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Area women, teens vie for Miss Indiana titles

Fifteen young women from the region are among those competing for the titles of Miss Indiana and Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen 2014.

Beginning June 15, a record-setting 59 young women from all over the state will gather in Zionsville to begin three nights of preliminary competition. The winners will be crowned June 21.

Below is a list of Miss (ages 17-24) and Teen (ages 13-17) contestants who live, go to school or have ties to northeast Indiana. To check out a photo gallery of the area contestants, click here.

Miss Indiana:

  • Lauren Butler, 18, of Kendallville, is Miss Three Rivers Festival (representing the Three Rivers Festival in Fort Wayne). She is a recent graduate of East Noble High School with plans to attend Ball State University to study visual communications. Her platform is “L.E.A.D. Letting Everyone Achieve Dreams;” and her talent is tap dance.
  • Morgan Grady, 22, of Fort Wayne, is Miss Fort Wayne. She is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy with a degree in Performing Arts. Her platform is “The Little Silver Boxes: The Gift of Encouragement;” her talent is ballet en pointe and she is a graduate of North Little Rock High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.
  • Alli Harris, 23, of Huntington, is Miss Huntington. She attends Purdue University where she studies youth development & agricultural education. Her platform is “The Power of 4-H;” her talent is jazz vocal; and she is a graduate of Huntington North High School.
  • Taylor Knox, 19, of Auburn, is Miss Wabash Valley. She attends Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, where she studies political science. Her platform is “M.A.T.S. – Mentoring and Tutoring Students;” her talent is tap dance; and she is a graduate of DeKalb High School.
  • Shana Patel, 21, of Pierceton, is Miss IPFW, where she studies nursing. Her platform is “Be Your Own Advocate: Prioritizing Women’s Health;” her talent is Garba dance; and she is a graduate of Whitko High School.
  • Megan Thwaites, 22, of Garrett, is Miss Northeast representing DeKalb and Steuben counties. She attends Ball State University where her major is public relations/journalism. Her platform is “Relay for Life: Celebrate, Remember, and Fight Back;” her talent is jazz dance; and she is a graduate of DeKalb High School.
  • Olivia Ulch, 21, of Kendallville, is Miss Limberlost representing LaGrange and Noble counties. She attends IPFW, where she studies photography and graphic design. Olivia’s platform is “SHE has the Power;” she will sing for her talent performance; and she is a graduate of East Noble High School.
Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen:

  • Maddie Bryan, 16, of Laotto, is Miss Three Rivers Festival’s Outstanding Teen. She attends East Noble High School; her platform is “Finding Your Passion: Encouraging Extracurricular Involvement;” and her talent is clogging.
  • Megan Butler, 15, of Kendallville, is Miss Northern Lakes Outstanding Teen. She attends East Noble High School; her platform is “Say It; Fight It; Cure It: Bringing Awareness to Thyroid Cancer;” and her talent is tap dance.
  • Taryn Campbell, 16, of Kendallville, is Miss Limberlost’s Outstanding Teen. She attends East Noble High School; her platform is “Paws For A Cause;” and her talent is vocal performance.
  • Alexandra Dallas 17, of Angola, is Miss Fort Wayne’s Outstanding Teen. She attends Angola High School; her platform is “Kids in Motion USA – Hope for Juvenile Arthritis;” and her talent is contemporary ballet en pointe.
  • Brenna Liddell, 17, of Auburn, is Miss Kankakee Valley’s Outstanding Teen. Brenna attends DeKalb High School; her platform is “Promoting Self Worth in Young Women;” and her talent is lyrical dance.
  • Alexa Marasovich, 15, of Fort Wayne, is Miss Haynes-Apperson Festival’s Outstanding Teen. She attends Bishop Dwenger High School; her platform is “Gen-Y: Healthy Habits, Happy Life;” and her talent is jazz dance.
  • Megan Smaltz, 17, of Auburn, is Miss Northeast’s Outstanding Teen. She attends DeKalb High School; her platform is “Family Wellness: It Starts With You;” and her talent is tap dance.
  • Lydia Tremaine, 16, of Kendallville, is Miss Heart of Indiana’s Outstanding Teen. She attends East Noble High School; her platform is “Encouraging Involvement in Performing Arts;” and her talent is vocal performance.
  • Fans, friends and family can help ensure that their favorite contestant secures a spot in the final competition by voting before 11:59 p.m. June 19 at http://www.missindiana.org/peopleschoice/peopleschoice14.html to be the Indy Laser People’s Choice Finalist. Each vote costs $1 and benefits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the Miss Indiana Scholarship Fund.

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