The reining Miss America, Savvy Shields, who represented Arkansas at the 2017 Miss America Pageant, crowned her predecessor at Little Rock’s Robinson Center Performance Hall. Maggie Benton bested 42 other contestants to earn the title to represent the Natural State in this year’s Miss America Pageant to be held this September in Atlantic City.
She felt emotions of all sorts, but mostly joy and relief at the culmination of a week-long competition.
Benton tied for first place for the preliminary Artistic Expression and Talent Award on Wednesday night, and won the Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit preliminary award on Thursday.
Benton, 22, is from Jonesboro and is a graduate of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She sang “Music of the Night” in the talent competition.