Little girls ages 5 - 10 will dress up and primp to be princesses all to themselves while college-age girls compete for scholarships and the title of Miss University of Arkansas - Fort Smith on March 2.
The 2013 Miss UAFS Princess Program is a non-competitive program that allows young girls the chance to meet Miss UAFS 2012 and be part of the program naming Miss UAFS 2013, according to Caitlin Taylor of Fort Smith, a ticketing specialist in the Campus and Community Events Office who is coordinator of the Princess Program.
Each princess participant receives a tiara, a T-shirt and a goodie bag. They also make an onstage appearance during the Miss UAFS pageant, meet Miss Oklahoma, enjoy an afternoon tea party with Miss UAFS and Miss Arkansas and pose for a group photo. The princesses also participate in a fashion show at UAFS at Second Street, 101 N. 2nd St.
“Our Princess Program helps little girls see how composure, confidence and talent are important in a woman’s effectiveness and success,” Taylor said. “Yes, a good deal of it is the make-believe of being a princess for a day, but they see what the Miss UAFS program is all about.”
Princesses this year are:
Barling: Reyna Diane Lamb, 10, daughter of Jennifer and Lupe Lamb; and Aniya Skye Woolard, 10, daughter of Jennifer and Alan Woolard.
Charleston: Hailey Miller, 8, daughter of Brittany Robertson and Ian Miller.
Dardanelle: Jaclynn Marie Ann Thompson, 7, daughter of Harlene and Chris Thompson.
Fort Smith: Brinnley Paige Adams, 5, daughter of Anna and James Nelson; Trinity Emma Beshears, 8, daughter of Tiffeny and Travis Beshears; Madelynn Cassat, 8, daughter of Amanda and Brent Cassat; Aspyn Fortner, 9, daughter of Clarissa Limon; Lillyanna Gigerich, 7, daughter of Lacy and Craig Gigerich; Madison Grace Johnson, 7, daughter of Jennifer Jones and Anthony Johnson; Kendall Reagan Maddox, 7, daughter of Stephanie and Reid Maddox; Cassidy Palmer, 10, daughter of Tonya Palmer; Emaline Pendleton, 8, daughter of Martha and Patrick Pendleton; Mackenzie Erin Settlage, 5, daughter of Latisha and Dan Settlage; Carissa Nichole Vaughan, 6, daughter of Ashley and Keith Vaughan; and Heidi Grace Wollscheid, 6, daughter of Darcy and Jim Wollscheid.
Greenwood: Jenna Gaughan, 8, daughter of Tabitha and Ryan Embree.
Hackett: Brooklyn May Black, 8, daughter of Jessica Shelton and Larry S. Black.
Lavaca: Ashley Elaine Robbins, 10, daughter of Sherrie and Dan Robbins.
Mansfield: Natalie Allison, 8, daughter of Miranda and Derick Allison; and Alayna Hope Turner, 8, daughter of Lonene and Hoyt Turner.
Spiro, Okla.: Mika Marie Scott, 9, daughter of Amy and Greg Scott.
Van Buren: Rily Elizabeth Brooks, 9, daughter of Kimberly and Doug Brooks; and Katelyn King, 8, daughter of Shelly King.
The Miss UAFS Pageant, a preliminary in the Miss Arkansas and Miss America scholarship programs, will take place at 7 p.m. March 2 at the Arkansas Best Corp. Performing Arts Center at the Fort Smith Convention Center. Tickets are $10 and are available from the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Box Office in the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center or by calling 479-7300. Tickets are also available online at www.ticketsage.com/uafs.