Makenzie Moore, a Senior Speech Communication major from Harrison, was crowned Miss University of Central Arkansas 2014, Friday evening in Reynolds Performance Hall before a crowd of more than 800. She will be the 50th Miss UCA to compete for the title of Miss Arkansas and performed a ballet en pointe to "Smooth Criminal" for which she received the Alpha Talent Award.
Moore also won the Overall Interview Award, Alpha Swimsuit Award, and Photogenic Award. Her parents are Brady and Deborah Moore and she was sponsored by Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority. During her year of service, Makenzie will be making appearances promoting UCA and her platform "The Power of a Wish" which focuses on the Make a Wish Foundation.
Other winners at the pageant were 1st runner up and winner of the Overall Evening Gown Award, Samantha Hudon; 2nd runner up and winner of the Academic Achievement Award Kelsey Theall; 3rd runner up, Miss Congeniality and Overall Talent Winner Caitlyn Cook; and 4th runner up and winner of the Early Bird Award, Hannah Burrow.
Other contestants and winners included Deviasha Sharp, winner of the Bear Spirit Award; Elise Woods winner of the Producers Award, See Nhiam Yang, Kyleigh Reinhardt, Alyson Tyler and Samantha Taylor. Over $17,000 in scholarships and prizes was awarded during the pageant. Miss Arkansas 2007 Katie Bailey Harris served as Mistress of Ceremonies, and outstanding entertainment was provided Miss UCA 2013 Lauren Howell, Miss Arkansas 2013 Amy Crain, The Dynamics Vocal group, Allie Burnett, Alpha Sigma Alpha Phoenix Dancers, UCA Dance Team, and Company Dance Students from The Studio by Lauren. The Miss UCA Pageant is a local preliminary pageant to the Miss America Pageant and sponsored by the Miss UCA Board of Directors and Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority.