Canada, Waters after title.

Eighteen University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students from western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma will compete for the Miss UAFS crown at the university’s annual scholarship pageant, an event highlighted by an appearance from Miss America winner Savvy Shields.

Two of those competitors Niki Waters and Kayla Canada, are from South Logan County.

Shields, who was crowned Miss America in September after winning the 2016 Miss Arkansas pageant, will assist with the crowning of Miss UAFS 2017 and also participate in the event’s opening ceremonies. Savannah Skidmore, who was named Miss Arkansas 2016 after Shields’ winning of Miss America, will also be in attendance at the pageant.

Kayla Canada, 20, of Magazine, daughter of Robert and Amber Canada of Magazine. A biology major, Canada’s talent is singing and her platform is “Mercy Ships.”

Niki Waters, 19, of Booneville, daughter of Steve and Kim Waters of Booneville. A music education major, Waters will perform a vocal solo for her talent and will have the platform of “Bent but Not Broken: Scoliosis Awareness.”

The pageant will be held at 7 p.m. March 11 at the ArcBest Performing Arts Center, located at 55 South 7th St.

The Miss UAFS pageant is a preliminary to the Miss Arkansas and Miss America scholarship programs. Stacey Jones, associate vice chancellor for campus and community events, directs the Miss UAFS pageant and is a producer for the Miss Arkansas pageant.

The contestants will be joined on stage by 24 girls and one boy participating in this year’s Princess Program, a non-competitive program allowing children ages 5-10 to participate in pageant-related events.

Tickets for the scholarship pageant are $10 and available online at or by calling the UAFS Box Office at 479-788-7300.

For more information on the pageant, contact Sherry Card by telephone at 479-788-7301. For more information about the Princess Program, contact Amber Wright at 479-788-7667 or