HOT SPRINGS — Miss Spirit of Arkansas Loren McDaniel won the Preliminary Artistic Expression in Talent Award and Miss Heart of the Ozarks Abby Hile won the Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit Preliminary Award on Thursday at the 77th Annual Miss Arkansas Pageant at Summit Arena in Hot Springs.
For winning Talent, McDaniel received a $1,400 scholarship and Hile received a $1,000 scholarship for winning Swimsuit. Both scholarships were provided tonight by Rebecca McDowell.
McDaniel is a 21-year-old student at the University of Arkansas. For her winning talent selection she performed a vocal to "Bring Him Home." She is from Van Buren and is the daughter of Kevin and Melissa McDaniel.
Hile is the 20-year-old daughter of Traci Ivey and David Hile of Rogers. She is a student at the University of Arkansas.
Emcee and KATV’s Good Morning Arkansas co-host Chris Kane, along with Miss Arkansas 2013 Amy Crain of Hot Springs, was on hand Thursday night to present these awards.
Also joining Kane tonight to assist with the emcee duties was Miss Arkansas 1995 Paula Montgomery Swindle. Swindle, a native of Cabot, captured the title of Miss Arkansas as Miss Greater Little Rock. As Miss Arkansas, she finished 2nd Runner Up at the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City. Swindle now resides in Russellville with her husband Michael, and children Aubrey (14), D.A. (8), and Asher (3).
For the seventh year Alpha Awards were presented for each phase of competition. These are presented to first-time Miss Arkansas contestants that garnered the most points in their respective groups each night.
Alpha Award winners Thursday night were:
Miss Metro Bailey Moses (Artistic Expression in Talent). She is the 19-year-old daughter of Jeff and Marsha Moses of Cabot. She is a student at Arkansas State University at Beebe.
Miss Heart of the Ozarks Abby Hile (Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit).
Alpha Talent and Swimsuit Winners will each receive a $100 scholarship from the Miss Arkansas Executive Director’s Association.
Miss Metro Bailey Moses (Group B Interview)
Alpha Interview Winners will each receive a $100 scholarship from Chris and Toni Bahn
For the third year a special community service award was given: the Service Before Self award. It will be awarded each night with a scholarship in the amount of $250. It honors a Hot Springs Civic Organization that has been instrumental in our pageant’s success. Our organization honored tonight was the Oaklawn Rotary. Tonight’s winner was chosen from the Group C Contestants and is Miss University of Arkansas Riley Snell. She is the 20-year-old daughter of Bob and Edith Snell of Jonesboro. Her personal platform is Mentoring is a Must and she is a student at the University of Arkansas.
Also recognized tonight were the following:
Delta Dental’s Most Beautiful Smile Award. This is chosen based upon the contestant’s photographs. She will receive a $500 scholarship courtesy of Delta Dental. The winner was Miss Conway Chelsy Jones. Jones is the 22-year-old daughter of Randy and Jennifer Jones of Plumerville. She is a student at the University of Central Arkansas.
EcoTool’s Look Beautiful, Live Beautifully Award. This was chosen by EcoTools corporate marketing team based upon Instagram posts from our contestants utilizing their products. She will receive a $500 scholarship courtesy of Debbie Alsup. The winner is Miss University of Arkansas Riley Snell. She is the 20-year-old daughter of Bob and Edith Snell of Jonesboro. She is a student at the University of Arkansas.
Renee Fronabarger Arrival Award. This was chosen by a separate panel of judges at the Official Arrival Ceremonies on Sunday. She will receive a $500 scholarship courtesy of Stacey Utley. The winner is Miss Ouachita River Ashton Campbell. She is the 20-year-old daughter of Roger and Tonia Campbell of Hindsville and is a student at the University of Arkansas.
This year’s Miss Arkansas Pageant is themed "All In" and celebrates the 77th of the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant. This year’s show features 46 contestants from around the state. They are competing for almost $85,000 in scholarships.
The newly crowned Miss Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen 2014 Ashton Yarbrough was on hand tonight to be introduced to the crowd and help with awards.
Competition continues with preliminaries on Friday night at 7 p.m. Final competition is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday and includes the naming of the Top 10 semi-finalists. Reigning Miss Arkansas and Miss America’s Top 15 Semi-Finalist Amy Crain, will be on hand to crown the new Miss Arkansas.
For ticket information please visit www.ticketmaster.com or the Summit Arena box office.
For those who can’t attend the 2014 Miss Arkansas pageant in Hot Springs you can watch each night of preliminary competition, as well as the crowning on www.missarkansas.org. Preliminary competition is only $5 and the Final Night is $7. This will be the fifth time that the Miss Arkansas pageant has been streamed live.