On January 6, 2013 Hannah Billingsley was humbled and honored to hear her name called as the new Miss Arkansas USA, bringing a dream of hers to fruition.
Hannah is the daughter of Kirby and Oleta Billingsley. She has two siblings, a brother, Alex, and a sister, Charity who is married with a son. Hannah grew up in the small town of Franklin on the family cattle farm. She had an idyllic childhood in a modern day version of Mayberry. Hannah started raising cattle when she was very young. She began with a single calf, gifted by her father, then applied for and received a $6,000 loan from the Department of Agriculture at the age of ten, which she repaid within two years. She now has her own small herd of cattle. Hannah has always displayed an aptitude for sports. She played basketball and softball, starting at age 8. Her teams have travelled around the country, won state titles, and competed at a national level. Hannah’s interests are varied. She has always loved being around and working with animals. She likes to read, draw, fish, and especially loves photography and watching old movies.
Hannah is enrolled at the University of Central Arkansas, working toward a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders to become a Speech Language Pathologist, with a Minor in Photography. She is also a member of the Alpha Sigma Tau sorority. During her college career, Hannah has been involved in a plethora of organizations and philanthropic events helping to raise more than $10,000 for charities including the Be Her Freedom campaign for human trafficking, Habitat for Humanity, and Shoebox Ministries.
Hannah is involved with several causes that affect her deeply. She has been knitting hats for Arkansas Children’s Hospital for the past 4 years and has been very active in raising funds for Children’s Miracle Network; receiving the Miracle Maker Award in 2012. She has also worked with Feeding Arkansas Kids and the Backpack Program to end child hunger. She is an adamant believer that bringing awareness to the issue of hunger will play an important role in fighting this problem on a state and national level.
Hannah attributes all her successes to God’s grace in her life and her loving and supportive family and friends. She hopes to use this opportunity to act as a positive role model and encourager to all; but especially to the youth to be ambitious young leaders with big dreams and great life success. Hannah is excited to represent Arkansas as she continues to follow her dream to the Miss USA stage.
You may follow her on twitter @RealMissARusa or on Facebook by “liking” her page http://www.facebook.com/MissArkansasUSA