Ashton Campbell is a 20-year old junior at the University of Arkansas where she was pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resource Management. At Miss Arkansas Ashton won a $20,000 scholarship provided by the Skokos Foundation and CITGO and more than $75,000 in awards, wardrobe, transportation and gifts. She will represent Arkansas at the 2015 Miss America Pageant which will be held in Atlantic City. The finals will air live on ABC on September 14, 2014. During her year as Miss Arkansas 2014, Ashton will make appearances across the Natural State serving as Arkansas’ spokesperson for the Children’s Miracle Network and the Arkansas Children’s Hospital and promoting her personal platform of “Aim Higher: Setting our Sights on Higher Education.” She will also promote the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant while speaking about the goals of the Miss Arkansas and Miss America System.
Though a first time contestant at Miss Arkansas, Ashton was no stranger to the stage. Ashton served as Miss Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen 2011 and won a $3,000 scholarship plus more than $10,000 in awards, wardrobe, transportation and gifts. At the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant she was selected as the Most Photogenic contestant.
During this year’s Miss Arkansas Pageant Ashton won another $4,950 in scholarships from additional awards handed out. Ashton took home an Alpha and Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit Award; the Alpha Arrival Award; the Renee Fronabarger Overall Arrival Award; the Hudgen’s Business Leadership Award; the Jessie Bennett Leadership Award; the Tony Bowl’s / Mon Cheri People’s Choice Award; a Dr. Rhys Branman Newcomer Award; the Julie Blackwood “Smart” Swimsuit Award; and the Ashlen Batson Esprit de Corp Award. Ashton was also the 3rd highest fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network Miracle Maker competition among the 46 contestants.
Ashton’s personal platform – Aim Higher: Setting our Sights on Higher Education – aims to help students across Arkansas, and eventually the country, take the next steps in furthering their education. It is Ashton’s personal goal to speak to 75,000 students in Arkansas during her reign and help create a stronger Arkansas through Higher Education. Her program focuses on four main aspects: forms of higher education, high school clubs and organizations to join, financial options and how to take the first steps to further one’s education. She also plans to speak to students about the importance of social media responsibility and the role it can play in both helping and hindering their professional success.
While at the University of Arkansas, Ashton was involved with Chi Omega Fraternity and served as their delegate for “Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol.” She also has served as a Girl’s State Counselor, was a member of the Human Resource Management Association, was on the Chancellor’s List and was the recipient of the Arkansas Governor’s Award for Community Service. Ashton is the President and Founder of the University of Arkansas’ chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success. In this role she has helped almost 1200 students discover and achieve their goals through life-changing lectures, leadership workshops and community service opportunities.
Ashton is the daughter of Roger and Tonia Campbell of Hindsville. She also has two brothers Austin and Alec. Ashton is the granddaughter of Annie and Robert Campbell of Jasper, Charles and Bettye Christian of Mt. Judea and Gene and Kathy Cooper of Wesley.