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June 16, 2013

Valley women, teens to compete in Miss Indiana pageants

TERRE HAUTE — Beginning today, young women from across Indiana will gather to begin competition for the titles of Miss Indiana and Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen. A record-tying number of 32 contestants between the ages of 17 and 24 will compete for the title of Miss Indiana in two preliminary nights of competition (Wednesday and Thursday) and Miss Indiana during Saturday night finals. A record high 26 women between the ages of 13 and 17 will compete for Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen on Friday.

The events will take place at Zionsville High School Performing Arts Center, 1000 Mulberry in Zionsville. For tickets call 574-527-7795.

Three Miss Indiana contestants and two Outstanding Teen contestants live in or attend school in the Wabash Valley.

Miss Indiana contestants:

  • Kyla Eubank of Paoli is Miss Indiana State University. She is 21 years old and a graduate of Paoli Junior-Senior High School studying textiles and fashion merchandising at ISU. Her talent is piano performance and her platform is “Educating Future Generations to Reach Their Greatest World.”
  • Lauren Mnayarji of Terre Haute is Miss Southern Heartland (crowned in Terre Haute). She is 19 years old and a graduate of Terre Haute South Vigo High School, currently studying journalism and public relations at Indiana University in Bloomington. Mnayarji’s talent is contemporary dance. Her platform is “Make A Wish Foundation: Adopt a Wish Program.”
  • Ayanna Sykes of Terre Haute is Miss Banks of the Wabash (crowned in Terre Haute). She is 21 years old, a graduate of Terre Haute North High School and a psychology major at Indiana State University (where she also served as Miss ISU 2012). Sykes is a vocalist; her platform is “Respecting Others’ Differences.”

Outstanding Teen contestants:

  • Brianna Stewart of Terre Haute is Miss Crossroads to America’s Outstanding Teen (crowned in Terre Haute). She is 14 years old and a student at Stewart Academy. Her talent is contemporary dance and her platform is “Healthier Generation.”
  • Kassidy Tharp of Shelburn is Miss Haynes-Apperson Festival’s Outstanding Teen (crowned in Kokomo). She is 16 years old and a student at North Central High School. Tharp is a vocalist and her platform is “Student Unity.”

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