New Miss Arkansas to be Crowned June 17

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Preliminary competition has wrapped up at the Miss Arkansas 2017 pageant.

On Thursday night, five contestants stood out from the rest to pick up these awards:

Preliminary Artistic Expression - Bailey Moses (Northeast Arkansas)
Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit - (TIE) Christian Weatherley (Batesville) Maggie Benton (Greater Jonesboro

(Alpha)
Preliminary Artistic Expression - Ashley Ehrhart (Arkansas Delta) Tiffany Lee (Ouachita Baptist University)
Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit - Christian Weatherley (Batesville)

Preliminary winners from the Tuesday and Wednesday evening competition include:

Wednesday:
Preliminary Artistic Expression - (TIE) Emma Pitts (Johnson County) Maggie Benton (Greater Jonesboro)
Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit - Claudia Raffo (White River)

Wednesday Alpha:
Preliminary Artistic Expression - Emma Pitts (Johnson County)
Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit - (TIE)  India Kuykendall (Lights of the Delta) Hannah Oliver (River Delta)

Tuesday:
Preliminary Artistic Expression - Kelsey Stone (Arkansas Tech University)
Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit - Bailey Moses (Northeast Arkansas)

Tuesday Alpha:
Preliminary Artistic Expression -  Kelsey Stone (Arkansas Tech University)
Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit - Ashley Ehrhart (Arkansas Delta)

In the pageant finals on Saturday night, the Top 10 finalists will be announced, then narrowed down to the Top 5, leading up to the crowning of a new Miss Arkansas.

Miss America Savvy Shields, who won last year's Miss Arkansas title before going on to her other win in Atlantic City, will be there to help crown the winner.

Scholarship awards for the top 5 include a $30,000 award to the pageant winner; $10,000 to the 1st runner up; $9,000 to the 2nd runner up; $7,500 to the 3rd runner up and $5,000 to the 4th runner up.

For ticket information visit www.ticketmaster.com or the Robinson Center box office.

For those who can’t attend the 2017 Miss Arkansas pageant, you can watch the finals and crowning on www.missarkansas.org.


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