Miss Arkansas Tech 2022 Will Be Crowned Friday

Miss ATU 2022 Candidates
Candidates for the title of Miss Arkansas Tech University 2022 are (top row, left-to-right) Jazmyne Campbell, Corinne Edelen, Emmalee French, Kristin Hardy, Alli Beth King, Kate Manuel, Kaitlyn Norton; (bottom row, left-to-right) Rue Recinos, Tara Ross, Olivia Rowe, Savannah Scallion-Tooke, Lexi Sharpe and Destanie Shubert.

Thirteen students have registered as candidates in the 66th Miss Arkansas Tech University competition.

The event will take place Friday, Feb. 11, 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. Attendance will be limited in accordance with the ATU COVID-19 management plan. Face coverings will be required for audience members.

Miss Arkansas 2021 Whitney Williams of Conway and Miss Arkansas Tech 2020 and 2021 Olivia Battles of Ozark will provide special entertainment.

The Miss Arkansas Tech University competition is sponsored by the ladies of Delta Zeta.

Dr. Jim Collins, ATU professor emeritus of agriculture, is in his 22nd year as pageant executive director and master of ceremonies.

The Miss Arkansas Tech University competition is an official preliminary to Miss America, and the winner will compete in the 2022 Miss Arkansas competition.

Candidates in the Miss Arkansas Tech University competition must be U.S. citizens and full-time female Tech students between the ages of 17 and 25.

The new Miss Tech will receive a two-semester tuition scholarship at Arkansas Tech. In all, more than $24,000 in gifts and scholarships will be awarded during the pageant.

The 13 candidates for the 66th Miss Tech title, listed in alphabetical order, are:

Jazmyne Campbell
Parents: Kristi and Mike Cain
Hometown: Yellville
Talent: Dance
Social Impact Initiative: The Mind Behind the Picture
Sponsor: Alpha Sigma Tau

Corinne Edelen
Parents: Cindy and Chad Edelen
Hometown: Springfield, Mo.
Talent: Speed Painting
Social Impact Initiative: Backpacks for Kids
Sponsor: Friends and Family

Emmalee French
Parents: Dallas and Eric French
Hometown: Dover
Talent: Tumbling/Dance
Social Impact Initiative: Women’s Wellness
Sponsor: Alpha Sigma Tau

Kristin Hardy
Parents: Tracy and Michael Fisher
Hometown: Benton
Talent: Vocal
Social Impact Initiative: S.O.S. – Save Our Smiles
Sponsor: Presidential Leadership Cabinet

Alli Beth King
Parents: Kim Kaye and Davy King
Hometown: Rison
Talent: Tap Dance
Social Impact Initiative: Give Y.O.U.
Sponsor: Golden Girls

Kate Manuel
Parents: Emma and Alexander Manuel; Leah Ramirez
Hometown: Green Forest
Talent: Vocal/Piano
Social Impact Initiative: Embracing Your Cultural Roots
Sponsor: A&E House Renovations

Kaitlyn Norton
Parents: Hope Six and Gene Norton
Hometown: Woodlawn
Talent: Spoken Word
Social Impact Initiative: Increasing Accommodations for Disabled and Ill Students
Sponsor: Family and Friends

Rue Recinos
Parent: Amber Marston
Hometown: Alma
Talent: Vocal with guitar
Social Impact Initiative: Every Body is Somebody
Sponsor: A to Z Gifts and More

Tara Ross
Parents: Melinda Pelts and Bud Ross
Hometown: Lamar
Talent: Flag Twirling
Social Impact Initiative: Plus Me, Plus You
Sponsor: Sigma Alpha

Olivia Rowe
Parents: Shellei and Shad Rowe
Hometown: Paragould
Talent: Alto Saxophone
Social Impact Initiative: Leadership in Literature
Sponsor: Alpha Sigma Tau

Savannah Scallion-Tooke
Parents: Aaron and Lindsey Tooke
Hometown: Woodlawn
Talent: Vocal
Social Impact Initiative: Mental Health Awareness in Young Adults
Sponsor: Delta Zeta

Lexi Sharpe
Parents: Jill Sharpe and C.J. Sharpe
Hometown: Bentonville
Talent: Jazz Dance
Social Impact Initiative: Suicide Prevention and Awareness
Sponsor: ATU Cheer

Destanie Shubert
Parents: Lisa Mitchell and Gary Mitchell
Hometown: Monette
Talent: Science Experiment
Social Impact Initiative: A Voice for the Children
Sponsor: Parents