Announcing a Miss Division and Name Change: Miss Arnold Fitness Pageant

We are excited to announce that we are adding a Miss division to our competition! Women ages 20-29 who are single and have never been married or pregnant can now compete at the Arnold Sports Festival for the title of Miss Arnold Fitness! This exciting addition further emphasizes the sport of pageantry and allows women an additional avenue to showcase talent, beauty, and healthy lifestyles.

To accompany this change, we will now be known as the Miss Arnold Fitness Pageant. Applications are now open and further information on the national pageant will be released in the coming months!

Katie Hitchens of Ohio Crowned Miss Arnold Teen Fitness 2018

BRISTOL, Va., March 15, 2018 – The Miss Arnold Teen Fitness Pageant and pageant producer Crown Garland LLC are proud to announce the crowning of Miss Arnold Teen Fitness 2018, Katie Hitchens of Newark, Ohio! Hitchens was crowned at the 2018 Miss Arnold Teen Fitness Pageant on March 4, 2018 at the Ohio Expo Center as part of the Arnold Sports Festival.

Hitchens is the daughter of Greg and Gina Hitchens and is currently a senior at Newark Catholic High School.  Hitchens is a four-year varsity cheerleader and is on a competition cheer team. Hitchens also serves as a Eucharistic Minister at Newark Catholic High School and is a licensed soccer referee for the Newark Area Soccer Association.

Among her prizes, Hitchens received the crown, title, $6,000 cash, a crystal trophy, and a diamond necklace. Over the next year, Hitchens will travel and make appearances representing the Arnold Sports Festival, the Miss Arnold Teen Fitness Pageant, and our national charity, After School All-Stars. Hitchens will also attend Ohio Dominican University beginning in the fall.

This year’s pageant included special events during the Arnold Sports Festival, including a private meeting with Classic Productions CEO Jim Lorimer, a private screening and photo opportunity with Patrick Schwarzenegger for his upcoming film release “Midnight Sun”, and a meeting with Arnold Schwarzenegger on stage following the pageant. The pageant featured additional star power with ABC6/FOX28’s Jessica Ralston and *NSYNC member Chris Kirkpatrick as this year’s emcees.

Finalists from across the country competed in a private interview, sportswear competition featuring apparel by Fabletics®, fitness talent, and evening gown with the top 5 advancing to the on-stage question round. During the talent competition, Hitchens performed a high-energy clogging routine to the song “Cotton Eye Joe.” Hitchens was crowned on-stage by Miss Arnold Teen Fitness 2017, Lauren Beard.

Rounding out the top 5 are: First Runner-Up Sofia Strobl of West Virginia, Second Runner-Up Emilee Mills of New Hampshire, Third Runner-Up Madison Yuzwa of Ohio, and Fourth Runner-Up Alexis Lubecki of Michigan. Special awards were presented to finalist Star Henthorn of Ohio for ad page sales, Sofia Strobl for the social media outreach award, and Miss Congeniality was awarded to Haidyn Warren of North Carolina. Rebecca Chisholm was also presented with the Pageantry Magazine® Spirit Award.

The Miss Arnold Teen Fitness Pageant takes pride in being about more than just a crown. While the winner will have many glamorous opportunities throughout her reign, she will also be the face of our campaign to aid After-School All-Stars and in promoting a healthy lifestyle to youth across America. For more information or for interview and appearance requests, please contact Director of Marketing Ashley Martinez at 844-313-9011 or by email at

Stephi Williams Named as National Director of the Miss Arnold Teen Fitness Pageant

Stephi Williams has been named the new National Director of the Miss Arnold Teen Fitness Pageant. The Miss Arnold Teen Fitness Pageant is an official competition hosted by the Arnold Sports Festival and is now entering its third year.

For as long as she can remember, Crown Garland owner Stephi Williams has had a huge passion for pageantry and for giving women who want to give back to their communities and have real purpose in their lives a platform. As a result, she began taking classes on Non-profit Management and Creation in her efforts to earn her Doctorate in Business. This is where she really got the feeling that she had a passion for continuing her giving and assistance in empowering others. A seasoned pageant professional, Williams directed pageants for more than 12 years before expanding her production company, Crown Garland, to a national level as the license holder for the Miss United States.

Carl Dunn, CEO of Pageantry Magazine – long considered the leading publication of the pageant and modeling industry – adds his support of the transition. “As founding members of the Glamour Lifestyle Industry in 1962, we have been privileged to witness the explosive growth of our industry which many regard as the “sport” of women, promoting a healthy and fit lifestyle, sportsmanship, personal growth, and community service,” said Dunn. “It’s been my honor and pleasure to work with the Miss Teen Arnold Fitness Pageant since its inception and help brand the name as a must-attend event. I wish to congratulate Stephi Williams on her new directorship of the Miss Arnold Teen Fitness Pageant and in joining a wonderful team. Having worked with Mrs. Williams in her endeavors of rebranding the Miss United States Organization while taking the brand to new heights of success and recognition, I am confident that through her knowledgeable and committed team, the Miss Arnold Teen Fitness Pageant will enjoy continued growth and international recognition.”

Along with her staff, Williams is excited to help grow the Miss Arnold Teen Fitness Pageant and advance its mission to provide youth across the country with opportunities for promoting a healthy lifestyle.  “This is an amazing accomplishment for pageantry which I’ve always said is a sport. For the Arnold Sports Festival to recognize the value in hosting a pageant competition is a true testament to the validity of our industry and our sport as their event hosts 18,000 athletes annually in 75 different sporting events. We at Crown Garland are proud to join the Arnold Sports Festival team and Mr. Schwarzenegger in growing this competition and advancing their mission across the country.”

About the Miss Arnold Teen Fitness Pageant

As part of their mission to engage youth of all ages and genders, the Miss Arnold Teen Fitness Pageant was added to the competitive lineup of the Arnold Sports Festival in March 2016 at the annual event in Columbus, Ohio.  The Arnold Sports Festival believes in emphasing youth engagement in sporting events and fosters a culture where developing the next generation of competitors is at the forefront of many of the activities that occur over the week. The Miss Arnold Teen Fitness Pageant competitors compete in multiple aspects of performance throughout the competition, including a fitness-related talent, private interview, on-stage question, evening gown, and athletic wear competition for the chance to represent the pageant and festival. To learn more about the pageant, please visit our website