A junior from Clinton, Ark., has been crowned Miss Williams Baptist University. Tori Johnson was chosen as the winner of the 2019 Miss WBU pageant Thursday, March 14. She was also presented the Talent Award and honored as Miss Congeniality.
Johnson (center in photo above) is a liberal arts major with an emphasis on biology and psychology. She is the daughter of Chris & Melissa Johnson.
First runner up in the pageant was Melanie McKuin (left in photo) of Dexter, Mo. McKuin, a junior English major, also received the Jackie Burton Pageant Scholarship, which is given to the contestant with the highest combined interview score and grade point average. She is the daughter of Barry & Kim McKuin.
Second runner up was Ka’Liyah Rodgers (right in photo) of Maumelle, Ark. Rodgers is a freshman biology major. She is the daughter of Andrew & Sabrina Rodgers.
The People’s Choice Award was given to Brianna Williams, a freshman from North Little Rock, Ark. The award is determined by vote of audience members. Williams, a music education major, is the daughter of Linda Williams and Robert Williams.
A total of nine contestants took part in the the Miss WBU Pageant, which was held before a large crowd in the Southerland-Mabee Center. Contestants were judged based on interview, talent and evening gown competition.
WBU is a private, Christian university in Walnut Ridge, Ark.