Savvy Shields Wins The Title Of 2016 Miss Arkansas

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Photo by David Lear

Posted on July 10, 2016

HOT SPRINGS, Arkansas–Miss Heart of the Ozarks Savvy Shields won the title of Miss Arkansas 2016 Saturday night at the 79th Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant.  The pageant took place at the Bank of the Ozarks Arena in Hot Springs in front of a crowd of more than 2,500 people.  

Shields won a $25,000 scholarship provided by Ted and Shannon Boy Skokos, Citgo and the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation and more than $75,000 in awards, wardrobe, transportation, and gifts.  Shields will represent Arkansas at the 2017 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City and will make appearances across the Natural State promoting the Children’s Miracle Network, the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, her personal platform of “Eat Better, Live Better” and speaking in support of the goals of the Miss Arkansas and Miss America system.

Shields was crowned by the outgoing Miss Arkansas, Loren McDaniel, of Van Buren. 
 
Nearly $122,000 in scholarships were awarded throughout the week to various contestants.

  Shields is a Senior at the University of Arkansas majoring in Art with a Business minor.  She is the 21-year old daughter of Todd and Karen Shields of Fayetteville.  For her talent selection she performed a jazz dance to “Just Keep Moving the Line.”

When asked about why she won, Shields responded, “I think that I won because I don’t meet a stranger, and that whenever I walk into the room, I’m not saying, ‘Here I am,’ but I’m saying, ‘There you are.’  I think it’s important, as a title holder, to put others before yourself.  And I think because I am authentic.  I am the exact same person with the crown on my head as I am without it.”

Shields stated that she was “humbled” and “honored” to have been chosen from among “42 amazing and incredibly talented contestants.”

The other Top Five Finalists were

1st runner-up (receiving a $10,000 scholarship sponsored by Charles and Susie Morgan):  Miss University of Arkansas Savannah Skidmore,

2nd runner-up (receiving a $7,000 scholarship sponsored by the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation):  Miss South Central Arkansas Brooke Cornelius,

3rd runner up (receiving a $6,000 scholarship sponsored by Former Miss Arkansas Association): Miss ASU Bailey Moses, and

4th runner-up: (receiving at $5,000 scholarship sponsored by Robin Houseworth and Sarah Nail): Miss UCA Ashton Purtle.

Six semi-finalists each received a $2,000 scholarship sponsored by Jane White Cosmetics and Skin Care.

The following contestants finished 6-11 and are listed in random order:

*Miss Central Arkansas Caitlyn Cook,

*Miss Ouachita River Samantha Hudon,

*Miss Northeast Arkansas Destiny Quinn,

*Miss Greater Hot Springs Stoni Butler,

*Miss Arkansas Delta Maggie Benton, and

*Miss Lights of the Delta Jennifer Ulloa.

Contestants finishing 12-15 each received a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by Oaklawn, Regions Bank of Hot Springs, Clay & Brittany Combs, MAEDA and the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Fund.  Listed in random order, they are 
*Miss Lake Dardanelle Alexis Sanders, 
*Miss Dogwood Abby Lindsey,
*Miss Greater Jonesboro Jade Collins
, and *Miss Northwest Arkansas Jacey Winn.

The following additional awards were announced during Saturday’s pageant:
*Tony Bowls Designs Overall Evening Gown – $1500 given by Tony Bowls Designs – Heart of the Ozarks Savvy Shields
, *Katie Bailey Overall Swimsuit – $1500 given by Dr. Michael Cooper – Heart of the Ozarks Savvy Shields, 
*Sarah Slocum Overall Interview – $2000 given by Renee Fronabarger – Arkansas Valley Darynne Dahlem
, *Buddy Coleman Memorial Overall Talent – $2500 given by Buddy Coleman Family – Central Arkansas Caitlyn Cook, *Dreamer Scholarship – $250 – Alexis Sanders, Lake Dardanelle – presented by Simone Mulling
, *Overall Service Before Self Award – $250 – Suzie Gresham, OBU – presented by the Miss Arkansas Pageant, 
*Julie Blackwood Steele Smart Swimsuit Award -$250 – Ashton Purtle, UCA – presented by Julie Blackwood Steele, 
*Shannon Albright Memorial Congeniality Award – $350 – Kelli Collins, Greater Jacksonville – presented by June and Leland Felix
, *Newcomer Awards – $500 each – Alexis Sanders, Lake Dardanelle / Ashton Purtle, UCA / Savvy Shields, Heart of the Ozarks – presented by Dr. Rhys Branman, 
*Miss Arkansas People’s Choice Award – $1000 – Miss Sweetheart of Arkansas Jennifer Nottenkamper – presented by the Miss Arkansas Pageant
, *Gracie Nail Education Award in Talent – $500 – Alexi Sanders, Lake Dardanelle – presented by Sarah & John Nail and Bill Hunter, 
*Lainie Nail Education Award in Interview – $500 – Alexis Sanders, Lake Dardanelle – presented by Sarah & John Nail and Bill Hunter, 
*Overall Alpha Evening Gown – $250 – Savvy Shields, Heart of the Ozarks – presented by the Miss Arkansas Executive Directors Association, 
*Overall Alpha Talent – $250 – Savvy Shields, Heart of the Ozarks – presented by the Miss Arkansas Executive Directors Association
, *Overall Alpha Swimsuit – $250 – Savvy Shields, Heart of the Ozarks – presented by the Miss Arkansas Executive Directors Association, 
*Overall Alpha Interview – $250 – Savvy Shields, Heart of the Ozarks – presented by the Miss Arkansas Executive Directors Association, 
*Ashlen Batson Esprit De Corp Award – $500 – Samantha Hudon, Ouachita River – presented by Bill Tarkington and Mike Spivey, 
*Mary Jane Mullins Non-Finalist Interview Award – $500 – Darynne Dahlem, Arkansas Valley – presented by Dr. Patti Mullins, 
*Non-Finalist Swimsuit Award – $500 – Sarah Clayton, Southwest Arkansas – Anne Marie Gibbs and Fine Lines Personal Training, 
*Non-Finalist Dance Award – $250 – Jennifer Nottenkamper, Sweetheart of Arkansas – presented by The Studio by Lauren / Lauren Wood, 
*Non-Finalist Vocalist Award – $250 – Rebecca Zurcher, North Central Arkansas – presented by Brad and Zach Stout, 
*Overall Instrumentalist Award – $250 – Alexis Sanders, Lake Dardanelle – presented by Kerry Jucas Baldwin, 
*Sloane Roberts Overall Dance Award – $500 – Brooke Cornelius, South Central Arkansas, 
*Frances Wilson Overall Vocalist Award – $500 – Caitlyn Cook, Central Arkansas – presented by CJ Wilson, 
*Miss America State Scholar -$1000 – Carly Copeland, Arkansas Tech University – presented by the Miss America Organization
, *Miss America Community Service – $1000 – Caitlyn Cook, Central Arkansas – presented by the Miss America Organization, and 
*Miss Arkansas Quality of Life – $2000 – Bailey Moses, Arkansas State University – presented by the Miss Arkansas Pageant.

Several former Miss Arkansas were on hand tonight to help crown the new Miss Arkansas.  They included: 
Miss Arkansas 1945 Leslie Hampton Scott, 
Miss Arkansas 1963 and Miss America 1964 Donna Axum Whitworth, 
Miss Arkansas 1967 Sharon Evans Bale
, Miss Arkansas 1981 Micki Petrous Konechny,
 Miss Arkansas 1983 Regina Hopper, 
Miss Arkansas 1987 Carole Lawson Lang,
 Miss Arkansas 1991 Heather Hunnicutt Covington,
 Miss Arkansas 1992 Shannon Boy Skokos, 
Miss Arkansas 1994 Beth Anne Rankin
, Miss Arkansas 1995 Paula Montgomery Swindle,
 Miss Arkansas 1996 Melonie McGarrah Moore, 
Miss Arkansas 1998 Erin Wheatley Parker
, Miss Arkansas 2001 and current Executive Director Jessie Ward Bennett,
 Miss Arkansas 2004 Lacy Fleming Glover, 
Miss Arkansas 2006 Amber Bennett Bynum,
 Miss Arkansas 2007 Katie Bailey Harris,
 Miss Arkansas 2008 Ashlen Batson Thomason, 
Miss Arkansas 2009 Sarah Slocum Collins,
 Miss Arkansas 2010 Alyse Eady Lemmond, 
Miss Arkansas 2011 Kristen Glover Belew
, Miss Arkansas 2012 Sloane Roberts Hocker,
 Miss Arkansas 2013 Amy Crain Gober
, and Miss Arkansas 2014 Ashton Campbell.

The pageant is co-sponsosred by the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant, Inc., The Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visit Hot Springs, and the City of Hot Springs.  This was the 79th Anniversary of the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant.

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