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Jonesboro Woman Wins Miss Arkansas 2018

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The fourth time was the charm for 22-year-old Claudia Raffo.

Competing in her fourth Miss Arkansas pageant, Miss Historic Batesville took the top spot among 44 women and opportunity to compete at Miss America later this year. 

Raffo is the daughter of Arkansas State baseball coach Tommy Raffo.  She's an ASU grad who planned to enroll in pharmacy school at the UAMS. 

Instead, she'll be touring the state as Miss Arkansas 2018.

After the event, Raffo said she originally entered pageants as a chance to win scholarship money for college.  On Saturday night, that's exactly what she did -- earning $30,000.

Up next: Miss America in September.  She'll hope to follow in the footsteps of Savvy Shields, who took the title in 2016.

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