Posing for a photo at the end of the 2014 Miss UAFS Scholarship Pageant are (from left) Cristina Castorena of Fort Smith, fifth runner-up; Heather Deere of Muldrow, third runner-up; Adrienne Ackley of Plainview, first runner-up; Emily McCollom of Fort Smith, Miss UAFS 2014; Allyson Peek of Avery, Texas, second runner-up; and Kristen Cox of Van Buren, fourth runner-up. McCollom will represent the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith this summer in the Miss Arkansas Pageant.
Emily McCollom of Fort Smith was named Miss UAFS 2014 on March 1 and will represent the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith at the Miss Arkansas Pageant this summer.
McCollom, 20, is the daughter of Paul and Pam McCollom and is a biology major. She hopes to continue her education through the doctorate level and one day own her own pediatric clinic.
For her pageant talent, she sang “Almost Like Being in Love.” She was also in a three-way tie for the Talent Award, won the Interview Award and won the Lifestyle and Fitness Award.
First runner-up: First runner-up was Adrienne Ackley, 20, of Plainview. She is the daughter of Thomas and Lynn Ackley of Plainview. Ackley also won the Audience Appeal Bucket Award.
Second runner-up: Named second runner-up was Allyson Peek, 19, of Avery, Texas. She is the daughter of Missy Gilbreath of Avery, Texas, and Blaine Peek of Bagwell, Texas.
Third runner-up: Heather Deere, 18, of Muldrow, was named third runner-up. She is the daughter of David and Mary Carr of Muldrow. She also was in a two-way tie for the GPA Award, going to the contestant with the highest grade-point average. Deere’s GPA was 4.0.
Fourth runner-up: Fourth runner-up was Kristen Cox, 20, of Van Buren, daughter of Danny and Michele Cox of Van Buren. She was also in a three-way tie for the Talent Award.
Fifth runner-up: Cristina Castorena, 23, of Fort Smith was named fifth runner-up. Castorena is the daughter of Ismel and Irma Castorena of Fort Smith.
Talent Award: In the three-way tie for the Talent Award with the new Miss UAFS and fourth runner-up Kristen Cox was Kalyn Tounzen, 20, of Van Buren, daughter of Mike and Jeri Tounzen of Van Buren.
GPA Award: The tie with Heather Deere for the GPA Award went to Katie Brown, 18, of Alma, daughter of Damon and Leigh Brown of Alma.
Miss Congeniality Award: The three-way tie for Miss Congeniality went to Tulsa House, 18, of Fort Smith, daughter of Ray and Tabitha House of Fort Smith; Mikella Arbaugh, 19, of Clarksville, daughter of Mike and Tammy Arbaugh of Clarksville; and Abby Cloud, 20, of Stillwater, Okla., daughter of Greg and Jayne Cloud of Stillwater.
Spirit of Miss UA Fort Smith Award: Tulsa House also won the Spirit of Miss UA Fort Smith Award.
Audience Appeal Award: Macey Casher, 21, of Muldrow, won the Audience Appeal Award. She is the daughter of Jesse and Misty Casher of Muldrow.
Judges ranked contestants in several categories — talent, 35 percent; interview, 25 percent; lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit, 15 percent; evening wear, 20 percent; and on-stage question, 5 percent. The event was held at the Arkansas Best Preforming Arts Center at the Fort Smith Convention Center.
This year, the Miss UAFS Scholarship Pageant awarded cash and institutional scholarships totaling $18,824 and prizes valued at $5,650. This included a one-of-a-kind necklace valued at $2,500 given by Sheila Catsavis of The Jewelry Store.
Special guests included Taylor Smith, Miss UAFS 2013; Amy Crain, Miss Arkansas 2013; Miss UAFS pageant band, directed by Matt Vangjel; Miss UAFS Singers, Brian Gary, Ashley Hill, Rosemary Johnson and Gina Bowen, directed by Bowen; and production dancers, Kriston Dorsey, Janae Northrop, and Shelby Ann Grimes, directed by Rebecca Wheeley. Master of ceremonies was Daren Bobb of KFSM-TV.
Pageant chair is Stacey Jones of Fort Smith, associate vice chancellor of campus and community events. Jones is also producer for the Miss Arkansas Pageant.