Miss America Ticket and Badge Information:

 

Season Tickets  - $225   This includes all preliminary nights and the final night 

Preliminary Tickets:  $50 for each night   Tues  Wed  Thurs 

Badges:  $40 each person   A photo is needed for badge.  This can be taken from phone emailed 

Parade  - $35 each person  

 

If you go through the Miss Arkansas office you will be sitting in the “Arkansas” section. 

Deadline for tickets and badges through the Miss Arkansas office is July 23rd.

 

Tickets may be purchased from Ticketmaster after this deadline.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 12, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

McDaniel wins the title of Miss Arkansas 2015-updated

Toni Bahn – Director of Media Relations - missarkansaspress@yahoo.com

 

HOT SPRINGS –  Miss Northwest Arkansas Loren McDaniel won the title of Miss Arkansas 2015 Saturday night at the 78th Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant.  The pageant took place at the Bank of the Ozarks Arena in Hot Springs in front of a crowd of more than 3,000 people.

 

McDaniel won a $20,000 scholarship provided by Ted and Shannon Boy Skokos, Citgo and the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation plus more than $75,000 in awards, wardrobe, transportation, and gifts.  McDaniel will represent Arkansas at the 2016 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City this September and will make appearances across the Natural State promoting the Children’s Miracle Network, the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, her personal platform of “Confidently You” and speaking in support of the goals of the Miss Arkansas and Miss America system.

 

McDaniel was crowned by the outgoing Miss Arkansas, Ashton Campbell, of Hindsville.

More than $87,500 in scholarships were awarded Saturday night to various contestants in decisions made by a panel of five judges.

 

McDaniel graduated in 2015 from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Theatre.  For her talent selection she performed a vocal to “Piece of Sky.”

She is the 22-year old daughter of  Kevin and Melissa McDaniel of Van Buren. 

Other awards won by McDaniel included the Dr. Paul and Michelle Peek Overall Interview Award and the Overall Service Before Self Award.  She was also named the Children’s Miracle Network Miracle Maker for raising over $8,000 for Children’s Miracle Network and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. 

            The other Top Five Finalists were: 

1st runner-up (receiving a $10,000 scholarship sponsored by Charles and Susie Morgan): 

Miss Ouachita River Bailey Moses

Moses is the 20-year old daughter of Jeff and Marsha Moses of Cabot.  She is a graduate of Arkansas
State University-Beebe and will continue her education at Arkansas State University-Jonesboro in the fall. 


2nd runner-up (receiving a $7,000 scholarship sponsored by the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation):  University of Arkansas Brejamin Perkins

            Perkins is the 23-year old daughter of Benjamin Perkins and Louise Brewer  and is from North Little
            Rock.  She is a 2015 graduate of the University of Arkansas. 


3rd runner up (receiving a $6,000 scholarship sponsored by Former Miss Arkansas Association): Miss Northeast Arkansas Claudia Raffo

Raffo is the 19-year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Raffo of Jonesboro.  She is a sophomore at
Arkansas State University.


4th runner-up: (receiving at $5,000 scholarship sponsored by Scott Heffington / Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation):

Miss Arkansas Valley Jacey Winn

Winn is the 19-year old daughter of Chad and Kristin Winn of Wynne.  She is a sophomore at the
University of Arkansas.

The five semi-finalists were (each receiving a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by Susie & Charles Morgan; Oaklawn Park; Brittany & Clay Combs; Regions Bank, Hot Springs):
*Miss Southeast Arkansas Stoni Butler
*Miss Diamond Lakes Makenzie Moore
*Miss Henderson State University Brooke Cornelius
*Miss White River Samantha Hudon
*Miss Western Arkansas Darynne Dahlem
 

 [Full awards list follows below]

             The pageant is co-sponsored by the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant, Inc., The Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visit Hot Springs and the City of Hot Springs.

 

            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 1981 Micki Petrus Konecny, Miss Arkansas 1983 Regina Hopper, Miss Arkansas 1987 Carole Lawson Lang, Miss Arkansas 1990 Karissa Rushing, 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 2001 and current Executive Director Jessie Ward Bennett, Miss Arkansas 2006 Amber Bennett Bynum, Miss Arkansas 2008 Ashlen Batson Thomason, Miss Arkansas 2009 Sarah Slocum Collins, Miss Arkansas 2010 Alyse Eady Lemmond, Miss Arkansas 2011 Kristen Glover Belew, Miss Arkansas 2012 Sloane Roberts and Miss Arkansas 2013 Amy Crain Gober.

             Miss Arkansas 1967 Sharon Evans Bale was on hand to announce the 2nd inductee into the Miss Arkansas Hall of Fame, Mrs. Kathi Moore Wheatley.  Wheatley competed only once on the Miss Arkansas stage but she made the top ten and won the coveted Coleman Dairy Overall Talent award.  Since then she has given back to the system she loves in various ways including serving as a State Field Director and the Choreographer for the Miss Arkansas Pageant.  Wheatley currently serves as a board member for the Arkansas Entertainment Hall of Fame.  Of all her awards and accolades she proudly says that being the mother of Miss Arkansas 1998 Erin Wheatley Parker is her greatest; and the most thrilling is being a grandmother to three beautiful grandchildren.

 

Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev appeared at the pageant finale. She is the first Miss America to visit Miss Arkansas since Lauren Nelson in 2007.

 Fresh from an appearance on America’s Got Talent, Benton-based vocal trio Triple Threat performed the National Anthem and again later on in the pageant.

            Miss Arkansas 2015 Loren McDaniel will host a press conference at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 12th in the Wheeler Room at the Hot Springs Convention Center.  All media are welcome and encouraged to attend.

             For more information visit www.missarkansas.org or to schedule an appearance with the new Miss Arkansas please email info@missarkansas.org.

  

Complete Awards List for 2015 Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant

  Miss Arkansas 2015 – Miss Northwest Arkansas Loren McDaniel

$20,000 provided by Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation, Shannon and Ted Skokos and CITGO

 

1st Runner Up – Miss Ouachita River Bailey Moses

$10,000 provided by Susie and Charles Morgan

 

2nd Runner Up – Miss University Arkansas of Arkansas Brejamin Perkins

$7,000 provided by Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation

 

3rd Runner Up – Miss Northeast Arkansas Claudia Raffo

$6,000 provided by Former Miss Arkansas Association

 

4th Runner Up – Miss Arkansas Valley Jacey Winn

$5,000 provided by Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation & Scott Heffington

 

 Remaining Top Ten Semi-Finalists:

-Miss Western Arkansas Darynne Dahlem

Dahlem is the 18-year old daughter of Ron and Traci Lewellen of Greenwood.  She is a freshman at the
University of Arkansas.

-Miss White River Samantha Hudon             

             Hudon is the 23-year old daughter of Jon and Chris Hudon of Hot Springs.  She is a 2015 graduate of
             the University of Central Arkansas.

-Miss Henderson State University Brooke Cornelius

Cornelius is the 21-year old daughter of Chad Cornelius and Robyn Cornelius and is from Hope.  She is
a junior at Henderson State University.

-Miss Diamond Lakes Makenzie Moore

Moore is the 23-year old daughter of Brady and Deborah Moore and is from Harrison.  She is a 2014
graduate of the University of Central Arkansas.

-Miss Southeast Arkansas Stoni Butler

Butler is the 21-year old daughter of Jeff and Sherri Steelman of Camden.  She is a junior at Ouachita
Baptist University.

$1,000 each provided by Oaklawn Park; Regions Bank (Hot Springs); Brittany & Clay Combs; Susie & Charles Morgan

 

Coleman Dairy Overall Talent Winner – Miss Spirit of Arkansas Caitlyn Cook

$2,500 provided by Turner Holdings

 Overall Interview Award Winner – Miss Northwest Arkansas Loren McDaniel

$2,000 provided by Dr. Paul and Michelle Peek

 Katie Bailey Overall Swimsuit Winner – Miss Ouachita River Bailey Moses

$1,500 provided by Dr. Michael Cooper

 Overall Evening Gown Winner – Miss Northeast Arkansas Claudia Raffo

$1,000 provided by Renee Fronabarger

 Miss America State Scholarship – Miss North Central Brooklyn Woodworth

$1,000 provided by Miss America

Miss America Community Service Award – Miss River Delta Emma Jumper

$1,000 provided by Miss America

 Arkansas Quality of Life Winner – Miss River Delta Emma Jumper

$1,000 provided by Former Miss Arkansas Association

 Hudgens Business Leadership Award – Miss Henderson State Brook Cornelius

$1,000 provided by Brad Hudgens 

“Sharon Evans Bale” We Are More Scholarship –  Miss North Little Rock Laura Russell

$1,000 provided by Bill Tarkington and Mike Spivey

 People’s Choice – Miss Lake Dardanelle Jennifer Nottenkamper

$1,000 provided by Miss Arkansas Pageant

 Bringing Beauty To Life Scholarship – Miss Texarkana Twin Rivers Randee Jo Langley

$1,000 provided by Real Techniques & Debbie Alsup

Wednesday Night Preliminary Awards – Scholarships provided by Amanda Farmer

Swimsuit – Miss University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Joni Fields-Adams ($1,000)

Talent – Miss Diamond Lakes Makenzie Moore ($1,400)

 Thursday Night Preliminary Awards – Scholarships provided by Rebecca McDowell

Swimsuit – Miss Ouachita River Bailey Moses ($1,000)

Talent – Miss Spirit of Arkansas Caitlyn Cook ($1,400)

Friday Night Preliminary Awards – Scholarships provided by Rick Edwards

Swimsuit – Miss University of Arkansas Brejamin Perkins, Miss Conway Victoria Hartsfield ($1,000)

Talent – Miss Lake Dardanelle Jennifer Nottenkamper ($1,400)

Marty Walker Memorial Award – Miss River Delta Emma Jumper

$750 provided by Terry Wallace and the family of Marty Walker

 

Delta Dental Most Beautiful Smile – Miss Western Arkansas Darynne Dahlem

$750 provided by Delta Dental

 Remaining Top 15 Semi-Finalists (in order by title) – $500 each provided by Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation

-Miss Heart of the Ozarks Maggie Benton

Benton is the 20-year old daughter of Murray and Nancy Benton of Jonesboro.  She is a junior at the
University of Arkansas.

-Miss Lake Dardanelle Jennifer Nottenkamper

Nottenkamper is the 23-year old daughter of Cindy and Bill Nottenkamper of Fayetteville.  She is a 2013 graduate of the University of Arkansas and a current graduate student at the University of Central Arkansas.

-Miss North Little Rock Laura Russell

Russell is the 20-year old daughter of Bob and Amy Russell of Little Rock.  She is a junior at the
University of Arkansas.

-Miss River Delta Emma Jumper

Jumper is the 21-year old daughter of Tommy and Pam Jumper of Paragould.  She is a junior at
Mississippi State University.

-Miss Southwest Arkansas Klancy Johnson

Johnson is the 24-year old daughter of Stephen and Karen Johnson of Texarkana, Arkansas.  She is a
2015 graduate of Texarkana College.

 

Carolyn Park Non-Finalist Interview Winner – Miss River Delta Emma Jumper

$500 provided by Renee Fronabarger

 

Frances Wilson Non-Finalist Vocalist Award – Miss Spirit of Arkansas Caitlyn Cook

$500 provided by CJ Wilson

 

Jessie Bennett Leadership Award – Miss Southeast Stoni Butler

$500 provided by Bill Tarkington and Mike Spivey

 

Ashlen Batson Espirit de Corp Award – Miss Northeast Arkansas Claudia Raffo

$500 provided by Bill Tarkington

 

Renee Fronabarger Arrival Award – Miss River Delta Emma Jumper

$500 provided by Stacey Utley

 

Newcomer Awards - $500 each provided by Dr. Rhys Branman

-Miss North Little Rock Laura Russell

-Miss Western Arkansas Darynne Dahlem

-Miss Lake Dardanelle Jennifer Nottenkamper

                       

Education Non-Finalist Talent Winner – Miss Spirit of Arkansas Caitlyn Cook

$500 provided by Sarah and John Nail and Bill Hunter

 

Education Non-Finalist Interview Winner – Miss Johnson County Carley Copeland

$500 provided by Sarah and John Nail and Bill Hunter

 

Service Before Self Overall Award – Miss Northwest Arkansas Loren McDaniel

$500 provided by the Miss Arkansas Pageant

 

Service Before Self Group Awards –

Group A – Miss South Central Arkansas Brittany Humphrey

Group B – Miss River Delta Jumper

Group C – Miss Northwest Arkansas Loren McDaniel

$250 each provided by the Miss Arkansas Pageant

 

Shannon Albright Memorial Congeniality Award – Miss University of Central Arkansas Chelsy Jones

$300 provided by June and Leland Felix

 

McClure Highest Overall Vocal Award – Miss Spirit of Arkansas Caitlyn Cook

$250 provided by Ed and Kathy McClure                       

 

Zach Dennison Overall Dance Award – Miss Diamond Lakes Makenzie Moore

$250 provided by Ed and Kathy McClure

 

Dreamer Scholarship – Miss Heart of the Ozarks Maggie Benton

$250 provided by Simone Mullinax

 

Julie Blackwood Smart Swimsuit Award – Miss UAFS Joni Fields-Adams

$250 provided by Julie Blackwood Steele

 

Combs “Caught Ya In The Act of Kindness” Award – Miss University of Central Arkansas Chelsy Jones

$250 provided by Brittany and Clay Combs

 

Overall Alpha Swimsuit Winner – Miss Batesville Savannah Skidmore

$250 provided by Miss Arkansas Executive Directors Association

 

Overall Alpha Talent Winner – Miss Lake Dardanelle Jennifer Nottenkamper

$250 provided by Miss Arkansas Executive Directors Association

 

Overall Alpha Evening Gown Winner – Miss Western Arkansas Darynne Dahlem

$250 provided by Miss Arkansas Executive Directors Association

 

Overall Alpha Interview Winner – Miss Western Arkansas Darynne Dahlem

$250 provided by Miss Arkansas Executive Directors Association

 

Alpha Arrival Award – Miss North Central Arkansas Brooklyn Woodworth

$100 provided by Bill Tarkington

 

Wednesday Night Alpha Awards - $100 each provided by Miss Arkansas Executive Directors Association

Swimsuit – Miss University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Joni Fields-Adams

Talent (tie) – Miss Arkansas Delta Elli Fowler and Miss Central Arkansas Amber Ward

Interview – Miss Western Arkansas Darynne Dahlem

 

Thursday Night Alpha Awards - $100 each provided by Miss Arkansas Executive Directors Association

Swimsuit – Miss Batesville Savannah Skidmore

Talent – Miss Light of the Delta Reagan Wheelis

Interview (tie) – North Little Rock Laura Russell, Miss Petit Jean Valley Alyson Tyler

 

Friday Night Alpha Awards - $100 each provided by Miss Arkansas Executive Directors Association

Swimsuit – Miss Conway Mallori Victoria

Talent – Miss Lake Dardanelle Jennifer Nottenkamper

Interview (tie) – Miss Dogwood Leslie Benford, Miss Ozark Highlands Kelli Collins, North Central Arkansas Brooklyn Woodworth

 

Children’s Miracle Network Miracle Maker Award – Miss Northwest Arkansas Loren McDaniel

1st Place – Miss Ouachita River Bailey Moses

2nd Place – Miss University of Arkansas Brejamin Perkins

3rd Place – Miss Lake Dardanelle Jennifer Nottenkamper

4th Place – Miss Greater Little Rock Mary Ellen Hunthrop

 

For more information on a particular contestant or scholarship please contact missarkansaspress@yahoo.com

 

 

July 10, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday Night Preliminary Winners Announced at Miss Arkansas
Toni Bahn – Director of Media and Publicity
missarkansaspress@yahoo.com

HOT SPRINGS ¬- Miss Lake Dardanelle Jennifer Nottenkamper won the Preliminary Artistic Expression in Talent award and Miss University of Arkansas Brejamin Perkins and Miss Conway Victoria Hartsfield won the Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit Preliminary Award on Friday, the final night of preliminary competition at the 78th Annual Miss Arkansas Pageant at Bank of the Ozarks Arena in Hot Springs.

For winning Talent, Nottenkamper received a $1,400 scholarship and Perkins and Hartsfield received a $1,000 scholarship for winning Swimsuit. Both scholarships were provided tonight by Rick Edwards.

Emcees for this year’s pageant are KATV’s Chris Kane and Miss Arkansas 2009 Sarah Slocum Collins. Miss Arkansas 2014 Ashton Campbell of Hindsville, was on hand Friday night to present these awards.

Nottenkamper is the 23-year old daughter of Cindy and Bill Nottenkamper Fayetteville. For her winning talent selection she performed a baton twirling routine to “Barcelona.” She is a 23-year-old graduate of the University of Arkansas and a graduate student at the University of Central Arkansas.

Perkins is a 23-year old graduate of the University of Arkansas. She is the daughter of Benjamin Perkins and Louise Brewer of North Little Rock.

Hartsfield is the 20-year-old sophomore at Harding University. She is the daughter of Donnie and Maribeth Hartsfield of Pine Bluff.

For the 8th year Alpha Awards were presented for each phase of competition. These are presented to first-time Miss Arkansas contestants that garnered the most points in their respective groups each night.

Alpha Award winners announced on Friday night were:
Miss Lake Dardanelle Jennifer Nottenkamper (Artistic Expression in Talent)
Miss Conway Victoria Hartsfield (Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit)
Miss Dogwood Leslie Benford, Miss North Central Arkansas Brooklyn Woodworth and Miss Ozark Highlands Kelli Collins (Interview Group A- tie)
Alpha Talent and Swimsuit Winners will each receive a $100 scholarship from the Miss Arkansas Executive Director’s Association.

Benford is the 23-year old daughter of John and Pleshette Benford of Springdale. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas. Her personal platform is E.P.I.C – Encouraging Personal Interaction and Communication.
Woodworth is the 18-year old daughter of Shawn and Dana Stark and is from Harrison. She is a freshman at Arkansas Tech University. Her personal platform is Small Changes: Promoting a Gluten Free Lifestyle.

Collins is the 17-year old daughter of Jackie and Debbie Collins of Dardanelle. She is a freshman at the University of Central Arkansas. Her personal platform is Kids Helping Kids.

For the 4th year a special community service award was given: the Service Before Self award. It will be awarded each night with a scholarship in the amount of $250. It honors a Hot Springs Civic Organization that has been instrumental in our pageant’s success. Our organization honored tonight was the Hot Springs Civitan. Tonight’s winner was chosen from the Group A Contestants and is Miss South Central Arkansas Brittany Humphrey. She is the 22-year old daughter of Tammy Harper and Dewey Humphrey of Bearden. She is a graduate of Henderson State University. Her personal platform is “Breaking the Silence – Ending Child Sexual Abuse.”

Also recognized tonight were:

*Delta Dental Smile Award. The winner is Miss Western Arkansas Darynne Dahlem. She will receive a $750 scholarship from Delta Dental. Dahlem is the 18-year old daughter of Ron and Traci Lewellen of Greenwood. She is a freshman at the University of Arkansas.

*Bringing Beauty to Life Award. The winner is Miss Texarkana Twin Rivers Randee Jo Langley. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship from Real Techniques and Debbie Alsup. This award was based upon an optional Instagram Challenge where the contestants showed off their Real Technique Make-Up brushes and how they’d promote them via Instagram. Langley is the 20-year old daughter of Jeff and Melissa Langley of Crossett. She is a sophomore at Southern Arkansas University.

*We Are More Scholarship. The winner is Miss North Little Rock Laura Russell. This award is given in honor of Miss Arkansas 1967 Sharon Evans Bale who was named Miss Congeniality at the 1968 Miss America Pageant. The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship provided by Bill Tarkington and Mike Spivey. Russell is the 22-year old daughter of Bob and Amy Russell of Little Rock. She is a junior at the University of Arkansas.

*On Sunday finalists for the Pageant of the Year and Executive Director of the Year were named. Tonight the winners were announced. This year’s Pageant of the Year awarded over $94,000 in cash and in-kind scholarships. The winner is UCA. Other finalists were Lights of the Delta, Northwest Arkansas, Ouachita Baptist University, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith and Heart of the Ozarks.

*This year’s Executive Director of the Year winner is Justin Harper. Harper is the Executive Director of the Miss Ouachita Baptist University Pageant. Other finalists were: Toni Bahn (Northwest Arkansas and University of Arkansas), Donna Berry (Texarkana Twin Rivers), Marietta Jerome (Lights of the Delta), Robyn Ledbetter (Dogwood and Heart of the Ozarks), Marla Keady (Arkansas River) and Carol Martin (Ozark Highlands).

*Miss Arkansas Volunteer of the Year is Stacey Jones. This award is chosen by the reigning Miss Arkansas. Jones serves as the Producer for the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant. He also is the Executive Director of the Miss University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.

*Man of Achievement Award. Caleb Mitchusson. He will receive a $500 scholarship. This award is chosen by the reigning Miss Arkansas and is presented to a young man who has shown extraordinary leadership within his community and across the state. This year’s recipient is an 18-year old from Malvern. He is attending the College of the Ouachitas pursing a degree in Radiology. He is the president of several student organizations and booked Miss Arkansas Ashton Campbell to perform and share her message at several events in Malvern.

*Woman of the Year Award is Miss Arkansas 2011 Kristen Glover Belew. This award is also chosen by the reigning Miss Arkansas. Belew served as Miss Arkansas while Campbell was Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen. Campbell said she had been a mentor to her during their reign and continues to be one today.

Miss Arkansas 1990 Karissa Rushing was also recognized tonight with a video of highlights from her year. Rushing celebrates her 25th Anniversary of being crowned Miss Arkansas. She joined emcee Chris Kane on stage for a fun interview to talk about her favorite memories serving as Miss Arkansas 1990.

Miss Arkansas 1967 Sharon Evans Bale introduced the first 2015 inductee into the Miss Arkansas Hall of Fame, Mrs. Kerri Jucas Baldwin. Baldwin finished 1st Runner Up to Miss Arkansas in both 1998 and 1999. Other accolades won by Baldwin during her competition were: Overall Interview, Most Photogenic, Community Service Award, Preliminary Swimsuit and Preliminary Talent. She also won the coveted Coleman Dairy Talent Award in 1999. She continued to serve the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant as a chaperone and on the board of the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation. She is currently employed by the State of Arkansas as the Director of Communication and Education under Secretary of State Mark Martin.

Rick Pruitt brought Miss Arkansas 1967 Sharon Evans Bale back to the stage to be honored with a special recognition. He listed her many accolades including all her community work and service to the state of Arkansas. She has spent many years volunteering with the Arkansas Children’s Hospital. It is because of her that the new Miss Arkansas gets to drive a brand new Bale Chevrolet during her reign. As Miss Arkansas, she won a swimsuit preliminary award at Miss America 1968. She also tied for Miss Congeniality. A video clip from homecoming after Miss America was shown and Bale was presented with a crystal bowl in honor of her years of service to the Miss Arkansas Organization.

This year’s Miss Arkansas Pageant celebrates the 78th Year of the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant. This year’s show features 46 contestants from around the state. They are competing for $87,250 in college and university scholarship funds.

The newly crowned Miss Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen 2015 Gracie Stover was on hand tonight and was introduced. Many of the local Arkansas Outstanding Teen titleholders were also on hand tonight and were introduced on stage.

Final competition is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Saturday and includes the naming of the Top 10 semi-finalists and the crowning of Miss Arkansas 2015. Reigning Miss Arkansas and Miss America’s 2nd Runner Up Ashton Campbell will be on hand to crown the new Miss Arkansas. For ticket information please visit www.ticketmaster.com or the Summit Arena box office.

Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev (New York) will be our special guest Saturday night to help us crown our new Miss Arkansas. As Miss America, Kira has spent her year of service promoting her platform, Love Shouldn’t Hurt: Protecting Women Against Domestic Violence, serving as the official National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and advocating for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) initiatives in education. She will be signing autographs prior to Final Night for Saturday Night’s paid ticket holders from 5:30pm-6:30pm in Hall D of the Hot Springs Convention Center. Kira is the first Miss America to join us for our state pageant since Miss America Lauren Nelson (Oklahoma) performed and helped crown Miss Arkansas 2007.

For those who can’t attend the 2015 Miss Arkansas pageant in Hot Springs you can watch each night of preliminary competition, as well as the crowning on www.missarkansas.org. Preliminary competition is only $5.00 and the Final Night is $7.00.

***If you need more information regarding this release, or wish to schedule an interview with Ashton or the newly crowned Miss Arkansas, please contact Toni Bahn at missarkansaspress@yahoo.com for more details.***

 

 

July 9, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday Night Preliminary Winners Announced at Miss Arkansas
Toni Bahn – Director of Media
missarkansaspress@yahoo.com

HOT SPRINGS - Miss Spirit of Arkansas Caitlyn Cook won the Preliminary Artistic Expression in Talent award and Miss Ouachita River Bailey Moses won the Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit Preliminary Award tonight at the final night of preliminary competition at the 78th Annual Miss Arkansas Pageant at Bank of the Ozarks Arena in Hot Springs.

For winning Talent, Cook received a $1,400 scholarship and Moses received a $1,000 scholarship for winning Swimsuit. Both scholarships were provided tonight by Rebecca McDowell.

Cook is a 22-year old senior at the University of Central Arkansas. For her winning talent selection she performed a vocal to “And This Is My Beloved.” She is from Conway and is the daughter of Dr. Joseph and Mary Cook.

Moses is the 20-year old daughter of Jeff and Marsha Moses of Cabot. She is a junior at Arkansas State University.

Emcees for this year’s pageant are KATV’s Chris Kane and Miss Arkansas 2009 Sarah Slocum Collins. Miss Arkansas 2014 Ashton Campbell of Hindsville, was on hand Wednesday night to entertain and present these awards.

For the 8th year Alpha Awards were presented for each phase of competition. These are presented to first-time Miss Arkansas contestants that garnered the most points in their respective groups each night.

Alpha Award winners Friday night were:
Miss Lights of the Delta Reagan Wheelis (Artistic Expression in Talent),
Miss Batesville Savannah Skidmore (Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit)
Miss North Little Rock Laura Russell and Miss Petit Jean Valley Alyson Tyler (Interview from Group C-tie)
Alpha Winners will each receive a $100 scholarship from the Miss Arkansas Executive Director’s Association.


Wheelis is the 18-year-old daughter of Brad and Tina Wheelis of Melbourne. She is a freshman at the University of Arkansas.
Skidmore is the 20-year-old daughter of Jerry and Kim Skidmore of Calico Rock. She is a junior at the University of Arkansas.

Russell is the 20-year old daughter of Bob and Amy Russell and is from Little Rock. She is a junior at the University of Arkansas. Her personal platform is Empowering Women Today and Tomorrow.

Tyler is the 21-year old daughter of Andy and Diana Woller and is from Rogers. She is a junior at the University of Central Arkansas. Her personal platform is Empowering Musical Minds.

Also recognized tonight were the following:

*Renee Fronabarger Arrival Award. This was chosen by a separate panel of judges at the Official Arrival Ceremonies on Sunday. She will receive a $500 scholarship courtesy of Stacey Utley. The winner is Miss River Delta Emma Jumper. She is the 21-year old daughter of Tommy and Pam Jumper of Paragould. Jumper is a Junior at Mississippi State University.

*For the fourth year a special community service award was given: the Service Before Self award. It will be awarded each night with a scholarship in the amount of $250. It honors a Hot Springs Civic Organization that has been instrumental in our pageant’s success. Our organization honored was the Oaklawn Rotary Club. Tonight’s winner was chosen from the Group C Contestants and is Miss Northwest Arkansas Loren McDaniel. She is the 22-year old daughter of Kevin and Melissa McDaniel of Van Buren. Her personal platform is Confidently You and she is a 2015 graduate of the University of Arkansas.

*Combs “Caught Ya” Award. This award recognizes one of our contestants for performing a random act of kindness during the week. She will receive a $250 scholarship courtesy of Brittany and Clay Combs. The winner is Miss UCA Chelsy Jones. She is the 23-year old daughter of Randy and Jennifer Jones of Plumerville. She is a senior at the University of Central Arkansas.

*Marty Walker Memorial Award. This award recognizes a contestant who displays promptness and attention to detail. She will receive a $750 scholarship courtesy of Terry Wallace and the family of Marty Walker. Tonight’s winner is Miss River Delta Emma Jumper.

This year’s Miss Arkansas Pageant celebrates the 78th year of the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant. This year’s show features 46 contestants from around the state. They are competing for over $87,000 in scholarships.

The newly crowned Miss Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen 2015 Gracie Stover was on hand tonight to be introduced to the crowd and help with awards.

Competition continues with preliminaries on Friday night at 7:00pm. Final competition is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Saturday and includes the naming of the Top 10 semi-finalists. Reigning Miss Arkansas, and 2nd Runner Up to Miss America, Ashton Campbell, will be on hand to crown the new Miss Arkansas.

For ticket information please visit www.ticketmaster.com or the Bank of the Ozarks Arena box office.

For those who can’t attend the 2015 Miss Arkansas pageant in Hot Springs you can watch each night of preliminary competition, as well as the crowning on www.missarkansas.org. Preliminary competition is only $5.00 and the Final Night is $7.00. This will be the fifth time that the Miss Arkansas pageant has been streamed live.

***If you need more information regarding this release, or wish to schedule an interview with Amy or the newly crowned Miss Arkansas, please contact Toni Bahn at missarkansaspress@yahoo.com for more details.***

 

 

July 8, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday Night Preliminary Winners Announced at Miss Arkansas
Toni Bahn – Director of Media and Publicity
missarkansaspress@yahoo.com

HOT SPRINGS ¬- Miss Diamond Lakes Makenzie Moore won the Preliminary Artistic Expression in Talent award and Miss University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Joni Fields-Adams won the Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit Preliminary Award on Wednesday, the opening night of the 78th Annual Miss Arkansas Pageant at Bank of the Ozarks Arena in Hot Springs.

For winning Talent, Moore received a $1,400 scholarship and Fields-Adams received a $1,000 scholarship for winning Swimsuit. Both scholarships were provided tonight by Amanda Farmer.

Emcees for this year’s pageant are KATV’s Chris Kane and Miss Arkansas 2009 Sarah Slocum Collins. Miss Arkansas 2014 Ashton Campbell of Hindsville, was on hand Wednesday night to present these awards.

Moore is a 23-year old graduate of the University of Central Arkansas. For her winning talent selection she performed a ballet en pointe to “Sarajevo.” She is from Harrison and is the daughter of Brady and Deborah Moore.

Fields-Adams is a 20-year old Junior at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. She is from Fort Smith and is the daughter of Paul and Jovonna Fields of Fort Smith and Jody and Jenny Adams of Poteau, Oklahoma.

For the 8th year Alpha Awards were presented for each phase of competition. These are presented to first-time Miss Arkansas contestants that garnered the most points in their respective groups each night.

Alpha Award winners announced at the conclusion of Wednesday night were:
Miss Arkansas Delta Elli Fowler and Miss Central Arkansas Amber Ward (Artistic Expression in Talent),
Miss University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Joni Fields-Adams (Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit)
Alpha Talent and Swimsuit Winners will each receive a $100 scholarship from the Miss Arkansas Executive Director’s Association.

Fowler is the 21-year old daughter of Mike and Laurie Fowler. She is from Wynne and is a Senior at Arkansas State University. For her talent she performed a vocal to “The Prayer.”

Ward is the 20-year old daughter of Megan and Michael Harris. She is from Rogers and is a Sophomore at Harding University. For her talent she performed a piano piece to “Wake Me Up.”

Additional Alpha winners announced were:
Miss Western Arkansas Darynne Dahlem (Group B Interview)
Alpha Interview Winners will each receive a $100 scholarship.

Miss North Central Arkansas Brooklyn Woodworth (Arrival)
Alpha Arrival Winner will receive a $100 scholarship from Bill Tarkington.

Dahlem is the 18-year old daughter of Ron and Traci Lewellen of Greenwood. She is a freshman at the University of Arkansas. Her personal platform is “Too Smart To Start.”

Woodworth is the 18-year old daughter of Shawn and Dana Stark of Harrison. She is a freshman at Arkansas Tech University.

For the 4th year a special community service award was given: the Service Before Self award. It will be awarded each night with a scholarship in the amount of $250. It honors a Hot Springs Civic Organization that has been instrumental in our pageant’s success. Our organization honored tonight was the Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. Tonight’s winner was chosen from the Group B Contestants and is Miss River Delta Emma Jumper. She is the 21-year old daughter of Tommy and Pamela Jumper of Paragould. She is a Junior at Mississippi State University. Her personal platform is “The Solution to Feeding the World STEMS from Agriculture.”

Also recognized tonight were the top fundraisers for the Children’s Miracle Network. Our 46 contestants raised over $55,000 for CMN this year and the top 5 contestants raised over $30,000 of that amount. The overall top fundraiser for the 2015 Miss Arkansas contestant class is Miss Northwest Arkansas Loren McDaniel. She is the 22-year old daughter of Kevin and Melissa McDaniel of Van Buren. She is a 2015 graduate of the University of Arkansas.

Also recognized were (in order of total fundraising as of the deadline):
2nd: Miss Ouachita River Bailey Moses from Cabot
3rd: Miss University of Arkansas Brejamin Perkins from North Little Rock
4th: Miss Lake Dardanelle Jennifer Nottenkamper from Fayetteville
5th: Miss Greater Little Rock Mary Ellen Hunthrop from White Hall

This year’s Miss Arkansas Pageant celebrates the 78th Year of the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant. This year’s show features 46 contestants from around the state. They are competing for $87,250 in college and university scholarship funds.

The newly crowned Miss Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen 2015 Gracie Stover was on hand tonight and was introduced on stage as one of her first official appearances since being crowned June 13th in Russellville.

Competition continues with preliminaries on Thursday and Friday night at 7 p.m. Final competition is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Saturday and includes the naming of the Top 10 semi-finalists. Reigning Miss Arkansas and Miss America’s 2nd Runner Up Ashton Campbell will be on hand to crown the new Miss Arkansas.

On-stage competition continues Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Bank of the Ozarks Arena. For ticket information please visit www.ticketmaster.com or the Summit Arena box office.

For those who can’t attend the 2015 Miss Arkansas pageant in Hot Springs you can watch each night of preliminary competition, as well as the crowning on www.missarkansas.org. Preliminary competition is only $5.00 and the Final Night is $7.00.

***If you need more information regarding this release, or wish to schedule an interview with Ashton or the newly crowned Miss Arkansas, please contact Toni Bahn at missarkansaspress@yahoo.com for more details.***

 

 

 

July 6, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Miss Arkansas Contestants raised over $55,000 for Children’s Miracle Network
Toni Bahn – Director of Media and Publicity- missarkansaspress@yahoo.com

HOT SPRINGS — In 2007, the Miss America Organization partnered with the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals to raise funds and awareness. Since that time contestants in the Miss America Organization have raised more than 10 million dollars for the 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across North America. We are fortunate that we have our own CMN Hospital in Arkansas’ Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.

In May, our 46 contestants visited Arkansas’ Children’s Hospital to meet with administrators and tour the hospital. The contestants spent their day making cards, signs and posters for the patients and even brought toys and stuffed animals for them as well. Collectively this year's group of contestants raised over $55,000 for Children’s Miracle Network. According to Jane Slocum, Miss Arkansas CMN Coordinator, this was the largest amount raised by a group of Miss Arkansas contestants to date.

On Sunday, at the Miss Arkansas Official Arrival Ceremonies a former patient from Arkansas Children’s Hospital took part in the festivities. Kenzie Ford celebrated her 4th birthday yesterday at the Miss Arkansas Arrival Ceremonies and was crowned by Miss Arkansas 2014 Ashton Campbell. Ford is the daughter of Mark and Sherri Ford of Hope. She was diagnosed with Achondroplasia and was successfully treated at Arkansas Children’s Hospital after she developed complications. On Sunday, the Miss Arkansas Executive Director’s Association presented Ford with a large gift basket of goodies to help her celebrate her 4th Birthday!

Also as a part of the Official Arrival Ceremonies the 5 contestants who raised the most money for Children’s Miracle Network were recognized. They were (in alphabetical order by title) Miss Greater Little Rock Mary Ellen Hunthrop of White Hall, Miss Lake Dardanelle Jennifer Nottenkamper of Fayetteville, Miss Northwest Arkansas Loren McDaniel of Van Buren, Miss Ouachita River Bailey Moses of Cabot and Miss University of Arkansas Brejamin Perkins of North Little Rock. These 5 contestants raised more than $30,000 between them for Children’s Miracle Network! One of these young ladies will be recognized as the Children’s Miracle Network Miracle Maker award for being the Top Fundraiser out of our 46 contestants.

The reigning Miss Arkansas serves as the Official Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network throughout her year of service. Miss Arkansas 2014, Ashton Campbell, visited the Arkansas’ Children’s Hospital several times this year.

Photo Identification: Lake Dardanelle Jennifer Nottenkamper, Northwest Arkansas Loren McDaniel, University of Arkansas Brejamin Perkins, Miss Arkansas 2014 Ashton Campbell holding Kenzie Ford, Ouachita River Bailey Moses and Greater Little Rock Mary Ellen Hunthrop. (www.missarkansas.org/2015.htm)

On-stage competition begins Wednesday night at 7:00pm at Bank of the Ozarks Arena. For ticket information please visit www.ticketmaster.com.

For those who can’t attend the 2015 Miss Arkansas pageant in Hot Springs you can watch each night of preliminary competition, as well as the crowning on www.missarkansas.org. Preliminary competition is only $5.00 and the Final Night is $7.00. This will be the 6th time that the Miss Arkansas pageant has been streamed live.

 

 

July 7, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Arkansas Quality of Life Award Finalists Announced
Toni Bahn – Director of Media and Publicity- missarkansaspress@yahoo.com

HOT SPRINGS — The Former Miss Arkansas Association is proud to continue the Arkansas Quality of Life Award. This award recognizes contestants with outstanding platform development and commitment to community service. Three years ago the formers have united to sponsor a $1,000 scholarship for the contestant chosen as this year’s Quality of Life Winner. On Sunday at the Official Arrival Ceremonies the Top 5 Finalists for the Quality of Life award were announced. “I am so very proud of the Arkansas Quality of Life Award Top Five Finalists,” said award organizer and Miss Arkansas 2011 Kristen Glover Belew. “I strongly believe this class of contestants is more service minded than ever before!”

The Top Five Finalists are (in order of attached photograph): (www.missarkansas.org/2015.htm)

Miss River Delta Emma Jumper from Paragould. Jumper is a 21-year old junior at Mississippi State University. Her personal platform is The Solution to Feeding the World STEMS from Agriculture. She is the daughter of Tommy and Pam Jumper.

Miss South Central Arkansas Brittney Humphrey from Bearden. Humphrey is a 22-year old graduate of Henderson State University. She promotes Break the Silence: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse as her personal platform. She is the daughter of Tammy Harper and Dewey Humphrey.

Miss Ouachita River Bailey Moses from Cabot. Moses is a 20-year old junior at Arkansas State University. Her personal platform is Suitcases for Kids: Advocacy for Foster Care Children. She is the daughter of Jeff and Marsha Moses.

Miss Diamond Lakes Makenzie Moore from Harrison. Moore is a 23-year old graduate of the University of Central Arkansas. She promotes The Power of a Wish (Make-A-Wish Foundation) as her personal platform. She is the daughter of Brady and Deborah Moore.

Miss Arkansas State University Jade Collins from Hector. Collins is a 19-year old sophomore at Arkansas State University. Her personal platform is Live The United Way. She is the daughter of Brant Collins and Lorrie Ellis.

Pictured with Miss Arkansas 2014 Ashton Campbell. Photo courtesy of You’ve Got the Look / Danny Barger.

On-stage competition begins Wednesday night at 7:00pm at Bank of the Ozarks Arena. For ticket information please visit www.ticketmaster.com.

For those who can’t attend the 2015 Miss Arkansas pageant in Hot Springs you can watch each night of preliminary competition, as well as the crowning on www.missarkansas.org. Preliminary competition is only $5.00 and the Final Night is $7.00. This will be the sixth time that the Miss Arkansas pageant has been streamed live.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HOT SPRINGS - The Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant is excited to announce a new partnership with Lindsey Management Company, Inc.

This Arkansas based company has donated a 2-bedroom apartment for Miss Arkansas to live in each year during her reign. Miss Arkansas 2014 Ashton Campbell will be the first Miss Arkansas to live in a property managed by Lindsey Management Company, Inc.

“With me being from Northwest Arkansas, this is a great relief! I will now be centrally located so I will spend less time traveling and more time actually interacting with the people of Arkansas,” said Campbell.

This is the first time in the pageant’s history that a Miss Arkansas has been provided full-time housing throughout her reign.

"The Miss Arkansas Pageant is incredibly grateful for the generosity and support of Lindsey Management Company, Inc. The housing partnership for Miss Arkansas' year of service will provide an opportunity to maximize her busy schedule promoting her platform while providing a comfortable home space in one of Central Arkansas' premier properties," said Miss Arkansas Executive Director Jessie Ward Bennett.

Arkansas Furniture of Hot Springs and John and Missy Gibson, also of Hot Springs, will be sponsoring the furnishings for the new apartment.

Jim Lindsey, the founder and owner of Lindsey Management Company, Inc., is married to Miss Arkansas 1965 Nita Van Hook.

 


 

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( Dates are from pre arrival to Miss Arkansas Orientation )


July 8 - 11, 2015
Arrival:  Sunday, July 5, 2015
Preliminary nights:  Wednesday July 8; Thursday, July 9; Friday, July 10
Crowning: Saturday July 11, 2015