Also won the Vocal Artistic Expression Award

Niki Waters of Booneville was named the first runner-up Miss UAFS over the weekend.

Waters, the 19-year old daughter of Steve and Kim Waters of Booneville also won the Vocal Artistic Expression Award.

In a night that featured a surprise marriage proposal and appearances by Miss America and Miss Arkansas, it was Logan Moore of Van Buren who stole the show by being crowned Miss UAFS 2017.

Moore was crowned Miss UAFS over 15 other contestants during the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s scholarship pageant March 11, which saw the awarding of more than $17,000 in scholarships to contestants.

Moore, 21, of Van Buren, is the daughter of Zane and Laura Moore of Van Buren. Moore’s major is nursing, and she performed a flute solo for her pageant talent. Her platform is “Food for All,” and she will represent UAFS at the Miss Arkansas Pageant this summer in Hot Springs.

Additionally, Moore won the Non-Vocal Artistic Expression Award and the Lifestyle and Fitness Award.

Judges determined the winner and runners-up based on five areas of criteria: talent, interview, lifestyle and fitness, eveningwear, and the contestant’s response to their on-stage question. The event was held at the ArcBest Performing Arts Center at the Fort Smith Convention Center.

The pageant awarded $17,275 in cash and scholarships - in addition to prizes valued at more than $7,000 - during this year’s pageant. For winning Miss UAFS, Moore received a two-year scholarship to UAFS valuing $7,000, a cash scholarship valuing $2,500 and a necklace from The Jewelry Store worth an estimated $2,500.