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Maggie Benton of Greater Jonesboro crowned Miss Arkansas 2017

Maggie Benton of Greater Jonesboro has been crowned the new Miss Arkansas 2017. (Photo: Danny Barger Photography)

Maggie Benton of Greater Jonesboro has been crowned the new Miss Arkansas 2017.

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Benton was crowned by the outgoing Miss Arkansas, Savannah Skidmore, and Miss America, Savvy Shields Saturday night.

As Miss Arkansas, Benton won a $30,000 scholarship and more than $75,000 in awards, wardrobe, transportation, and gifts.

The other Top Five Finalists of the night were:

  • 1st runner-up: University of Arkansas Darynne Dahlem
  • 2nd runner-up: Arkansas Delta Ashley Ehrhart
  • 3rd runner-up: Northeast Arkansas Bailey Moses
  • 4th runner-up: White River Claudia Raffo

The 80th Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant was held at a packed Robinson Center.

Here is a recap of the events leading up to the crowning:

Channel 7's live preview before the pageant.

The announcement of the top 10 contestants:

  • Miss Apple Blossom Reagan Wheelis
  • Miss Greater Jonesboro Maggie Benton
  • Miss Metro Kenzie Williams
  • Miss Arkansas State University Destiny Quinn
  • Miss University of Arkansas Darynne Dahlem
  • Miss Arkansas Delta Ashley Ehrhart
  • Miss Spirit of Arkansas Jessica Miller
  • Miss White River Claudia Raffo
  • Miss Gateway to the Ozarks Jacey Winn
  • Miss Northeast Arkansas Bailey Moses

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Top ten performing in three categories: evening gown, swimsuit, and talent.

Top five announced, followed by an interview round.

Miss America Savvy Shields offers a piece of advice she was given after her crowning.

Saturday night made the first time the Miss Arkansas Pageant was held in Little Rock.


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