Rector girl places in Miss ASU

Friday, February 24, 2012
Ashley Williams (far left) of Rector was named fourth runner-up in the 2012 Miss Arkansas State University pageant. Other finalists include, from left: second runner-up Maegan Inzer, Miss ASU Chelsey Treadway, first runner-up Mollie Parker and third runner-up Sarah Hamilton.

Ashley Williams of Rector was fourth runnerup in the 2012 Miss Arkansas State University pageant held Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Riceland Hall in ASU's Fowler Center.

The daughter of Wade and Candy Williams of Rector, she is a 2011 graduate of Rector High School and is a freshman communications disorders major at ASU.

Ashley was sponsored by Serendipity Lane of Paragould and played the drums as her talent. Her service platform is "Hunger and Poverty Awareness."

Crowned as the new Miss ASU was Chelsey Treadway, a 21-year-old from Batesville. Treadway is a senior majoring in biological science at ASU and hopes to pursue a career in teaching.

The pageant featured 12 contestants from the university and over the state of Arkansas.

Other runnersup were: Mollie Parker of Jonesboro, first; Maegan Inzer of White Hall, second, and Sarah Hamilton of Paragould, third.

This was the 38th year Pi Kappa Alpha has sponsored this event. It is the only Greek organization to serve as executive director for a Miss Arkansas preliminary. The Miss Arkansas State University Scholarship Organization provides opportunities for young women to achieve their personal and professional ambitions.

Contestants also participate in community service activities and develop leadership skills that help them excel in their chosen career and life goals. A not-for-profit affiliate of the Miss America/Arkansas organization, the Miss Arkansas State University Scholarship Organization has made available more than $6,200 in scholarships and in-kind funds this year and approximately $10,000 overall package to young women in Miss ASU this year.

All runner up winners of the annual Miss ASU competition are eligible to compete in the Miss Sweetheart of Arkansas Scholarship Program for qualified runner up contestants, held every year in Little Rock in April. All Miss ASU contestants are eligible to compete in Miss Cotton Belle in Osceola, a local preliminary to Miss Arkansas, and Miss Frisco Springs, an open preliminary in Rogers in March whose winners go on to Miss Arkansas this summer.

The Miss America Organization is one of the nation's leading achievement programs and the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Each year, the Miss America Organization makes available more than $40 million in cash and tuition scholarship assistance. The Miss America Organization provides young women with a vehicle to further their personal and professional goals and instills a spirit of community service through a variety of unique nationwide community-based programs.

On an annual basis, Miss America state and local titleholders, along with the organization's network of volunteers, participate in more than 12,000 community-service projects, providing in excess of 500,000 service hours to worthy causes. For more information about the Miss America Organization please visit www.missamerica.org and www.missarkansas.org.

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