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Miss Arkansas

Amber Bennett, Miss Arkansas 2006
Eudora Mosby, Miss Arkansas 2005

The Miss Arkansas competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Arkansas in the Miss America pageant. Arkansas has twice won the Miss America title.

Results summary

The year in brackets indicates the year of the Miss America competition the award/placement was garnered.


  • Miss Americas: Donna Axum (1964), Elizabeth Ward (1982)
  • 1st runners-up: Rebecca McCall (1946), Frances Anderson (1962), Karen Carlson (1965), Alyse Eady (2011)
  • 2nd runners-up: Paula Montgomery (1996), Ashton Campbell (2015)
  • 3rd runners-up: Mary Jennings (1951), Charlotte Simmen (1952), Lacy Fleming (2005)
  • 4th runners-up: Lencola Sullivan (1981)
  • Finalists: Eudora Mosby (2006)
  • Semi-finalists: Dorris Love (1943), Barbara Brothers (1949), Barbara Banks (1957), Sally Miller (1959), Donna Connelly (1971), Mary Stuart (1983), Julie Russell (1987), Nicole Bethmann (1994), Erin Wheatley (1999), Brandy Rhodes (2000), Jessie Ward (2001), Katie Bailey (2008), Ashlen Batson (2009), Sarah Slocum (2010), Amy Crain (2014)


Preliminary Awards

Non-finalist Awards

  • Non-finalist Talent: Marilyn Morgan (1972), Joyce McCormack (1977), Bunnie Holbert (1978), Regina Hopper (1984), Lisa Stevens (1985), Patti Thorn (1989), Beth Anne Rankin (1995)
  • Non-finalist Interview: Whitney Kirk (2004)


  • Miss Congeniality: Sharon Evans (1968), Rhonda Pope (1975), Sloane Roberts (2013)
  • Dr. David B. Allman Medical Scholarship: Christi Taunton (1986)
  • Quality of Life Finalist: Kristen Glover (2012)


Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2015 Loren McDaniel Van Buren 22 Miss Northwest Arkansas Vocal "Piece of Sky" Top 15
2014 Ashton Campbell Hindsville 20 Miss Ouachita River Vocal "Via Dolorosa" 2nd runner-up Miss Arkansas's Outstanding Teen 2011
2013 Amy Crain Hot Springs 23 Miss Diamond Lakes Contemporary Clogging "Game Time" Top 15 4th runner-up at National Sweetheart 2010
2012 Sloane Ashton Roberts Rison 19 Miss Heart of the Ozarks Acapella Tap Dance Miss Congeniality Miss Arkansas' Outstanding Teen 2008 and 2nd runner-up at Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2008
2011 Kristen Glover Stuttgart 22 Miss Ouachita Baptist University Tap Dance "Piano Sonata No. 11" Quality of Life Finalist
2010 Alyse Eady Fort Smith 22 Miss South Central Arkansas Ventriloquism / Vocal "I Want to be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" 1st runner-up Miss Teen Arkansas America 2004 (now known as Miss Arkansas' Outstanding Teen)
2009 Sarah Slocum Sheridan 23 Miss Ouachita River Vocal "The Prayer" Top 15 Was voted into the Top 15 as a "People's Choice" winner, voted on by the public
2008 Ashlen Batson Newark 21 Miss Spirit of Arkansas Flute Solo "Carmen Medley" Top 12
2007 Katie Bailey Conway 25 Miss South Arkansas Vocal "Feeling Good" Top 16
2006 Amber Bennett Carlisle 23 Miss Central Arkansas Vocal "Come Rain or Come Shine" Miss America "Pageant School" competition
2005 Eudora Mosby Hazen 23 Miss Central Arkansas Vocal "Dream In Color" Top 10
2004 Lacy Fleming Hampton 22 Miss Ouachita Baptist University Vocal "Last Dance" 3rd runner-up Arkansas Junior Miss 2000
2003 Whitney Kirk Cabot 22 Miss Three Rivers Vocal / Dance "All That Jazz" Non-finalist Interview Award Contestant at National Sweetheart 2000
2002 Lauren Davidson El Dorado 20 Miss White River Vocal "It's Time" Preliminary Swimsuit Award
2001 Jessie Ward Prescott 21 Miss Texarkana Tap Dance "Michael Jackson Medley" Top 10 Current Executive Director of the Miss Arkansas pageant under her married name, Jessie Bennett[1]
2000 Sara Harris Forrest City 20 Miss Delta Vocal "Unchained Melody"
1999 Brandy Rhodes Hot Springs 22 Miss Lake Dardanelle Original Tap Dance "American Rhapsody" Top 10
1998 Erin Wheatley Little Rock 22 Miss White River Vocal / Tap Dance "I Got Rhythm" Top 10
1997 Stacy Freeman Sheridan 22 Miss White River Tap Dance "Sing, Sing, Sing" Miss Arkansas Teen USA 1992
1996 Melonie McGarrah Rogers 22 Miss White River Vocal "I Will Always Love You"
1995 Paula Montgomery Cabot 22 Miss Greater Little Rock Vocal "Can't Help Loving That Man" 2nd runner-up Miss Arkansas Teen USA 1991
1994 Beth Anne Rankin Magnolia 23 Miss Diamond Lakes Piano Non-finalist Talent Award
1993 Nicole Bethmann Rogers 24 Miss Diamond Lakes Vocal "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" Top 10
1992 Shannon Boy Alma 21 Miss Diamond Lakes Flute Solo "Theme from Star Wars"
1991 Heather Hunnicutt Fayetteville 22 Miss Northwest Arkansas Vocal "Born To Be Blue"
1990 Karissa Rushing Benton 24 Miss White River Vocal "With a Song In My Heart"
1989 Marci Lewallen Dardanelle 22 Miss Arkansas Valley Vocal / Banjo "Boogie Woogie Banjo Blues"
1988 Patti Thorn Hot Springs 23 Miss Diamond Lakes Vocal "Love Is Where You Find It" Non-finalist Talent Award
1987 Carole Lawson Paragould 21 Miss University of Arkansas Flute / Pic "Carmen Medley" National Sweetheart 1986
1986 Julie Russell Fort Smith 22 Miss Lake Dardanelle Classical Piano Medley with Vocal Narration Top 10
1985 Christi Taunton Camden 20 Miss Camden Popular Vocal "Remembering" Dr. David B. Allman Medical Scholarship
1984 Lisa Stevens Arkadelphia 22 Miss Ouachita Baptist University Flute Solo "Sabre Dance" Non-finalist Talent Award
1983 Regina Hopper Springdale 24 Miss Northwest Arkansas Popular Vocal "You're Gonna Hear From Me" Non-finalist Talent Award Elected to the Miss America Board of Directors
1982 Mary Stuart Little Rock 20 Miss White River Vocal / Broadway Jazz Dance "The Birth of the Blues" Top 10 Actress who played "Frannie Hughes" on As the World Turns from 1990–1993
1981 Micki Petrus Miss University of Central Arkansas
Grace Elizabeth Ward Russellville 20 Miss White River Vocal "After You've Gone" Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Award National Sweetheart 1980, Now known as actress Elizabeth Gracen
1980 Lencola Sullivan Morrilton 22 Miss White River Blues Vocal "St. Louis Blues" 4th runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award *First African-American contestant to place as a runner-up at Miss America, Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1979 Janet Holman North Little Rock 22 Miss University of Arkansas Vocal "Somewhere"
1978 Naylene Vuurens Searcy 20 Miss Diamond Lakes Piano Solo "Etude in G Minor"
1977 Bunnie Holbert Stuttgart 20 Miss White River Vocal "Feelings" Preliminary Swimsuit Award, Non-finalist Talent Award
1976 Joyce McCormack Little Rock 21 Miss White River Ballet en Pointe "Polonaise" Non-finalist Talent Award Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1975 Paula Roach Jonesboro 20 Miss Jonesboro Piano "Theme from Summer of '42" Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1974 Rhonda Pope Hot Springs 21 Miss Hot Springs Vocal Medley "Friends" & "With a Little Help from My Friends" Miss Congeniality (tie) Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1973 Becky Hume Jonesboro 23 Miss Osceola Free Floor Exercise & Balance Beam Routine
1972 Debbye Hazelwood Magnolia 20 Miss Southern State College Piano "Warsaw Concerto"
1971 Marilyn Morgan Clarksville 20 Miss Clarksville Popular Vocal "Something" Non-finalist Talent Award Featured singer at Miss America 1972
1970 Donna Connelly Hope 19 Miss State College of Arkansas Vocal Medley "Who Will Buy" from Oliver!" & "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing" Top 10 Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1969 Marilyn Allen North Little Rock 20 Miss North Little Rock Acrobatic Ballet "Theme from Exodus"
1968 Helen Gennings Batesville 20 Miss Ouachita Baptist University Popular Vocal "What the World Needs Now" & "Love Makes the World Go Round" Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1967 Sharon Evans North Little Rock 20 Miss Ouachita Baptist University Vocal / Dance "Mame" Preliminary Swimsuit Award, Miss Congeniality (tie)
1966 Mary Craig Batesville 18 Miss Batesville Vocal / Dancing
1965 Nita VanHook
Rhonda Oglesby Pine Bluff 19 Miss University of Arkansas Popular Singing Resigned after briefly holding the title[2] for three months;[3] listed as Miss Arkansas in the Miss America program from 1965
1964 Karen Carlson Fayetteville 20 Miss University of Arkansas Vocal "As Long As He Needs Me" 1st runner-up Actress, Ex-wife of David Soul, Contestant at Maid of Cotton 1964
1963 Pam Jackson
Donna Axum El Dorado 21 Miss El Dorado Vocal Medley "Quando me'n vo'" & "I Love Paris" Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Award Currently serving on the Miss America Board of Directors, Contestant at Miss Dixie 1960 as Miss Hospitality of Arkansas
1962 Edye Addington Texarkana 19 Miss Arkansas State Teachers' College Vocal Medley "When I Fall In Love" & "This Can't Be Love"
1961 Frances Anderson Pine Bluff 19 Miss Pine Bluff Vocal "I Enjoy Being a Girl" 1st runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award Featured Performer at Miss America 1962
1960 Claudette Smith Star City 18 Miss Pine Bluff Vocal
1959 Suzanne Jackson North Little Rock 19 Miss University of Arkansas Vocal Medley from "The King and I"
1958 Sally Miller Pine Bluff Miss Pine Bluff Classical Vocal "Caro Nome" from Rigoletto Top 10 Contestant at Miss Dixie 1959
1957 Suzanne Scudder Hot Springs Miss University of Arkansas Vocal
1956 Barbara Banks Little Rock Interpretive Ballet "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" Preliminary Talent Award
1955 Charlene Bowers Helena Vocal "I Want To Be Evil"
1954 Sarah Martin Little Rock Classical Vocal
1953 Helen Reed Fayetteville Tap Dance
1952 Bonnie Nicksic Hot Springs Vocal / Dance "Life Upon the Wicked Stage" from Show Boat
1951 Charlotte Simmen Little Rock Vocal & Art Exhibition 3rd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1950 Mary Jennings Hot Springs Classical Vocal "Un Bel Di" from Madame Butterfly 3rd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award Was a featured soprano with the New York City Opera, Judged the Miss America 1989 and 1991
1949 Barbara Brothers Little Rock Painting Display & Poetry Recitation "Old Black Joe" & "I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy" Top 15
1948 Van Louis McDaniel Forrest City Monologue "Spartan Parents"
1947 Pam Camp Little Rock Sketching
1946 Rebecca McCall Blytheville Vocal "Put the Blame on Mame" 1st runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1945 Leslie Hampton Lake Village Vocal "My Man"
1944 Mineola Graham Brinkley
1943 Dorris Love Jonesboro Dramatic Reading "Letter to a Soldier" Top 10
1941 Ferol Amelia Dumas Magnolia
1940 Betty Benson Forrest City
1939 Jean Thompson Helena
1938 Lorene Bailey Jonesboro Piano "Dinah"
1933 Vivian Ferguson 20 Disqualified - married
1932 Nina Ruth Hudson Harrison 14 No Miss America pageant held in 1932 3rd runner-up, Miss Rural America 1932
1925 No Miss Arkansas Virginia Bowers competed as Miss Little Rock.


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External links

  • Miss Arkansas official website
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