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Siyona Karkera is Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2024

Little Rock


A native of Little Rock, Siyona Karkera was crowned Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2024 on 14 April and will represent Arkansas at the Miss Teen USA 2024 pageant in Hollywood, California. Siyona is new to the Miss Arkansas Teen USA pageant but has previously competed at the Miss High School America and United National Miss Junior Teen pageants. She has received recognition from Arkansas Governor Sanders and Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott for her S.M.I.L.E. mental health advocacy.

2024 bio:

Siyona Karkera, crowned Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2024, made history as the first Indian American to hold this prestigious title. At just 17 years old, Siyona is a Pulaski Academy High School student, balancing her academic pursuits with her passion for advocacy and leadership.

In addition to being a professional model represented by Kim Dawson and a tutor at the Kumon Math and Reading Center, Siyona serves as the president of the Little Rock Mayor’s Youth Council, inspiring her community and beyond.

Siyona’s advocacy stems from her personal journey as a daughter of immigrant parents navigating the complexities of cultural identity. She is resilient and dedicated to making a difference through her platform, S.M.I.L.E. (Siyona’s Mental-Wellness Inspiring Learning Environment), which creates a supportive environment for children facing similar challenges.

As a NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) state youth ambassador, Siyona passionately advocates for children’s mental wellness to amplify awareness and destigmatize mental health issues among youth. She has taken her message of mental wellness nationwide, delivering engaging classroom presentations and creating an educational online video series that has reached over 30,000 viewers and counting. Her efforts have been recognized by Governor Sanders and Little Rock Mayor Scott, who have proclaimed designated days in Arkansas and Little Rock for children’s mental wellness in acknowledgment of Siyona’s impactful work.

Outside her advocacy endeavors, Siyona enjoys physical activities like running and yoga, as well as expressing herself through music by mastering pieces on the piano.

State pageant photos

The on-stage moments, the tension of the final two and the glory of the crowning, here are Siyona’s state pageant photos.

Professional photos

Lights, camera, action!  Professional photoshoots are one of the perks that comes from winning a title.

Candid & Appearance photos

From events straight after her crowning to her final appearances before she passes on her crown, here’s a look at all the appearances Siyona has made during her reign, as well as other candid photos during her year.

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