Lauren Ashley Pinney, daughter of Scott and Tammy Pinney of Conway, has earned the title of 2011 National American Miss Arkansas through successfully scored events that included community service work, interviews and written essays.

She has received her official state crown and banner. She will be attending the National Pageant to be held in Anaheim, Calif., during Thanksgiving week to compete for the national title. She will also be qualified for the chance to win a 2011 Ford Mustang Convertible. Along with representing the great state of Arkansas, she will have a special day in Disneyland and a tour through the famous streets of Hollywood.

Pinney is a junior at the University of Central Arkansas majoring in communications. She is a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority.

The National American Miss Pageants are dedicated to celebrating America’s greatness and encouraging its future leaders. Pageants are held in each state for girls ages 4 to 18 in five different age divisions.

The pageant program is based on inner beauty, as well as poise, presentation, and offers an "All American Spirit" of fun for family and friends. Emphasis is placed on the importance of gaining self-confidence, learning new skills, learning good attitudes about competition and setting and achieving personal goals. The pageant seeks to recognize the accomplishments of each girl while encouraging her to set goals for the future.