HOT SPRINGS – 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.”
Shields was Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen 2009.
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.
4th runner-up: (receiving at $5,000 scholarship sponsored by Robin Houseworth and Sarah Nail): Miss UCA Ashton Purtle
The six semi-finalists were (each receiving a $2,000 scholarship sponsored by Jane White Cosmetics and Skin Care) – finishing 6-11 and 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
Miss Lights of the Delta Jennifer Ulloa