Area contestants to vie for Miss Arkansas title

Carol Rolf/Contributing Writer Originally Published July 14, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated July 12, 2013 at 10:25 a.m.
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— Several young women with ties to the Tri-Lakes Edition coverage area will compete in the 76th annual Miss Arkansas Pageant Wednesday through Saturday at Summit Arena in Hot Springs.

Competition will begin at 7:30 p.m. each day.

Preliminary awards will be made Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in artistic expression (talent), lifestyle and fitness (swimsuit) and presence and poise (evening gown). The Top 10 contestants will be announced and will compete Saturday, culminating with the coronation of Miss Arkansas 2013.

Area contestants include the following:

• Miss Diamond Lakes: Amy Crain of Hot Springs, the 23-year-old daughter of Jimmy Crain of Hot Springs and Terri Crain of El Dorado, will present a contemporary clogging routine for her talent, and her platform issue is Bullying: Prevention and Recovery. A 2011 graduate of the University of Arkansas with a degree in communication, she will compete in interview on Tuesday, presence and poise on Wednesday, artistic expression on Thursday and lifestyle and fitness on Friday.

• Miss Frisco Springs: Cortnie DeVore of Beebe, the 23-year-old daughter of Devin and Sherri DeVore of Beebe, will present a vocal selection for her talent, and her platform issue is The Arts Must Go On. A graduate student at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia majoring in education and a 2011 graduate of Ouachita Baptist University, she will compete in interview on Tuesday evening, lifestyle and fitness on Wednesday, presence and poise on Thursday and artistic expression on Friday.

• Miss Greater Hot Springs: Brandi Hull of Longview, Texas, the daughter of Bonnie Hull of Sussex, N.J., and Jeff Hull of Long Island, N.Y., will present a baton-twirling routine for her talent, and her platform issue is Get Fit: Stay Busy and Active. A 2013 graduate of OBU with a degree in psychology, she will compete in interview on Monday, artistic expression on Wednesday, lifestyle and fitness on Thursday and presence and poise on Friday.

• Miss Greater Little Rock: Brooke Ault of Little Rock, the 23-year-old daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Ault of Little Rock, will present a vocal selection as her talent, and her platform issue is Service Dogs for Disabled Veterans. A 2012 graduate of OBU with a degree in musical theater, she will compete in interview on Tuesday, presence and poise on Wednesday, artistic expression on Thursday and lifestyle and fitness on Friday.

• Miss Heart of the Ozarks: Tracy Neal of Bryant, the 23-year-old daughter of Todd and Tonya Neal of Bryant, will present a ballet en point routine for her talent, and her platform issue is The Why Beyond the What: Bringing Your Vision Into Focus. A student at the University of Arkansas pursuing a master’s degree in educational leadership, she will compete in interview on Tuesday evening, lifestyle and fitness on Wednesday, presence and poise on Thursday and artistic expression on Friday.

• Miss Henderson State University: Kendreka Myles of Fort Smith, the 19-year-old daughter of Sheri and Kendrick Myles of Fort Smith, will present a classic vocal selection for her talent, and her platform issue is Personal Empowerment. A freshman at Henderson majoring in marketing, she will compete in interview on Tuesday, presence and poise on Wednesday, artistic expression on Thursday and lifestyle and fitness on Friday.

• Miss Ouachita Baptist University: Kiley Jane Wright of Glenwood, the 22-year-old daughter of Casey and Kim Wright of Glenwood, will present a vocal solo as her talent, and her platform issue is Making a Difference: The ABC’s of Animal Cruelty. A 2013 graduate of OBU with a degree in biology, she will compete in interview on Tuesday, presence and poise on Wednesday, artistic expression on Thursday and lifestyle and fitness on Friday.

• Miss Ouachita River: Abby Lindsey of Van Buren, the 20-year-old daughter of Ken and Sherri Lindsey of Van Buren and Little Rock, will present a vocal selection for her talent, and her platform issue is Social-Network Safety. A junior studying business at OBU, she will compete in interview on Monday, artistic expression on Wednesday, lifestyle and fitness on Thursday and presence and poise on Friday.

• Miss South Central Arkansas: Samantha Hudon of Hot Springs, the 21-year-old daughter of Jon and Christine Hudon of Hot Springs, will present a vocal selection for her talent, and her platform issue is Get Up! Get Moving!: Encouraging Youth Physical Activity. A junior at UCA majoring in broadcast journalism and interior design, she will compete in interview on Tuesday evening, lifestyle and fitness on Wednesday, presence and poise on Thursday and artistic expression on Friday.

• Miss Southeast Arkansas: Brittney Humphrey of Fordyce, the 20-year-old daughter of Tammy Harper of Fordyce and Dewey Humphrey of Bearden, will present a vocal selection for her talent, and her platform issue is Break the Silence: Child-Sexual-Abuse Prevention. A junior at Henderson State majoring in human services, she will compete in interview on Tuesday evening, lifestyle and fitness on Wednesday, presence and poise on Thursday and artistic expression on Friday.

Tickets to the Miss

Arkansas Pageant are on sale at www.ticketmaster.com, or at the Summit Arena box office in Hot Springs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and on weekends.

For more information, call (501) 321-2835 or (800) SPA-CITY.

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