Two of the 23 students who have registered as contestants in the 59th annual Miss Arkansas Tech University Scholarship Pageant are from the Central Arkansas area, which is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 21, at Witherspoon Auditorium in Russellville. It will begin at 7 p.m. Admission will be $8 for adults, $5 for minors and free with a current and valid Arkansas Tech identification card.

The two local woman are:

• Tiffany Squires of Sherwood, daughter of Kim and Monty Squires. Tiffany will give a vocal performance for her talent. Her critical issue is "Don’t Risk It: Click It." She is sponsored by Lavish.

• Kayla Vasquez of Jacksonville, daughter of Pam and Bill Vasquez. Jazz dance is Kayla’s talent. Her critical issue is diabetes awareness and prevention through lifestyle. Zeta Tau Alpha is her sponsor.

During the evening’s festivities, Miss Arkansas 2013 Amy Crain of Hot Springs will provide entertainment and Miss Tech 2013 Kristen Hayes of Ozark will crown her successor.

The event is sponsored by the Delta Zeta sorority.

The Miss Tech Pageant is an official preliminary to the Miss America Pageant, and the winner will compete in the 2014 Miss Arkansas Pageant.

Contestants in the Miss Arkansas Tech University Scholarship Pageant must be full-time female Tech students between the ages of 17 and 24.

The winner will receive a two-semester tuition scholarship at Arkansas Tech. In all, more than $25,000 in gifts and scholarships will be awarded during the pageant.