Miss Conway’s Outstanding Teen KaMya Tackett was crowned Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen 2022 Friday night at Robinson Center in Little Rock. Nearly 1,500 were on hand to see the naming of the Top 15 Semi-Finalists and the final competition for the crown.
Tackett a $7,000 scholarship courtesy of the Miss Arkansas and Miss America Organization and more than $25,000 in awards, wardrobe and gifts. She will represent Arkansas at the 2022 America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant in Dallas later this summer. She will make appearances across the state promoting her personal platform “Mental Garden: Growing Positive Mindsets for Our Youth.”
Tackett was crowned by the outgoing Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen, Shelby Cook, of Huntsville. Also on hand today to assist with crowning was Miss Arkansas 2021 Whitney Williams.
Tackett is the daughter of Tia Proctor-Tackett and Maurice Tackett, Jr. of Sherwood. She attends Sylvan Hills High School. For her talent she performed a lyrical dance to “This Is Me.”
During the week of competition, she received additional awards including:
Overall Lifestyle and Wellness Award
Alpha Overall Interview Award
Overall Dancer Award
Alpha Evening Gown and On Stage Question
Preliminary Lifestyle and Wellness Award
Alpha Lifestyle and Wellness Award
Tackett will take home a total of $9,200 in scholarships from the awards she won this week.
The other Top Five Finalists were:
1st Runner Up – Dogwood’s Outstanding Teen Kennedy Holland She will receive a $2,500 scholarship provided by Pafford.
2nd Runner Up – River City’s Outstanding Teen Stevie St. John She will receive a $2,000 scholarship provided by the Miss Arkansas Organization.
3rd Runner Up –South Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen Harlie Hipp She will receive a $1,750 scholarship provided by the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Organization.
4th Runner Up – Spirit of Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen Chloe Hargis
She will receive a $1000 scholarship provided by Mark and Cathy Lay in honor of Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen 2019 / 2020 Sarah Cate Lay.
Photo Credit: Danny Barger Photography