Area contestants win awards in Miss Arkansas pageant

Carol Rolf Contributing Writer Published July 28, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
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— Three contestants in the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant with ties to the Three Rivers Edition coverage area have won awards.

• Miss Frisco Springs Cortnie DeVore,the 23-year-old daughter of Devin and Sherri DeVore of Beebe,

received a $250 scholarship as the recipient of the Frances Wilson Non-Finalist Vocal Award and a $250 scholarship as recipient of the Lyons Overall Vocal Talent Award. She also received a $500 scholarship as the recipient of the Delta Dental Beautiful Smile Award; a $1,000 scholarship as the recipient of the Gracie/Lanie Nail Education Award in Talent; and an $800 scholarship as a preliminary award winner in talent. DeVore is a graduate student at Henderson and a 2011 graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia. For her talent, she presented a vocal solo. Her platform is The Arts Must Go On.

• Miss Greater Jacksonville Caitlyn Cook of Conway, the 20-year-old daughter of Dr. Joe Cook and Mary Cook of Conway, won an $800 scholarship as a preliminary winner in talent. For her talent, she sang a vocal solo, “We Shall Behold Him.” Her platform is Staying Alive: Be Red Cross Ready.

• Miss White River Makenzie Moore of Harrison, the 21-year-old daughter of Brady and Deborah Moore of Harrison, received a $500 scholarship as the recipient of the Marty Walker Memorial Award; a $1,000 scholarship as the recipient of the Miss America State Scholar Award; and a $1,000 scholarship for placing among the Top 15 contestants. For her talent, Moore presented a ballet en pointe, and her platform is The Power of a Wish.

She is a senior at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway majoring in speech communication.

For more information on the Miss Arkansas pageant, which concluded July 20 at Summit Arena in Hot Springs, visit

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