Miss America Savvy Shields will visit the Mulberry-Pleasant View Bi-County School District on Monday.
Shields will visit the school district for two hours beginning at 12:30 p.m. when she is welcomed by Superintendent Lonnie Myers and Mulberry Mayor Gary Baxter.
“We’re very delighted she will be in Mulberry,” Baxter said.
After meeting with district staff and school board members, Shields will hold a question and answer session with junior and high school students.
Shields then will visit a physical education class at Marvin Primary School to watch the activities and meet with the students. Healthy living is part of Shields’ personal platform of “Eat Better, Live Better.”
“She’ll make a positive impact to encourage our students to live better and eat better,” Baxter said. “Kids are mesmerized by someone like her, and she’s someone they can relate to because she’s from our Northwest Arkansas area.”
To complete her visit, Shields will share her platform in depth as part of a motivational speech she will give at the Mulberry City Park at 2 p.m. The park event is open to the community, Baxter said.
“We’re very glad she’s chosen as her platform healthy eating and healthy living, because that’s what Mulberry is all about,” Baxter said.
In case of inclement weather, the speech will move to the high school gymnasium.
Shields was crowned Sept. 11, 2016, while representing Arkansas at the 2017 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City and received a $50,000 scholarship.
She was named Miss Arkansas on July 9, 2016, at the 79th Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant in Hot Springs by the outgoing Miss Arkansas, Loren McDaniel of Van Buren. She competed as Miss Heart of the Ozarks.
Shields is from Fayetteville and studies art and business at the University of Arkansas.
She makes appearances across the state promoting the Children’s Miracle Network, the Arkansas Children’s Hospital and her personal platform and speaking in support of the goals of the Miss Arkansas and Miss America system.