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Thursday Preliminary Winners Announced!

Updated: Jun 17


Miss White River Camille Cathey won the Preliminary Talent Award and Miss Heartland Hannah Claire Haughaboo captured the Preliminary Evening Gown Award.  Miss Arkansas Valley Jayson Toney won the Preliminary On-Stage Interview Award and Miss UCA Kennedy Holland won the Preliminary Healthy and Fitness Award during the final night of preliminaries of the 86th Annual Miss Arkansas Competition at Robinson Center in Little Rock. For winning Talent, Miss White River Camile Cathey will receive a $2,000 scholarship provided by FADD – Families Against Distractive Driving. She performed a vocal to “If I Had My Way” for her talent.

 

Miss Heartland Hannah Claire Haughaboo will receive a $1000 scholarship for winning Evening Gown provided by The Royal We.

 

Miss UCA Kennedy Holland will receive a $500 scholarship for winning Health and Fitness provided by the Miss Arkansas Executive Directors Association.

 

Miss Arkansas Valley Jayson Toney will receive a $1000 scholarship for winning On-Stage Interview provided by Traci Lewellen in honor of Miss Arkansas 2019/2020 Dr. Darynne Dahlem.

  

For more information on our preliminary winners please visit missarkansas.org.

Emcees for this year’s Miss Arkansas Competition are Chris Kane and Miss Arkansas 2009 Sarah Slocum Collins. KARK Morning Show Anchor DJ Williams emceed the On Stage Interview portion of the competition.

 

Ashton Campbell Gill was the emcee for the Miss Arkansas’ Teen Pageant held during the afternoon. She was Miss Arkansas 2014 and 2nd Runner Up to Miss America, as well as Miss Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen 2011. Miss Arkansas 2019/ 2020 Dr. Darynne Dahlem emceed the On Stage Interview portion of the competition.

 

Miss Arkansas 2023 Cori Keller and Miss Arkansas Teen 2023 Allie Bell were on hand to present the awards. Keller was a Top 11 Semi-Finalist at the Miss America Pageant this past January.

 

Preliminary Awards given in this afternoon’s Teen Competition were:

 

·        Preliminary Talent Award - $500 scholarship provided Sarah and Matthew Inman – Dogwood’s Teen Peyton Bolling, She performed a jazz dance to “Man of La Mancha” for her talent.

 

·        Preliminary Evening Gown Award -$500 scholarship sponsored by The Royal We: Ouachita River’s Teen Addison Bicker

 

·        Preliminary Health & Fitness Award - $500 scholarship sponsored by the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation – University of Arkansas’ Teen Delaney Reddell

 

Additional Miss Arkansas Scholarship Winners announced were:

 

·       Alpha Private Interview for MU Group, in the amount of $1500, given by the Miss Arkansas Crown Club – South Arkansas Stevie St. John

·       Alpha Health and Fitness, in the amount of $500, given by Baptist Health – Arkansas State University Camryn Ross

·       Alpha On Stage Interview, in the amount of $500, given by Heartland Pharmacy – University of Arkansas LilliAnn Nunley

·       Alpha Evening Gown, in the amount of $500, given by the Royal We – Heartland Hannah Claire Haughaboo

·       Alpha Talent, in the amount of $500, given by Ashton Gill – Dogwood Bella Bauer

·       Dr. Darynne Dahlem Medical Achievement Award, in the amount of $250, given by the Lindsey Family (Michael, Toni & Thomas Gray) – Saline County Sophe Sligh

·        Claudio Raffo Enhance Arkansas Award, in the amount of $500, given by Zack and Claudia Patterson – White River Camille Cathey

·        Ebony Mitchell Mentoring Matters Award, in the amount of $250, given by the Lindsey Family (Michael, Toni and Thomas Gray) – South Central Arkansas Haley Shourd

·        Stephanie Green Teachers Make Teachers Award, in the amount of $2000, given by Jared and Stephanie Green – Greater Little Rock Jada Simpson

·        Christie Jones Alexander Don’t Limit Me Award, in the amount of $500, given by Christie Jones Alexander – Three Rivers Alexis Adams

·       Asher Ray Mentor Award, in the amount of $1000, given by Maggie and Andrew Counce – Ozark Highlands Kassidy Bell

·        Sharon Evans Bale “We Are More” Award, in the amount of $1200, given by Bill Tarkington and Mike Spivey – South Central Arkansas Haley Shourd

·        Service Above Self Award for MU Group, in the amount of $500 given by Miss Arkansas Executive Directors Association – Southwest Arkansas Ryann Grubbs

  

Additional Miss Arkansas Teen Awards given this afternoon were:

  

·        Alpha Fitness & Health Award – $500 scholarship sponsored by the Miss Arkansas Executive Directors Organization – Ozark Highlands Makayla Harrell

·       Alpha Evening Gown Award – $500 scholarship sponsored by The Royal We: Ouachita River’s Teen Addison Bicker

·        Alpha Talent Award – $500 scholarship sponsored by the Miss Arkansas Executive Directors Association – Dogwood’s Teen Peyton Bolling.  For her talent she performed a jazz dance to “Man of La Mancha.”

·       Overall Arrival Award $1000 scholarship each sponsored by the Miss Arkansas Executive Directors Association: Western Arkansas Avery Whittington

 

Additional information on the Teen and Miss contestants can be found at missarkansas.org.

 

Honored as this year’s local Executive Director of the Year tonight was Joel Anderson who directs the South Arkansas and South Central Arkansas local pageants.

The Miss Northeast Arkansas Pageant Association was honored as the Pageant of the Year.

 

Inducted into this year’s Miss Arkansas Hall of Fame tonight were Bailey Moses Barger and Judge Cindy Grace Thyer.

Bailey Moses Barger entered the Miss Arkansas system as Miss Metro 2014 and went on to finish as 1st Runner Up in her first year.  She also held the titles of Miss Ouachita River, Miss Arkansas State University and Miss Northeast Arkansas.  She finished in the Top 5 all four years competing including numerous swimsuit, talent and evening gown awards.  With a platform of Suitcases for Kids and her efforts for Foster Care across the state of Arkansas, she also won the Miss Arkansas Quality of Life Award (2016), CMN Miracle Maker Award (2016), and the Miss America Community Service Award (2017). She graduated with a degree in strategic communications from Arkansas State University, and received her Master’s degree from ASU in Media Management in 2020.  Moses continues her commitment to community service as the co-founder and social media director for Walk for Wheezy, in honor of her Arkansas Diamond Princess, as well as being a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children. A native of Cabot, a wife and a mother, Moses serves as the owner of  Social Grid Media, and the Director of Social Media for the Miss America Opportunity and the Managing Editor for Miss America’s HER Magazine.

 

Judge Cindy Grace Thyer began her journey in the Miss Arkansas organization in 1990 and competed for four years advancing to the top ten twice and winning scholarships in swimsuit and talent preliminaries.  She held the titles of Miss Grant County, Miss Saline County, Miss Little Rock and Miss University of Arkansas.  She was appointed by Governors Mike Huckabee and Beebe as a Circuit Judge and became the 1st female judge in Arkansas to obtain a degree in Judicial Studies and is now serving on the Arkansas Court of Appeals.  She served as past president of the Arkansas Bar Foundation and is currently a member of the American Law Institute as an advisor for Children in the Law Project.  She also serves as a member of the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission.  She has held numerous positions in the Arkansas Bar Association which included Chairing the Board of Governors, Parliamentarian and is a tenured member of the House of Delegates.  Presently she serves on the Arkansas Judicial Council’s Supreme Court Liaison and Recruitment Committees. She has been active in community service in Jonesboro serving as the 1st female President of Kiwanis and as a former member of the Professional Advisory Council for Arkansas Children’s Hospital to name a few.  Originally from Sardis, she is a graduate of UALR and the University of Arkansas Law School. Her husband, Chris, is the current Circuit Judge for the 2nd Judicial District and they have two children.

 

This year’s Miss Arkansas Scholarship Competition celebrates the 86th Year of the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Competition.  The show features 45 Miss Contestants and 36 Teen contestants from around the state who are competing for over $290,000 in scholarships.

 

Miss Arkansas Teen 2024 will be crowned on Friday, June 14th.  The crowning for Miss Arkansas 2024 is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Saturday, June 15th live on KARK / KNWA.

 

For ticket information please visit www.ticketmaster.com or the Robinson Center box office.For those who can’t attend the 2024 Miss Arkansas competition you can watch each competition using the link at www.missarkansas.org

 

  MISS ARKANSAS AND MISS ARKANSAS TEEN PHOTO CREDIT - DANNY BARGER PHOTOGRAPHY 

Thursday Teen Preliminary Winner Photo – L to R – Bicker (Gown), Bolling (Talent), Reddell (Fitness)

Thursday Miss Preliminary Winner Photo – L to R – Holland (Fitness), Haughaboo (Gown), Cathey (Talent), Toney (On Stage Interview)


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