Amy Crain, Miss Diamond Lakes won the Preliminary Artistic Expression in Talent award; Miss Heart of the Ozarks Tracy Neal won the Preliminary Presence and Poise in Evening Gown Preliminary award; and Miss Texarkana Klancy Johnson won the Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit Preliminary Award on Thursday, the second night of preliminaries at the 76th Miss Arkansas Pageant at Summit Arena in Hot Springs.
Each of the winning contestants won an $800 scholarship provided by Rebecca McDowell.
Emcee and former Executive Director Rick Pruitt, along with Miss Arkansas 2012 Sloane Roberts of Rison, was on hand Thursday night to present these awards.
Also joining Pruitt tonight to assist with the emcee duties was Miss Arkansas 1996 Melonie McGarrah Moore. Moore resides in Springdale with her husband, Brian and her daughter Cadence (age 8) and son Chandler (age 5). Moore is a native of Rogers, and won the crown as Miss White River. She performed a vocal rendition of “I Will Always Love You” at Miss America 1997.
Miss Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen 2013 Brighton Barnard, of Little Rock, was on hand to perform her dance to “Firework.” Barnard captured preliminary and overall talent at the 2013 Miss Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen pageant a few weeks ago with this talent selection. She competed as Miss Central Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen. She will represent our state in Orlando at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen in August.
Crain is a 23-year old graduate of the University of Arkansas. For her winning talent selection she performed a contemporary clogging routine to “GameTime.” She is from Hot Springs.
Neal is a 23-year old graduate student at the University of Arkansas and is from Bryant. She promotes The Why Behind the What-Bringing Your Vision Into Focus.
Johnson is a 22 year old student at Texarkana College and is from Texarkana.
For the sixth year Alpha Awards were presented for each phase of competition. These are presented to first-time Miss Arkansas contestants that garner the most points in their respective groups each night. Alpha Award winners receive $100 scholarships from the Miss Arkansas Executive Director Association.
Alpha Award winners Thursday night were:
Miss Henderson State University Kendreka Myles (Artistic Expression in Talent), Miss Arkansas Valley Morgan Grady and Miss Northeast Arkansas Jennifer Ulloa (Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit) Miss Western Arkansas Emily McCollom (Presence and Poise in Evening Gown).
Myles is a 19 year old student at Henderson State University and is from Fort Smith. She performed a vocal to At Last for her winning selection.
Grady is a 22 year old student at American Musical and Dramatic Academy and is from Camden.
Ulloa is a 19 year old student at Arkansas State University and is from Jonesboro.
McCollom is a 19 year old student at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith and is from Greenwood.
For the second year a special community service award was given: the Service Before Self award. It will be awarded each night with a scholarship in the amount of $250. It honors a Hot Springs Civic Organization that has been instrumental in our pageant’s success. Our organization honored was the Oaklawn Rotary Club. Tonight’s winner was Miss Heart of the Ozarks Tracy Neal.
This year’s Miss Arkansas Pageant is themed “Girls Run The World ” and celebrates the 76th Anniversary of the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant. This year’s show features 45 contestants from around the state. They are competing for almost $80,000 in college and university scholarship funds.
Competition continues with the final night of preliminaries on Friday night at 7:30pm. Final competition is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday and includes the naming of the Top 10 semi-finalists. Reigning Miss Arkansas and Miss America’s Miss Congeniality Sloane Roberts, will be on hand to crown the new Miss Arkansas.
For tickets to the rest of preliminary competition or the final night please go to www.missarkansas.org.