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Miss Historic Batesville Claudia Raffo crowned Miss Arkansas 2018

Miss Historic Batesville Claudia Raffo competed along with 43 other young women and was crowned by Miss Arkansas 2017 Maggie Benton on Saturday night. (KATV Photo)

Miss Historic Batesville Claudia Raffo now wears the crown as the new Miss Arkansas 2018.

Claudia competed along with 43 other young women and was crowned by Miss Arkansas 2017 Maggie Benton on Saturday night in front of a packed Robinson Center in Little Rock.

As the Miss Arkansas winner, Claudia will take home a $30,000 scholarship.

The top finalists of the night also included:

1st Runner-Up - Miss Diamond Lakes Laura Leigh Turner

2nd Runner-Up - Miss Northwest Arkansas Darynne Dahlem

3rd Runner-Up - Miss White River Gracie Stover

4th Runner-Up - Miss Natural State Kelsey Stone

For a list of the top 10 contestants, click here. The top 10 competed live on stage in four categories: talent, evening gown, swimsuit and the question and answer session.

This year’s event marks the 81st year of the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant.

KATV partnered with stations KFSM and KAIT to simulcast the pageant, expanding the viewing area to include Northeast and Northwest Arkansas.

See KATV's special show previewing the pageant below.




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