FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Little Rock) September 20, 2016

The Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant announced Tuesday that for the first time in pageant history it will combine pageant weeks with it's sister program, the Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen Pageant.  Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen competition will be held in conjunction with the Miss Arkansas 2017 pageant.

Previously the Outstanding Teen Pageant had been held during a separate week in Russellville and Hot Springs.

"This is a great opportunity to combine our Miss Arkansas Pageant with the Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen program into a beautiful celebration of our contestants and their academic and community achievements.  It will be an incredible move forward for both of our programs,"  said Jessie Ward Bennett, Miss Arkansas Executive Director.  "We are excited to grow our programs in new ways at our new home in Little Rock." 

Both state pageants will be held June 11-17 in Little Rock at the newly renovated Robinson Auditorium.

The Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen program is a part of the America's Outstanding Teen program.  It is the sister program to Miss America and promotes scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement for America's teens.

Thomas Collins, Executive Director for Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen, said "the Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen Board of Directors looks forward to a partnership with Miss Arkansas."  They look forward to celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant in June.

Details on the schedule for the combined pageants are still being worked out and will be released as soon as they become available.

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