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Helen Wisner was Miss Arkansas USA 2014


1st runner-up 2013

A native of Sherwood, Helen Wisner was crowned Miss Arkansas USA on 12 January 2014 and represented Arkansas at the Miss USA 2014 pageant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Helen married shortly after passing on her title and then tragically lost her husband, country singer Craig Strickland, in a boating accident less than a year later. She has since remarried and is an inspirational speaker and podcaster.

2014 bio:

Miss Arkansas USA 2014 Helen Elizabeth Wisner is a speech teacher and assistant golf coach at Shiloh Christian School in Springdale, Arkansas. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Arkansas in 2010. From the Fall of 2010 to the Spring of 2012, Helen worked on her masters degree. In the fall of 2011, she began teaching undergraduate communication classes per a Teaching Assistantship and tutoring for the University of Arkansas Athletic Department. She was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority and part of the 2010 National Sprite Step Off winning team. Helen grew up in the North Little Rock area and graduated with honors in 2006 from North Pulaski High School. While growing up, she loved cheer leading, camping, acting, church activities, vacations, family activities, hanging out with friends and playing team sports. She was born in California and lived in Mesa, Arizona when she was adopted. Helen believes she is blessed beyond words to have been given this life.

Miss USA pageant photos

Competing in the Miss USA pageant is once-in-a-lifetime event few get to experience. Here are Helen’s official Miss USA photos.

State pageant photos

The on-stage moments, the tension of the final two and the glory of the crowning, here are Helen’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 Helen made during her reign, as well as other candid photos during her year.

Previous pageant photos

There’s nothing better than watching a contestant progress from year to year! Here’s a look back at Helen’s previous pageant photos.

Farewell photos

All beautiful things must come to an end, no matter how bittersweet. See Helen’s farewell walk and other candids from the weekend she crowned her successor Leah Blefko as Miss Arkansas USA 2015.

After the crown

Winning a state title is a sisterhood for life. Here are Helen’s “after the crown” photos.

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