Taylor Smith of Mansfield will represent the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith in the Miss Arkansas Pageant in Hot Springs in July after winning the local Miss UAFS title March 2.
Smith, 20, is the daughter of Michael and Tina Smith of Mansfield and is a junior media communications major. After graduation her goal is to become a morning news anchor.
For her pageant talent, she gave a vocal performance of “Orange Colored Sky.” She also tied for the Interview Award category of competition. She is a 2010 graduate of Mansfield High School.
First runner-up: First runner-up was Kellie Taylor, 20, of Poteau, Okla., daughter of Danny and Laura Taylor of Poteau, Okla. She also won the GPA award with a 3.55, given to the contestant with the highest grade point average and the Audience Appeal Award.
Second runner-up: Second runner-up was Makayla Jackson, 19, of Muldrow, Okla., daughter of Chris and Cyndi Jackson of Muldrow, Okla. She also won the Audience Appeal Bucket Award.
Third runner-up: Named third runner-up was Carter Honea, 21, of Fort Smith, daughter of Mike and Kim Honea of Fort Smith. She also won the Lifestyle and Fitness Award.
Fourth runner-up: Fourth runner-up was Dalissa Barentine, 19, of Rudy, daughter of Angela Lewis of Rudy and Toby Barentine of News Orleans, La. She also won the Evening Gown Award.
Fifth runner-up: Fifth runner-up was Kalyn Tounzen, 18, of Van Buren, daughter of Mike and Jeri Tounzen of Van Buren. She also won the Talent Award category of competition.
Spirit of Miss UAFS Award: Receiving the Spirit of Miss UAFS Award, voted on by the pageant committee, was Amanda Shook, 23, of Greenwood, daughter of Kenneth and Stephanie Shook of Greenwood. She was also took home the Miss Congeniality Award.
Interview Award: Tying with Taylor Smith for the Interview Award was Cristina Castorena, 22, of Fort Smith, daughter of Ismel and Irma Castorena of Fort Smith.
Judges ranked contestants in five categories -- talent, 35 percent; interview, 25 percent; lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit, 15 percent; evening wear, 20 percent; and on-stage question five percent. The event was held at the Arkansas Performing Arts Center at the Fort Smith Convention Center.
Judges were Chad Cornelius of Little Rock, Micki Konecny of Stuttgart, Rebecca McDowell of Pine Bluff, Tina Millirons of Conway and CJ Wilson formerly of Tennessee.
This year, Miss UAFS Scholarship Pageant awarded cash and institutional scholarships totaling $22,027 and prizes valued at more than $6,150. This included a one-of-a-kind necklace valued at $2,500 and matching earrings valued at $260 given by Shelia Catsavis of The Jewelry Store.
Special guests and performers included Miss UAFS 2012 Savannah Valentine of Alma; Miss Oklahoma Alicia McCollum; Miss UAFS pageant band, under the direction of Dr. Matt Vangjel; UAFS Jazz Catz; Dance est Joie from Grace DeWitt Dance Studio; and Miss UAFS Singers, Rosemary Johnson, Ashley Hill, Pam Camp and Brian Gary. Daren Bobb of KFSM-TV was emcee for the event.
Pageant chair is Stacey Jones of Fort Smith, associate vice chancellor for campus and community events. Jones is also producer for the Miss Arkansas Pageant. Pageant committee members were co-chair and business manager Sherry Card, technical director Wesley Hooks, assistant technical directors Richard Gunsleman and Brendan Hope, videographer Champ Williams, senior ticketing specialist and princess chair Caitlin Taylor, assistant to the general chairs Ashley Hill, ticketing specialist Laura Rheel, Princess co-chair Shannon Stoddard, photographers, Corey S. Krasko and Kevin Ledford, scholarship chair Sandy Pyle, stage managers Debbie Beckham, David Bergstrom, and judges escort Bev McClendon.