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Miss White River Camille Cathey wins Miss Arkansas 2024!

Updated: Jun 16


Miss White River Camille Cathey won the title of Miss Arkansas 2024 Saturday night at the 86th Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant.  The pageant took place at the Robinson Center in Little Rock in front of a sold-out crowd.

 

Cathey won a $30,000 scholarship provided by the Ted and Shannon Boy Skokos Foundation and more than $75,000 in awards, wardrobe, transportation, and gifts.  She will represent Arkansas at the Miss America competition and will make appearances across the Natural State promoting her personal platform of “Proudly Volunteer,” the American Heart Association and speaking in support of the goals of the Miss Arkansas and Miss America system.


Cathey was crowned by the outgoing Miss Arkansas, Cori Keller, of Stuttgart. Keller was a Top 11 Finalist at Miss America.

 

Over $205,000 in scholarships were awarded throughout the week to various miss contestants.

 

Cathey is the 22-year-old daughter of Dr. Jake and Crystal Cathey of Wynne. She is a 2024 graduate of the University of Alabama with a degree in Communications Studies, and a first-year law student at the University of Arkansas School of Law. For her talent she performed a vocal to “If I Had My Way.” She was also Miss Arkansas’ Teen 2018.


Our new Miss Arkansas also won the following awards during the week: *Dr. Darynne Dahlem Preliminary On-Stage Interview *Preliminary Evening Gown *Preliminary Talent *Overall Arrival *Claudia Raffo Enhance Arkansas *All Grown Up Award *Ashlen Batson Espirit De Corp *Ebony Mitchell “Grace, Impact & Resilience” *Bill Tarkington Overall Evening Gown *Overall On-Stage Interview*Sarah Slocum Overall Private Interview


She takes home a total of $46,150 in scholarships from all the awards she won this week.


The other Top Five Finalists were: 

*1st Runner Up (receiving a $15,000 scholarship sponsored by Dr. Rhys Branman, Cosmetic Surgery Center, Exhale Med Spa):  UCA Kennedy Holland

*2nd runner-up (receiving a $12,000 scholarship sponsored by the Jones & Son Diamond and Bridal Fine Jewelry and the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation): South Arkansas Stevie St. John

*3rd runner up (receiving a $10,000 scholarship sponsored by Oaklawn and CDCM Foundation,

Susie and Charles Morgan): Western Arkansas Sydney Wendfeldt

 *4th runner-up: (receiving at $8,000 scholarship sponsored Houseworth Hotels): Dogwood Bella Bauer

 

Additional information on all contestants can be found at missarkansas.org

The Semi-Finalists finishing 6th  - 15th will each receive a $2,000 scholarship sponsored by Kendra Scott, The Jim and Kay Hinkle Family, Glen Eskola in Memory of Heather Callicott and the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation. 


They are listed in competition order: *Ouachita Baptist University Bailey Gibson *Apple Blossom Apple Dennie *Ozark Highlands Kassidy Bell *Saline County Sophe Sligh *Northeast Arkansas Riley Strube *Ouachita River Brooke Bradford *Metro Ciara Callicott *South Central Arkansas Haley Shourd *Historic Batesville Erin Davis *Greater Little Rock Jada Simpson


Additional awards announced during Saturday’s pageant:

*Buddy Coleman Memorial Overall Talent - $3500 scholarship given by Buddy Coleman Family – UCA Kennedy Holland

*The Ebony Mitchell “Grace, Impact & Resilience” Scholarship, in the amount of $1000 and provided by Danny Tucker and Thomas Marvel: White River Camille Cathey

*Sarah Slocum Overall Private Interview - $3500 scholarship given by Renee and Don Ed Fronabarger – White River Camille Cathey

 *Overall On-Stage Interview Award - $2500 scholarship given by Dr. Michael Cooper –White River Camille Cathey

 *Bill Tarkington Overall Evening Wear - $2500 scholarship given by Sharon and Johnny Bale – White River Camille Cathey

 *Overall Health and Fitness Award - $2500 scholarship given by Baptist HealthDogwood Bella Bauer *The Grace Award, in the amount of $1,500 and given in memory of Madelyn Grace Johnston by Brad Lacey: Southern Arkansas University Kory Lynn Jennings

*The Melonie McGarrah Overall Vocalist Award, in the amount of $2000 and provided by Miss Arkansas 1996 Melonie McGarrah Moore: UCA Kennedy Holland

 *Overall Dance Award in the amount of $1000 and provided by the Crown Club: Metro Ciara Callicott

 *The Overall Service Above Self Award, in the amount of $1000 and provided by the Miss Arkansas Executive Directors Association: Steel Capital Erica Parker 

 *The CJ and Frances Wilson Non-Finalist Overall Talent Award, in the amount of $1,000 and provided by CJ Wilson: Sweetheart of Arkansas Ava Weeks

 *The Non-Finalist Overall On-Stage Interview in the amount of $1000 and given by Michelle Parham Rudolph: Arkansas Valley Jayson Toney

 *The Mary Jane Mullins Non-Finalist Interview Award, in the amount of $500 and provided by Dr. Patti Mullins:  Central Arkansas Kristin Hardy

 *The Non-Finalist Dance Award in the amount of $500 and provided by Micki Konecny – Studio Allegro: Arkansas State University Camryn Ross

 *The Dr. David and Toni Rankin Overall Instrumentalist Award, in the amount of $1000 and provided by Beth Ann Rankin: Central Arkansas Kristin Hardy

 *The Non-Finalist Vocalist Scholarship, in the amount of $1000 and provided by DBH Management Consultants: Sweetheart of Arkansas Ava Weeks

 *The Ashlen Batson Espirit De Corp Award, in the amount of $650 and provided by Bill Tarkington and Mike Spivey:  White River Camille Cathey

 *The June Felix Overall Alpha Interview Award, in the amount of $1,500 and provided by Vicki Rima and The Crown Club:  South Arkansas Stevie St. John

 *Overall Alpha Evening Gown Award, in the amount of $1500 and provided by Friends & Supporters of Miss Arkansas: Heartland Hannah Claire Haughaboo

 *Overall Alpha Talent Award, in the amount of $1,500 and provided by The Crown Club and Whitney Williams: Sweetheart of Arkansas Ava Weeks

 *The Mac Sisson Overall Alpha On-Stage Interview Award, in the amount of $1,500 and provided by Rusty and Lori Hart:  Sweetheart of Arkansas Ava Weeks

*Alpha Overall Health and Fitness Award, in the amount of $1,500 and provided by Baptist Health: Dogwood Bella Bauer

 *The Congeniality Award, in the amount of $750 and provided by the Miss Arkansas Executive Directors Association:  Diamond Lakes La’Nyce Hemphill

 *The Dreamer Award, in the amount of $750 and provided by Simone Mull Sellstrom:  Greater Hot Springs Graceanne Morgan

*Private Interview Fashion and Personal Style Award, in the amount of $1000 provided by Violet's Bridal and Formal:  South Central Arkansas Haley Shourd

*Gaye Montgomery Spirit of Arkansas Award, in the amount of $1,000 and provided by Paula Montgomery Swindle: Arkansas Tech University Kate Manuel

**The “All Grown Up” Scholarship, in the amount of $500 and provided by the Schluterman Family:  White River Camille Cathey

#Kiss Heart Disease Goodbye, in the amount of $1,500 and provided by Kristy Sapp / KISS Products: Dogwood Bella Bauer

Ebony Mitchell Alpha “Grace, Impact & Resilience” Award, in the amount of $500 and provided by Danny Tucker and Thomas Marvel: Lake Dardanelle Tori Lane Kiser

 ***Each candidate not finishing in the Top 15 will also receive a $600 scholarship courtesy of the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation!!***     


For more information visit www.missarkansas.org or to schedule an appearance with the new Miss Arkansas please email bookmissar@gmail.com  or call 501-321-5606.  You may also visit www.missarkansas.org.

 

For more information regarding the Miss Arkansas in general 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 Lindsey at toni@missarkansas.org at your earliest convenience. *** 

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