HOT SPRINGS — On Sunday, the Miss Arkansas 2014 festivities kicked off with the Official Arrival Ceremonies held at Horner Hall in the Hot Springs Convention Center. As part of the activities the Former Miss Arkansas Association named their finalists for the prestigious Quality of Life award. This award focuses on platform development and community service. "This is our chance to recognize the outstanding community service completed by our contestants while representing the Miss Arkansas Organization. We don’t want their hard work to go unnoticed," explained Kristen Glover, Miss Arkansas 2011. A panel of former Miss Arkansas’ and a former Arkansas Quality of Life finalist narrowed the 46 contestants to a top five using the contestant’s resumes, platform statements and Miss America Community Service forms. The Finalists had a platform based interview with a panel of former Miss Arkansas’ yesterday afternoon. 

Glover, who was a Quality of Life Finalist at the 2012 Miss America Pageant, said that all five contestants really impressed the formers during these Interviews! "As a former Miss Arkansas, we are so proud of the girls that will follow in our footsteps!" 

The winner will be announced on stage later this week and she will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

The finalists are:

• Miss University of Central Arkansas Makenzie Moore is the 22-year-old daughter of Brady and Deborah Moore of Harrison. She is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas. Her platform is The Power of a Wish, promoting the Make a Wish Foundation.

• Miss Lake Dardanelle Caitlyn Cook is the 21-year-old daughter of Dr. Joseph and Mary Cook of Conway. She attends the University of Central Arkansas. Her platform is Staying Alive: Be Red Cross Ready.

• Miss Greater Jacksonville Erica Brewer is the 18-year-old daughter of John and Tara Brewer of Little Rock. She attends the University of Arkansas. Her platform is A.D.A.M. - Advancing Diabetic Awareness & Management.

• Miss Diamond Lakes Lauren Howell is the 24-year-old daughter of Dr. John and Debra Howell of Cownay. She is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas. Her platform is Giving Children Hope Through a Smile.

• Miss Central Arkansas Brooke Cornelius is the 20-year-old daughter of Chad Cornelius and Robyn Cornelius of Hope. She attends Henderson State University. Her platform is Protect Our Youth: Bullying Is Not OK.