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James crowned Miss NEA

Chloe James (left) a senior at Walnut Ridge High School, was named Miss NEA on Saturday. She poses for a photo with first runner-up Julia Lebaron after receiving her crown.

Walnut Ridge High School senior Chloe James was crowned Miss NEA on Saturday at the annual pageant, which was held at Riverside High School.

The daughter of David and Darlene James, she advanced to the Miss NEA pageant through the Miss Bobcat pageant, where she was named first runner-up. She is also salutatorian of her graduating class.

"I am so honored to hold this title and represent Walnut Ridge High school," she said. "I appreciate the continuous support from the community, everyone at Walnut Ridge High School, and especially my parents and grandparents."

James' activities at WRHS include serving as Student Council president, FBLA historian and FFA vice president. She is also a member of Key Club, Mu Alpha Theta and National Honor Society and has been a member of the Alley Cat dance team for three years.

James will now serve as host for next year's pageant, with proceeds benefitting Walnut Ridge School as designated by her.

"I think this will be a great fundraiser and opportunity to showcase my school," she said. "Thank you Riverside High School for being such a wonderful host and making me feel so welcome. I hope to continue to make the contestants feel welcome as they travel to Bobcat country to compete next year."

James, who is the granddaughter of Billy Ray and Edwina James and Charlene Vandergriff, said Miss NEA was a great experience. In addition to her crown, she received a $500 scholarship.

"Competing in the pageant was so much fun, and I truly enjoyed meeting so many beautiful girls from several different schools across Northeast Arkansas," she said. "I hope to make this a great year as Miss NEA!"

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