June 16, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday Preliminary Winners Announced at Miss Arkansas / Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen 2021
Toni Lindsey – Director of Media and Publicity
missarkansaspress@gmail.com

LITTLE ROCK - Miss Rice Capital Kelsie Everett won the Preliminary Artistic Expression in Talent Award and Miss Greater Hot Springs Mady Rottinghaus and Miss Mid-South Cait Light tied for the Evening Gown Preliminary Award.  Miss Metro Ebony Mitchell and Miss University of Arkansas Whitney Williams tied for the Preliminary On-Stage Interview Award on Tuesday, the opening night of the 83rd Annual Miss Arkansas Competition at Robinson Center in Little Rock.

For winning Talent, Everett received a $2,000 scholarship provided by former Miss Arkansas Hall of Fame recipients.

Rottinghaus and Light will both receive a $500 scholarship for winning Evening Gown provided by Emerge and Renee Stone.

Mitchell and Williams will both receive a $1000 scholarship for winning On-Stage Interview provided by the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation.

 

For her talent, Everett performed a vocal to “How Great Thou Art.”

 

For more information on our preliminary winners please visit missarkansas.org.

Emcees for this year’s Miss Arkansas Competition are KATV’s Chris Kane and Miss Arkansas 2009 Sarah Slocum Collins.

 

Ashton Campbell Gill was the emcee for the Outstanding Teen Pageant held during the afternoon. She was Miss Arkansas 2014 and 2nd Runner Up to Miss America, as well as Miss Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen 2011.

 

Miss Arkansas 2019 / 2020 Darynne Dahlem of Greenwood and Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen 2019 / 2020 Sarah Cate Lay of Russellville were on hand to present the awards.

 

The 40 Outstanding Teen Contestants are competing for over $40,000 in scholarships and the chance to represent Arkansas at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant in Orlando this August.  

 

Natural State’s Outstanding Teen Shelby Cook won for the Talent Preliminary Award. She will receive a $100 scholarship from former MAOT Contestant and America’s Got Talent Semi-Finalist Mary Beth Byrd.  She performed a lyrical jazz dance to Via Dolorosa for her talent.

 

Dogwood’s Outstanding Teen Sydney Allensworth and Conway’s Outstanding Teen Kelsey Flynn tied for the Preliminary Evening Gown Award tonight.  They will each receive a $100 scholarship given by The Royal We.

 

Additional information on the Teen contestants can be found at missarkansasot.org.

 

Miss Arkansas Alpha Awards were also given out tonight.  These are presented to first-time Miss Arkansas contestants that garnered the most points in their respective groups each night.  

 

Alpha Award winners announced Tuesday night were: 
Rice Capitol Kelsie Everett (Talent – receiving a $500 scholarship from the Jim and Kay Hinkle Family)
Dogwood Olivia Jane Wilks (Evening Gown – receiving a $500 scholarship from Emerge / Renee Stone)

Southwest Arkansas Melody Stott (On Stage Interview – receiving a $500 scholarship from the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation)

 

The Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen Pageant also recognizes alpha award winners each night.  Tuesday’s Alpha Awards in Teen were:

Fitness Award (tie): Central Arkansas OT Haley Shourd and Greater Hot Springs OT Addi Rae Dowdy
Evening Gown: Conway’s OT Kelsey Flynn
Talent (tie): City Light’s OT Lindsay Hague and Heartland’s OT Haven Williams
For winning an Alpha Award these young ladies will each receive a $100 scholarship given by the Miss Arkansas Executive Directors Association.

Additional Miss Arkansas Scholarship Winners announced were:
(For additional information on these winners please visit
missarkansas.org and click on Candidates)

 

·       Inspirational Male Scholarship is chosen by the reigning Miss Arkansas and receiving a $500 scholarship is provided by the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation – Brenton Jennings

 

·       Confidently You Scholarship - in the amount of $500 provided by Mrs. Carol Pafford – Heartland Alexus Flannagan

  

·       Service Above Self Award for Alpha Group, in the amount of $500 given by the Miss Arkansas Executive Directors Association – Diamond Lakes Gracie Stover

 

·       Healthy Lifestyle Platform, in the amount of $500 given by Sharon Turrentine – South Central Arkansas Tiffany Lee

 

·Alpha Arrival Award, in the amount of $500 given by Stephanie Throckmorton Duty – Dogwood Olivia Jane Wilks

 

·       Alpha Interview Award for the Alpha Group, in the amount of $500 given by The Honorable Cindy G. Thyer – Sweetheart of Arkansas Sophie Sligh


 

Additional Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen Awards given tonight were: (for more information on these contestants please visit www.missarkansasot.org)

 

·       Alpha Arrival (tie): Southeast Arkansas OT CariAnne Kelly and Lake Dardanelle OT Aishani Singh Vengala

 

Inducted into the Miss Arkansas Hall of Fame tonight were Brandi Watkins Adams and Sheri Smeltzer Stell.

 

This year’s Miss Arkansas Pageant celebrates the 83rd Year of the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Competition.  The show features 51 Miss Candidates and 40 Outstanding Teen contestants from around the state who are competing for over $211,000 in scholarship funds.

Competition continues with preliminaries on Thursday and Friday. Outstanding Teens preliminaries begin at 2:30 p.m. and Miss begins at 7:00 p.m. Final competition for the Outstanding Teens will be Saturday, June 19th at 1pm.  The crowning for Miss Arkansas 2021 is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Saturday, June 19th.

 

For ticket information please visit www.ticketmaster.com or the Robinson Center box office.

For those who can’t attend the 2021 Miss Arkansas competition you can watch each night of preliminary competition on
www.missarkansas.org

The final night of Miss Arkansas competition will also be broadcast live statewide on KATV Channel 7 on Saturday.  It will begin with a 30-minute special at 7:00p.m. leading up to the pageant at 7:30 p.m.

 

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

 

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The Miss Arkansas Organization is excited to announce a partnership with Breathtaking Vacations Travel Agency as our Official Travel Agency for all travel business including the upcoming Miss America Competition. Dance Brunswick is excited to assist our Miss Arkansas families with all of your Miss Arkansas/Miss America or personal needs for travel. As part of this partnership, Dance is also making a scholarship donation for all travel booked through Breathtaking Vacations to our Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation! 

 

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! 




PARTNER HOTELS FOR MISS ARKANSAS AND MAROTeen COMPETITION WEEK June 13 - June 20, 2020

 

We look forward to seeing you at the Miss Arkansas and Miss Arkansas' Outstanding Teen 2020 competition

June 13-20, 2020 at the Robinson Performance Hall, Little Rock, AR.  

 

Contact the Miss Arkansas Week partner hotels for the courtesy room block rates:  

  • Use the Partner hotels listed and click the reservations block link:  Friends, Fans and Family 
  •  All Hotel reservations are between you and the hotel 
  •  Reservations must be made direct with each partner hotel
  • Once these blocks of rooms are gone the rate will be different than the price quoted
  • “First come, first served” to book the block rates
  • COMPETITION WEEK SCHEDULE
  • June13-15, 2020 - Arrival, events & practice (to be announced)
  • Preliminary Competitions
    • Tuesday - June 16; 
    • Wednesday - June 17; 
    • Thursday - June 18;  

FINALS

Friday - Crowning Miss Arkansas' Outstanding Teen 2020 - June 19;

Saturday -  Crowning Miss Arkansas 2020 - June 20. 

  • CLICK THE LINKS BELOW - BOOKING AND AMENITIES FOR EACH PARTNER HOTEL
  • (FYI: some computers may require you to hold down the key board control button to open)

 

 

Hotel: Friends/Fan/Family Rate Booking Link

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown
$129.00 BOOKING LINK

La Quinta Downtown
$79.00 BOOKING LINK

Marriott
$145.00 BOOKING LINK

Capital Hotel Downtown
$189.00 BOOKING EMAIL LINK

Hotel Frederica Downtown
$75.00 BOOKING LINK

Crowne Plaza West
$109.00 BOOKING LINK

Comfort Suites
$92.00 BOOKING LINK

Holiday Inn Presidential Fans
$92.00 BOOKING LINK

Staybridge
$114.00 BOOKING LINK

 

 

AMENITIES

Hotel: Friends/Fan/Family

 

Parking

Distance From Robinson

Shuttle

Breakfast included

Pool

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown

 

Valet/Garage w/ Fee

.7 miles

Yes

No

No

La Quinta Downtown

 

Complimentary

.4 miles

Yes

Yes

Yes

Marriott

 

Valet w/ a Fee

2 blocks

NA

No

No

Capital Hotel Downtown

 

Valet - $19.00

2 blocks

NA

No

No

Hotel Frederica Downtown

 

Complimentary

6 blocks

No

No

No

Crowne Plaza West

 

Complimentary

6 miles

No

No

Yes

Comfort Suites

 

Complimentary

1.3 miles

Complimentary 7am-11pm

Yes

Outdoor

Holiday Inn Presidential  CREW

 

Complimentary

2.5 miles

Complimentary 7am-11pm

No

Yes

Holiday Inn Presidential

 

Complimentary

2.5 miles

Complimentary 7am-11pm

No

Yes

Staybridge Midtown

 

Complimentary

3.9 miles

No

Yes

No