A freshman pre-veterinary medicine major was crowned the 63rd Miss Tech on Friday, and earned the opportunity to advance to compete in the upcoming 2018 Miss Arkansas pageant.
Madison Oswalt from Harrison won the new Miss Tech title on Friday, at the annual Miss Arkansas Tech Scholarship Pageant, where she promoted her critical issue “That’s Not Love” and performed her jazz dance talent to “Gimme Gimme.”
Oswalt was awarded the Kristen Hayes Dance Award, the Nona Dirkesmeyer Memorial Award and the interview portion in addition to winning the Miss Tech crown. “Winning this title is honoring and exciting,” said Oswalt. “I worked very hard to win the job of Miss Arkansas Tech and cannot wait for this year of representing this wonderful campus!”
The Miss Tech Pageant is an official preliminary pageant meaning Oswalt will represent ATU as she advances to participate in the 2018 Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant this summer. This will be Oswalt’s second year competing in the Miss Arkansas Pageant.
Miss Tech 2017, Kelsey Stone, got the opportunity to compete in the 2017 Miss Arkansas pageant where she was awarded the Overall Coleman Dairy Talent and top 15.
Stone, a nursing major from Russellville, said her favorite part about being Miss Tech was being able to represent ATU at Miss Arkansas.
“I sincerely felt the love of my campus while there because of the endless notes and flowers sent from faculty and Dr. Bowen,” said Stone.
Stone attended the Miss Tech Pageant on Friday night where she sang her award-winning song, “Rise Up”, sang a duet with 2017 Miss Arkansas, Maggie Benton and handed her title down to Oswalt. Stone’s advice to the new Miss Tech is to enjoy every bit of the experience and go to everything she possibly can because it is worth it.
The Miss Arkansas Tech Scholarship Pageant is sponsored by Delta Zeta sorority and Dr. Jim Collins is the director of the pageant. Collins said he is excited Oswalt has won.
“I haven’t had a repeat person in several years,” Collins said about Oswalt getting the opportunity to go back and compete in the Miss Arkansas pageant for a second year.
Oswalt receives a two-semester scholarship for claiming the title. During the pageant, more than $24,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded to the contestants for their winnings. Payton Marshall (1st runner-up), Anna Adams-King (2nd runner-up), Danielle Duggan (3rd runner-up) and Kaylee Lawrence (4th runner-up) finish the top five positions.