Kate Manuel of Green Forest was named the 68th Miss Tech at the 2024 Miss Arkansas Tech Scholarship Pageant held Friday night at Witherspoon Auditorium.
Manuel, the daughter of Emma and Alexander Manuel and Noel Ramirez, is a 20-year-old third-year student at ATU. She is pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.
Manuel has won the Nona Dirksmeyer Memorial Talent Award, the Lindsay Ahrens McCrary Vocal Award, the On Stage Interview/Community Service Initiative Award, the Zachary McClure Dennison Leadership Award, the Evening Wear Contest, and the Friday She received Dr. Jim Collins’ Miss Congeniality Award at the evening’s event. pageant.
“It feels great,” Manuel said immediately after receiving the crown. “I’m so thankful to God. This is what I’ve been working on for the past three years. I told God I’m not going to doubt him, and now I’m here.”
Manuel placed third in the 2022 Miss Arkansas Tech University pageant and first place in the 2023 Miss Arkansas Tech University pageant.
“It took a lot of hard work, dedication and long nights,” Manuel said. “My motivation is myself. I knew that I was the only one who could make my dreams come true, so I had to do it.”
Manuel’s community service project is “Si Se Puede: Empowerment through Education.” Her goal is to provide minority students with information about scholarship opportunities to help them pursue higher education.
“It’s all about advocating for students,” Manuel said. His long-term career dream is to work as a school district superintendent. “I want to champion their future and their success.”
Manuel will be representing ATU in the 2024 Miss Arkansas pageant, which will be held this summer at Robinson Performance Hall in Little Rock.
“It’s been a dream of mine for a long time,” Manuel said. “I’ve never been to Miss Arkansas, but let’s go.”
Among the prizes Manuel will receive as Miss Tech University is a tuition scholarship for two semesters at Arkansas Tech University. The 2024 Miss Her Arkansas Tech University pageant awarded gifts and scholarships totaling more than $21,000.
Onalize Smith of Russellville was first runner-up and won the Kristen Hayes Atchley Dance Award.
Kenley Garner of Hot Springs (second place), Jazmine Houston of Plainview (third place) and Savannah Brown of Ryson (fourth place) finished in the top five out of 10 contestants.
Emma Gill of Hot Springs received the Virginia Bachman Scholarship Achievement Award as the candidate with the highest grade point average. Marybeth Borough of Russellville won the Instrumentalist/Arts/Spoken Word Award.
Other contestants in the 68th Miss Tech pageant were Nichelle Bush of Rizon, Jazmine Campbell of Yellville and Regan Smith of Sheridan.