The three-hour competition featured tap dancing, speed painting, a harmonica performance and the recital of slam poetry. And at the end of the night, Joni Fields-Adams earned the title of Miss UAFS 2015 during the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s scholarship pageant held March 14.
Fields-Adams, a 20-year old student from Fort Smith, is the daughter of Paul and Jovonna Fields of Fort Smith and Jody Adams of Poteau, Okla. The media communications major will represent UAFS at the Miss Arkansas Pageant this summer.
She performed a dance to the song “Footloose” for her pageant talent, earning her the Non-Vocal Artistic Expression Award. She also tied for the Lifestyle and Fitness Award.
Other winners included:
First runner-up: Katie Brown, 19, of Alma, daughter of Damon and Leigh Brown of Alma. Brown also won the Vocal Artistic Expression Award and tied for the Lifestyle and Fitness Award.
Second runner-up: Allyson Peek, 20, of Avery, Texas, daughter of Missy Gilreath of Avery, Texas and Blaine Peek of Bagwell, Texas. Peek also won the Audience Appeal Bucket Award.
Third runner-up: Makayla Jackson, 21, of Muldrow, Okla., daughter of Chris and Cyndi Jackson of Muldrow, Okla. Jackson was also the Interview Award winner.
Fourth runner-up: Abby Cloud, 21, of Stillwater, Okla., daughter of Greg and Jayne Cloud of Stillwater, Okla.
Fifth runner-up: Adrienne Ackley, 21, of Plainview, daughter of Thomas and Lynn Ackley of Plainview.
Academic Excellence Award: Quynh Nguyen, 21, of Fort Smith, daughter of Nhieu Nguyen and Phuong Le of Fort Smith.
Miss Congeniality Award: Hayli Cole, 20, of Lavaca, daughter of Shelly and Shawn Cole of Lavaca.
Spirit of Miss UAFS Award: Tulsa House, 19, of Fort Smith, daughter of Tabitha Wheatley-House and Ray House of Fort Smith.
Audience Appeal Award: Brooke Slaton, 20, of Charleston, daughter of Brent Randolph.
Judges determined the winner and runners-up based on five areas of criteria: talent, interview, lifestyle and fitness, eveningwear, and the contestant’s response to their on-stage question. The event was held at the ArcBest Performing Arts Center at the Fort Smith Convention Center.
The pageant awarded more than $19,000 in cash and scholarships during this year’s pageant, and Fields-Adams received a two-year scholarship to UAFS valuing $7,000, a cash scholarship valuing $2,500 and a necklace from The Jewelry Store worth an estimated $2,500.
Special guests at the pageant included Emily McCollom, Miss UAFS 2014; Ashton Campbell, Miss Arkansas 2014; and Daren Bobb and Heather Lewis, both of KFSM-TV, who served as masters of ceremonies.
Entertainment was provided by production dancers under the direction of Rebecca Bean; the UAFS Jazz Band and Jazz Catz under the direction of Don Bailey; the Miss UAFS pageant band directed by Dr. Christopher Barrick; and Miss UAFS Singers Brian Gary, Noel Harvey, Ashley Hill, Rosemary Johnson, Alia Kisor, McCollom and Kalyn Tounzen.
The pageant chair is Stacey Jones of Fort Smith, associate vice chancellor of campus and community events. Jones is also producer for the Miss Arkansas Pageant.