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Miss South Arkansas Hollyann Crum of Walnut Ridge (far right), was named third alternate in the Miss Arkansas Pageant in Hot Springs on Saturday night. With her are (from left): Hannah Leigh Caldwell, fourth alternate, Allison Waldrip, second alternate, Sarah Slocum, Miss Arkansas 2009, and Amy Crain, first alternate.

Crum excels in Miss Arkansas

Hollyann Crum of Walnut Ridge makes the Top 10 at the Miss Arkansas Pageant in Hot Springs Saturday night. She went on to win third alternate in the competition.
Submitted photos ~ Ashley George

Gloria Wilkerson
Staff Writer

Hollyann Crum of Walnut Ridge, the reigning Miss South Arkansas, was named third alternate in the Miss Arkansas Pageant on Saturday night in Hot Springs where she and 44 other contestants from across the state vied for the crown.

"I truly had the time of my life," Crum said. "Even though they did not place the crown on my head, the amazing support that I received and the prestigious awards that I brought home make me feel like Miss Arkansas."

Crum also won a swimsuit preliminary, placed in the top 10 and won the overall swimsuit award. This earned her $8,800 in scholarship money.

"Combined with previous earnings, I have now received approximately $15,000 in scholarships from the Miss America Scholarship Organization," Crum said.

This was her third year to compete in the Miss Arkansas Pageant. In 2007, she competed as Miss Heartland of the South and won a swimsuit preliminary and a Newcomer Award. In 2008, she won another swimsuit preliminary as Miss Lights of the Delta. The first year she danced in the talent division, last year she danced and sang and this year she sang Mariah Carey's version of "Hero."

"Singing is a new talent I have developed as a result of competing," Crum said.

"This year was different for me because I feel as if I have grown into my own," she explained. "There were no nerves when I was on the stage!"

She says that she plans to use the scholarship money that she received to continue her undergraduate education, and pursue a master's degree. Crum will complete her degree in English with a minor in communication arts at Williams Baptist College in December. Her future plans are to become a broadcast journalist.

"I encourage girls to participate in the Outstanding Teen Arkansas and Miss Arkansas systems," Crum said. "Not only does it give the opportunity to strive for higher education by providing scholarship money, but it forces girls to set goals and work hard to achieve them with confidence, building character and allowing each girl to serve her community and her state."

Competing in pageants between the ages of 11 and 18, including the Miss Arkansas Pageant system, has helped her gain experience, poise and presence. She said it helped her overcome her incredible shyness as a youngster and taught her how to work with others, as well as how to cope and deal with losing - that it's OK not to win.

"I would like to thank my parents, family, friends and the community for their encouragement and support," Crum said.

Chloe Foley, daughter of Shane and Megan Foley, of Imboden was her Diamond State Princess.

Crum is the daughter of John and Karen Crum and the granddaughter of Helen Rash and Virginia Crum, all of Walnut Ridge. She is a 2006 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and was salutatorian of her class.

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