Miss Arkansas preparations underway, some contestants awarded scholarships

Miss Arkansas 2017 contestants arrive at the State Capitol in Little Rock. (Photo courtesy: Danny Barger Photography)

The countdown to crown the new Miss Arkansas has started.

This week, 44 young women are vying for the title of Miss Arkansas 2017, with the hopes of competing in the Miss America pageant later this year.

The contestants arrived at the State Capitol Saturday afternoon and will start preparing for preliminaries, which start Tuesday night.

Several of the competitors were honored with scholarships, including the Miss Arkansas Marketplace Interview Scholarships. These scholarships were designed to be like job interviews, with each contestant interviewed and scored on her experience and potential in a chosen professional field.

Miss Northeast Arkansas Bailey Moses received the 1,000 Journalism & Mass Communications Professions scholarship sponsored by KATV.

Moses, from Cabot, attends Arkansas State University, where she will graduate in the spring with a Bachelor’s Degree in Strategic Communications with a double emphasis in Public Relations and Social Media Management.

Moses plans to pursue a Masters Degree in Communication.

The pageant will be held the night of June 17th at the Robinson Center in Little Rock.

The Miss Arkansas pageant can be seen that night on Channel 7.

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