A new woman will don the Miss University of Arkansas – Fort Smith crown this Saturday, as eight contestants participate in the university’s annual scholarship competition, which will take place at 3 p.m., Saturday, March 13, at the UAFS Breedlove Auditorium.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the competition will be held in a primarily virtual format with no live audience. Instead, the competition will be broadcast to supporters through the Miss UAFS Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/151914016620444/
The full 2021 Miss UAFS Program is also available virtually at https://issuu.com/ua_fort_smith/docs/2020_pageant_program/1?ff
The contestants will compete in four events, including evening gown and social impact, interview, talent, and on-stage question and answer. Institutional scholarships and prizes totaling more than $17,000 will be awarded to the overall winner of Miss UAFS as well as runners-up, and category winners excelling in congeniality, grade point average and interview.
Miss Arkansas 2019 Darynne Dahlem & Miss UAFS 2019 Allison Thompson will serve as Masters of Ceremonies. Dahlem will also share a special vocal performance with the contestants and virtual audiences.
Since its inception as the Miss Westark program in 1978, hundreds of students have sought to earn scholarships and other competition honors. The competition is a preliminary to the Miss Arkansas and Miss America scholarship competitions.
Contestants for Miss UAFS 2021 are:
- Caroline Mikel, 21, of North Little Rock. A radiography major, her talent will be performing a Flag Solo to “Into the Unknown,” and her platform is Girl Scouts of the USA – Making A Change for All Ages
- Chloe Ezell, 19, of Cabot. A Business Administration major, her talent will be performing an original poem, and her platform is Speaking Up: Empowering Girls With A Stutter To Make Their Voices Heard
- Katrina Smith, 19, of Franklin. A biology major, her talent will be a vocal performance, and her platform is Combating Eating Disorders Amongst Adolescents
- Lilian Buchanan, 18, of Greenwood. A biology major, her talent will be a vocal performance, and her platform is Taking People To Church
- Abby Cagle, 20, of Greenwood. A biology major, her talent will be a vocal performance, and her platform is Sole Purpose.
- Alexandria Thompson, 19, of Greenwood. A nursing major, her talent will be a vocal performance, and her platform is Saving and Improving Lives Through the Gift of Organ Donation.
- Jayson Toney, 19, of Fort Smith. A media communication major, her talent will be a jazz dance performance, and her platform is You Are Enough.
- MacKinzie Copeland, 20, of Fort Smith. A radiography major, her talent will be a dance to the song “Wings,” and her platform is Awareness is Power.
Stacey Jones, associate vice chancellor for campus and community events, is the executive director of the Miss UAFS competition and a producer for the Miss Arkansas competition.
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