Sexton will be in the Mrs. Arkansas America Pageant which will take place on June 25 | Pictures & Videos

The Mrs. Arkansas America will take place on June 25 at the Bank of the Ozarks Convention Center in Hot Springs.

Malvern and surrounding areas will be represented in the competition by Ms. Hot Spring County, Angela Sexton, whose platform will educate the public about food insecurity in Arkansas and the annual Summer Cereal Drive fundraising event, sponsored by THV11 and Arkansas Food Bank. .

According to a statement from Sexton, “As Mrs. Arkansas, I will serve as a representative of women statewide encouraging them to believe in themselves, strive for their goals, and never stop pursuing their dreams. I plan to make a difference in the lives of children and families in Arkansas by working with local communities to raise awareness of food insecurity and champion my platform initiative, the Summer Cereal Drive.

Sexton wears many hats as a wife, mother, director of financial aid at Arkansas State University Three Rivers, owner/producer of Goosehead Insurance: Dallas Sexton Agency, Brickfest 2022 board member, and president of the Miss Brickfest 2022 pageant, but her role as team captain of the ASUTR and Friends community team and the group’s efforts during the summer cereal drive are her passion.

Sexton couldn’t be happier to take part in the Mrs. Arkansas America Pageant as it is the perfect platform to raise awareness about food insecurity in Arkansas. She hopes to encourage people to help starving residents in Hot Spring County and across the state, and the summer cereal drive is a great opportunity for caring people to help feed those in need.

“I’m super excited to be able to take summer cereal raising to the next level,” Sexton said. “I will implement a plan to visit as many Arkansas communities as possible to talk about food insecurity.”

The contest will include an interview, a question on stage, a swimsuit contest and a party dress contest. Sexton has multiple and significant reasons for wanting to enter the Mrs. Arkansas America Pageant.

“Personally, it’s because I want to raise awareness about food insecurity and summer cereal collection, because I’m so passionate about it, that’s the number one thing,” Sexton said.

She also wants to show herself that she can handle the pressure of the on-stage question part of the competition, which is related to her past performance on the competition stage.

“30 years ago I was at the Fair Queen Pageant in Montgomery County. It was me and another girl, I was first runner-up,” she said.

Sexton’s contestant in this contest was given a standard contest question, which Sexton did not remember exactly, but remembered that the young woman answered beautifully.

When it was Sexton’s turn to speak, he was asked to tell the judges, “Which car best describes you, and why?”

“I literally almost died, I didn’t know what to say, and you’re spot on,” Sexton recalled. “And I just looked out into the audience, and I was like, ‘Hmm…a Corvette, because it’s red.

Sexton said the response was met with dead silence from the audience, and maybe a few soft laughs, which she was unable to fully remember, but Sexton will never forget what she felt at that time.

“It was incredibly embarrassing because I didn’t know how to answer that question,” she said.

The Mrs. Arkansas pageant gives Sexton the chance to prove to herself that she has grown since that night, though Sexton’s work as financial aid director at ASUTR and her commitment to the campaign for summer cereal proves to everyone else that Sexton’s effective ability to speak with the public has allowed him to do good things for both the hungry people of Hot Spring County and the students at ASU Three Rivers. .

“Secondly, I have to get up there and perform on stage and answer this question on stage and do an interview,” Sexton said. “I want to show that I can do it.”

“You screw it up, you learn from it, and then you fix it,” she said.

“I want to show myself that I’ve grown in the 30 years I’ve been away,” she said. “And showing that I can get on stage and answer that question with some kind of confidence, and know what I’m talking about, and what I mean, and how I mean it.”

“My personal philosophy that I try to uphold, one of them, is ‘She believed she could, so she did,'” she said. “It really struck me to be true when I went from Henderson as just a financial aid counselor to ASU Three Rivers as a financial aid director, so I mean, that was huge for me “, she said.

Sexton is originally from Arkansas and spent her early years in Montgomery County, but has resided in Hot Spring County since 2002. She received a bachelor’s degree from Henderson State University in 2010, before working for the university as a Financial Aid Counselor until becoming Director of Financial Aid at ASU Three Rivers in 2018.

Sexton has been happily married to her husband, Dallas, since 2019. They have four children between them: Haden Short, 24; Rex Short, 22; Aymarie Short, 18; and Austin, 17. Sexton went through a slow but sure transition from a full house to a nearly empty nest. She doesn’t have any grandkids yet, so she and Dallas are making the most of their time together.

“As much time as I can spend with my family, I really do,” Sexton said. “Me and my husband, we’re a team effort, and we do a lot of things, like odd jobs together or stuff around the house together, building fences — I mean, we just do a crazy amount things. We move 24/7.

Besides being with her family and working from home with her husband, Sexton enjoys working out at the gym in the little free time she has. Most of his time, especially now, is spent collecting summer grain and upcoming related events.

Sexton said ASU Three Rivers will host the “2022 Cereal Bowl” in the Keith Great Room on campus on May 21 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The event will include a great breakfast with juice, coffee, milk, cereal, a silent auction and amazing motivational speakers, Walt Coleman and Shane Broadway.

“It’s a community event that I would like as many community members as possible to participate in here,” she said.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the event or by contacting Sexton. All proceeds will go to the ASUTR and Friends Summer Cereal Drive effort.

Sexton said THV11 and the Arkansas Food Bank will be broadcasting live from the Malvern Walmart area on June 8 from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to raise awareness and raise donations for the summer cereal drive. The public is encouraged to attend and bring boxes of cereal to donate, for the chance to get noticed on television and do a good deed at the same time by helping to feed hungry Arkansans.

It only takes $1 to donate a box of cereal to the Summer Cereal Drive, so cash donations are also welcome. Sexton said all donations collected from the June 8 event stay in Malvern, so this will be a great opportunity to have a direct impact on the community.

Sexton looks forward to meeting with people from the community and state to talk about what food insecurity is and how it affects Arkansans on a daily basis.

“It’s not knowing where your next meal is coming from,” Sexton said. “You may not be starving, but you don’t know where your next meal will come from. And many children in our state, especially in the summer, do not know where lunch will come from or where dinner will come from.

To help Sexton and the ASUTR and Friends community team reach their goal of raising 10,000 boxes of cereal for the 18th Annual Summer Cereal Drive fundraiser, please contact Sexton at 501-332-0298 or [email protected]

For more information on the Mrs. Arkansas America pageant, visit http://www.mrsarkansas.org/.

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