The new Mrs. Arkansas International 2013, Quynci Williams Joyner, a Pine Bluff native, is working to promote the "Go Red For Women" national movement and Heart Health Awareness in Student Athletes.

The new Mrs. Arkansas International 2013, Quynci Williams Joyner, a Pine Bluff native, is working to promote the “Go Red For Women” national movement and Heart Health Awareness in Student Athletes.

Joyner of Jacksonville also won the physical fitness award during the Mrs. Arkansas International competition March 24 at the Maumelle High School Auditorium.

The 4th Alternate during the competition was another area resident, was Kim Lowery, Mrs. White Hall International.

Joyner will promote heart health awareness throughout her year as Mrs. Arkansas International and speak to students, faculty and families in Arkansas to bring awareness and save lives.

“One in three women will die of heart disease because it can go undetected. Just like our student athletes, we have to be more in tune with our bodies. In the United States, a young competitive athlete dies suddenly every three days,” she said.

A graduate of Dollarway High School, Joyner attended the University of Central Arkansas in Conway and Harding University in Searcy. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Chi Eta Omega Chapter, and assistant principal at Fuller Middle School.

Joyner is the daughter of Diane Murrell of Pine Bluff and Larry Lawrence of South Haven, Miss. Her brother is I.C. Murrell of Pine Bluff.

Joyner will attend the Mrs. International Competition with her husband, Coach Victor Joyner, July 16-20 in Chicago. Married women from across the United States and foreign countries will compete for the title of Mrs. International 2013.

Miss Teen Arkansas International, Haley Pontius from Perryville and Miss Arkansas International, Mollie Parker from Jonesboro will arrive for the final competition on July 20.

“We are very excited for Quynci and look forward to a great time at the national pageant,” State Director Bernée Thurow of North Little Rock said. “She is a strong contestant and I will do well at nationals. She is dedicated to making a difference and educating everyone on the importance of heart health and Arkansas will definitely be well represented at nationals. As a community we need to show our support for Mrs. Joyner to help her prepare for the Mrs. International pageant.”

The Mrs. International Pageant was developed in 1985 to help promote today’s married woman, her accomplishments and commitment to family values and community service.