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The Miss America Organization Board of Directors is excited to announce an increase in the candidate age eligibility effective immediately!  

The Miss America Organization is revising the language in the 2022 Miss and MAOTeen State and Local Candidate Agreements to include the extended age eligibility.  A public announcement will be made available after the 100th Anniversary events at Mohegan Sun Resort and Mystic, CT from Sept. 6th to 8th.  

In the meantime, you may share the information below internally with your State Board, Local Directors, and potential candidates for upcoming Local Competitions. 

1. Immediate Age Eligibility Changes for MAO & MAOTeen
 Miss America program maximum age for candidates increases to twenty-six (26) years old by December 31st in the state competition year - from twenty-five (25).
 MAOTeen program maximum age for candidates increases to eighteen (18) years by December 31st - from seventeen (17) years by July 31st.  
 Miss and MAOTeen programs will both have the same calendar cutoff date of December 31st in the state competition year.
The education level requirement which also determined whether candidates were eligible for either the Miss or MAOTeen programs has been removed with the increases in age.

 

  • Benefits after Transition Year 
    Age eligibility cutoff dates are now consistent for Miss and MAOTeen Programs
    Miss Candidate ages will be 18 - 26 (if 18 years on Dec 31st, then MAOTeen)
    All Miss Candidates will be legal adults by their State Competition
    More Miss Candidates will have completed high school or equivalent and have an opportunity to attend post-secondary education by their State Competition  
    MAOTeen Candidate age increases to 13 - 18 (no older than 18 on Dec 31st)
    Age alone determines which program, regardless of education level
    Age eligibility is easier to understand and interpret


Execution for 2022 State and Local Season Transition

1. MAO Candidates 18 years of age on Dec 31, 2022 are grandfathered to continue in the “Miss” program and not mandated to compete in the MAOTeen program
Candidates currently competing for 2022 State Titles are able to remain in the Miss program in 2022

2. MAOTeen Candidates 18 years of age on Dec 31st may continue in the “MAOTeen” program and grandfathered to continue competing in the MAOTeen program and not mandated to the Miss program 
Candidates currently competing for 2022 State Titles are able to choose either the Miss or MAOTeen program

3. 2022 Candidate agreements (Miss & MAOTeen) as well as 2022 Candidate Agreement Amendments for existing executed agreements are being created and will be available by mid-September.

 

Proposed Candidate Agreement Age Eligibility Language Changes 

A. 2022 MAO State and Local Candidate Agreements
1. Must be at least nineteen (19) years of age on December 31st in the calendar year of the State Competition in which she competes;
2. Must not be older than twenty-six (26) years of age as of December 31st in the calendar year of the State Competition in which she competes 
For the avoidance of doubt, Candidate cannot turn twenty-seven (27) years of age at any time during the calendar year in which she could compete at the State Competition. (Calendar Year defined as January 1st through December 31st).

For the avoidance of doubt, Candidate cannot be eighteen (18) years of age on December 31st in the year she could compete at the State Competition. If the candidate is eighteen (18) years of age on December 31st in the year she could compete at the State Competition, then she must compete in the MAOTeen program, unless she meets the Grandfather Clause below.

Grandfather Clause for 2022 State and Local Agreements ONLY: Since age eligibility was revised after the start of the 2022 state & local competition season, Candidates who are:

1) eighteen (18) years of age on or after July 31, 2022 (the year of the State Competition) are eligible to compete in the Miss program, as long as the candidate is also a 2) high school graduate or equivalent by July 31, 2022

Note, this grandfather clause will not be in effect for the 2023 State & Local Competition season.

B. 2022 MAOTeen State and Local Candidate Agreement
1. Must be at least thirteen (13) years on the first day of the State Competition in which she compete
2. Must be no older than eighteen (18) years of age as of December 31st in the calendar year of the State Competition in which she could compete.
For the avoidance of doubt, Candidate cannot turn nineteen (19) years of age at any time during the calendar year in which she could compete at the State MAOTeen Competition (January 1st through December 31st). 
Grandfather Clause for 2022 State and Local Candidate Agreement ONLY: Since the age eligibility was revised after the start of the 2022 state & local competition season, Candidates who are: 1) eighteen (18) years of age on or after July 31, 2022 through December 31, 2022 (the year of the State Competition) may choose to compete in either the MAOTeen or Miss

 

 

 


 

June 19, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cook is crowned Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen 2021
Toni Lindsey – Director of Media and Publicity – missarkansaspress@gmail.com

 

 

LITTLE ROCK – Miss Natural State’s Outstanding Teen Shelby Cook was crowned Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen 2021 Saturday afternoon at Robinson Center in Little Rock.  Nearly 1,500 were on hand to see the naming of the Top 15 Semi-Finalists and the final competition for the crown.

 

Cook won a $7,000 scholarship courtesy of the Miss Arkansas and Miss America Organization and more than $25,000 in awards, wardrobe and gifts.  She will represent Arkansas at the 2021Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant in Orlando later this summer.  She will make appearances across the state promoting her personal platform “Be the Change: A Simple Act of Kindness Goes A Long Way.”

 

Cook was crowned by the outgoing Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen, Sarah Cate Lay, of Little Rock. Also on hand today to assist with crowning was Miss Arkansas 2019 / 2020 Darynne Dahlem.

 

Nearly $39,000 in scholarships were awarded to the contestants during the week of competition. 

 

Cook is the daughter of John and Brooke Cook of Huntsville. She is a 2020 Graduate of Huntsville High School and will be a freshman at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith in the Fall.  For her talent she performed a lyrical dance to “Via Dolorosa.”

 

During the week of competition, she received additional awards including Preliminary Evening Gown on Thursday night and Preliminary Talent on Friday night. 

 

The other Top Five Finalists were:

 

1st Runner Up – Greater Hot Spring’s OT Addi Rae Dowdy
She will receive a $3,500 scholarship provided by the Miss Arkansas Organization.

 

2nd Runner Up – Lights of the Delta OT Counts Shank
She will receive a $2,000 scholarship provided by the Miss Arkansas Organization.

 

3rd Runner Up –University of Arkansas’ OT Kennedy Holland
She will receive a $1,750 scholarship provided by the Miss Arkansas Organization and the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation.

 

4th Runner Up – Arkansas Valley’s OT Phoebe Grace Johnson

She will receive a $1000 scholarship provided by David Hartman in honor of Mackenzie Bryant.

The remaining Top Ten Finalists will each receive a $300 scholarship.  They were (in alphabetical order by title):

-        Central Arkansas’ OT Haley Shourd

-        Dogwood’s OT Sydney Allensworth

-        Metro’s OT Makayla Shipe

-        South Central Arkansas’ OT Harlie Hipp

-        Spirit of Arkansas’ OT Peyton Riley

 

 

The remaining Top Fifteen Semi-Finalists will each receive a $250 scholarship.  They were (in alphabetical order by title):

-        Diamond Lakes OT Chloe Hargis

-        Greater Jonesboro OT Erica Parker

-        Greater Little Rock Tori Lane Kiser

-        Heartland’s OT Haven Williams

-        White River’s OT Riley Ann Strube

 

 

Other awards given out during Friday’s competition were:

Gracie Stover “Lead by Example” Scholarship - $500 given by Bill Tarkington and Mike Spivey – Lights of the Delta OT Counts Shanks

 

Frances Wilson Non-Finalist Talent Winner - $500 given by CJ Wilson – City Light’s OT Lindsay Hague

 

Kennedy Nida “A Servant’s Heart” Award - $500 given by Friends and Family of Kennedy Nida, MAEDA and the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Fund – Greater Jonesboro’s OT Erica Parker

 

Kennedy Nida “A Servant’s Heart” Award - $500 given by Friends and Family of Kennedy Nida, MAEDA and the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Fund – Lights of the Delta OT Counts Shanks

 

Newcomer Awards - $100 each given by Lyon’s Voices – (in alphabetical order by title)

·       Central Arkansas’ OT Haley Shourd

·       South Central Arkansas’ OT Harlie Hipp

·       Greater Hot Springs Addi Rae Dowdy

 

 

Teens in Action Winner - $250 given by Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen 2016 Emily Brewer – Central Arkansas’ OT Haley Shourd

 

Miss Congeniality - $250 given by Southern Bank of Jonesboro – Natural State’s OT Shelby Cook

 

Fabulous Face - $250 given by Stephanie Duty – Red River Valley’s OT Belle Brasher

 

Online People’s Choice - $500 given by Miss Arkansas Organization and JC Productions – Dogwood’s OT Sydney Allensworth

 

Most Photogenic - $200 given by Danny and Suzanne Barger / Danny Barger Photography – University of Arkansas OT Kennedy Holland

 

Sharon Bale “We Are More” Award - $500 given by Bill Tarkington and Mike Spivey – Greater Little Rock OT Tori Lane Kiser

 

Gaye Montgomery Spirit of Arkansas Award - $1000 given by Mr. Paul Montgomery – Diamond Lakes OT Chloe Hargis

 

Non-Finalist Interview – $500 given by Jane Slocum - Conway’s OT Kensley Flynn                                                                                                                              

 Judge’s Rising Star Award - $100 given by the Judges Panel - Heartland’s OT Haven Williams        

Overall Vocalist Award - $500 given by Everyday Chef – University of Arkansas’ OT Kennedy Holland

 

Overall Instrumentalist - $500 given by Vanstone – Rice Capital’s OT Carissa Joy Callicott

 

Overall Dancer - $500 given by George Kells Motors – Natural State’s OT Shelby Cook

 

Overall Alpha Interview - $200 given by Alliance Utilities – Conway’s OT Kensley Flynn

 

#lovelikeKennedy Overall Evening Gown - $500 given by Dr. and Mrs. Mike Butler – Greater Hot Springs’s OT Addi Rae Dowdy

 

Katie Bailey Overall Fitness - $1000 given by Dr. Michael Cooper – Natural State’s OT Shelby Cook

 

Overall Interview - $500 given by Laura Leigh Turner, MAOT 2012 – Lights of the Delta OT Counts Shanks

 

Overall Talent - $1000 given by Laura and Mike Stover – Natural State’s OT Shelby Cook


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Toni Lindsey
Director of Media and Publicity
Miss Arkansas Scholarship Organization

 

 

 

*PRESS CREDENTIAL REQUEST* - Please request credentials for pageant coverage in writing, on company letterhead, to missarkansaspress@gmail.com.  The cut off for requests will be Friday, June 14th at Noon and requests will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.  Be sure to include which nights you would like to attend, the name of the person covering the pageant and whether they are a writer, photographer or videographer.  Seating is limited and preference will be given to those outlets covering the pageant multiple nights.

 

**PRESS CONFERENCE WITH THE 2021 MISS ARKANSAS** - The newly crowned 2021 winners will be available immediately following their crowning in their first official press conference.  This will take place in the BLT Room 2nd level of Robinson Center.  All media are invited and encouraged to attend. 

***If you need more information regarding this release, or wish to schedule an interview with Darynne, Sarah Cate or the newly crowned winners, please contact Toni Lindsey at 
missarkansaspress@gmail.com for more details.***

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Toni Lindsey
Director of Media and Publicity

Miss Arkansas Scholarship Competition

 

 

MISS ARKANSAS AND MISS ARKANSAS OUTSTANDING TEEN PHOTO CREDIT - DANNY BARGER PHOTOGRAPHY 

 

*PRELIMINARY WINNER MEDIA ACCESS* -Miss and Teen Preliminary winners are available for media interviews immediately following the competition. on stage.  Additional interviews may be scheduled by text (479-409-4389) or email (missarkansaspress@gmail.com)

 

*PRESS CREDENTIAL REQUEST* - Please request credentials for pageant coverage in writing, on company letterhead, to missarkansaspress@gmail.com.  The cut off for requests will be Friday, June 18th at Noon and requests will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.  Be sure to include which nights you would like to attend, the name of the person covering the pageant and whether they are a writer, photographer or videographer.  Seating is limited and preference will be given to those outlets covering the pageant multiple nights.

 

**PRESS CONFERENCE WITH THE 2021 MISS ARKANSAS** - The newly crowned 2021 winners will be available immediately following their crowning in their first official press conference.  This will take place in the BLT Room 2nd level of Robinson Center.  All media are invited and encouraged to attend. 

***If you need more information regarding this release, or wish to schedule an interview with Darynne, Sarah Cate or the newly crowned winners, please contact Toni Lindsey at 
missarkansaspress@gmail.com for more details.***

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Toni Lindsey
Director of Media and Publicity

Miss Arkansas Scholarship Competition

Miss Arkansas | Miss Arkansas' Outstanding Teen

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Dance may be reached at 1-502-370-8167 or  Dance@breathtakingvacations.com for questions about your travel needs.  You can view her website at www.breathtakingvacations.com. We are thankful for this incredible opportunity and look forward to working together with Dance!