Bumpers College Students Dahlem, Grubbs Earn Miss Arkansas Scholarships

Bumpers College students competing in the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant were Darynne Dahlem (animal science), left, and Reagan Grubbs (agricultural and extension education).
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Bumpers College students competing in the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant were Darynne Dahlem (animal science), left, and Reagan Grubbs (agricultural and extension education).

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Two students in the U of A's Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences won events and earned scholarships competing in this year's Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant.

Darynne Dahlem, a senior animal science major from Fort Smith, finished as the second runner-up and received a $9,000 scholarship. Dahlem tied for first in the Katie Bailey Overall Swimsuit and Sarah Slocum Overall Interview categories; and won the Julie Blackwood Smart Swimsuit and Jessie Ward Bennett Leadership awards, one of two Legacy Awards and was a preliminary swimsuit winner.

A former Miss University of Arkansas, Dahlem is the current Miss Northwest Arkansas. An honors student, she is a member of Bumpers College's Honors Student Board.

Reagan Grubbs, an incoming master's degree student, earned two awards and scholarships.

Grubbs will be working on her master's degree in agricultural and extension education in Bumpers College's Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Technology.

Competing as Miss Southern Arkansas University, Grubbs won the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation Spirit of the Pageant Award, and the Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit award totaling $1,500 in scholarships.

Other University of Arkansas students and alumni who won awards included:

  • Miss Lights of the Delta Alexis Ungerank, an honors student from Mountain Home studying management, and Miss Metro Bethany Kasper, a junior from Jacksonville studying theatre, were awarded $1,500 scholarships as top 15 finishers for Miss Arkansas.
  • Miss Arkansas River Raegan Snell, a junior from Jonesboro studying journalism, won a $1,000 scholarship as part of the Bringing Beauty to Life Awards.
  • Miss Dogwood Bethany Miller, a senior from Fayetteville studying health, human performance and recreation, won the $1,000 People's Choice Award.
  • Miss University of Arkansas Ashton Yarbrough, a senior from Gravette studying elementary education, won the Bobbie Horton Elementary Education Award, a $1,000 scholarship.

About the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences: Bumpers College provides life-changing opportunities to position and prepare graduates who will be leaders in the businesses associated with foods, family, the environment, agriculture, sustainability and human quality of life; and who will be first-choice candidates of employers looking for leaders, innovators, policy makers and entrepreneurs. The college is named for Dale Bumpers, former Arkansas governor and longtime U.S. senator who made the state prominent in national and international agriculture.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among only 2 percent of universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.

Contacts

Robby Edwards, director of communications
Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences
479-575-4625, robbye@uark.edu

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