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November 18, 2012

Newsmakers: Nov. 18, 2012

Allison Walter was crowned National American Miss Indiana Teen in a pageant recently. She will now go to on to represent Indiana at the national pageant at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., during Thanksgiving week. There, she will have an opportunity to win a share of more than $500,000 in cash and prizes. She is the daughter of Jay and Renee Walter.


Tommy McGuire of Terre Haute has entered his beef in the Junior Steer division of the 39th annual North American International Livestock Exposition. The NAILE is recognized as the world’s largest purebred livestock show with more than 24,500 entries and nearly $700,000 in prizes and awards. Scheduled for Nov. 3-16, the event takes place at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

Purebred farms from nearly every state and Canada bring livestock to compete in one of 10 expo divisions: dairy cattle, dairy goats, meat goats, beef cattle, quarter horses, draft horses, mules and donkeys, sheep, swine, and llamas and alpacas.

More than 200,000 American and foreign visitors attend the hundreds of individual breed shows, sales and events. In addition to the recognition and prize money that comes with winning at the NAILE, the value of the champion breeding stock is significantly enhanced.

Breed association events are not the only NAILE feature. The expo also is home to numerous youth events that are an important part of the livestock industry’s traditions. Additionally, youth exhibitors enter market animals, those targeted for meat production, in the Junior Steer Show, Junior Market Swine Show or Junior Wether Show. These youth shows are sponsored by Farm Credit Services of Mid-America and are nationally recognized for both the quality of competition and prestige of winning. Champions from these shows are sold at the Sale of Champions on Nov. 15.


Beth Tevlin, executive director of the Wabash Valley Community Foundation, is the recipient of the 2012 Vocational Service Award presented by the Terre Haute Rotary Club.  

This is the 11th year the Rotary Club has presented the award to one of its members in recognition of the person’s achievements in his or her profession.

Vocational service is one of the five avenues of service designated by Rotary International.

Tevlin was cited for her leadership in directing the growth of the foundation, which has $37.6 million in endowed assets, and the positive impact the foundation has had in Clay, Sullivan and Vigo counties.

She has been executive director of the foundation since its creation in 1991. The foundation assists in broad-based community projects by receiving contributions for specific projects, obtaining grants from other funding sources or providing matching grants.  

During her leadership, the foundation has received numerous honors and accreditations. In 2011, the foundation was presented with the A Level Above Award by the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce.

Tevlin is a past president of the Terre Haute Rotary Club.  

The Wabash Valley Community Foundation and Rotary clubs in Terre Haute, Brazil and Sullivan have partnered for the past nine years to distribute free dictionaries to every public, private, chartered and home-schooled third-grader in Clay, Sullivan and Vigo counties. To date, more than 21,000 dictionaries have been distributed.

An attorney, Tevlin is a member of the Terre Haute and Indiana State Bar associations and the West Central Illiana Estate Planning Council. She has made numerous presentations to lawyers and others groups regarding how to benefit community foundations.

The Terre Haute Rotary Club will celebrate its 100th anniversary in September 2013.


The Miss Southern Heartland Organization staged its inaugural competition at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College where 18 Indiana women competed for the titles of Miss Southern Heartland and Miss Southern Heartland’s Outstanding Teen.

Among them, Lauren Mnayarji and Audrey Ferguson walked away with the titles to become the 2013 representatives of the Miss Southern Heartland Organization, winning the right to represent Terre Haute at the Miss Indiana Scholarship Competition in June in Zionsville.

Mnayarji, crowned Miss Southern Heartland, is a Terre Haute resident and a graduate of Terre Haute South Vigo High School. She is a freshman at Indiana University where she is studying public relations.

Throughout her year of service, Mnayarji will advocate for the Make a Wish-Adopt a Wish Organization. This will be her second opportunity to compete for the title of Miss Indiana.

Ferguson, crowned Miss Southern Heartland’s Outstanding Teen, is a student at North High School in Evansville.

Both Mnayarji and Ferguson will compete at Miss Indiana and Miss Indiana’s Outstanding Teen in June with the hopes of competing at Miss America and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen.

The Miss America Scholarship Organization is the largest scholarship provider for women in the United States.

To learn more about the Miss Southern Heartland Scholarship Organization visit

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