Miss Crowley's Ridge crowned at Piggott

Thursday, February 9, 2012
Crowned Saturday night at Piggott as Miss Crowley's Ridge 2012 was Ashley Gage (second from left) of Jonesboro. First alternate was Ashley Williams (far left) of Rector and second alternate was Danielle Hicks (far right) of Jonesboro. Standing to the right of the new Miss Crowley's Ridge is 2011 winner Bethany Bell of Blytheville. (TD photo)

Nine beautiful, talented young ladies competed Saturday night, Feb. 4, for the titles of Miss Crowley's Ridge and Miss Crowley's Ridge Outstanding Teen at the Piggott Community Center.

Serving as the mistresses of ceremonies and entertainers for the event were Miss Northeast Arkansas Mason Magouyrk of Conway, Miss Northeast Arkansas' Outstanding Teen Haven Cagle of Rector, Miss Crowley's Ridge 2011 Bethany Bell of Blytheville and Miss Crowley's Ridge Outstanding Teen 2011 Emma Jumper of Paragould.

The pageant was directed by Peggy Smart of Piggott, assisted by Miss Arkansas executive field director Marrietta Jerome and Eva Lee Graves of Blytheville. Larry Norred served as sound technician, and Cathy Norred was the stage director and choreographer for the princess production number.

The contestants competed in onstage question, personal interview, talent, health and fitness and evening gown.

A highlight of the pageant was when the princess program participants were crowned and performed their number "When I Become Miss America."

Ashley Gage of Jonesboro was crowned Miss Crowley's Ridge 2012 and will compete in Miss Arkansas in Hot Springs in July. Ashley Williams of Rector was first alternate. Danielle Hicks of Jonesboro was named second alternate. Other contestants included Kailyn Conley of Piggott and Callie Wagner of Grubbs.

Kelly Welsh of Jonesboro was crowned as Miss Crowley's Ridge Outstanding Teen 2012 and will compete in Miss Arkansas' Outstanding Teen pageant in Hot Springs in June. Lacey Moore of Pocahontas was first alternate. Other contestants included Olivia Adams of Jonesboro and Carly Welsh of Jonesboro.

Piggott State Bank, Paula Blackwell, president provided a $500 scholarship for Miss Crowley's Ridge. Black River Technical College awarded a scholarship for 12 hours per semester for four semesters to Miss Crowley's Ridge. Piggott Florist provided flowers for Miss Crowley's Ridge and two alternates. Sue's Florist provided flowers for Miss Crowley's Ridge Outstanding Teen and alternate.

Patrons included Feather Your Nest, The Treasure Chest, Sugar Creek Kids, Kelly's Floral and Home Décor, Front Street Pizza, Hog Wild BBQ and Downtown Inn.

Other volunteers included; Pam Jumper, Margie McKinney, John Smart, Courtney Dunlap and Sara Pease.

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