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 marketing@arnoldpageant.com.