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Claudia Raffo

Contestant

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Raffo had a long journey to capturing her dream title of Miss Arkansas. She started competing in 2014 at the age of 18. As a first-time, or Alpha, contestant, she won the Overall Talent Award for a lyrical dance but did not make the Top 10. Her platform was “Active Is What Active Does.”

Raffo used her experience in 2014 and returned in 2015 with her eye on the crown. With a revitalized platform, “New Life Saves Life: Umbilical Cord Donation,” she walked away as 3rd runner-up along with many other awards.

After taking the year off from competing in 2016, Raffo returned to the Miss Arkansas stage in 2017 where she finished as 4th runner-up. On her fourth try, with a new jazzy dance routine, she finally achieved her dream of being crowned Miss Arkansas 2018 and getting the chance to compete on the Miss America stage.

After graduating from Nettleton High School, Raffo attended the University of Arkansas where she majored in chemistry with an emphasis in pre-pharmacy. During her time, she was a member of the Red Wolves Dancers and a sister of Alpha Gamma Delta.

Raffo graduated in 2017 and entered the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences’ College of Pharmacy where she is currently a first-year, or P1, student. She also currently works at Christie McNeill Dance Studio.

Fun Facts:

Raffo won a $30,000 scholarship and more than $75,000 in awards, wardrobe, transportation, and gifts with the title of Miss Arkansas 2018.

Raffo tied with Miss Northwest Arkansas, Darynne Dahlem, for the Katie Bailey Overall Swimsuit Award and the Sarah Slocum Overall Interview Award for the first time in the history of the Miss Arkansas Pageant.

Her dad,Tom Raffo, is the baseball coach at Arkansas State University

Full list of Past Pageants and Awards:

Miss Arkansas 2014 – Miss Lights of the Delta
Overall Alpha Talent
Miss Congeniality
Bob Wheeler Spirit of the Pageant Award

Miss Arkansas 2015 - Miss Northeast Arkansas
3rd runner-up
Overall Evening Gown Award
Ashlen Batson Espirit de Corp Award

Miss Arkansas 2017 – Miss White River
4th runner-up
Preliminary Swimsuit Award
Katie Bailey Overall Swimsuit Award
Bill Tarkington Overall Evening Gown Award
Grace Award

Miss Arkansas 2018 - Miss Historic Batesville
Preliminary Swimsuit Winner
Katie Bailey Overall Swimsuit Award
Sarah Slocum Overall Interview Award
Live Webcast Audience Favorite Award
Service Above Self Award
Legacy Award
Asher Ray Mentor Award

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    May 15, 1998

  • Arkansas, United States

Talent

Jazz Dance - “That’s Life”

Pageant Platform

New Life Saves Life: Umbilical Cord Donation

Which School Did Claudia Raffo Attend?

Arkansas State University

FUN FACTS about Claudia Raffo

Raffo won a $30,000 scholarship and more than $75,000 in awards, wardrobe, transportation, and gifts with the title of Miss Arkansas 2018.

In the Media

Claudia Raffo is Crowned Miss Arkansas 2018

18 July 2018 https://www.astate.edu/news/claudia-raffo-is-crowned-miss-arkansas-2018

Miss Historic Batesville is Crowned Miss Arkansas 2018

18 July 2018 https://5newsonline.com/2018/06/16/miss-historic-batesville-claudia-raffo-is-crowned-miss-arkansas-2018/

Miss Historic Batesville Named Miss Arkansas 2018

18 July 2018 http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2018/jun/16/miss-historic-batesville-named-miss-arkansas-2018/

Miss Arkansas News

18 July 2018 http://www.missarkansas.org/news.htm
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