New Miss Arkansas Sloane Roberts says people who told her she wasn't ready for the title set a fire underneath her.
Roberts - competing as Miss Heart of the Ozarks - was crowned the 75th Miss Arkansas Saturday night in Hot Springs.
It was the second Miss Arkansas competition for Roberts who said that she was told that she wasn't ready to be Miss Arkansas. She says the comments lit a fire for her to become the best contestant that she could become.
The 19-year-old Roberts is a senior at the University of Arkansas and receives a $20,000 scholarship in addition to more than 50,000 in awards, wardrobe, transportation, and gifts.
She will represent Arkansas at the 2013 Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas.