOGRAPHY 

 

*PRELIMINARY WINNER MEDIA ACCESS* -Miss and Teen Preliminary winners are available for media interviews immediately following the competition. on stage.  Additional interviews may be scheduled by text (479-409-4389) or email (missarkansaspress@gmail.com)

 

*PRESS CREDENTIAL REQUEST* - Please request credentials for pageant coverage in writing, on company letterhead, to missarkansaspress@gmail.com.  The cut off for requests will be Friday, June 18th at Noon and requests will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.  Be sure to include which nights you would like to attend, the name of the person covering the pageant and whether they are a writer, photographer or videographer.  Seating is limited and preference will be given to those outlets covering the pageant multiple nights.

 

**PRESS CONFERENCE WITH THE 2021 MISS ARKANSAS** - The newly crowned 2021 winners will be available immediately following their crowning in their first official press conference.  This will take place in the BLT Room 2nd level of Robinson Center.  All media are invited and encouraged to attend. 

***If you need more information regarding this release, or wish to schedule an interview with Darynne, Sarah Cate or the newly crowned winners, please contact Toni Lindsey at 
missarkansaspress@gmail.com for more details.***

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Toni Lindsey
Director of Media and Publicity

Miss Arkansas Scholarship Competition







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