A 2010 graduate of Ouachita Baptist University (OBU) was named first runner-up in the Miss America pageant. Miss Arkansas Alyse Eady said that the experience "was a win-win situation for me; the experiences and opportunities I am about to have are incredible," according to the school.
Eady - who graduated from Ouachita with a degree in mass communications and speech communication - served as the fundraising and event coordinator for the Muscular Dystrophy Association prior to her reign. She was crowned Miss Arkansas shortly after commencement.
While Eady attended Ouachita, she was on the Dean's List and performed as a Tiger Tunes Hostess. She was also on the Miss OBU Court of Honor.
"Getting that broad education where you learn a little bit about everything helped me in my interview with the judges," Eady said. "Legislation, world events, state issues - those are all things I had classes about at Ouachita."
According to the Miss Arkansas official website, the pageant has maintained a tradition for many decades of empowering young women to achieve their personal and professional goals, while providing a forum through which they may express their opinions, talent and intelligence.
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