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Amber Bennett, Miss Arkansas 2006
Eudora Moseby, Miss Arkansas 2005

The Miss Arkansas competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Arkansas in the Miss America pageant. Arkansas has twice won the Miss America title.


Year Name Hometown Local Title Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2008 Ashlen Batson Newark Miss Spirit of Arkansas Top 12 at Miss America 2009
2007 Katie Bailey Conway Miss South Arkansas Top 16
2006 Amber Bennett Carlisle Miss Central Arkansas Won Miss America "Pageant School" competition
2005 Eudora Mosby Hazen Miss Central Arkansas Top 10 Semi-finalist at Miss America 2006
2004 Lacy Fleming Hampton Miss Ouachita Baptist University 3rd runner-up Former Arkansas Junior Miss 2000
2003 Whitney Kirk Cabot Miss Three Rivers Non-finalist Interview Award
2002 Lauren Davidson El Dorado Miss White River Preliminary Swimsuit Award
2001 Jessie Ward Prescott Miss Texarkana Semi-finalist
2000 Sara Harris Forrest City Miss Delta
1999 Brandy Rhodes Hot Springs Miss Lake Dardanelle Semi-finalist
1998 Erin Wheatley Little Rock Miss White River Semi-finalist
1997 Stacy Freeman Sheridan Miss White River Previously Miss Arkansas Teen USA 1992
1996 Melonie McGarrah Rogers Miss White River
1995 Paula Montgomery Cabot Miss Greater Little Rock 2nd runner-up Previously Miss Arkansas Teen USA 1991
1994 Beth Anne Rankin Magnolia Miss Diamond Lakes Non-Finalist Talent Award
1993 Nicole Bethmann Rogers Miss Diamond Lakes Semi-finalist
1992 Shannon Boy Alma Miss Diamond Lakes
1991 Heather Hunnicutt Fayetteville Miss Northwest Arkansas
1990 Karissa Rushing Benton Miss White River
1989 Marci Lewallen Dardanelle Miss Arkansas Valley
1988 Patti Thorn Hot Springs Miss Diamond Lakes Non-Finalist Talent Award
1987 Carole Lawson Paragould Miss University of Arkansas Former National Sweetheart Pageant winner 1986
1986 Julie Russell Fort Smith Miss Russellville Semi-finalist
1985 Christi Taunton Camden Miss Camden recipient of Dr. David B. Allman Medical Scholarship
1984 Lisa Stevens Arkadelphia Miss Ouachita Baptist University Non-finalist Talent Award
1983 Regina Hopper Springdale Miss Springdale Non-finalist Talent Award
1982 Mary Stuart Little Rock Miss White River Semi-finalist actress who played "Frannie Hughes" on "As the World Turns" from 1990-1993
1981 Micki Petrus
Elizabeth Ward Russellville Miss White River Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Award now known as actress "Elizabeth Gracen," former National Sweetheart Pageant winner 1980
1980 Lencola Sullivan Morrilton Miss White River 4th runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award *first African-American contestant to place as a runner-up at Miss America; Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1979 Janet Holman North Little Rock Miss University of Arkansas
1978 Naylene Vuurens Searcy Miss Diamond Lakes
1977 Bunnie Holbert Stuttgart Miss White River Preliminary Swimsuit Award, Non-Finalist Talent Award
1976 Joyce McCormack Little Rock Miss White River Non-Finalist Talent Award Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1975 Paula Roach Jonesboro Miss Jonesboro Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1974 Rhonda Pope Hot Springs Miss Hot Springs Miss Congeniality (tie) participated in Miss America USO Troupe
1973 Becky Hume Jonesboro Miss Osceola
1972 Debbye Hazelwood Magnolia Miss Southern State College
1971 Marilyn Morgan Clarksville Miss Clarksville Non-Finalist Talent Award Featured singer in the 1972 Miss America production
1970 Donna Connelly Hope Miss State College of Arkansas Semi-finalist participated in Miss America USO Troupe
1969 Marilyn Allen North Little Rock Miss North Little Rock
1968 Helen Gennings Batesville Miss Ouachita Baptist University Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1967 Sharon Evans North Little Rock Miss Ouachita Baptist University Preliminary Swimsuit Award, Miss Congeniality (tie)
1966 Mary Craig Batesville Miss Batesville
1965 Nita VanHook *Miss America program from 1965 lists Rhonda Oglesby of Pine Bluff as Miss Arkansas
1964 Karen Carlson Fayetteville Miss University of Arkansas 1st runner-up actress, ex-wife of David Soul
1963 Pam Jackson
Donna Axum El Dorado Miss El Dorado Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Award Currently serving on the Miss America Board of Directors
1962 Edye Addington Texarkana Miss Arkansas State Teachers' College
1961 Frances Anderson Pine Bluff Miss Pine Bluff 1st runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award Featured Performer for the 1962 Miss America Pageant
1960 Claudette Smith Star City Miss Pine Bluff
1959 Susie Jackson North Little Rock Miss University of Arkansas
1958 Sally Miller Pine Bluff Semi-finalist
1957 Suzanne Scudder Hot Springs Miss University of Arkansas
1956 Barbara Banks Little Rock semi-finalist Prelminary Talent Award
1955 Charlene Bowers Helena
1954 Sarah Martin Little Rock
1953 Helen Reed Fayetteville
1952 Bonnie Nicksic Hot Springs
1951 Charlotte Simmen Little Rock 3rd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1950 Mary Jennings Hot Springs 3rd runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit was a featured soprano with the New York City Opera, judged the 1989 and 1991 Miss America pageants
1949 Barbara Brothers Little Rock Semi-finalist
1948 Van Louis McDaniel Forrest City
1947 Pam Camp Little Rock
1946 Rebecca McCall Blytheville 1st runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1945 Leslie Hampton Lake Village
1944 Mineola Graham Brinkley
1943 Dorris Love Jonesboro Semi-finalist
1941 Ferol Amelia Dumas Magnolia
1940 Betty Benson Forrest City
1939 Jean Thompson Helena
1938 Lorene Bailey Jonesboro
1933 Vivian Ferguson disqualified - married

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