RISON – By this time next week, a group of around 25 people from Rison will be making its way to Paradise – a part of Las Vegas, Nevada that is – to support Miss Arkansas Sloane Roberts, a Rison native.
According to Tracy Stuckey, one of the supporters, the group will be on-hand to cheer Sloane on as she competes for the Miss America title, which will be televised live on ABC Saturday, Jan. 12. at 8 p.m. CST.
Sloane herself left for Las Vegas today (Jan. 3), to prepare for her week of competition. Stuckey said leading up to the Saturday finals, Sloane will do an interview on Monday, model evening and swimwear on Tuesday, perform talent on Wednesday and answer on-stage questions on Thursday.
Stuckey said it is important for those supporting Sloane to know they can help her by voting for her online at www.missamerica.org. Votes will be accepted through Thursday, Jan. 10. Stuckey said those votes could help Sloane secure a spot in the Top 15.
Many of those making the trip to the pageant are teachers at Rison Elementary and Rison High School where Roberts attended school. Stuckey said several teachers have decorated their bulletin boards and more to cheer on one of their former students.
Stuckey said a group of students even wrote letters to Sloane wishing her luck. With the help of her mother, Michelle Roberts, the letters were slipped into Sloane’s suitcase for her to find when she arrives at the competition.
For up-to-date information about the pageant and voting rules, visit the official Miss America website at www.missamerica.org