Maggie Benton Wins Title of Miss Arkansas 2017

Maggie Benton, Miss Arkansas 2017
Courtesy of the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant

Maggie Benton, Miss Arkansas 2017

LITTLE ROCK – University of Arkansas alumna Maggie Benton won the title of Miss Arkansas 2017 Saturday night, June 17, at the 80th Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant. The pageant took place at the Robinson Center in Little Rock in front of a sold-out crowd of nearly 2,500.

Benton won a $30,000 scholarship provided by Ted and Shannon Boy Skokos, Citgo and the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation and more than $75,000 in awards, wardrobe, transportation, and gifts.  She will represent Arkansas at the 2018 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City and will make appearances across the Natural State promoting the Children’s Miracle Network, the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, her personal platform of “Giving is a Gift” and speaking in support of the goals of the Miss Arkansas and Miss America system.

Benton was crowned by the outgoing Miss Arkansas, Savannah Skidmore, of Calico Rock and Miss America, Savvy Shields, of Fayetteville, both University of Arkansas students.

Benton is the 22 year old daughter of Murray and Nancy Benton of Jonesboro. For her talent she performed a vocal to “The Music of the Night.”

The other top five finalists were: 

  • 1st runner-up: Miss University of Arkansas Darynne Dahlem. She is a member of the Honors College from Greenwood.
  • 2nd runner-up: Miss Arkansas Delta Ashley Ehrhart
  • 3rd runner up: Miss Northeast Arkansas Bailey Moses
  • 4th runner-up: Miss White River Claudia Raffo

The five semi-finalists were (each receiving a $3,000 scholarship sponsored by Jones and Son Fine Jewelry) – finishing 6-10 and listed in random order:

  • Miss Apple Blossom Reagan Wheelis, a junior accounting major at the University of Arkansas from Melbourne.
  • Miss Arkansas State University Destiny Quinn
  • Miss Gateway to the Ozarks Jacey Winn, a graduate of the University of Arkansas from Wynne.
  • Miss Metro Kenzie Williams
  • Miss Spirit of Arkansas Jessica Miller
Topics
Contacts

Toni Bahn, media relations
Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant
501-321-3506, missarkansaspress@gmail.com


Editor-selected comments will be published below. No abusive material, personal attacks, profanity, spam or material of a similar nature will be considered for publication.

comments powered by Disqus

Headlines

NIH Grant to U of A Funds Study of Muscle Wasting

Assistant professor Nicholas Greene has received a $412,668 grant from the NIH to study ways to prevent muscle atrophy, which accompanies many diseases, impairing body function and hastening death.

Field School at Leetown Yields New Finds, Unconventional Methods

The month-long Archeological Field School focuses on uncovering Leetown, a Civil War-era hamlet that served a critical role during the two-day Battle of Pea Ridge in 1862.

Registration for New Parking Permits to Begin in Mid-July

Current permit holders will be contacted by email to let them know when they can apply to renew their parking permits.

Bumpers College Names 2017-18 Ambassadors

The Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences has selected its new ambassador team for the upcoming academic school year.

Camp Introduces Business Degrees and Careers to Incoming Freshmen

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Walton College hosted 26 incoming freshman students from Arkansas, Texas, Florida, Missouri and Kansas during the Business Leadership Academy camp.

Newswire Daily