July 23, 2008 Edition

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Crum competes for title,
earns scholarship money

Hollyann Crum competed in the Miss Arkansas Pageant over the weekend in Hot Springs.
Submitted Photo ~ Ashley George
Gloria Wilkerson
Staff Writer

After an exhilarating and exhausting eight days in Hot Springs competing for the coveted title of Miss Arkansas, Hollyann Crum is home again with lots of wonderful memories and new friendships.

Crum, Miss Lights of the Delta, spent July 12-July 20 competing in private interview, artistic expression or talent, lifestyle and fitness or swimsuit, and presence and poise or evening gown. Her platform for the pageant was

'Empowering Young Women Through Girl Scouting.'

For the second year in a row, she was a preliminary swimsuit winner, earning her an $800 scholarship. "It was an honor to win back-to-back swimsuit preliminaries," she said.

Crum sang and tap danced to "Big Time" in the talent competition.

"I enjoyed the whole experience, and all the hard work really is worthwhile," Crum said. "I came home with great memories and new friends that I'll keep in touch with for life."

'The Arrival' at the Arlington Hotel was what she enjoyed the most. "We received the celebrity treatment and enjoyed the 'red carpet' experience," Crum said. "People were taking our pictures as we walked up the red carpet; it felt like the paparazzi were there."

The scholarship money is great, too. During the past two years, Crum has brought home $4,600 in Miss America Organization scholarships. "It really helps with college expenses," said Crum. She will be a junior at Williams Baptist College in the fall, where she is majoring in English with a minor in communications.

Crum is very appreciative of her supporters and her hometown for all the encouragement she has received.

"I really want to thank Ashley George of Creative Touch Photography and Rita Bilbrey of 3's Company for their love and professional support and Holly Gill of Studio Dance for the use of her studio to practice my dance," she said.

"Without all of them, it would have been impossible for me to get ready for the pageant.

"I am blessed with an amazing support system. My mom and dad, family and friends were there praying for me and cheering me on, not only as I prepared, but throughout the entire week of competition."

Chloe Foley, 10-year-old daughter of Megan and Shane Foley served as Crum's Miss Arkansas Princess. "She did a great job and had a wonderful time, too," Crum said.

Crum added, "To the community of Walnut Ridge, thank you for your support and for believing in me."

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