One Arkansas law student made a big impression last night in Reno, NV. Savannah Skidmore clinched a top five berth in the Miss USA competition on Thursday, May 2.
Skidmore won the Miss Arkansas USA title in November 2018.
Originally from Calico Rock, Skidmore is now a first year law student at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She previously obtained a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from UA.
This isn’t Skidmore’s first time in the national spotlight. In 2016, Skidmore was the first runner-up in the Miss Arkansas competition. She assumed the crown when Savvy Shields was named Miss America that year.
One of Skidmore’s passions is suicide prevention and awareness. According to the Miss USA website, she founded Speak Up Now that teaches students “the skills they need to recognize when they have a friend who is going through a hard time and how to speak up for that person.” In addition, she has worked with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
According to her Miss USA website, Skidmore plans to use her law degree to help nonprofit organizations and advocacy groups.
The Miss USA overall winner was Cherslie Kryst, who represented North Carolina in the competition. Kryst is a 27-year-old civil litigation attorney and performs pro bono on behalf of prison inmates.