After only competing in four pageants, Arkansas Tech student Brandi Cromer is the 2011 Miss Arkansas Tech University. Cromer is a junior agriculture business major at Arkansas Tech and is from Lamar.
Cromer was selected from a field of 12 contestants to take home the title of Miss Arkansas Tech.
She says she was surprised to hear her name announced as the winner. She added. "I'm completely shocked, and it's a little overwhelming."
In addition to taking the Miss Tech title, Cromer was also the recipient of the interview award, which is presented to the contestant earning the most points in the private interview portion of the competition.
Cromer promoted Farm to Table for her critical issue and says she's excited to have the opportunity to raise awareness for her critical issue. She adds, "I grew up on a farm and to have the opportunity to raise awareness about this is wonderful."
Cromer was sponsored by Harvest Foods of Clarksville and Herman Houston.
Others placing in the competition included:
- 1st Runner Up-- Savanna Knight
- 2nd Runner Up-- Naiz Bolin
- 3rd Runner Up-- Lisa Harst
- 4th Runner Up-- Mikayla Adair
Others receiving special awards included:
- Interview-- Brandi Cromer
- Talent Award-- (tie) Tina Phouthavong, Lisa Harst and Courtney Mitchell
- Leadership Award-- Savanna Knight
- Community Service Award-- Savanna Knight
- Top Vocal Award-- (tie) Tina Phouthavong, Lisa Harst and Courtney Mitchell
- Top Dance Award-- Kim Gillette
- Swimsuit-- (tie) Naiz Bolin and Brandi Cromer
- Miss Congeniality-- (tie) Angel Sawyer, Teryn Laseter, Megan Milam and Savanna Knight
- Highest GPA Award- Courtney Mitchell
With the crown, Cromer receives a two-semester tuition scholarship to Arkansas Tech, and she also receives more than $3,000 in gift certificates from area businesses. In all, more than $16,000 in gifts and scholarships were awarded during the pageant.
Cromer will represent Arkansas Tech at Miss Arkansas this summer in Hot Springs. Be sure to log back on to arkansastechnews.com next week to see photos and video from the pageant.