Miss Arkansas 2022
Ebony Mitchell is a 25-year old native of Harrison, and the first Miss Arkansas from Harrison. At Miss Arkansas, Ebony won a $30,000 scholarship provided by the Skokos Foundation and more than $75,000 in awards, wardrobe, transportation and gifts. She will represent Arkansas this December at the Miss America Competition in Uncasville, Connecticut.
During her year as Miss Arkansas 2022, Ebony will make appearances across the Natural State promoting her personal platform of “A Responsible Digital You.” She will also promote the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Organization while speaking about the goals of the Miss Arkansas and Miss America System.
During the Miss Arkansas Competition, Ebony brought home an additional $14,900 in scholarships for a grand total of $44,900 this year. In addition to the crown, she also won the Sarah Slocum Overall Private Interview Award and the Bill Tarkington Overall Evening Gown Award.
Ebony also won the Asher Ray Mentor Award, the “All Grown Up” Award and the Grace Scholarship in memory of Madelyn Grace Johnston. During Preliminary Competition she won Preliminary Evening Gown, Preliminary On-Stage Interview and Preliminary Talent awards in the Sigma Group. During the Arrival Ceremonies it was announced that Ebony won the Scott Landers Business Profession Marketplace Scholarship.
Ebony is a 2022 Graduate of John Brown University where she received her master’s degree in Health Administration. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Central Arkansas in 2019.
After her year as Miss Arkansas concludes, Ebony plans to use her Miss Arkansas scholarships to pursue her Doctorate of Business Administration and continue working in the healthcare administration field.
Ebony won the title while competing as Miss Dogwood. She is the 1st Miss Dogwood to hold the title of Miss Arkansas.
This was Ebony’s fifth time to compete on the Miss Arkansas stage having previously competed as Miss Metro, Miss University of Central Arkansas, Miss Central Arkansas and Miss North Central Arkansas. She also competed in the Outstanding Teen program as Northwest Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen, North Central Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen and Lakes of the Northwest Outstanding Teen. Throughout her previous years competing Ebony won about $20,000 in scholarships.
Ebony was first introduced to the Miss Arkansas stage when she was Princess Miss University of Arkansas in 2007.
With Ebony’s social impact statement, “A Responsible Digital You,” she plans to continue her work throughout the state encouraging individuals to be safe and responsible online. She wants to be a champion for those who have been victimized and protect others from becoming victims. She says that education and awareness are the essential parts of her social impact.
For her talent selection, Ebony performed a tap dance to “Respect.”
While at the University of Central Arkansas, Ebony served as Captain of the UCA Cheerleading Team and was named the Top Instructor for the National Cheerleaders Association in 2018. She developed and launched CFK / Cards for Kids serving Arkansas Children’s Hospital and has also performed in the Snow Queen Show in Branson.
Ebony is the daughter of Hulene Ongola of Harrison, and the youngest of three children. She is a 2015 Graduate of Harrison High School. For the last year she has worked as a Marketing Specialist for Conway Regional Health Systems.
Topics for Speaking Engagements
• The Miss America Organization & its impact on my life
• A Responsible Digital You (for all school/adult audiences)
• Goal Setting and Confidence Building (for all school audiences)
• My testimony and the role my faith plays into my life (for church appearances)
• Overcome Adversity / Become Anything You Want No Matter Where or What You Come From