From mock interviews to flute lessons to regularly exercising, Miss University of Arkansas - Fort Smith 2017 Logan Moore of Van Buren has had a busy few months of preparation for the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant, which started Tuesday at Hot Springs.

Moore, 21, was crowned Miss UAFS 2017 at the university’s pageant March 11 with the platform “Food For All,” which seeks to eliminate food insecurity among families in Arkansas. She developed the platform after traveling to New York on a mission trip nearly a decade ago.

She is the daughter of Zane and Laura Moore of Van Buren.

Her latest regimen for the sate competition includes exercising five times a week, taking flute lessons with University of Arkansas at Fort Smith music professor Don Bailey, and interview practice with Jane Slocum, mother of Miss Arkansas 2009 Sarah Slocum.

Moore won the Non-Vocal Artistic Expression Award and the Lifestyle and Fitness Award at the recent Miss UAFS competition.

While Moore says in a university news release she has enjoyed the preparation, it’s also been a challenge.

“The workout classes at BodyTailors are normally around 30 minutes, but it is high intensity and it’s definitely a challenge. I’m sore pretty much every day but I’ve learned to love it even if it takes me five minutes to walk downstairs in my house,” she said. “Going into Miss Arkansas this year, I feel like I am much more confident and prepared than I have been in the past, and I know this will help me immensely in the competition. I’ve enjoyed it because it helps me to feel like the best version of myself, physically as well as mentally.”

“One of the main things that we did while there was feed sack lunches to the homeless people on the streets of New York,” she said. “I was so impacted by this mission trip that when I came back to Arkansas, I wanted to continue this service in some way, so I began volunteering regularly at our local food bank. I continued to be involved and a few years later, I became involved in the Miss Arkansas Organization and had the opportunity to grow on this platform and continue my work in the community.”

A nursing major, Moore transferred to UAFS from a neighboring university after researching the nursing program and seeing it was one of the best in the region. According to her, “It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”

“I was a little nervous at first transferring into a program where I had no idea what to expect and didn’t know anyone in it either,” she said. “In just two semesters, I’ve made some of the best friends I could ask for, and I’ve have some amazing professors. The nursing program is nowhere near easy, but I love the challenge and I know once I finish, I’ll feel like I can accomplish anything. Transferring also gave me the opportunity to become Miss UAFS, and I have loved representing the university that I have come to love in such a short timeframe.”

After graduation, Moore plans on becoming a pediatric nurse and working in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at a children’s hospital.

But while Moore hopes to add the title of Miss Arkansas to her ever-expanding resume, she also hopes to continue forging friendships and fond memories.

“I have made so many great friendships from this organization, and I am excited to develop more friendships at Miss Arkansas,” Moore said. “When it comes down to it, of course everyone wants to win Miss Arkansas, but aside from that, I just want to enjoy the week and have an amazing time and get the most out of every moment.”

Loren McDaniel, Miss Arkansas 2015, is also from Van Buren. The most recent Miss Arkansas to win with a flute performance was Ashlen Batson of Newark in 2008 with a “Carmen” medley flute solo. Batson also went on to make it to the top 12 at the Miss America pageant. McDaniel made it to the top 15. Miss Arkansas 1992 Shannon Boy of Alma also performed a flute solo to the “Star Wars” theme song. Other contestants to win the state competition with flute solos include Miss Arkansas 1987 Carole Lawson of Paragould, and Miss Arkansas 1984 Lisa Stevens of Arkadelphia.