Hi! Welcome to the Miss UAFS page.
My name is Katie Brown and I was crowned as Miss UAFS 2016 in March. I’m a senior Media Communications student minoring in speech and a member of Delta Gamma and the Student Government Association, and I currently work at 99.9 KTCS FM, a country radio station right here in Fort Smith.
I came to UAFS from Alma, Arkansas, just a few miles north of Fort Smith. When I started here my freshman year of college, I had no idea the plans that God had lined up for me. Even though I knew this area, I didn’t know anybody, and had to start over on the process of making friends. Thankfully, competing in Miss UAFS made it a lot easier to get to know some awesome girls that I am still friends with today!
Miss UAFS is a part of the Miss America organization. It is one of the largest scholarship providers for young women in the country. For any Miss America competition – whether it be Miss UAFS or Miss Arkansas, or any other state pageant – contestants are expected to follow the four tenets of the competition, symbolically referred to as the four points of the crown: service, style, scholarship and success. For me, service is the most important of those four points.
I’ve gotten opportunities to represent UAFS through Make-A-Wish and also speaking at civic and rotary clubs. Not only do these opportunities break the stereotype that participants are self-absorbed, but it shows that every girl who competes in this organization is a part of something bigger than herself.
One important part of competing is something called a platform – a social issue that you’d like others to know and learn about. My platform includes educating others on the importance of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, as well as working as a wish granter for children with life-threatening illnesses. Make-A-Wish is especially important for me because I have seen firsthand how it can change a life. It’s humbling because it can make a child and even the family of that child so happy without having to focus on that illness, even if for just a moment. Since I am healthy, I want to help others who may not be as fortunate.
During the week of the Miss Arkansas pageant in July, I made lifelong friends, including our recently crowned Miss America, Savvy Shields! It was truly one of the best weeks of my life. My family and friends supported me every step of the way, even before the week began, and I walked away from the week leaving everything that I had on the stage and with some scholarship money that will be used to further my education.
I will always be forever grateful to have represented my campus and community through such an incredible experience. Being Miss UAFS has opened my eyes to the abilities that I have, and all it takes is just a little courage. Please, if you see me around campus, say hi! I would love to meet you, talk with you, and tell you a little more about the pageant!