Kayla Canada and Marley Littleton of Magazine and Niki Waters of Booneville will be among the 13 University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students competing in the university’s annual Miss UAFS scholarship pageant later this month.

The pageant will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at the ArcBest Performing Arts Center, located at 55 South 7th Street.

Special guests for the pageant include Miss Arkansas Maggie Benton, Miss UAFS 2017 Logan Moore and master of ceremonies Daren Bobb and Erica Thomas, both with 5 News.

Local contestants are:

· Kayla Canada, 21, of Magazine, daughter of Robert and Amber Canada of Magazine. A biology major, Canada’sata talent is singing and her platform is “Girls, Inc.”

· Marley Littleton, 18, of Magazine, daughter of Albert and Aimee Littleton of Magazine. A business marketing major, Littleton will sing for her talent and promote the platform “Sanctity over Science.”

· Niki Waters, 20, 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 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 28 princesses and princes participating in this year’s Princess/Prince Program, a non-competitive program allowing children ages 5-10 to participate in pageant-related events. Two of those princesses are Ayden Rhinehart, 7, of Booneville, son of Ann Allisson and Craig Rhinehart and Tiffany Rhinehart and Shawn Allison; and Kennedy Boyle, 6, of Magazine, daughter of Chris Boyle and Karen McAnally.

Each participant will meet Miss UAFS 2017, receive a T-shirt, goodie bag and a tiara or medallion. They will also make three onstage appearances during the Miss UAFS Pageant. Activities also include a tea party with Miss UAFS and Miss Arkansas.

Tickets for the scholarship pageant are $10 and available online at http://uafs.universitytickets.com or by calling the UAFS Box Office at 479-788-7300.

For more information on the pageant or the Princess Pageant, contact Sherry Card by telephone at sherry.card@uafs.edu 479-788-7301.