Logan Moore of Van Buren was crowned the 59th Miss Tech on Friday night during the 2014 Miss Arkansas Tech University Scholarship Pageant at Witherspoon Auditorium.
Daughter of Laura and Zane Moore, the 19-year old Arkansas Tech freshman captured the lifestyle and fitness swimsuit competition and earned a share of first place in the CenturyLink interview competition on her way to winning the Miss Tech crown.
"Honestly, I am so surprised," Moore said. "I didn’t think I was going to place. I’m so shocked, overwhelmed and grateful for all of my friends and family who were here to watch and support me. This is an amazing honor for me. I love Arkansas Tech and everything it stands for. I’m so excited to spend the next year as Miss Tech."
Among the prizes that Moore receives as Miss Tech is a two-semester tuition scholarship at Arkansas Tech and more than $3,000 in gift certificates from area businesses.
Moore said that she started participating in pageants when she was in eighth grade, but it was not until two years ago that she began taking it seriously.
"My mom has helped me a lot in everything I have done," Moore said. "I know I couldn’t do this without her. She tells me that even when I don’t do my best, just go out there and rock out and you’ll do your best on the next event."
In all, more than $25,000 in gifts and scholarships were awarded during the 2014 Miss Arkansas Tech Pageant.
Moore will represent Arkansas Tech University in the 2014 Miss Arkansas Pageant June 15-21 in Hot Springs. Her platform is Tables Without Plates.
"I went on a mission trip to New York, and one of the main things I did was feed the homeless," Moore said. "My platform is a lot of working with food banks and helping people who do not have enough food."
Leah Cleaver of Huntsville was first runner-up; Shelby Holland of Fort Smith, second runner-up; Haven Brock of Haskel, (third runner-up; and Tiffany Squires of Sherwood, fourth runner-up among 22 contestants.
Holland tied Moore for first place in the CenturyLink interview competition. Sarah Hughey of Beebe earned the Lindsey Ahrens top vocal performance award and the Nona Dirksmeyer Memorial overall talent award.
Lauren Murphy of Vilonia won the Sandi Hodges Memorial dance award, Tabitha Taylor of Lavaca was chosen by her fellow contestants as Miss Congeniality and Rebecca Hendrix of Bryant received the Virginia Bachman Memorial scholastic achievement award.
Other contestants in the 59th Miss Tech Pageant were Brianna Epperson of Hector, Becca Corley of Charleston, Markea Hunter of Little Rock, Kayla Vasquez of Jacksonville, Katelyn Friday of Horatio, Kathryn Gracie of Hot Springs, Kaylee Hefley of Hot Springs, Alex Mount of Harrison, Bethany Skaggs of Greenwood, Kristina Sykes of Russellville, Freedim Leatherman of Mountain Home, Emily Rains of Mountain View and Isabel Thoma of Siloam Springs.
Dr. Jim Collins, professor of horticulture at Arkansas Tech, serves as executive director and master of ceremonies for the Miss Tech Pageant. Delta Zeta sponsors the event.