Madison Fuller, Miss Cotton Belle Outstanding Teen
The winning interview, Hannah Billingsley!
As I was giving my farewell speech, I reminded the audience of my journey to Miss Arkansas. Before winning Miss Cotton Belle, I had competed in seven preliminary pageants over the course of two years. The first year, I compared losing a preliminary to getting kicked in the gut. It wasn't until the second year that I started to value the practice of preliminaries and enjoy the process. I believe that the practice and strengthening of character is what propelled me to finish as third-runner up to Miss Arkansas. I have experienced tremendous personal growth in interview skills, public speaking, passion for my platform, character, and identity. I also have recieved $8,000 in scholarship that has paid for my entire senior year at college and will pay for part of my first year in pharmacy school. This is what the Miss America organization is all about: providing scholarship and opportunities for young women to grow into incredible young women!