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Fayetteville native, Savvy Shields, named Miss America Featured

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Miss America

The Miss America pageant finals were held in Atlantic City Sunday, September 11, where Fayetteville native and University of Arkansas Student, Savvy Shields was crowned.

Shields competed in the talent phase with her signature jazz dance routine and then fielded a question concerning presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Shields is the first UA student to win Miss America since Donna Axum won the title in 1964, and the first Miss Arkansas to win the title since Elizabeth Ward won in 1982, according to the organization’s website.


This is just the beginning of a journey that will take Shields to every corner of the nation and around the world during her year of service as Miss America 2017. She will embark on her national speaking tour about her platform, Eat Better, Live Better and act as the official National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for its 170 member hospitals, is the national platform partner of the Miss America Organization.

In addition, Shields has been given a $50,000 scholarship to continue her education and finish out her time at the Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences in the University of Arkansas. She has goals to work at a museum or to teach at the college level when she finishes this part of her journey.

Miss Arkansas

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As Shields takes the title for Miss America 2017, Miss University of Arkansas Savannah Skidmore will take the crown and assume the duties of Miss Arkansas.

Skidmore is a senior at the University of Arkansas and is majoring in broadcast journalism.  Skidmore has a mission of fighting for Suicide Prevention Awareness and a heart for helping Children. She will also serve as a spokesperson for Children’s Miracle Network and the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Photo by Queen Bee Studios / Kattie Hansen Photography

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