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Miss Arkansas and Miss Arkansas' Outstanding Teen 2018 --- June 9-17th, 2018 at The Robinson Performance Hall in Little Rock! 



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Maggie Benton wins the title of Miss Arkansas 2017

 

LITTLE ROCK - Miss Greater Jonesboro Maggie Benton won the title of Miss Arkansas 2017 Saturday night at the 80th Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant.  The pageant took place at the Robinson Center in Little Rock in front of a sold out crowd of nearly 2500.

Benton won a $30,000 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.  She will represent Arkansas at the 2018 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City and will make appearances across the Natural State promoting the Children’s Miracle Network, the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, her personal platform of “Giving is a Gift” and speaking in support of the goals of the Miss Arkansas and Miss America system.

Benton was crowned by the outgoing Miss Arkansas, Savannah Skidmore, of Calico Rock and Miss America, Savvy Shields, of Fayetteville.

Over $172,000 in scholarships were awarded throughout the week to various contestants.

Benton is a graduate of the University of Arkansas.  She is the 22 year old daughter of Murray and Nancy Benton of Jonesboro.  For her talent she performed a vocal to “The Music of the Night.” 

The other Top Five Finalists were:  
1st runner-up (receiving a $10,000 scholarship sponsored by Charles and Susie Morgan):  University of Arkansas Darynne Dahlem


2nd runner-up (receiving a $9,000 scholarship sponsored by the Dr. Rhys Branman): Arkansas Delta Ashley Ehrhart


3rd runner up (receiving a $7,500 scholarship sponsored by Former Miss Arkansas Association): Northeast Arkansas Bailey Moses


4th runner-up: (receiving at $5,000 scholarship sponsored by Don and Robin Houseworth): White River Claudia Raffo


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

*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

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. 

    This was the 80th Anniversary of the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant.  Several former Miss Arkansas were on hand tonight to help crown the new Miss Arkansas.  They were: 

Miss Arkansas 1963 and Miss America 1964 Donna Axum Whitworth
Miss Arkansas 1967 Sharon Evans Bale
Miss Arkansas 1980 Lencola Sullivan Verseveldt
Miss Arkansas 1981 Micki Petrus Konechny
Miss Arkansas 1983 Regina Hopper
Miss Arkansas 1989 Marci Lewellan Burnett
Miss Arkansas 1990 Karissa Rushing
Miss Arkansas 1992 Shannon Boy Skokos
Miss Arkansas 1994 Beth Anne Rankin
Miss Arkansas 1995 Paula Montgomery Swindle
Miss Arkansas 1996 Melonie McGarrah Moore
Miss Arkansas 1998 Erin Wheatley Parker
Miss Arkansas 1999 Brandy Rhodes
Miss Arkansas 2000 Sara Harris Menifee
Miss Arkansas 2001 and current Executive Director Jessie Ward Bennett
Miss Arkansas 2002 Lauren Davidson Greenhaw
Miss Arkansas 2004 Lacy Fleming Glover
Miss Arkansas 2006 Amber Bennett Bynum
Miss Arkansas 2007 Katie Bailey Harris
Miss Arkansas 2008 Ashlen Batson Thomason
Miss Arkansas 2009 Sarah Slocum Collins
Miss Arkansas 2011 Kristen Glover Belew
Miss Arkansas 2012 Sloane Roberts Hocker
Miss Arkansas 2013 Amy Crain Gober
Miss Arkansas 2014 Ashton Campbell Gill
Miss Arkansas 2015 Loren McDaniel
Miss Arkansas 2016 and Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields
Miss Arkansas 2016 Savannah Skidmore

Other awards given out earlier in the week –

Preliminary Swimsuit Winners – 
Northeast Arkansas Bailey Moses
White River Claudia Raffo
Batesville Christian Weatherly and Greater Jonesboro Maggie Benton (tie)

Preliminary Talent Winners – 
Arkansas Tech University Kelsey Stone
Johnson County Emma Pitts and Greater Jonesboro Maggie Benton (tie)
Northeast Arkansas Bailey Moses

Alpha Swimsuit Winners – 
Arkansas Delta Ashley Ehrhart
Lights of the Delta India Kuykendall and River Delta Hannah Oliver (tie)
Batesville Christian Weatherly

Alpha Talent Winners – 
Arkansas Tech University Kelsey Stone
Johnson County Emma Pitts
Arkansas Delta Ashley Ehrhart and OBU Tiffany Lee

·       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. 


For more information visit www.missarkansas.org or to schedule an appearance with the new Miss Arkansas 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 Bahn t missarkansaspress@gmail.com at your earliest convenience.*** Arkansas Scholarship Pageant