Twenty-three students, including two from Van Buren, have registered as contestants in the 59th annual Miss Arkansas Tech University Scholarship Pageant.
The pageant will be on Friday at Witherspoon Auditorium. It will begin at 7 p.m. Admission will be $8 for adults, $5 for minors and free with a current and valid Arkansas Tech identification card.
The local contestants are:
• Paige Montgomery of Van Buren, daughter of Karen and Keith Montgomery. Paige will give a vocal performance during the talent portion of the competition. Her critical issue is "Those Without a Voice." Alma Hair Depot is her sponsor.
• Logan Moore of Van Buren, daughter of Laura and Zane Moore. She will perform on the flute for her talent. Logan’s critical issue is "Tables Without Plates." She is sponsored by her parents.
Miss Arkansas 2013 Amy Crain of Hot Springs will provide entertainment and Miss Tech 2013 Kristen Hayes of Ozark will crown her successor.
The event is sponsored by the ladies of Delta Zeta. Dr. Jim Collins, professor of horticulture at Arkansas Tech, serves as pageant executive director and master of ceremonies.
The Miss Tech Pageant is an official preliminary to the Miss America Pageant, and the winner will compete in the 2014 Miss Arkansas Pageant.
Contestants in the Miss Arkansas Tech University Scholarship Pageant must be full-time female Tech students between the ages of 17 and 24.
The new Miss Tech will receive a two-semester tuition scholarship at Arkansas Tech. In all, more than $25,000 in gifts and scholarships will be awarded during the pageant.
Also scheduled to perform at the 2014 Miss Tech Pageant are Q Street Jazz, an ensemble from the Arkansas Tech Department of Music; and Claire Hodgson of Russellville, Miss Tech 2012 and a three-time qualifier for Miss Arkansas.
Other contestants for the 59th Miss Tech title, are:
• Haven Brock of Haskell, daughter of Casson and Eric Brock. Her talent will be a vocal performance. Haven’s critical issue is "Carson’s Kids." Phi Mu is her sponsor.
• Leah Cleaver of Huntsville, daughter of Jeanette and Barry Cleaver. She will sing "If I Can Dream" during the talent portion of the competition. "B.R.A.V.E. —- Everyone’s a Superhero" is her critical issue. Leah is sponsored by her parents.
• Becca Corley of Charleston, daughter of Cindy and James Corley. Becca will sing "Besame Mucho" for her talent. Her critical issue is "Sticks, Stones and Words." She is sponsored by Phi Mu.
• Brianna Epperson of Hector, daughter of Janice and Terry Epperson. A vocal of "Love Me Tender" will be her talent. Her critical issue is the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Brianna’s sponsor is VEI General Contractor.
• Katelyn Friday of Horatio, daughter of Peggy and Ken Friday. She will perform a vocal of "Stars" for her talent. Katelyn’s critical issue is "C.A.R.E. for MLD." Her sponsor is the Arkansas Tech Recreation and Parks Club.
• Kathryn Gracie of Hot Springs, daughter of Dusene and Scott Gracie. Her talent is a jazz dance to the tune of "Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That." Her critical issue is "Swim Smart: Water Safety Education." Kathryn is sponsored by Zeta Tau Alpha.
• Kaylee Hefley of Hot Springs, daughter of Loretta and Larry Hefley. She will perform "Phantom of the Opera" on flute for her talent. "Save a Life: Bullycide" is her critical issue. Kaylee is sponsored by Phi Mu.
• Rebecca Hendrix of Bryant, daughter of Jennifer and Kenny Hendrix. Her talent is an interpretive dance to the tune of "Jar of Hearts." Her critical issue is "Not All Beauties Are Beasts." Rebecca’s sponsors are the Arkansas Tech Golden Girls dance team, Palm Beach Tan and Alpha Sigma Tau.
• Shelby Holland of Fort Smith, daughter of Gayla and Gary Holland. Shelby will play piano and sing "Say Something" for her talent. Her critical issue is the March of Dimes. She is sponsored by the Arkansas Tech Golden Girls dance team.
• Sarah Hughey of Beebe, daughter of Brenda Bryant and Albert K. Hughey Jr. She will offer a jazz vocal performance for her talent. Sarah’s critical issue is "Animal Cruelty: Protecting the Voiceless." Her sponsors are her friends and family.
• Markea Hunter of Little Rock, daughter of Mable Abston and Marcus Hunter. She will offer a vocal performance during the talent portion of the competition. Markea’s critical issue is "Save the Children." She is sponsored by Sonic Drive-In.
• Freedim Leatherman of Mountain Home, daughter of Wendy Leatherman. Her talent is a tap dance routine to the tune of "Feet Don’t Fail Me Now." Freedim’s critical issue is "Stomp Out Fire: Safety First." She is sponsored by her mother and little brother.
• Alex Mount of Harrison, daughter of Nora and Rob Mount. Jazz dance is her talent. Her critical issue is "Proactive, Be Active." Alex is sponsored by Alpha Sigma Tau.
• Lauren Murphy of Vilonia, daughter of Gretchen Jaco and James Murphy. She will twirl baton to the tune of "Smooth Criminal" during the talent portion of the competition. Lauren’s critical issue is "The Ultimate Gift of Life: Organ and Tissue Donation." She is sponsored by Tech Sweethearts and Alpha Sigma Tau.
• Emily Rains of Mountain View, daughter of Robin and Craig Rains. She will play "Your Song" on the piano for her talent. Her critical issue is "AR Kids Read." Emily is sponsored by Camp Caudle.
• Bethany Skaggs of Greenwood, daughter of Tina and Kelvin Skaggs. Speed painting is her talent. Bethany’s critical issue is eating disorders and wellness. Delta Zeta is her sponsor.
• Tiffany Squires of Sherwood, daughter of Kim and Monty Squires. Tiffany will give a vocal performance for her talent. Her critical issue is "Don’t Risk It: Click It." She is sponsored by Lavish.
• Kristina Sykes of Russellville, daughter of Vicki and John Sykes. Her talent will be a vocal performance of "How Great Thou Art." Her critical issue is "Save a Life, Give Blood." She is sponsored by Formal Affairs.
• Tabitha Taylor of Lavaca, daughter of Teri Barrett and Rudolph Taylor. She will offer a vocal performance of "Hallelujah" for her talent. ACTS Jr. is her critical issue. She is sponsored by Steffey’s Pizza.
• Isabel Thoma of Siloam Springs, daughter of Mary Lee and Joe Thoma. Her talent will be a jazz dance to the tune of "I Can Only Imagine." Her critical issue is equine assisted therapy. Isabel is sponsored by the Golden Girls dance team.
• Kayla Vasquez of Jacksonville, daughter of Pam and Bill Vasquez. Jazz dance is Kayla’s talent. Her critical issue is diabetes awareness and prevention through lifestyle. Zeta Tau Alpha is her sponsor.