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Re: “Musing over Miss Arkansas

This article has an irresponsible number of mistakes: Miss Arkansas does not have a "night 6," rather 3 nights of preliminary competition leading to the final night; the area of competition featuring women in swimsuits is called "lifestyle and fitness;" under half of the contestants had blonde hair (20/47) ; there were only 3 college Freshmen in the pageant (although you may have assumed that Bethany Bell was a Freshman by her age of 18, though in reality she is a sophomore); only 3 vocalists performed Broadway pieces; talent comprises the largest part of the score (35%)- not interview (25%).

While I will agree to disagree with most of the subjective opinions of this article, I will say that I find it utterly classless that you would poke fun at a contestant who has the sportsmanship to help fellow contestants in a moment of disappointment, the use of spray tans instead of tanning beds, "tiny" $250 scholarships for participation, and a contestant's attempts at fund-raising to pay for her pageant expenses.

Here are a few facts that you failed to mention: Miss America is the leading provider of private scholarships for women in the world, providing over $45 million in scholarships at the local, state, and national levels. Miss Arkansas boasts the largest cash scholarship for it's winner in the nation. The average ACT score of Miss Arkansas top 5 finalists for the last decade has been around a 30, with the average in 2006 being the highest in recent history at a 32 (I guess blonde hair isn't the greatest predictor of success in the pageant, is it?). Our current Miss Arkansas, Sloane Roberts, is a 19 year old senior at the U of A (was she included in your inaccurate count of seniors?)

Though you had good seats, you really should have taken a closer look at this program before slandering it.

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Posted by MAO Volunteer on 07/24/2012 at 11:29 PM

 

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